It has been a tough few weeks here at Brookwood Shire without our beloved Fergus. We were a bit lost. Dogs take up a lot of space in your home and in your heart. And Brookwood Shire feels very empty. But life goes on and we are trying to move forward.
I finished planting and mulching all the gardens. But I must confess some of the joy is gone. Things have been so uncertain here.
As many of you know, we have been exploring the possibility of moving to Ireland…”when we don’t have Fergus anymore.” Well, that is now. It was always in the future..always a dream. But the time has come.
So now what? That has been the question. We had always planned to take a few months for a “fact finding mission” to test the waters…see how it all feels. But it is impossible to leave gardens for 2 months….they need to be tended. So our compromise is that we would go for a couple of weeks in July and reacquaint ourselves with Ireland and then go back for a longer trip in the Autumn…and possibly find a place to rent or to buy at that point. The gardens would survive for a few weeks…
More hard decisions. Two hens are not a flock. Especially two hens who don’t really like each other. They need other hens…Beatrix needs a friend. And it is easier for my friend Carole, who has offered to take them when we go, to integrate them into her flock in the summer. It will be good for them to be settled before we go. I will be able to visit and see them happy in their new home. I will miss them and Cluckingham Palace will not be the same without them..but it will be better for them to be part of a larger flock.
So many changes!
So that was the plan..well, it still is, but…things are falling into place more quickly that we had thought possible. And sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Amazingly, I stumbled upon this lovely cottage for rent. Beautifully restored by the owner…and quite stunning.
This would go quickly. Cottages like this are rare. It would not still be available by the time we got there in July. If we wanted it, we would have to move fast. Luckily, it is in Leitrim, where we have a friend ..a woman who moved to Ireland just last July and writes about it on Bonfire at the Crossroads. You can find her blog here. She agreed to view the cottage for us and she loved it! So we called the owner to say we wanted it. And yesterday, we found out that it was ours!!!!!
We have it for a year. So we are good to go. During that year we hope to find “our cottage.” We will have time to explore different parts of Ireland and see lots of cottages….I am sure one of them will be the one….
What an adventure it will be!