Sunday, 12 October 2014

Goodbye To Friends

An infrequent commentator on Going Gently is a certain local character called " Val of Trelawnyd"
Val and her partner Peter have been active members of the community since they arrived in the village six years ago now. They have supported the pub in times of change, entered the flower show with their famous five foot " fucking fuchsia " and caused a bit of a stir in the Conservation group's garden competition by having a small square of AstroTurf in their back garden.
Val has provided cakes for our allotment open care stall, Peter has officiated in my " name the turkey" competition and both could be assured to give anyone a sociable chat and hello when spied at the bar of the Crown at early doors.
They are ideal village fodder........for they join in
They also very kindly have dropped me off a quality scotch egg on more than one occasion

So, yesterday it was with a heavy heart that I heard the news from Val herself they were moving to pastures new in a few weeks. Trelawyd's loss will be the village of Caerwys' gain as the couple downsize.
I am pleased they are happy and I wish them well but I will miss their everyday " Bon viveur"...on my daily trips around the village with my eggs and my dogs......
I did stipulate that they come back to Trelawnyd at the very least one day a year..........and on that day they will have to transport their monster fuchsias to the flower show, on the back of a lorry.
It's become a tradition

Val, Bingley and Peter


37 comments:

  1. It is always sad when folk who have really contributed a lot to village life leave for pastures new. I hate to lose people from my circle of friends - we are a close knit group and have such fun together. But wish them the best of luck from me. Hope they find the new village just as friendly. They probably will - you usually reap what you sow in these situations.

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    1. I think you are right pat... They will be fine

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    2. Thank you so much for your good wishes. We've already sounded out the local pubs and the golf club and they seem great ...... hic!!!

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  2. It's always sad to lose a part of the village 'team'. I'm sure they'll be back with their 'famous five foot fucking fuchsia' just to win the competition. :-)

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    1. I do hope so.... I working hard making it a " new" tradition

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  3. Remind them that Jill has finally decided that she can't leave Ambridge.

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    1. She hasn't told david yet though

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  4. what's the distance between both towns? although it's not going to be the same as having this wonderful couple right at hand. best of luck to them on their new journey!

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    1. Not too far ... Around 5 miles inland ......

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  5. It's hard to say "Good-bye". I'm sure if they were very social types they will be back to visit often. They will miss you a lot, I'm sure. We are moving soon too, John. Not easy. Have a nice Sunday. Hugs, Deb

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  6. The cried their eyes out when I quit my Welsh village, but they had to rub them with onions first.

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  7. I trust they will remain as part of your global village, moved but not lost.

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  8. Well, nice to finally see her and sorry she and Peter are moving on! It is hard to "lose" friends.

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  9. Sounds like they'll be a stellar addition to any community.

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  10. I like so much the way you look upon small (and big) details in everyday's life.
    every village needs people like them (and like you:)

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    1. Small details are probably big ones to me

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  11. "People come and go so quickly here." Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

    I love your blog. Annie

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    1. Thank you Annie....love the name of your blog

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  12. Hey! I've seen his shirt before.
    Good luck to them.

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    1. Both Peter and his shirt are getting on a bit, Susie! Once seen, neither are easily forgotten.......

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  13. Ahhh, how sad. I remember the picture of the astro turf very well. Good luck to them.

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    1. That was an age ago... Thank you for keeping up with us Iris x

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  14. Too bad they couldn't downsize in the village. What is the difference in the two villages ? Must google this.
    I remember the astro turf story.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Caerwys is a much bigger village... It has a couple of shops, a nice post office . 2 pubs, a vet, and is not on a busy road.....it's a nice village to be sure

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  15. Hmmmmmm one day we will leave our village! Sounds very far off but we will! Downsizing it's called.

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  16. Thank you for that lovely piece - I've just come in from the pub and am feeling "tired and emotional" as the celebs call it - p****d as we would call it, after celebrating a friend's birthday. Your blog made me realise just how much we will miss the village, but mostly the motley crew who live here and give the village its heart. We intend to keep in touch with everyone and we will continue to follow your blog. We might not be eligible to enter our hanging baskets any more, but we will still be entering our f******g fuchsias at the Trelawnyd Flower Show!!!

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  17. Good people are always missed.

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  18. 5 miles! Out here, that's a next door neighbor!

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  19. "The only thing that is constant is change." I've never liked it when things are good and then change, but not surprisingly I've learned change comes whether I like it or not. Bah, humbug!

    Good luck to them, and condolences to you, John.

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  20. Downsizing...ah yes... that is in our future, we have discussed this a lot :O). We will be doing this in the next 5-8 yrs.....we simply do not need a home this big. Its just the two of us. Somedays I think alllllllllll the work we have done here.. whew... but the house is so big.... someone will get a great place.... we will get a smaller home with land! I love our land! But we just do not need a home this big! LOL I read Terry's comment on 5 miles? I agree 5 miles here is a neighbor lol... :O)

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  21. I really want a picture of those fuchsias! LOL

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  22. I wish I could have my photo taken with Bingley. I'm sorry you're losing such excellent residents as Val and Peter.

    Love,
    Janie

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  23. Best of luck to Val and Peter. I hope they have some strong folks to help them move those effing fuchsias to their new locale.

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  24. Oh I hate good-byes. So much so that I rarely say it anymore. See ya later Val and Peter. BTW, you are going to miss your little village as much as they are going to miss you. I know this first-hand. We moved from a real neighborhood a couple of years ago to the country. I still miss those neighbors.

    Cindy Bee

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