Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Lane Down The Hill

The lane down to the village....today

At some stage the road which is our existence here in the village will take another turn. Like the lane down the side of The Gop , we will turn around the next corner and instead of venturing down High Street, we will be off to pastures new.
I have known this for a long time now.......such is the life of a successful academic.
I am not playing games when I share this, there is no hidden news waiting in the wings, no new University City where we are off to tomorrow, but in the fairly near future the Prof will need to move onwards and upwards and with a full heart I will be by his side.
I am ok with this.....I have known it ever since we moved to Trelawnyd ten years ago. Then I moved from a Northern City into a village without knowing anyone and I surprised myself that I could forge a new life and a whole new way of looking at things so easily.....I adapted when I thought I never would
..So its a case of I have done it once......I can do it again.
That is very liberating.
Hey ho


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  1. That looks like a lovely path upon which to start a new journey ....

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    1. When it comes..........it will be exciting and a wrench

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  2. It is always a strange mixture of sadness and anticipation a potential change can trigger. Moving home can bring on those mixed emotions.

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  3. Well, I, for one, am looking forward to seeing where this new path takes you :-)

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    1. Like yours Hannah! Llanasa and spain............

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  4. This is so exciting, John!!! An new adventure is right up your alley, I'd say. You have no trouble nesting where ever that may be.

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    1. My job is nest building jimbo

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    2. My job too John. I've made the homes while my husband has concentrated on his career. It's involved a lot of moves around the UK.

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  5. Wow , that is unexpected news. True though with the Profs career . I look forwards to the next chapter of your life and very interested in where this journey takes you both . X

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    1. Its notgoing to happen tomorrow... But it WILL happen......

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  6. You adapt easily because you are open to new things. No judgment on your part, John. You will continue with your blog, won't you? Inquiring minds need to know, ya know...

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    1. Going gently will end with our leaving Trelawnyd
      But i am sure a newbkog will be born soon after x

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    2. I hope so! I know I will enjoy your blog, wherever you may be, but it has been a special delight to this American with many-generations-ago Welsh blood to have some little connection with Trelawnyd.

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  7. Wow, I'm not sure I can handle you leaving Trelawnyd John. I've grown fond of the cast of characters that make up your life on the blog. AND, I think they will be devastated to lose you......oh my! Seriously though, it is wonderful that you support your husband's career and will pick up sticks to go where he needs to be. The first half of my life was pretty nomadic and I miss the thrill of new towns, countries and people. I shall live vicariously through your next adventure.

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    1. Chania....i'm just preparing you all...... Nothing happening just yet...........i have a flower show to sort out! Xxx

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  8. My first thought is, what on earth are you going to do with all the animals.......

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    1. Most of them will come with me Gill

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    2. Oh Gosh me too, that was the first thing I thought of. The animals ! Do you have time to build an ark ?
      I have moved so many time. The last one was the hardest moving from the ocean to the desert after my divorce ... but I found a whole new life.

      cheers, parsnip

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    3. It was my immediate concern as well. In fact if I did have to move it would be my very first consideration, well before my own comfort.

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  9. I have started so many new lives I am better than a cat. You will be loved everywhere you go.

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. You are a brave man to give up so much of what you have.

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    1. Andrew...you only live ONCE

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  11. But you are too old to move, and anyway, must I pack my cyber eye-bags up and follow you? They will only let me onto a plane these days with one eye closed. What am I to do?

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    1. Lol..it will happen tom......i am just preparing you all

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  12. Well, you may find it liberating but they are going to miss you when you're gone!
    And isn't that a beautiful thing in its own way?

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  13. You will be fine. I made a complete life change after I retired, moving from Brooklyn NY to a small New England town. I kept things in place in Brooklyn for a year in case it didn't work but after 6 months knew I was fine. If you close Going Gently do let us know your new blog. You have many friends who will miss you.
    Cheers Peter

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    1. Peter
      You have followed GOING GENTLY foryears
      Why dont you blog?

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  14. Actually we rarely know what "WILL happen" (only about one thing, really). I have learned not to trust the impression of certainty (apart from in one case), but to consider the probabilities nonetheless. If you do end up elsewhere I hope the neighbours are ready to see their lives displayed and analyzed online. And if you end up at my university (which seems unlikely) I'll buy Chris his first coffee while surreptitiously checking for Winnie stains on the trouser legs..

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  15. You'll do well where ever you go....I just hope there will always be room for four dogs and a hen or two lol.

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    1. How could I have forgotten dear sweet Albert.

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  16. I've been expecting this for a wee while John; the Professor's career is advancing and the life of an academic is often nomadic... you've been fortunate to be able to remain in one place for so long.

    There are other people who need your healing as well. You'll flourish where you're planted.

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  17. I agree with what Jacquelineand....said. I'm sure Trelanwyd will be might unhappy to see you go.

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  18. I have lived in five states, relocated for J's job, moved to DC for my job. It is always a challenge, I have learned to bloom where I am planted.

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  19. Thanks for the advance warning! Hope you do blog about the process of moving and building the new nest. Cheers!

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  20. I think the hardest part is uncertainty and waiting for the final news. I used to make a list of all the things I would do again and all those I wish I hadn't done or gotten involved in. ( while waiting). What are the odds you will stay in the UK?

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  21. Could the Prof end up moving here to Australia? Then your blog title could be "Going Gently Downunder"........

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    1. My thoughts too. Coming downunder in Sept to check out the job prospects, John?

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  22. Life moves on, and you have to move with it. You will be fine, and you have the Prof at your side. I have done it twice and I am still around!

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  23. You will be fine, but for us, there will never be another Trelawnyd.

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  24. Change is good. A line I am reading daily as I slowly leave my farm after 33 years says "in movement there is life and in change there is power."

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  25. Really quite a lovely photo, John. A touch, tint, of sadness, but an open road ahead. Cheers to you and Chris, we have journeys ahead of us, eh? Mine the ultimate mystery, yours the road ahead.

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  26. I understand moving up but it will be a bittersweet move.

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  27. How did you realize we would need mega advance warning? It will be wonderful!

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  28. It might be harder for the folks you leave behind, since you will be occupied with resettling at your new home. I have no doubt wherever you end up it will be home in no time, and new neighbors will soon become old friends. It will be a new chapter in the Going Gently story..xx

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  29. Exciting and sad all at once. The village will miss you and we will miss it. Here is to hoping there is an Auntie Glad waiting at your next destination.

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  30. Lovely photo, John.
    We go where life (and love) takes us. It's expected.

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  31. Where ever you go you will carry the well wishes of a lot of people. Those who have been lucky enough to meet you, and those of us who stalk you in the blogosphere.

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  32. Just don't go without leaving us a forwarding address!

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  33. I imagined you and Trelawnyd were welded together.... a shock.

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  34. In 2000 we moved to the place we were going to live in forever. A year later we were moving out and glad to go. That taught me a lot about being able to up sticks and go to places new, and that it can be fun and freshening. I love our current magic cottage, but i know that when the right time comes, I will happily move on to new sights and pleasures.

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    1. Whoops, how did I get signed in as Keechy? D'oh! TL Merrybard here, trying not to be confusing. :)

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  35. Many people all over the world will leave Trelawnyd with you and follow you where ever you are with a lot of love.

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  36. It's a big world indeed but all you will need is a small computer and your circle of blog friends will remain and follow the next adventure..x

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  37. We'll still be here so you'll be quite at home.

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  38. Why move from such a special community John? You have made people like myself want to live in such a place.

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  39. I have never lived anyplace for 10 years. But seeing the life you live in Trelawnyd, I can imagine it would be difficult to leave.

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  40. I felt sad reading this and then thought we made a massive move ourselves & I have NEVER regretted it !

    We left a picturesque Spanish village, had to rehome our lovely dog Rosie ( deciding against six months of quarantine for her ) leave a good friend & a wonderful life for here in the south of England. Twenty years on are very happy.

    So a change is a positive thing and I won't feel sad but wish you & Chris good luck x

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  41. Exciting, but surprising news John….but you will be loved wherever you go, and as someone said, you will take your blog family with you . Come and live near me….I could animal sit for you. Trelawnyd will miss you greatly.

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  42. Having moved many (too many) times, I will be interested to read about it, and also hoping you will have an easy transition. I've lived in the place I'm in for ten years now - the longest I've ever lived anywhere. It would be strange to leave.

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  43. Push adverts for jobs in Northern cities (York, Newcastle.......) towards the Prof. It would be lovely if you came and lived up here. I would hazard a guess that most of those who blog with you feel the same.

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    1. Why would we all want him to go to a northern city? I'm lost.

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  44. Come to Edinburgh! xxx

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    1. I was about to say, come up to Scotland! x

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  45. We've had to move several times around the UK due to my husband's job. This is the longest we've lived anywhere! It's always difficult saying goodbye to places and people but it's exciting moving somewhere new and making new friends. And I've kept in touch with lots of friends from the past x

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  46. Oh gosh! Thank you for the warning. An exciting, stomach fluttering and tear jerking adventure awaits. You will be hugely missed by Trelawnydd I'm sure and your faithful blog followers will follow you anywhere.

    I now have visions of an ark descending on Cambridge; or with the Prof's moustache, maybe a large dirigible disgorging a pack of rumbunctious terriers and a flock of autocratic geese all presided over by a cat riding a bulldog. That should make an entrance! xx

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  47. Love what Jacqueline said, "You'll flourish where you are planted" With a heart as huge as yours, I have no doubt of this. And when the time comes, look ahead, not behind, even though you will undoubtedly miss your current home and lifestyle and will leave a void behind. Thankfully, we will all be tagging along where ever you lead us!

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  48. Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As long as you remain in the 'virtual' World?

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  49. When you a heart full of love and a willingness to forge a life together wherever fate and circumstance takes you it's all possible .... and very exciting.

    We're on our fifth adventure together, not bad in just eleven years of knowing each other!!

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  50. Oh.... it's a funny old life John, we are going through a bit of trauma here at the moment and so to keep sane we look for the stability... and there at once we are reminded that nothing is that stable. It is very heartening that you have given us the heads up and I for one will follow any new venture you take on with the Prof with bated breath.... but it won't be this... will it... and at the moment that is making me very emotional. To borrow a saying from you ....hey ho :\

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  51. I'm sure your move will be quite detailed, and while many comments here are sounding a bit sorrowful, I suspect many more are chomping at the bit of anticipation of your new adventures. I'm sure it will be quite interesting, so have fun.

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  52. Just keep blogging - wherever you are.

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  53. Lump in my throat....but as long as you take us along with you all will be well......new adventures!

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  54. Hey, come to Canada! Didn't The Prof lecture at Calgary within the last year or so? You'd love Alberta . . . perhaps?

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  55. Change is waiting in the wings for all of us -- it's just a matter of when! Enjoy what you have while you have it. And yes, keep blogging through it all.

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  56. I was thinking the same as Debra SWS........Alberta would be nice! Aren't you and Chris coming to Alberta in the next while? Of course being from Saskatchewan.....how about relocating to Saskatoon or Regina....that would be a leap! Thanks for the heads up John.....you know your followers want to keep you close. Mardy

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  57. Whatever happens, whenever it happens, I hope that it is wonderful!

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  58. But... does this new place sell Scotch Eggs?

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  59. You have your professor and your beasties close by. Your dear family and friends near and far. No matter where you go they will find you.That's all that necessary. You will be leaving behind a glorious cast of characters here, but there's always the next chapter in the story. And everyone has a story. Live it Well!!!

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  60. But I'm so used to you being in Trelawnyd. I can't imagine you being elsewhere. Seeing you somewhere different will be a wrench indeed. I'll keep thinking it's an impostor.

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  61. How can I hope to make you understand why I do what I do?
    Why I must travel to a distant land far from the home I love...

    For every occasion, a show lyric...

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  62. I can't really imagine you in different surroundings but as you correctly say, you lived an urban life before your rural one. It'll be an adjustment, but I'm sure you will adjust well. Why do I have a feeling about where you might be going? We'll see!

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