Friday, 6 April 2018

Plans

A Sunny Morning over the village

I've started to let people know of our intention to move. 
One neighbour kindly said that they were "stunned and saddened" 
Mrs Trellis was more pragmatic " How lovely, pastures new!" She trilled as her bobble hat wagged in the wind. 
I've also had quite a few " we will miss you statements" which is nice but I am in no doubt  there will be an Occasional pleased expression to our news..especially the by the villager who I had a run in with on Monday night after her unleashed staffie had belligerently faced off William who was helpless on his lead. Her dog got a swift kick for her trouble and I got sent a " You walk round the village as if you own it"  social media comment......
It's interesting how people see you.
I've just resigned from the newly formed community Association and my next step is to get the flower Show Committee together to discuss the future of the show. 
I suspect that the show will end if a new secretary cannot be found!
I have someone coming to view the good quality hen houses on Sunday and joy of joys now have a potential new owner for the skittish and lonely Irene. Dear friend and former blogger Sue ( and her lovely hubby) have kindly offered to adopt her.....so at some stage in the future all we have to do is catch her! 
A dear friend told me this morning that he always liked my optimistic nature.
Onwards and upwards dearhearts! 

59 comments:

  1. Yes, catching Irene may be a bit of challenge. Maybe try luring her into an enclosed area with something delicious. I know it would work on me lol.

    ReplyDelete
  2. There's always that one person who's probably happy to think they're raining on your parade. I had a coworker tell me (when I retired as a paralegal where I'd worked for 12 years) that she never much liked me. I just told her thanks and that she'd taken away what little guilt about how I felt about her.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would withhold her beloved slices of bread for a while, then when we do present her with some she will be ecstatic ... and if we're quick we can grab hold of those horns :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will get a hurdle too so we may be able to trap her near the gate.

      Delete
  4. As long as we never lose touch John I really just want you to live where you fancy living. I am sure most of your village inhabitants will be devastated when you go - and those who aren't will not know what you have done for the village until it is too late.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Perfectly written Weaver. So true.

      cheers, parsnip

      Delete
  5. Onwards and Upwards... that really is the only choice unless we prefer to sit and wallow and i'd rather not do that.. I do hope you decide to continue with the blogging , even if you start a new one.. I would miss our visits over coffee...Hugs! deb

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Has The Professor got a new post - perhaps somewhere exotic like Sunderland, Wolverhampton or Dundee? Obviously your current home location choice was linked to his job in Bangor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If they move to Sunderland I will invite them for Sunday lunch some time... I make mean Yorkshire puds.

      Delete
    2. Yes, do you have a place in mind you're going TO? I doubt very much you're going to move into a trailer (I think you call them caravans) and drift around the country till the mood strikes you to settle...
      We all want to inundate you with speculation and advice about the new place!

      Delete
  8. Can't wait to hear about your new city/home/neighbors/crazy events!
    It's amazing how new experiences are like a shot of adrenaline to ourselves and relationships!



































    i
    t's amazing how new surroundings

    ReplyDelete
  9. I wish you lots of luck in your new venture John.
    no doubt sue wants Irene to be company for her
    lonesome Ewe Ethel Looking forward to your future blogs Joan [sues mum ] XX

    ReplyDelete
  10. Anonymous3:58 pm

    Whatever any of the villagers say I'm sure you will be missed by the majority of them. How long have you lived in the village?

    Joan (Devon)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Don't forget your duty to make your future life at wherever at least as interesting as it's been where you are. You owe it to your legion of blog-followers not to make us wish you hadn't moved. Now don't disappoint! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Well, I'm excited for you but sad for all of us.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I must have missed a post. I did not know you were moving.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am not surprised that lots of people will miss you (or you've had run ins with disgruntled a$$holes).

    You can measure the bounty and richness of your life by how many loved ones and friends cherish you and love you. These are the people that make life wonderful and make you happy.

    You can judge your popularity and power how many people envy you for just being you. These haters are miserable people with miserable lives and try desperately to attack you to give themselves a sense of worth. You are the light that exposes their faults, their flaws, and their self hatred. Shine on!

    Congratulations, John!!! You are much treasured and beloved and very popular!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your move will be the end of the era as I do love your posts and hearing about your village. I hope you keep on blogging and look forward to hearing about your new digs (does digs translate? it means location).

    ReplyDelete
  16. I re-instigated the 'Horticultural Show' in my Shropshire village. I didn't become a committee member; just watched (and entered) from the sidelines. That was way back in 1980... I wonder if they managed to keep it going?

    It's funny how others see us; in Shropshire I was viewed as The Squire from 'The Big House'; I rather liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Kind of sad that you'll be leaving that lovely kitchen just when it has been renovated to your specifications. I hope you'll be happy wherever you go with the Prof.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I hope the flower show won't end!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Perhaps the new incumbents of Aunt Gladys old house will prove suitable candidates/ victims in your search for a treasurer - you could sell it as a great way to get to know lots of people. Cue malevolent laughter - mwah ha ha aha.

    ReplyDelete
  20. sounds like the move may be imminent and you just had the kitchen re-done! but yes, new adventures. we did not look back when we left the city though it was hard for me to leave my wonderful old house.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I would love it if you lived near me-you possibly not so keen x

    ReplyDelete
  22. There is always a belligerent dog or neighbor in every street (or workplace if that applies) to deal with wherever you go - and where is that locale... which country at least- can you give us a hint??

    Some people just don't have good manners at all and talk about 'pot calling the kettle black' when the staffie was not leashed! I recall you have had a run in with this particular pair before. Glad you managed the situation with aplomb but gee... why should you have to take defensive action to protect your dogs and yourself - there should be mandatory local laws - all dogs not in off leash areas MUST be leashed - with smart phones these days they could be effectively reported - a swift kick to the wallet is the only thing this ignoramus would comprehend!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Yes, your optimism is the quality I've found so refreshing, John. Well, that, and your ability to tell a story :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. I'll miss Trelawnyd, and enjoy your new adventures. Many details, please.

    ReplyDelete
  25. So glad that Sue is taking Irene x

    ReplyDelete
  26. You have a lovely cottage with a new kitchen and a freshly painted bathroom that should sell quickly especially this time of the year. I look forward to following your adventures on the flip side in the city. I have no doubt with your writing ability you will continue to find colorful characters and places no matter where you live and many will enjoy hearing about future escapades. What really counts is that you, the Professor and all your lovely furry family are happy!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I have moved so many times in so many states and countries ! that I view it as fun ... of course you will be sad to say goodbye to some people and there will be a lot of memories but you are moving onward and upward :) New places are good for you, keeps the juices running, as my husband would say.
    I am happy for you and excited for the new life and experiences ahead ... just be sure to remember us and drop a line now and then. Wishing you only good luck !

    ReplyDelete
  28. I am sure both you and Chris will be very much missed and I hope the flower show continues. It sounds like you are very organized. Onwards and upwards!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Of course some people don't like you and won't miss you. You have never shown any signs of being 'all things to all people'. I strongly suspect the balance is tipped the other way though. And am sure you will give as much to your new community as you do now.

    ReplyDelete
  30. What happen to Sylvia? Evidently, I missed something.

    ReplyDelete
  31. WTF! You just put in that beautiful new kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Now I know why you have been so upset lately. Change is hard but it can be exciting also. A new road to travel, new adventures to have, and new stories to be written. I wish you well. John.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh, you will be missed. There is no doubt about that.

    ReplyDelete
  34. No more tales of Jason
    Or the teenage boffin
    Trendy Carol's snazzy shoes
    Cakes and jam and flower show news

    No more sprucing up the church
    Or lying down in the field
    A menagerie of animals longtime gone
    Auntie Gladys and her home baked scones

    No more walking down the lane
    Novelty veg a thing of the past
    A village community brought to life by John
    The light goes out and life goes on.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I'll miss stories of Trelawnydd..I used to live not far away in Y Rhewl and work near Denbigh..but look forward to your next location.

    ReplyDelete
  36. It's a rare creature that is universally liked. And the person with the unleashed muscle dog who thinks it's you who's the Prince of the Village with your leashed cuties sounds hard to like in return. Oh well, at least you know who to strike off your Xmas card list.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Moving to a new home is a great adventure. But it's a great pain in the bumpkis until it's over. I wish you courage, luck and the best of everything wherever you land.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I know you gave us fair warning, but I still feel a shock as I click on to 'Gently' on my bookmark bar. It's always the first stop while I drink my mug of tea after my dog walk and shower.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Wait, what? Did I miss a post? I didn't even know you were thinking about moving. Is this out of the country? Or to another village? Downsizing? Upsizing? Inquiring minds John, inquiring minds!

    And I'm sure it's been said in the comments already but that village will not know what they had until it's gone...

    ReplyDelete
  40. Trelawnyd just won't be the same, but you must do what you have to do. There should be a blue plaque put up I think. I am heartened that the villagers want to eat your chickens.

    ReplyDelete
  41. They will really miss you the Prof and the doggies!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I shouldn't have been surprised when you told us of the move. Around here so many people renovate only to move that I note when I see a kitchen or bathroom van as it's likely to mean a For Sale sign within a couple of months.

    If Chris hasn't already got a job lined up, what about New Zealand? There are plenty of academic vacancies and with the new Labour government increasing social spending, the opportunities for sensible input to decision-making are much greater.

    Wherever you go, you'll make a rich and vibrant contribution, and we all hope to hear about it, please.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Oh, well, life must move on I guess. Please let us know when you start blogging in your next locale. Good luck with your new adventure.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Good luck with your move x. What happened to Irene’s partner?

    ReplyDelete
  45. I’m sure most of trelawnyd will miss you. I am so grateful to have been introduced the village.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thanks John for keeping us in the loop...busy times ahead. I am so grateful that you will continue to blog. Your loving fans need a daily John Gray fix to get going in the morning, wishing you well...life in a bigger center will definitely change your topics. Mardy. 🇨🇦

    ReplyDelete
  47. I agree that most will miss you and the dogs. There was a hint, back around the time you retired, and the chickens left home, that this might be an opportunity to free the two of you up for a move. Any hints on new pastures?

    ReplyDelete
  48. Wow! You're moving?! Clearly I'm behind on the news here. But didn't you just redo your kitchen?! I need to keep reading, obviously -- fell behind on blog-reading while I was traveling...it's a shame to think of the flower show coming to an end. I hope someone else takes the reins!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Not long after we moved into our apartment, I was cheerfully informed by a neighbout that I was now Chari of the Vvody corp, as it 'came with the place'. I think this could be an interesting tactic in Trelawnyd. You never know, it worked with me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That was meant to say Chair of the Body Corp btw!

      Delete
  50. Anonymous7:45 pm

    You are right that new kitchens do help sell a property and also help with the asking price:) Please don't forget to do a last post advising us of your new blog telling us all about the exciting places you goto and eat at!*Thank you* for taking the time to write this blog; although we are the same ageish I am currently housebound and I can't tell you the joy I have felt reading it. As I said before, you are a kind soul John and I wish you, your hubby and lovely furry family every happiness on your new journey! Golden Sunflower x

    ReplyDelete
  51. Will really miss your village tales, but I wish you both all the very best in your new adventure. It's been a privilege to peek into your village life and see your wonderful cottage. Just don't think I could ever leave such a place. But like you say onwards and upwards. So glad that Sue is having Irene. She will be guaranteed a happy life with her and her husband and might make a lonely ewe very happy. Hope it all goes to plan - Best regards.

    ReplyDelete
  52. So sad. I have missed your farm animal posts and now will have to miss your Welsh village ones. But life has to go on, I guess.

    ReplyDelete

I love comments and will now try very hard to reply to all of them
Please dont be abusive x