Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Lady With Fabulous Shoes

Do you remember the lady with fabulous shoes?
She arrived the other day at the same time as the Superfast Internet workman who was sexually molested by a certain bulldog that we all know.
She also had a dark expensive looking suit on that Trendy Carol would have fallen in love with , and so sensibility kept out of bulldog hair range by sitting at the kitchen table with me.
That lady with fabulous shoes was an estate agent.
We are planning to leave Trelawnyd.
It's time for adventures new.
The Welsh countryside has been a delightful backdrop to village life and village characters, especially for me, before this a complete countryside virgin. The community has taught me how to be a part of something and has given me a sense of self within that bubble so to speak.
The village has been very good to us.
And we in turn have been very good to it.
But all good things have to come to an end.

My Retirement has freed us from weekends that revolved around invasive night shifts looking after the critically ill and we are now feeling drawn again back to a life where just popping out to a wine bar, a museum,a cinema, some culture ! doesn't have to be planned and where someone has to drive for bleeding miles to achieve.
And so at some time Going Gently as we know it, will be finishing. It is a blog that started because of our move to " The Town full of wheat" which is Trelawnyd and it is fitting that here it will be ending.
It was always meant to be a diary of a man not sure that he had made the right move and it became a story of just how adaptive people can be.
I embraced the change we went through and I shall always be grateful for what that gave me.

I will however start a new blog on the day we eventually leave,  ( 3 terriers, a sexually provocative bulldog, one cat with a damaged leg and a Professor all in the same car, heading for pastures new ....now that should make for some interesting reading don't you think........?
I do hope that when the time comes , some of you will follow me.......

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  1. Good luck, but not goodbye xxx

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  2. Oh snap! We are leaving our little island soon, after twelve years, for the same reasons. Here’s to new beginnings.... :-)

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  3. Aaah! The reason for the sadness revealed?

    LXX

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  4. new beginnings..how exciting! Your village will be sad to see you go, hope you settle well in your next home

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  5. I will definitely be following your move.I need my morning cheer from your often funny posts :D

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  6. A fresh start, wonderful news, I'm excited for you. We did the same a couple of years ago, moved from Sussex to Derbyshire, it's proved to be just the ticket. Of course we'll all follow you to your new blog, how could we not?
    Jean

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  7. I sense sighs of relief, including my own, from bloggers around the globe. Thank you for letting us know that there will be a brand new start and not simply an ending.
    May everything go as smoothly as possible for you all and good luck finding your new abode.

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  8. How thrilling, selfishly so pleased to hear you will start a new blog. Your posts have been brilliant, like Weaver you have a good moral compass.

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  9. Anonymous9:43 am

    Of course I'll be following you! I don't often comment even now after allowing Anonymous readers to join in, but I read you every day and enjoy your sense of humour. Have you any idea where you'll be heading for; Wales or the wider world?

    Joan (Devon)

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  10. Your blog is the gem stone amongst the others I follow. It's not likely I'd give you up. :) Time to get Going Gently typed into a manuscript and sent off to a publisher, I think. xx

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  11. I, too, shall follow you :)

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  12. Absolutely. I will follow you anywhere. :)

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  13. I kinda knew you were ready to go.... All this tarting up of the cottage..I wish it was in my price bracket.. We would move there in a blink. I will of course follow you John.

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  14. I will miss the chickens.

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    1. Anyway, it will be a new chapter with new things - some good and some not so good - as always. Everything will be ok, no matter what. Have faith and trust in the chickens.

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  15. Try and stop us. We'll be in the train!

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  16. Oh yes I will be following you John, I'd miss you if I didn't

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  17. I will always follow the prophet for I believe!

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  18. Everyone's on the move. I can understand why you need a fresh chapter. Good luck (and please keep blogging so we can come with you!).

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  19. How exciting, a new chapter in your lives.

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  20. OMG my heart was in my mouth and a tear is in my eye. I can relate to the desire to be closer to where things happen!

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  21. Follow, stalk, whatever, I’ll search you out.

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  22. And do buy somewhere with a garden for your animals....X

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  23. I shall certainly follow you. Blow in my ear, I'll follow you anywhere! (You have to be a certain age to recognise the reference). ☺☺☺

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  24. A time for new beginnings indeed. I feel sad that Going Gently is ending but happy that you will continue a new blog with new adventures! I have no doubt that Trelawnyd will miss you. You certainly put Trelawnyd on the map! x

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  25. But the new kitchen.......

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    1. ...to boost the asking price.

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    2. that was my first thought.

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    3. yes, I know. I always think it is a loss to get a place all nice and then sell

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  26. Of course we will follow you John.I have so enjoyed reading about your life over the last 9 months ..or since I found you in this crazy world of blogland!Good luck with your search for your new home...maybe one near a college where Winnie could start her course on plumbing and electrics?.lol...Where ever you go,we will all be right by your side!,xx

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  27. good man to continue the blog, but with different location/adventures/people. the flower show will miss you.

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    1. I'm searching for a new owner from today AM X

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    2. I'll have a word with Alan. Our Ethel needs a friend.

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    3. I wondered about Irene and I thought of Sue's Ethel! That would be great :)

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    4. That would be fantastic if it works out!.

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  28. Thank you for sharing Trelawnyd and your life with us. I look forward to reading about the new adventures that await you and the Professor. :)

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  29. Oh, great excitement! Sounds like you may be heading for an urban adventure. Having lived under a rock for the past long while, I've only just found this world of blogging so feel lucky to have caught up with you just in time. I shall be well pleased to join you from the beginning of your new start. Happy selling/buying/packing!!

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  30. adrienne11:41 am

    I'll also be following...

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  31. Selfishly was relieved that your written meanderings and musing on life would continue :)

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  32. I guess we all knew this was coming and will be following you to pastures new.
    Best, Peter

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  33. New Adventures, the penguins are all excited. We look forward to hearing every gory detail of the move and new adventures.

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  34. I’m excited for you and a bit envious. Change is something I love. I will follow you wherever you go.

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  35. If you’ll be showing the house, I guess you’ll be more regularly cleaning dog snot.

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  36. I was also thinking about the kitchen - you only just started to enjoy the new kitchen! I'm curious about where you will settle next, and will most definitely read your new blog! -Jenn

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  37. Good luck on the new adventure. I look forward to following along by reading your blog.

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  38. Good luck & of course I will follow you wherever you land and start anew. Change sometimes can be a wonderful thing.

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  39. Dearest John, don't be so effing disingenuous. Of course your followers will follow you to pastures new, and with great interest.

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  40. A sad but exciting time, John. I will be with you all the way along with all the others. First thing every morning...what would I do without you!

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  41. Your blog has been a must-read to start my day. I look forward to your new adventures!

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  42. Hope everything goes well and you find somewhere wonderful to live.
    I suppose I'd better keep reading. Gawd knows why!

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  43. I bloody well hope you will continue blogging. Meanwhile all the very best to you and The Prof and various fur babies. I hope you find what you are looking for. X

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  44. My heart dropped reading the start of your post. Please continue - we will follow.

    xxx

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  45. Happily follow you all the while you choose to post - your observations are well articulated so wherever you blog I will follow (I sound like a sad stalker 😂)

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  46. I'm not going to be left behind! Of course I will follow you, so I can get cultured-by-association.

    How exciting for you and the critters. Bravo!

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  47. Anonymous1:12 pm

    New adventure. .......hope it goes smoothly. You spoke of Chris and a career move. Is it too soon to enquire what direction that will take you? MaggieB

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  48. I'll miss your village and the cast of characters, but I'm so happy to know that we'll get to come along on your new adventure.

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  49. Sounds like a great new adventure .... I cannot wait for its next incarnation.

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  50. Further adventures, fresh start and new horizons! I am so happy for you and that the blog will continue too. X

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  51. Lead on, we will follow!

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  52. Well. It's odd how sad this makes me. I am not good with change- even for others!
    But yes, of course, we will follow you, John! Can't wait to see where you land.

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  53. I can't wait to see where you end up! Of course I'll be there along with hundreds of your other fans!

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  54. Anonymous1:52 pm

    Endings are sad, even if new horizons are promising.

    You'll forgive me that I shed a tear at the thought of a blogging era coming to an end and, particularly, the thought of you moving to the lights of a city. You seemed so settled in an environment clearly suited to you.

    On a high note, no more driving duties. Best of luck, John.

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  55. Follow you ? Just try to stop me ! I am sort of sad because I fell in love with life in Treylawnyd but I am excited for you to get out on a new adventure. We all need new adventures !
    The dogs will be confused lol ...
    I am not that sad because having done this enough times myself, I know what is ahead for you and it is almost always wonderful .. exhausting and sometimes exasperating but an adventure and we all need our adventures !
    I can't wait ! lol ...

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  56. John - Can't wait to start the day reading of your crazy life. Big changes, for sure, but we will follow you every step of the day. Enjoy your journey.

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  57. Brilliant news, any change that is planned for, looked forward to and executed with love and happiness is very welcome. And of course we'll follow you, we'd follow you, the Prof and the hounds anywhere 😁

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  58. Not heading for the bright lights of Wrexham? I don't often comment but love reading your blog,happy to follow you!

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  59. Just picked myself off the floor - but we knew that the day would come. Will be following your every future move with added avid interest. Bestest of all lucks to ALL of you!

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  60. Closer to the city, easier to go to theatre and concerts and restaurants .. this is my guess and wherever you go, it will be fabulous if you are together ... with pups :) and cat lol

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  61. Thank you for all the tales of Treylawnyd and I look forward to all the new blog news of your next home. I hope you find a wonderful new home.

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  62. How I will miss Trelawnyd, Trendy Carol, the teenage boffin and all your other neighbors, but I look forward to getting to know another place and new neighbors. Joy, health, love and peace to you and The Prof and all your creatures, great and small.

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  63. How fabulous-can't wait to hear about you & your family's new fun life x

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  64. Barbara Anne2:49 pm

    First comment after finding you not so long ago and since I enjoy to the max your take on life (I'm a retired nurse, too), I've been back daily.

    I, too, wonder about leaving your lovely kitchen!

    Wishing you and the Prof well as you seek your next home, suitable for yourselves and the four legged family members.

    Since you kindly asked, I'll be coming along, too, from here in Virgina.

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  65. I will certainly follow you to your new blog! I too am a retired country resident who feels the time has come to look to a more urban environment. I will be reading your posts with intense interest. I'm finding it hard to let go...

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  66. Of course I will read your blog wherever you are, my favourite blogger.

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  67. So many of us who've never been to Trelawnyd will miss it! What a testament to your perceptive, kind and warmly humorous (is that a thing?) writing. I'm a little verklempf myself but I am really looking forward to sharing a new adventure with you, the Prof, the dogs and Albert. xxoo

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  68. Many of us will be in that car with you in spirit and ready to hear of the new adventures. I'm sad you can't enjoy your kitchen longer though!

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  69. The new tenant is going to love the new kitchen. Happy trails.

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  70. That's very exciting for you,Chris and the gang. I really look forward to be along for the adventure. I know you and Chris will surely be missed in Trelawnyd. Handy tip, please use movers!

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  71. Looking forward to following this next chapter in your lives.

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  72. Argh! I hate change! Even when I try to be that person that sees new adventure, I still go kicking and screaming. Needless to say, I look forward to hearing about it but I will miss all that I have come to know through Going Gently.

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  73. To the ends of the earth John if necessary.
    John - have I missed something - didn[t the Prof
    have a lovely Scottish terrier too?

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  74. I too will follow you. It will be a time for adventures new and I am sure and you will have lots to report. I wish you luck with everything.

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  75. I'll be in your suitcase because I need my morning John Grey. Exciting ! Good Luck on the move.

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  76. I’m coming too. I start my day with your blog and all the comments. Wherever you go, whatever adventures await, I’m one of your entourage. Best wishes for a brilliant new chapter.

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  77. I remember when you posted long range plans to move. We all said how much we would miss reading about life in the village.
    Happy to know you were able to enjoy your new kitchen.

    cheers, parsnip

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  78. Well, I will miss the kitchen, it is so lovely. Good luck with your relocation and of course you'll be followed on the new blog! After living in a recreational vehicle (I think you call them caravans) for 10 years, we just bought a house. Change comes to us all.

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  79. Of course we'll follow. Can't wait to read the next instalments of the new phase of your lives.
    Will it include men in overalls for Winnie - just to help her settle in?

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  80. Your blog is a treat for me. Definitely following. xo

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  81. Yes i will definately follow you on to the new blog. Love all the goings on in Trelawnyd, now for the cultured city slicker John , wine bars, posh clothes, nae farting just pleasant wiping of lips with a napkin in some trendy eaterie. Did the same when i moved from my flat to house did the kitchen n bathroom up , as they say kitchens and bathrooms sell houses!. Got almost £25000 more than a neighbour. Now have a rubbish kitchen but lovely house. Will get my dream kitchen when i retire in 1 year 10 months 😀

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  82. The end of an era, the beginning of an adventure. How I envy you. ARE YOU KIDDING....you think for one minute you are going to start a new blog about a new adventure and I won't be there for every single detail? Think again Joh Grey...think again.

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  83. I'm sure we'll all be along, dear Pied Piper. I think you sandbagged us with the new kitchen; I think it also is to entice buyers. Ah, well. I left behind the bathroom of my dreams. See you down the road. xxoo

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  84. A bittersweet time no doubt. Exciting new adventures but sad to leave a lovely place and people. I agree with others that spoke of a "Going Gently" manuscript. You have the stories, the characters and the talent to write it. Good luck with your coming move!

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  85. I'm disappointed that you won't be enjoying your beautiful new kitchen too much longer. But it should help a lot with any sale of the cottage! Change and new beginnings are exciting but also involve sad endings. Trelawnyd will miss you and we will miss Trelawnyd. But . . . see you at the new blog in due course!

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    2. I’m leaving my third ‘dream kitchen’. I’ve spent most of my married life washing up in the bath. He builds me a beautiful kitchen, from scratch, in every home - eventually. Then we move. They’re ALL only kitchens....
      I don’t understand all the sadness folks! To infinity and beyond!....

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  86. I am very surprised by this announcement but of course I understand as I also blog that I have to leave here as hard as that will be. However I hate change so no... I for one will not follow you and I suspect you will never have chickens again so forget, to be honest I was getting tired of you..... bahahaha! Of course I look forward to reading about your new adventures.

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  87. "Start spreading the news!
    I'm leaving today.
    I want to wake up!
    In a city that never sleeps...
    New York New York!"

    ?????

    Oh but your lovely new kitchen, it made you so happy. That's a bit sad. I hope Irene finds a good home.

    lizzy

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  88. Best wishes John. Please don't shut Going Gently completely down. I would love to revisit it from time to time. So many completely delete an old blog. GG kept me going through some sad and hard times! Thank you for the tears and laughter that got me through it all! Looking forward to your new adventure. I am sure it will be a blast!

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  89. What will the flower show do without you?

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  90. I’m sad. Are you? I think that moving from a place you love is always somewhat difficult, even if you are excited about where you are going. That being said, I have no doubts that you will adjust beautifully to your new surroundings and that the new blog will be just as fascinating as this one was. Good luck to you in your new adventure. Can’t wait to read about it!

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  91. Anonymous6:41 pm

    Oh so pleased to know we won't be losing you all, that would be too much to bear. Thank you John and good luck in finding your perfect new abode.

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  92. You seem to be a person who makes the best of any situation and wrings the utmost from everyday life, so I'm glad for you that you can move somewhere that provides more of what you want. A wordy way of saying good luck and enjoy! It will be interesting to see where you land and what the new blog will be like.

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  93. Like Galestorm, I hope you don't delete Going Gently, as I'd love to re-visit. Looking forward to your new adventures though. Your gorgeous cottage won't be on the market long, best get packing xx

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  94. As for Irene, after a word with 'the boss' (note the non-capitals 😉) she's welcome to lifelong free board and lodgings with us. I'm sure Ethel will share her field shelter 😊

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      Lucky Irene she will be going to a good home. Sue you are lovely lady !!

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    2. That is fantastic!. Xxx😂

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    3. Oh SUE I'm typing this through tears xxx now all we have to do is to catch her x thank you

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    4. You don,t bolg anymore but maybe a photo of Ethel and Irene of course if John vets you out and agrees you are suitable for Irene 😂

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    5. Good for you Sue! (miss your blogging) Irene and Ethel sound made for each other. Bless you for relieving John's mind about her.

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    6. How wonderful!! This makes my day :)

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    7. How wonderful! The "bloggy" sheep shall enjoy their days together! How nice of you and Alan Sue! I hope we can see a picture of them together!

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    8. Cheers! That is wonderful Sue.

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    9. Sue that is lovely, I hope that Ethel and Irene have a good life together with you and Alan, a bonus is after recognising where you live a few years ago while holidaying at Betwys Coed I shall be able to picture where they are both living. Hoping that all is well with you.

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    10. awwww Sue, now Irene will not be missing her Mum so much.

      cheers, parsnip

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    11. How lovely of Sue to offer a good home to Irene. I have a ewe Amity who I just love to bits...she is old and has arthritis and I don't let her lamb often though she loves them to bits... who would take her is my worry if/when we leave the farm

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    12. Oh that's just wonderful!

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  95. You've done this before so you will be fine. Looking forward to a new cast of characters but will miss the old ones.

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  96. Everyone deserves an adventure now and again - good luck to all of you - and just let us know where to find you!

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  97. Can’t wait to find out where you are moving to. Hope it is nearer to me! Of course I will follow wherever you go. X

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  98. Good luck with your new adventure, will be be happy to see where you settle. The only annoying thing about living in the wilds of the country is the interminable driving to shops, theatre, etc. Will be following you. x

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  99. 32 years ago, after the sudden ending of a long, loving relationship, I set off from my Leicestershire home with my 2 youngest sons, ages 10 and 7 years, plus Bess the Border Collie, Pele the little black football-playing cat and a bucketful of tropical fish encased in polystyrene. We had a sleeping bag each, a mug, plate and cutlery and a camping burner with a box of food. My furniture wasn't able to be delivered before the following week.
    I wish I had started a diary or blog.
    Looking forward is the way to go - and I suspect we shall all be coming with you.

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  100. Good luck with finding good new. Your new block will get my look.

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  101. But your new dream kitchen! Please make sure we can find you new blog. I'm sure it will be just as fun and insightful as this one. Best of luck.

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  102. Wherever you hang your hat to call home, I hope it is filled with adventure and much love.
    They'll be the lucky ones to have you both in their midst.
    Count me in, I'll be tagging along :)
    Best wishes always
    ~Jo

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  103. New adventures, new characters to meet, we will be there with you ! Xx

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  104. Wishing you everything good and satisfactory about your move....But I am a little sad you cannot take your new kitchen along with you!

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  105. Anonymous8:25 pm

    How exciting! I remember you mentioned a while ago that you would all eventually be leaving the cottage - presumably, you now have a new destination in mind... Looking forward to reading about this next adventure, and of course the new blog. Good luck!
    Julie B

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  106. I'll be there too.
    I always loved moving. fresh starts and all that. xo

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  107. Anonymous8:34 pm

    I moved 200 miles to the seaside with a complete change of career and lifestyle and I couldn't be happier. I was happy before but needed a change. Followed you for years and will continue to do so. Exciting times ahead. Lisa x

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  108. Of course I will continue to follow you. And wish you, the Prof and the menagerie only the best.

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  109. This is terribly exciting. I cannot wait to find out where you and the Prof and your menagerie of furry kids end up. I have enjoyed learning about life in Wales. I feel we are all the better for being given that personal insight. Best of luck to you!!!

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  110. Have loved Trelawnyd(and will miss it) through your blog and look forward to the next adventure with you.

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  111. Wishing you luck and yes, of course, I will be following you x

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  112. Oh, I will so miss hearing about Trelawnyd! But I do sincerely hope that you continue blogging in the new place. I love hearing your take on the world around you, and I would very much miss hearing about the pets and the Prof! As always, best of luck!

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  113. Wishing you, the Prof and all the furry ones all the best in your new adventures, another one here who will be following.

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  114. I'll certainly be following you, John. I'm sure you'll introduce us to a whole new set of irrepressible village "characters".

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  115. oooh new adventures, how exciting. I will follow you.

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  116. I think this is probably goodbye. Best wishes in all you do, it's been great.

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  117. Oh wow. I admit, I jumped down to the end to see whether you were going to say you'd start a new blog.

    I was relieved that you said you would...

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  118. I will look forward to reading about your new adventures, will miss the village people wishing you all the best John now and in the future, hope you find a nice place with a garden for the dogs and Albert.

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  119. I always love to read your adventures so I will follow you of course .. but John... make sure George is in that car when you finally leave ... we do not want a re-run of "Scotty Dog Home Alone"!!!!!!!! LOL

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  120. You bet I will be there. But goodness....the new kitchen. Was it done just to improve the sale. I certainly admire the two of you and your adventures. And they have been. :)

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  121. Perhaps you may entertain of a"Fixer Upper" I'm saying this with Winnie in mind (xxx) Wherever you go may you be blessed with good friends, good food and many blessings in whichever shape or form they enter your lives.

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  123. Hello John.. what news!! We all knew you have spoken of yours and the Profs plans for new fields so all the best with your coming sale of your dear cottage.
    Things don't matter so much to me... a house is a shell but the personal effects make it a home. Its our fur kids and care for the stock that concern me the most... glad you have an offer of a good home for Irene with Sue.
    We too are considering a move but it is so hard to part with the critters and to find them a home that will be good to them is the priority.

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  124. Anonymous12:52 am

    I’ll be looking for you. You make me laugh and always give me something to think about.
    Happy trails to you, the Prof and your menagerie!
    Debbie

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  125. So happy for you to be heading to new adventures!

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  126. What a joy it is to read your blog and can't wait to follow your new adventures. Best wishes!

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  127. Oh crikey ..... I’m way down the list of comments ..... so much to ask ..... have you sold ? Have you found a new house ? How are you choosing where to live ? Will you have a large garden ..... so many questions .... I wish you both so many happy times wherever you settle John. So exciting. 🏠 XXXX

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  128. All the best to you in your new surroundings! I'll miss the Trelawnyd stories, never heard of it before I started reading your blog about a year ago. Good luck with moving all the animals, it won't be easy traveling with them all I know. Have fun!

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  129. New adventures, when I read with morning coffee I shed a few tears. I’m back tonight after a productive day. I’ve feel in love with Trelawnyd and all the village life you’ve shared with us. As I was driving in town today, I envisioned you walking the dogs city center and your cast of characters you met through your day. When the new page is written; I’ll be awaiting to jump into the page and follow your adventures! Hugs Gabs ....

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  130. How exciting John! A New Chapter. I'm sure you'll make a success of wherever you settle. Fingers crossed for a good sale and your Dream Home falling into your lap

    We will be following every step of the way!

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  131. But didn't you just get a new kitchen?

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  132. I remember you mentioning your intentions to move on eventually...when you had your lovely kitchen put in I was curious...and now you have confirmed my suspicions. I am excited for you all, new beginnings.. new experiences. I will miss your lovely cottage and the fur babies, but I look forward to reading the next chapter in the book of Mr and Mr. Thanks for the laughs and the insights... of course I will follow, you are my daily read, the one that lightens the load for me. Enjoy the move.. and blog when you are ready, I am excited for the new content. XX

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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    1. Every life has to change jo x

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  133. I have loved looking over your shoulder at Welsh village life but lead on John! I will surely follow...

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  134. Congratulations on your new adventure and for finding a good home for your sheep. I am happy for y'all and wish y'all the best in moving and finding a great new place to call home. Thank you for sharing your life with us and for inviting us to visit your world through blogging. I look forward to this new chapter of your life saga. I am wishing you the best and good luck, good health, and good journey to y'all!

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  135. Oh gracious that will be the end of an era! Will look forward to the new blog, but in the mean time I'm guessing you'll be around in Trelawnyd for a while, as you sell the house and find another? Exciting times!

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  136. I’ll miss the stories of Trelawnyd but look forward to ‘Tales from the City’ - you’re a great story teller and your blog will continue to draw me in wherever it is set because you write with compassion and humour. Good luck with the house hunting, Trelawnyd will miss you but exciting new adventures lie ahead.

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  137. Wishing you all the best in your new adventures and I will be definitely be tagging along to wherever that may be.

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  138. Anonymous8:12 am

    Good luck to you and your beautiful family, I feel the wind changing with us, our neighbor of 31 years has moved it’s left me feeling really unsettled because I love our life here where our family has grown up left, came back but soon to be leaving again. This is freeing us up to do as we please, but I’ll miss it here just as I’ll miss your village and all the precious people who I’d never have know but for you. Thank you Jo

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    1. The winds of change indeed

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  139. A bit sad in a way but looking forward to your new adventures shared with us!

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  140. Sign me up. I confess I gasped out loud when you said you were ending this blog. And then breathed when another was on the horizon.
    x
    Also, please show more pics of your lovely new kitchen, a glimpse is not enough for nosey me.

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  141. I will follow Johnnnnn,
    follow John, where ever he may gooooooooo
    There isn't an ocean too deep,
    A mountain so high it can keep,keep me away,
    away from his blogggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

    All the best JG x

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  142. I shall happily toddle across to catch up with your doings....can never resist a post about Winnie's lusting over the workmen!
    Arilx

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  143. I must admit I had some sudden tears rise up till I got to the part that said you would start a new blog and allow us on your new journey. We took an unexpected journey four years ago and are now living a happy retirement life we never dreamed of. The best to you and the Prof, John. I am looking forward to your new adventure.
    Lynn

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    1. We all need to move one dearheart x

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  144. I'm hoping there will be sky writing in the heavens for at least 30 days prior announcing the new blog address, not to mention hourly bulletins on BBC News America.

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    1. It will be announced xxx

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  145. Anonymous10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness after all the hard work and love you’ve put into your lovely new kitchen. Hope wherever you roam that you will continue blogging. It makes my day. Jules xxx

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    1. Jules I will, I promise x

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