In-between days

Our house

Our house

A huge admission: I have never been brilliant at making decisions. I am not talking about everyday ones, like which chocolate bar to buy (although that particular decision has been made very easy since starting a restrictive diet – i.e. one of the two that don’t contain lactose, gluten or too much taste). I am talking about the big life decisions. It turns out my other half isn’t too good at it either. It’s times like this I wonder if we should be in the world of grown-ups, or if others struggle with big moments like this too?

This all means that the ultimate decision has been all over the place over the last few months. The decision: should we move 2 hours further south and start our lives again. This means leaving behind our friends, community, lovely town and perfect home (especially for boys and dogs) in massive acreage complete with trails, tennis court, creek, swimming pool and great deck.

Clouds and tractor

Clouds and tractor

Anyway, after much navel-gazing, soul-searching etc it seems that the general philosophy is ‘the adventure continues’ and ‘on we go’… ho-hum, so we are heading South before the end of August to live outside Washington DC and begin our lives again. This has not been an easy decision to reach. Somedays I want to run home to relative safety, or at the very least stay put with the known, tried and tested location.

After a frantic search, looking at a variety of houses, from contemporary and oversized to small and ancient we finally settled on a place that is a complete surprise to me. We are buying a fairly new place, in a neighbourhood. All the rooms are square and the only characteristic of it that makes it a bit different is that it is ‘split level’. My head is telling me that it is the right place at the right time, but I am not in love with it. At the moment, I couldn’t let you know if that is because we are again leaving our own personal paradise and great friends and I am naturally against it, or if it is really the feelings from the bottom of my toes. However I do feel slightly consoled that my other half is excited by the house and that it has a pool.

Rainy day

Rainy day

In between these space-filling issues, the summer is going by far too quickly. There has been ALOT of rain followed by horribly hot days that leaves the dog bewildered by the stifling humidity and heat that is outside. Consequently we spend alot of time at the creek, where Seb has proudly managed to catch a huge crayfish and a massive bullfrog tadpole (“with behind legs, mummy”), serenaded by it’s irate parent. We had his birthday party at the nature center. I am so happy we didn’t do it here. The experience of a bunch of highly excited 5-7 year olds racing around (and around and around) and not listening to the feeble protests of 17-year-old camp leaders was painful enough there. Despite the general mayhem, they did have a great time though and we got to play find-the-flip-flop-in-the-mud. That particular activity was unsuccessful, but hopefully somewhere at Ashland, there is a mud-loving creature benefitting from an unusual shelter.

Crayfish

Crayfish

The boy has had a great time at various camps. He had a solid week of tennis and swimming and appreciated even more Andy Murray’s fabulous victory at Wimbledon. I am encouraging this new interest, hoping at some point to get back on the court myself. I am pretty much beaten before I start though as he is always “Handy Murray” in the Wimbledon Final. Today he actually walked off the court with a huge bag hung over his shoulder with a serious expression and signed some autographs. Somehow, I don’t think we will really have too many problems with his confidence.

First day at camp

First day at camp

He has also had day camps at the nature center and is full of the activities they covered each day. The picture above was spontaneously drawn when we got home – it shows the paths, a tree, his group, a rabbit, the marsh, water play and story time. He proudly related how they climbed Hawk Watch Mountain, and will only use plasters from his personally constructed first-aid kit.

The next phase of our summer is also going to involve alot of time in the pool and creek, trying to beat the heat and making the most of living here for our last month or so.

I did manage a day at Longwood though – check out my pics…

 

In the creek

In the creek

Fishing

Fishing

Keeping cool

Keeping cool

 

 

16 thoughts on “In-between days

  1. Alicia Alexander

    Emma-wow! You sure have had some stressful and life-changing events occur since you have been here! We are sad to hear you are moving again, but so happy to have gotten to hang out with you and the family! Hope we can keep in touch! Best wishes for a smooth move and transition! Take care!

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  2. Marcia Stephenson

    Emma,
    So sorry to hear that you are moving away from us! However DC area is a great place to be. Please stay in touch! We’ll miss you and Seb terribly.

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    1. emma Post author

      Thanks! I have loved working with you guys so much. I will try and call before we leave… I wish we could have done another planting with Seb! Thanks for everything!

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  3. Lizzie Croker

    I love you Emma Dilemma…….could n’t help jump at the word ‘buy’ in amongst all the Emma Dilemmaness. It sounds like Garnet has reasonable job security to make that decision. So America is likely to be home for the next five years yes? I think there s a good chance of us visiting the States in that time. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. With a time frame you’ll be able to commit to more things in your life yes? I think photography is your strength with a bit or moral balance in there too……speak up for the simple things in life while everyone else whizzes around without there feet on the ground (ooops that should be their, Dibba would notice that one!). Enjoy the rest of July and August and I hope you adjust to life near Washington DC in your own time, I’ve just bought a new doona cover, thats our news here! Love and a hug Lizzie Eric, Charlotte and Will x

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    1. emma Post author

      Liz! Will hold you to a visit… where is your house up to these days? Thanks for the comments on my photography – that and my boy really help keep me grounded! What colour was your cover?? Is it like the ones we used to watch tv under at Myrtle Cottage? x

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      1. Lizzie

        Hey Em, so it s mainly white with pink and is giving me enormous pleasure! Charlotte has waited five years for a new doona love her & Grandma obliged this year for her 9th Birthday. It s funny I think this year is the first Christmas that I feel at home in Australia, something about this time of year. I find after speaking to Louise & Stuart I m ready to embrace my Australian family. Enjoy that turkey. I know Garnet will pull out the finest cuisine. Merry Christmas my lovely x x Lx

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  4. Wendy

    We’ll miss you! Best wishes for you and Garnet and Seb in DC. I hope you’ll pass through DE again once in a while.

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    1. emma Post author

      Hi Wendy – we will miss you too! You guys have been a big part of my being here, thanks for all the opportunities and keep in touch.

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  5. Justine

    Hi Emma
    Too much happening for you! Good luck with everything and hope it feels right soon. Lovely photos too. Love to you all
    xx

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  6. Molly @ The Move to America

    I am sometimes super great at making big decisions (having made the decision to move to the US and leave all my family and friends behind) and then sometimes I am not. I think, for me, it boils down to if I do not have to many questions about it or worries/what ifs, then I tend to go for it. That is not to say that it is a good idea to do it like that – weighing up the pros and cons is a good way to decide but if it feels right – do it!

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    1. emma

      Hi Molly, thanks for the sage advice! I am no good about overthinking decisions. I usually go through feel. That is what feels weird about this decision – it is mainly head!
      Maybe something to do with a big news within the US rather than at home and having to leave behind our lives that we built from scratch here?

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