Tuesday, 29 May 2012

All Change

This week will see something of a landmark for our daughter and her family. After six years of living in the city, they're moving a little over 10 miles closer to us, to a house in the countryside.


They've prepared well for the big day and, are at present, living in what could be a contender for the Turner Prize. A series of arrangements, consisting of stacked boxes, reels of adhesive tape and incidental groupings of small objects, missing, believed lost.


Earlier this evening, I took the opportunity to photograph the house and garden.

In six short years, so many memorable events. Major among them, the births of our three darling granddaughters. Their first steps, first words will help to warm the place for the next family.


Tomorrow I'm going to dig up a clump of pampas grass, to transplant in the new garden. I believe this particular grass originated in my maternal grandmother's garden. I could be wrong and, if I am, pampas grass is a nice thing to have in the garden anyway.

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  1. That is indeed momentous, and something that we don't really consider, as people do it all the time. But it is HUGE.
    Every blessing to the little family for more wonderful memories ahead of them. May they settle in speedily. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ciara. I know it's going to be a wrench, but I know they're all very excited, too.

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  2. How nice to have them that little bt nearer Martin. Any move is a big upheaval, so I wish them well with that. Pampas grass, though much maligned, is rather lovely stuff. We have some, as do mantygardens round here and we look forward to see the plumes open and fluff out.

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    1. Yes, quite a bit closer. They'll be just under two miles away, in the neighbouring village. Thanks for your good wishes. They are appreciated.

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  3. You are blessed to have them so close by :) The flower photos are beauties, especially the yellow rose - the shadow on the petals gives a nice feel to the photo.

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    1. We are blessed, indeed, Gabrielle.

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  4. That will be lovely, Martin, having them so much closer :-) How wonderful to have a descendant of your grandmother's pampas grass too :-)

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    1. I'm pretty sure it came from from my grandmother's garden, Teresa. It looks great, anyway.

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  5. How grand that they are moving closer...

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  6. I love that you are moving a piece of the garden as well! It's great they will be nearer to you and I'm sure they are leaving a very happy atmosphere for the next people who live in the house.

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    1. Well, tomorrow is the big day. Here's to a smooth transition.

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  7. Lovely garden pictures. I am happy for you. Pampas grass is grand as long as no one is allergic to the fuzz.

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    1. I might have to steer our son-in-law away from it. He's a hay-fever sufferer.

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  8. It'll be lovely to have your girls nearer to you, I can see all the wonderful artwork the three of you will produce over the years already.

    I hired a man and a van to bring half of most of my plants from the last garden to this one. It took many weeks to get them all safely into the ground.

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    1. Let's hope they'll be inspired by their new surroundings. I think this garden has much potential, being 123' x 35'.

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  9. I love the idea of taking the family plantings with you. There is something wonderfully sentimental about that. And how wonderful to live closer...and in the countryside, too!

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    1. Our daughter probably gets that sentimentality from her dad, Betsy. I still have the original wooden threshold from my grandmother's house. Goodness knows what I'll ever do with it, but I could bear to see it binned.

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  10. Good luck with the move. I am currently moving my son out of his flat in Sheffield so I know what you are going through. With the moving and the Jubilee celebrations you will probably never get to finish the Snowman!

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  11. Are babysitting fees tax deductible?

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  12. Moving is such hard work but I'm sure they will settle happily and the girls will love being nearer to you.

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  13. Love that you're passing on a bit of family history in the pampas grass. I have some similar heirlooms.

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