Happy 2020 everyone....January disappeared as we were semi hibernating, suddenly its February and almost halfway though the month. I promised to do more blogging in 2020, the onset of winter slowed us down, we loathe early afternoon darkness and darkish mornings in December. We then limped through January after a wonderful Christmas, probably just exhausted from all that talking and eating. We spent Christmas in BC, catching up with friends in Revelstoke and Kelowna and and a had a brief visit in AB as we flew in and out of the city.
When we arrived home from Havari in October after battling crowded airports, long waits and delays.... we were rather frustrated. I moaned to my tired and patient husband....why are we travelling back and forth, we should just stay? After mulling this thought..... during the past few months we have decided that we will be quite happy with village life and occasional forays into Europe. I haven't had any time to paint but have two canvases ready to go. We are sorting through all of our 'stuff 'and deciding what goes east and what heads to the local Thrift Shop, I think we are almost there. We just need one second hand largish suitcase to contain a few wintery garments, it does get damp in Havari in winter so we will appreciate the comfort of warm Canadian coats, boots, hats and jackets in the rainy season.
It will be farewell to Oakville in the spring and back to Bouboulinas Street. How do you decide which treasures to take after almost 40 years of marriage? Everything we are packing has we have discovered a happy story attached to it. The wooden plates above from a visit to the Calgary Zoo special exhibition with friend Hazel, platters and pottery made or acquired from wonderful potters over the years all now wait their next adventure. Anyway it turns out we have about 6 boxes of precious memories not including our art collection. We still have many trips to various thrift shops ahead of us, family will pick up the remaining chosen items, like furniture later. I think we have found homes for just about everything. Shipping overseas means everything must be carefully accounted for, a manifest for each box and I have recently decided that the shipping company can pack the artwork.
And again we extend our invite to come and visit.