This morning we awoke to the devastating news of last night’s Paris tragedy and attacks in Lebanon. We watched it being reported on the BBC. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from the TV but we needed to leave our house-sit flat and take Tuck out for his morning walk.
It was cold and wet this morning as we wandered slowly around the village green with Tuck in the rain, quietly within our own thoughts.
We’ve been living this nomadic life for just over 4 months now, and our plan has been to carry on traveling and house sitting until we visit home in Australia in May 2016, then probably head off again around July. Maybe to South America, we don’t know where. We’re making it up as we go.
This morning Dave and I both felt we’d like to go home now. I phoned Adam in London and I said I’d like he and Jacque to come home with us now. He said that would be like giving in. I said I’m ok with giving in. Mind you he didn’t argue with me about going home, so…. It made me feel good to connect with my son today. We spoke with Carly in Melbourne this morning and will connect with Elissa in Brisbane and Sarah working in Ghana tomorrow morning. We’ll Skype and Facetime with other friends and family over the weekend.
The weather is turning cold and rainy here in England (of course it is) and we’ve actually embraced it, heading out each day exploring for miles. But today we felt a need to stay indoors, turn on the heating and watch silly British TV lifestyle shows. Had takeaway for lunch from the Chinese next door. To nest and nurture.
It is very different being in this part of the world, with thousands and thousands of traumatised refugees arriving on European shores. Of crazed maniacs shooting and blowing up people. Being closer to it all than when we were in Australia. It is very different when you live so far away from where it is happening.
Yesterday, before we knew about this madness, we were looking at booking Eurostar tickets to Paris but changed our minds and ended up booking to go to Brussels & Bruges for a couple of weeks because we haven’t been to Belgium. We leave on Monday and return to London for our next house sit in Peckham on my birthday, 29th November.
We will stay on and continue with our travels. But I think we’ve felt a bit homesick lately, and today we felt a bit melancholy. And that’s ok, that’s normal. We’ve been away from home for a while now.