Letter from Felixstowe: Home by the Sea

Farewell to the courtyard & a special place in Paris

Farewell to the courtyard & a special place in Paris

My mother, for various reasons, was never a frequent traveller. Yet one of her expressions which she passed on to me is, ‘It’s great to go away and it’s great to get home.’

Clive and I aren’t quite back to normal after our recent months of travel and family visits, but we’re glad to be home by the sea.

Our last evening in Paris was marked by the soirée with our neighbours, which to my deep delight went very well. Monsieur shared a moving story of his mother’s wartime professional work, which included time with the U.S. Foreign Service. Clive was able to find and print for them an Internet photograph of one of her bosses, whom the family has admired for generations. I felt we deepened our connection with this wonderful couple and I treasure their friendship.

Back in Felixstowe, we’re trying to catch up on everything, reconnect with friends and savour just being here for the next few weeks. At the same time I’m already missing our home away from home in Paris and looking ahead to seeing loved ones in the U.S. over Thanksgiving.

The calendar tells me Thanksgiving is five weeks from today and Christmas is nine weeks from today. Hope I’m not the only one who finds this incredible? Eek!

October sunrise, Felixstowe

October sunrise, Felixstowe

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Felixstowe.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Carolyn , all I can say is that I am sure your neighbours were truly grateful in having you and Clive over to share their stories , and how brilliant of Clive to find a photo for them , yep you have certainly have deepened the connection and I am sure they are truly grateful to you both and a true friendship. xx

  2. That’s so nice to hear about your dinner with the neighbors! Time flys by so fast, enjoy each minute.

  3. Yes Carolyn I do find it incredible that Christmas is only 9 weeks away , , Are you going back to the USA for Thanksgiving? How do you do it? You must have a bag packed all the time :-0 xx

  4. Anne and Martha, thanks for your comments. Time flies by way to fast!

    We do have our wheelies more or less packed all the time but also like staying put for a while 🙂

    Cheers

  5. This compulsive nester just can’t imagine! I’m fretting because I have to make a major shift twice a year!

  6. Paula, don’t know how you do it either — your shifts from Canada to Mexico and back again are amazing!

    Cheers to the nesting instinct, wherever we may be 🙂

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