I haven't been able to get onto sparkpeople for a long time thanks to going to stay with family who either don't have the internet or who don't use it like I used to also because they have other restrictions like watching electricity usage etc etc. Anyway I have cut bread out of my diet as I discovered it was a food I should avoid cos me and gluten aren't a good mix. I haven't forgone sugar yesterday I ate half a bar of beautiful chocolate and macadamias wow it was nice - naughty but nice. We are looking for a house in Wellington NZ hubbie has been a pain stopping and stalling and generally finding the change hard to cope with. It has been wonderful staying with our daughter and her family as we bounce off each other and I was able to talk to her and get stuff off my chest bearing in mind I also gave her breaks . i realise how much our family needs us so the move home is a good one in this respect. Prior to our return to NZ we stopped off for a week with our second son in Sydney Australia and given half the chance I would love to live there near them. Life is much easier there it being a wealthy place. We're looking at a couple of places tomorrow they appear as though they need work on them looking at their pictures in the property papers but they're in good locations so lets hope we get something soon as our stuff from the UK is due out here in early March.
Fortunately for us it's summer over here and the living is easy so we haven't been stressed out but I know from experience that outstaying our welcome is not on especially for me and independence is my middle name. Later on today my big diary is going to be taken out of my suitcase and my meals will be logged also exercise!
I am so enjoying the grandkids they are hilarious, the mothers do all the hard work and all I do is help feed them. We've given my daughter and kids a well earned summer holiday where the kids could get out and swim and go and feed animals with their uncle otherwise they'd be sitting in front of the tv and playing video games We've done the rounds of all our kids and are now with our eldest son and family. We spent time where I grew up as a child and went to the beach where my daughter's two eldest swam in the sea and then went into the creek to wash off the salt water and then lay on hot stones to dry off. It was magical for them and took me back to when we did the same. In those days living was almost free, but being cooped up in the house whilst living in the city is so restricting. I am so grateful for everything we've got next thing is to get my husband to sleep, he gets so miserable and here we are in the sunshine. I guess all I can do is pray and continue to focus on positivity.
We're back in London now tying up loose ends. it's been hard and we're in a hotel. I remember when we had our house putting others up and when some of my visitors offered me board I felt a little bit guilty thinking wow they'd given me too much. Being in this budget hotel makes me realise how expensive London is when you don't live here permanantly. we've packed the extra bits we thought we might need to take with us on the plane so that's out of the way. We've still got the car and have one person interested in taking it off our hands, we're waiting for the person who first offered to buy it off us. Then today i dropped my file of papers from the removals people - thank goodness for technology as we asked if they would send us copies. It really is odd being back here. Last week we did a detox which was great. Now we are both ultra conscious of what we're eating. All our water is bottled, salads, humus, nuts, etc are the order of the day and muesli soaked over night in apple juice for breakfast. My husband bought the muesli so it is not a patch on we had at the end of the detox. the first 5 days we drank apple juice with celium husks and betonate clay, followed by a lid of cider vinegar with a teaspoon of honey topped up by a cup of boiling water. We had vegetable juices 3x daily and the others 4x - I think. we had colonics on 3 of the days, reflexology and amazing massages. At the beginning we had our eyes photographed by an iriologist and were given a diagnosis at the end of the course. I did the colonic cleanse but then most people go for a liver cleanse but I decided against that. Also we went for a walk up the Glastonbury Tor what an amazing view. We walked down and visted the Challice garden the water there is beautiful and it is a lovely peaceful place to be in. we then went for a cup of tea and miraculously never once felt like eating I saw some American people at the same eaterie and thought one of the ladies looked faniliar as though I'd seen her picture of Sparkpeople mmm she looked like she was enjoying her food. All good things came to an end and we headed for London 1st visiting stonehenge on the way. I think we both felt a bit weepy coming back it's just as well we know this place as we found this one place without booking the room. we went to another and we told no room and i said to my husband - No room at the inn literally! Anyway we are off to get a hot meal i don't want to go off salads by eating them all the time.
We left London last week and went North to South Shields in Tyne and Wear where our friend put us up for a week. I have to say it was great being there. Our friend took us along to 2 of his Spanish courses and we did a few walks. Nowadays I walk slowly because the foot isn't back to normal yet. I was told not to worry it usually happens when people break legs - they swell especially if they've been in use for long periods. Before we went North we spent the night and day with a friend in Cambridge where she kindly gave me reflexology and told me I could be suffering from one sickness or another. I took this with a grain of salt - if I suspected anything I'd visit my doctor. Cambridge is an amazing place pity my camera is playing up. It was great to be able to sleep in a decent bed again and to eat good food - salads,soup and fattening foods. We left at 5 am today & were exhausted around midday we called in to Manchester to have a nice massage which didn't happen, People have been suggesting detoxes and it looks like we're going to follow their advice before going out to NZ - not another long haul flight!?! This afternoon our old neighbour rand and filled us in on the progress of our old house. Apparently the kitchen has been ripped out our carpets likewise, how I ofter wished I could've got rid of that kitchen. Anyway we've only got one hurdle left and that's selling our car, Hopefully we'll be on our way home soon and I can concentrate on my health and wellbeing.
Completed clearing the house just reflected on some of the hard times such as how the place was fallling down around our ears when we first got it and how we struggled to get it together. I know now that keeping the place cluttered made it very difficult for me to concentrate on anything for long!! We aŗe at our neighbours again were prepared to go to a hotel but they offered us beds and we took it up. All day I struggled with getting rid of the stuff when really all we needed to do was shove most of the stuff in the rubbish which we did at the end of it all. Itš tea time now so gotta go. Back againWe'will be off today heading north have been kindly invited to spend the night in Cambridge so after dumping our large cases at the depot in Wembley we should be on our way at last. It is 6.22 am and husband has just returned from our old house so we are about to get going before the traffic becomes impossible , itš good-bye to the past 27 years and hello to the rest of our lives. Good bye to all the hoarding as though weŗe in the depression era, hello minimalism, hello to positivity, healthy bodies, minds and souls
I'm at the neighbours - a flat full of boys from Latvia plus our friends Rod and Rita, Rod is an Aussie and Rita from Latvia. They are amazing all of them, coming to the UK for jobs and taking on those the majority of English would turn their noses up at. I so admire them and after a few years of hard graft and learning to speak the English language like natives they will probably open businesses and own houses here and in their home country. I can so relate as my husband & I had humble jobs but were gifted with the opportunity to buy our house in London which since itš been sold has given us freedom from all sorts of drudgery debt being the biggest drudge. Being based here has also enabled us to have a variety of wonderful experiences, meeting all sorts of people and travelling the world. It hasn't been without itš hard times too but the good overshadows all that. We've had also to scrimp and save me going out to work and our kids suffering & in their short sightedness and ours giving up on the opportunities here to return to what appeared an easier choice - our country New Zealand. All that aside we've worked harder than we've know clearing the house in 10 days. The estate agents phoned to check on our progress and husband asked for more time and I yelled in the background 'because weŗe old - this is me using age to my advantage instead of being my usual self - in denial. The new owners turned up very nice young couple and said take 3 more days. I could have gone all grovelling and kissed the very ground they walked on I was so relieved. Apparently tomorrow the builders are due in to start reshaping the place to suit the new owners, I look forward to seeing it even in pictures - a lot of what they are planning we wanted to do but didn't have their kind of money. Anyway in packing and sorting I figured I'd inherited something from my mother and that was saving stuff in case we needed it in the future the depression mentality. I want to believe that I'm cured of that now - I have had a tendency to hoard. In future I want paperless bills and if I get any will scan them I never ever want paper flapping around again. That has been my biggest bug bear. My advice to Bob has been bag up what we couldn't sort and go thru it at our friendš place and dump most of it. Any way I will always love London and hope to return next year it is strange to think the familiar places. the common and my neighbourhood will no longer be mine. So who knows where I write from next - Northern England, the Far East or NZ. One thing we want is sunshine and warmth and to bath in natural hot springs.