Every three years we spend Christmas with friends where both households, this time with four dogs, rent a large house somewhere in the UK for a real get away break. Relaxed and informal where we just chill, cook together, laugh together and spend valuable time together without the pressures of entertaining others.
This year we ventured to Suffolk, where our friends who booked it didn’t realise that they had booked us into a thatched farm house in the village I used to live before my parents moved to France. So not only was it a Xmas get away, it was in part a trip down memory lane and a special visit to make too.
Harley and Tjan (pictured) seemed to enjoy the trip too, well who wouldn’t when you are a couple of Shihtzu dogs with the chance to terrorise two large Labradors, Poppy and Hector for a week.
Getting away also encourages that period of reflection and to some point being mindful of the surroundings you find yourself in and over the week this is, in effect what my mind got up to.
The special visit to me was to my brother’s grave who died back in 1985 at the age of 20 with me being just 15. The place where his ashes were laid to rest is a rather unique and special church about a five minute drive from where we were staying. Thornham Parva church is pure slice of heaven, history and silence. Nestled between arable land and single lane country roads, a part of me and my family lies peacefully.
This picture was taken on the morning of Thursday 22nd December, with the low sunshine coming through the frosty mist that adorned the Suffolk fields surrounding it and made my visit even more magical than usual. Placing a Wreath on his grave I couldn’t help but enter for a wander and a sit in silence inside this very special place with its wall painted tale of St Edmund, and welcoming energy.
Being here, in the church made me think about how quickly life can change. In an instant things can happen for the worse or for the better. Adding to the reflective mood I was now in, I began to think about 2016 and what it brought to my life. So in a mini meditation mindset the list came through:-
- Changed jobs and lifestyle with no more commuting from the south coast to London every day, now with only a five minute commute to the office.
- A change in hospital appointments from 1 year cancer check ups to every two years! YAY!
- Another good year with the other half!
- Another good year with Harley and Tjan and seeing the remnants of their pre-rescue anxieties reduce further.
- A change in Clinic setting to practice Homeopathy more collaboratively as a multi-disciplinary team member.
- Some new friends met on Holiday in the South of France now and now it seems as though we have known each other for years already.
- Performed a naming ceremony as a professional celebrant for our God Son.
- Started to coordinate the local Clandestine Cake Club.
- And of course starting this new blog.
- A visit to old haunts and a chance to visit Thornham Parva Church which has sadly been overdue.
So all in all a busy 2016 and one that has been enjoyable with good health and plenty more to be grateful for.
I wish all the readers a great, happy and healthy 2017 and look forward to sharing further little pockets of pleasure as the coming year takes us on our journey to wherever that shall be.