A Change of Scene

Well, we’re here at last.

Physically moving from France to England during lockdowns in both countries was actually easier than I would have supposed although it wasn’t without its ups and downs in the preparation stages!!

So, instead of seeing this view in front of my house

I’m now seeing this one

Fair exchange is no robbery as they say.

We’ve still got a lot of settling in to do and our internet connection is not yet sorted so I won’t be as visible in blogland as I usually am for a while but I just wanted you to let you know that mission has been accomplished.

Thank you so much for all your good wishes in the comments on my last post – they were much appreciated.

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  1. #1 by Maureen Ann Aris on November 27, 2020 - 13:41

    Looking good Lynn. Looking forward to seeing the animals in situ!

  2. #2 by nanacathy2 on November 27, 2020 - 13:50

    Welcome to dear old England- I hear brass bands playing a welcome in the hills- whoops wrong country but you know what I mean- good luck on the internet, we are still having issues after 6months. Hope the dogs and cats have settled too.

    • #3 by tialys on December 1, 2020 - 13:21

      Thanks Cathy. There are men up a ladder at the moment apparently putting in the necessary for fibre but only from the outside – when the connection will actually happen appears to be anyone’s guess.
      As for brass bands – they can keep the up in the hillsides as far as I’m concerned but thank you for the thought.

  3. #4 by claire93 on November 27, 2020 - 14:19

    so pleased to read this and admire your new view!
    Looks like you’ve found a new home with plenty of space all around which will be great for walking the dogs!

    • #5 by tialys on December 1, 2020 - 13:22

      Great dog walking country but mostly on the lead round here as there is so much livestock.

  4. #6 by katechiconi on November 27, 2020 - 14:21

    I suppose the next few months will determine whether it’s Dear Old Blighty or Perfide Albion. Fingers crossed that not too much strikes you as inferior to what you’ve been used to, and that plenty seems better and more sensible. May your new life be filled with beautiful countryside, happy animals, contented family and a million new fabric shops to discover. Well, OK, maybe a thousand…

    • #7 by tialys on December 1, 2020 - 13:25

      Thanks Kate. I am deleting all tempting emails in the fabric line as moving house has brought home to me just how much I already have. The boxes I’ve already unpacked into my cubes – and it’s not all of them yet by far – has already given my sewing room the look of a shop.

      • #8 by katechiconi on December 1, 2020 - 18:51

        That’s extremely disciplined of you! Time to make stuff, use some of it up – and make space for more fabric 😉

  5. #9 by Wild Daffodil on November 27, 2020 - 15:02

    Welcome!! Happy Days!
    A fabulous view.
    Good luck with all the settling in. 🙂

  6. #11 by Laurie Graves on November 27, 2020 - 15:21

    So good to hear from you. Wonderful that the move went as smoothly as it could. Both views are beautiful. Glad that your new view is pleasing to you. Good luck settling in.

  7. #12 by Sara Lawler on November 27, 2020 - 15:44

    I’ve been very remiss by not commenting before but just to say welcome home (2nd home?) … and very glad to see you still have a home with a view. Thinking of you – hope the settling in goes smoothly and you don’t find yourselves missing France too much. Lots of love xxx

    • #13 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:46

      Hello Sara, 1st home now and, as soon as the French house sells, it will be the only home. I think almost 16 years in France was enough and I’m glad to be ‘home’ now. Although I’m shocked at the price of wine here and I miss the almond croissants for weekend breakfasts. I’ll get over it.xx

  8. #14 by CurlsnSkirls on November 27, 2020 - 16:23

    Delighted to hear from you, and that all went easier than expected! Hope ‘the powers that think they be” get t’internet sorted, that your unpacking is un-fraught, and you can begin to enjoy your new home! 💕💕

  9. #16 by Emmely on November 27, 2020 - 16:57

    Yay, you made it! Enjoy settling in.

  10. #18 by magpiesue on November 27, 2020 - 20:12

    So glad to learn the move has been accomplished without any major disasters. Hope the settling-in process goes smoothly, although in my experience that’s a long, slow process. Also hope the internet gets sorted without delay!

    • #19 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:42

      I think it will be a long, slow process but at least the pressure is off.

  11. #20 by Pat K on November 27, 2020 - 20:51

    So sorry I didn’t see you before you left. The view from your new house looks beautiful. All the very best in your new lives and keep up those beautiful sewing projects. Pat K xxx

    • #21 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:21

      Hi Pat, it all happened so fast in the end, and with the lockdown in both countries, I only managed to meet up with a couple of friends in Lidl’s car park for an hour with our attestations filled in for ‘essential shopping’. We still haven’t sold our French house so hopefully there will be a future proper farewell lunch possible. xx

  12. #22 by anne54 on November 27, 2020 - 22:14

    That’s a mighty fine view, and, as Claire says, plenty of space to walk the dogs. Have fun settling in. You have deserved some time to sit with a cuppa, look at those b***** boxes and know that there is not so much pressure to unpack them.

    • #23 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:11

      Exactly – the pressure is much reduced.

  13. #24 by sewsouk on November 27, 2020 - 22:21

    A beautiful view from your new house! Hope you settle in quickly.

    • #25 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:10

      It’s strange not being able to meet the neighbours properly due to lockdown but we’ll get there.

  14. #26 by cedar51 on November 27, 2020 - 22:27

    congratulations on making it all happen – and now to settle in – and with the lockdown, probably easier to start unpacking rather than trying to find help with anything that still needs to be done, i.e. tradesmen required. And the view of green fields, landscape and the changes that nature reveals the better…

    • #27 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:09

      Thank you. Unpacking and shifting furniture around is taking quite some time but at least the pressure is off.

  15. #28 by sew2pro on November 27, 2020 - 22:49

    Gosh, I felt such relief when I saw your lovely new view. All will be fine! Congratulations on making it and may your setting in days soon become pleasant memories.
    PS Have the cats forgiven you yet?

    • #29 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:07

      The cats are surprisingly chilled – possibly because they think they are in paradise after 3 days ‘on the road’ with the transporter and a week in a cattery.

  16. #30 by DawnGillDesigns on November 28, 2020 - 10:48

    Welcome back!! It’s been a beautiful few days here in Devon, hope it’s been just as glorious where you are.

    • #31 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:06

      Misty mornings and very short days is all I’ll say.

  17. #32 by tinaor on November 28, 2020 - 18:04

    Congratulations on your successful move. You still have a lovely view, so lucky.

  18. #34 by kathyreeves on November 29, 2020 - 00:25

    Hopefully the worst is over, and now you can just settle in. Looks like you all have some room to roam around, that’s a lovely view.

    • #35 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:01

      Yes, lots of lovely dog walks to explore right out of the gate.

  19. #36 by lovelucie1 on November 29, 2020 - 10:57

    I’m so pleased you have such a view! I think that not having a view and a changing landscape to watch would have been one compromise too many.
    I hope your move brings you plenty of positives although I’m sure you’ll miss France.
    I think the worst part must surely be over now. Sending settling in stamina and best wishes for your new home xx

    • #37 by tialys on November 29, 2020 - 20:00

      Hi Lucie, thank you for sending the stamina, we’ve been falling asleep by about 9pm every night. 😴

  20. #38 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on November 29, 2020 - 23:58

    Congratulations on a successful move. I’m glad you still have a view to explore, once you get all settled. We got most of our boxes emptied, but now starts the process of making the new space properly yours and not the previous owner. New paint, new fabrics, new carpets et al.
    Wishing you all the best.

  21. #40 by Susan Nixon on December 26, 2020 - 03:14

    I would miss the mountains. I know, because although I live in the Appalachians here, they are quite small compare to the Rockies, and I miss my Rockies!

    • #41 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:53

      The mountains were lovely but my heart has always been in the gently rolling English countryside.

  22. #42 by Dartmoor Creative on January 5, 2021 - 18:07

    Firstly, sorry I haven’t been keeping up. Normally I wouldn’t apologise for going AWOL in the blogsphere, but while I was away I did keep thinking about your move and knowing it wasn’t easy really should have checked in sooner. So good to see you’ve arrived – and in the county next door! Welcome back to England. Hope the settling in is going well. Happy New Home! x

    • #43 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:52

      No problem – I’ve been the same. Glad to see you blogging again, I’ve missed you.

      • #44 by Dartmoor Creative on January 7, 2021 - 16:00

        Thanks. Missed you too – despite it being me that went AWOL. So pleased you’re only a county boarder away now 😊 Although I know you’d rather things hadn’t changed.

      • #45 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 16:20

        Well, actually, I was looking forward to the change in the end for various reasons. We are in West Dorset too so very close to the Devon border and about an hour’s drive from Exeter for instance. Maybe one day we’ll be able to meet up over a cream tea 😋

      • #46 by Dartmoor Creative on January 7, 2021 - 17:42

        That’s good to hear.
        You probably already know we’re in West Devon very close to the Cornish boarder – but I’m sure we can meet up sometime for a cream tea, despite Devon being a big fat county.

  23. #47 by jendavismiller on January 6, 2021 - 02:40

    Hi Lynne! I’m so happy you’ve successfully completed the move and love your new view! And the quilt finished amidst all the chaos is just beautiful. Hope you’re settling in by now and menagerie is adjusting to the new surroundings and livestock! Have missed reading your blog, but catching up now. xo

    • #48 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:51

      Hi Jenn, Lovely to hear from you.xx

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