Just Checking In

After our move from France back to England, we are starting to settle in a bit in our new house and finding out new things.

Our big old oak tree is home to many different species of birds and has prompted Mr. Tialys to unearth his binoculars and run the risk of being marked down as a voyeur if anybody walking down the country lane behind spots him lurking behind the window.  Looking even more suspicious, I broke out my telescopic lens in order to spy on the wildlife.  No birds in the feeders in this photo but there are many, many rooks up in the high branches plus blue tits, long tailed tits, the occasional woodpecker, starlings, collared doves, wood pigeons, thrush, chaffinches, robins, etc. plus egrets and pheasants in the fields.

I worry about the effect our cats might have but I read that the more birds there are, the safer they are as they set up a clamour if they spot a cat and warn each other.  Certainly, the rooks go berserk if they see anything untoward.

Our new neighbours seem really nice as far as I can tell with socially distanced chatting – which is a relief after our recent experiences with one of our French neighbours.  One man in particular has endeared himself to me by telling us he has a routine before bed each night where his two Labradors lie on the floor for him to rub their tummies while he sings the song ‘yummy, yummy, yummy I’ve got love in my tummy’.  I love him already.

He told us the other day that we should keep the cats in because the local hunt was coming through.  The hunts now are not supposed to chase actual foxes but to follow a trail.  This claim is often disputed by animal rights organisations.  I have my own thoughts on the issue but it’s certainly not as crazy as the hunting with dogs they did in France every weekend throughout the hunting season using powerful rifles which, more often than desirable, wounded or killed other hunters or people hanging out their washing or chopping wood in their own gardens.

Still, out came the binoculars and camera when the horses and followers started to assembe on the distant hill.

The hunting dogs were released and once they appeared to pick up a scent the riders came down into the field.

The next thing was they were all trotting down the lane and disappeared out of sight so I’m not sure if anything came of it.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned cats had to stay inside for two weeks when we moved in so that they would become acclimatised to their new surroundings and not get lost when finally let out.  Having been on an unscheduled tour of Europe with the animal transporters (a whole different post!) followed by a stay in a cattery for a week waiting for us to arrive, I think they were used to confinement but Leon at least looked very miffed that he couldn’t sample the new ‘outside’.

Yuki seemed less bothered……..

if at all.

Although, when the time came to let them out, she was the first one to brave her new territory.

She still spends time ‘helping’ us unpack though.

If only they could help me with the mess that is my sewing room – the result of trying to squeeze in most of the contents of a room three times the size of the one available to me now.  Still, I’m grateful to have one at all in the new ‘dolls’ house’ so I don’t have to perch on a table in the dining room and pack everything away when finished for the day as I know is how some people have to manage.

It’ll be a while before anything new gets made in there though as the sewing machine isn’t set up yet and, anyway, we’ll have to keep the centre clear for the inflatable mattress Miss (not Mademoiselle any more) Tialys the Elder will sleep on when she comes for a couple of days at Christmas which is fair enough as this room is the biggest of the three bedrooms and I’ve nabbed it for my workroom.  I have a very indulgent husband.

In case I don’t have time to write another post before Christmas – and I haven’t managed many at all lately so it’s a distinct possibility – I’d like to wish you all as jolly a festive season as you can manage in these strange times and a healthy, happy and peaceful 2021.

Lynn xxx

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  1. #1 by claire93 on December 20, 2020 - 13:33

    hope you manage to find floor space in your new crafting room for a double mattress over xmas ^^

  2. #2 by katechiconi on December 20, 2020 - 14:04

    I’m so happy you have an allocated space, that your stuff is already in it, and that you can actually foresee a time when it will become a hub of creativity. I’m also glad to see a bit of your local countryside! I hope you’re not finding it too strange to be there full time, but I bet you don’t miss le voisin infernal. Mr Tickle-Tummy sounds much nicer!

  3. #3 by M. L. Kappa on December 20, 2020 - 14:20

    And a very Merry Christmas to you too! I’m glad you’re settling in well. I know what you mean about the hunters in France, my pig stays shut in on Sundays (she’s black) — however, since the lockdown there have been almost no hunters, and the sangliers have wreaked havoc in our paddocks! I seem to spend my day stamping down the turf they’ve rooted up!

  4. #4 by CurlsnSkirls on December 20, 2020 - 20:47

    Thank you for a delightful post about interesting people and activities in your new neighbourhood!
    Your Leon’s “look” reminds me of my “attack cat” Oscar, who’d sit on top of the fridge & smack passing heads.
    Wishing you & your family the very happiest of Holidays! Stay safe and well! xx

  5. #5 by magpiesue on December 20, 2020 - 21:15

    My wish for you in the new year is to have the energy and stamina to get that new sewing room sorted out. Just thinking about a task like that makes me tired. I also hope you have a very cozy Christmas with your daughter. We won’t be seeing any of our kin in person this year as covid is ravaging the area. (I also appropriated the largest bedroom for my studio space. I could use another whole room now!)

  6. #6 by anne54 on December 20, 2020 - 21:36

    I am sure you are grateful for all the supplies you didn’t take from France. Just imagine if you had more material etc to unpack and put somewhere! Have a lovely Christmas, surrounded by those you love.

  7. #7 by Laurie Graves on December 20, 2020 - 21:39

    Lovely to read about your new home and even lovelier to read that you have your own space for your creative projects. Those cats are beautiful. I have to admit that I hate any kind of hunting. A very happy New Year to you and yours. Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year!

  8. #8 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on December 21, 2020 - 01:09

    Merry Christmas to you too. Good to see you are getting settled.

  9. #10 by Wild Daffodil on December 21, 2020 - 09:28

    Looks like you have great views all around you and plenty of entertainment. So glad to hear that the natives are friendly! Merry Christmas.

    • #11 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 13:00

      They are very friendly – or as friendly as possible in these times. Thank goodness for dog walking is all I can say.

  10. #12 by kathyreeves on December 21, 2020 - 15:40

    I loved hearing about how you and the pets are settling in, take your time, I know you’ll get back to us once you are truly settled in and have some space in your day!

    • #13 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:59

      Getting there slowly Kathy.

  11. #14 by sew2pro on December 21, 2020 - 22:12

    Merry Christmas to you. Mr Tialys and the Misses. And a happy new year! May you accumulate lovely new memories of being together in your new home.

    • #15 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:58

      Thank you – I hope you had a good one. Having the husband home 24/7 is taking some getting used to now that he goes from the bedroom into the dining room/study for work rather than going to the airport and disappearing for two weeks.

  12. #16 by cedar51 on December 22, 2020 - 02:17

    Happy Holidays to you both…I’m sure in a few months you will be all sorted out indoors, and making whatever you had on your To Do List – love knowing and seeing more of your surrounding country even if it’s doused in wintry colours. As for the birds and their sounds, magic….Catherine in NZ where it’s definitely not wintry!

    • #17 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:56

      We had a lovely hoar frost today with an almost white, blanked out sky – I’m pretty sure the sun is up there somewhere though.

  13. #18 by lovelucie1 on December 23, 2020 - 09:21

    Merry Christmas to you all! Looks like you moved just in time to avoid the border chaos.
    Loving the stories of you settling into your new home. Have a cosy peaceful time and hopefully a few blue sky days.

    • #19 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:55

      Yes, that was a narrow escape and, even though lockdown was in force both sides of the channel when we moved, it was smooth sailing (metaphorically speaking as we were on the tunnel) all the way.

  14. #20 by jendavismiller on January 6, 2021 - 03:05

    Oh, I’m with you…the lab-loving neighbor sounds delightful! And I expect the others will be, also. Looks like you’re well on your way to being settled in, and you’ll be creating in no time! Certainly you’ll have activities to take your mind of some of the craziness in the world these days.

    • #21 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:50

      What would we be without a creative outlet?

  15. #22 by Beads and Barnacles on January 6, 2021 - 12:28

    Oh your back in the UK! I have def been away from the blogs for too long…
    I need to get round to getting my sewing machine out again, my sewing room had to have a reorganisation as it now houses the sofa bed I inherited from my grandparents so that people can use it to stay over, rather than the slightly questionable airbeds that they used to have to use!
    Sounds like you have a nice neighbourhood I hope you get to enjoy it this year

    • #23 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:49

      Thank you. Sounds like your sewing room is in a similar state to mine, though for different reasons. I’m afraid guests will have to put up with an inflatable mattress here though – just no room for a sofa bed.

    • #24 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 13:42

      p.s Tried to comment on your recent post but it wouldn’t let me unless I enabled all sorts of stuff on my browser which I didn’t want to do.
      I enjoyed it though – especially your sketchbook and you’ve reminded me I want to start a sourdough culture.

      • #25 by Beads and Barnacles on January 12, 2021 - 11:42

        Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I had to change my spam filter! Yay technology…
        I need to try and keep up the motivation to sketch/paint it def comes in waves atm.
        Depending on where you are in the county I could give you some of my sourdough starter, if you wanted.

      • #26 by tialys on January 12, 2021 - 12:26

        Well, we’re right up in the N.W. corner – although when the madness is finally over I have a voucher for a Lush facial my daughter got me for Christmas which I intend to redeem in the Poole shop whilst visiting both daughters in Bournemouth so…….

  16. #27 by Born To Organize on January 11, 2021 - 04:12

    Your writing always makes me smile. I appreciate that now more than ever. I’m so glad the kitties are settling in. That sounds like a lot of drama for a cat. I’m sure they’re pleased to be back on stable ground.

    Hurrah for new, animal-loving neighbors. That makes all the difference, eh? I’m sorry about the reduced sewing room capacity, especially since you spend so much time in there. As a professional organizer, I always promote the use of vertical space whenever possible. Could you build shelves around the window, for instance, narrow along the top and sides, with deeper storage below? A deep window seat could have a hinged lid for storing large bolts of fabric. I have a friend that worked as a professional pattern maker, and her father made her a cutting table on wheels with storage below and a cork surface for pinning fabric down. It can be rolled into a corner when the room is needed for sleeping. Good luck settling in.

    • #28 by tialys on January 12, 2021 - 11:43

      The cat drama deserves a post of its own – one I’ll hopefully get round to one day soon.
      I’m with you on the use of vertical space. I’ve taken down the curtains the previous owner left and will install a blind so I have more useable space around the top and sides but, as there’s a radiator underneath, there’s no opportunity for storage below. I do have a cutting table which would benefit from wheels and I’ve passed your suggestion on to Mr. Tialys who is delighted of course 🤣

      • #29 by Born To Organize on January 27, 2021 - 17:39

        I’m happy to help keep Mr. Tialys’s project list up-to-date. [snort]

  17. #30 by Lynda on February 7, 2021 - 17:06

    Keeping my verbose tendencies in check… I still wanted to say I am caught up now with your news. Couldn’t believe how much I have missed; all lovely and fun!

    • #31 by tialys on February 7, 2021 - 18:08

      Well, it’s getting so that the stress of moving is fading a little now and making room for the fun. Long may it continue.

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