| A sign on the path that runs along the river.|
It divides Shropshire & Powys,
England & Wales.
I've lost count of how many times I've invented & reinvented myself, and now I'm doing it again. The photo above is our life right now...I'm based in Wales and go back and forth to Oxford. Stuart is based in Oxford still, at the B&B, busy with his walking tours but coming and going to Wales when he can. And Jack? He's not quite sure I think.
|Wales or England? England or Wales?|
How should one small dog decide?
that will bring us to heaven.
patiently for his turn to go through
with the best of manners.
space of one walk, but it never
dampens our spirits.
|Playing with Stuart along the river.|
awhile and so we did. This public footpath
leads up into the hills that our cottage
contour as we walk them.
this that I fell in love with 25 years ago,
and dreamt about long after. Now I see
them every day.
from the book your soul is
writing about you.
oaks, still in their winter silence, kept
quiet watch as we walked, not making
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land I have
been looking for all my
life, though I never
knew it till now...
Come further up,
come further in!
C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
And then further up and further in,
the oak wood gave way
from public haunt, finds
tongues in trees, books in
the running brooks,
sermons in stones,
and good in everything.
Jack was not happy he had to lay in his bed to dry off since he'd much rather be in the comfy kitchen chair. Once he was dry though, and didn't smell so much of mud, he sat in my lap in our kitchen which already feels like home. And then when Stuart arrives on Monday, at the little train station just down the hill, it will really feel like home. Our happily ever after home. I have come home at last...to my real country and I belong here.
be as green spots in the desert, to
which we can retire when weary of
the cares of life and drink the clear
waters of a love which we know to
be sincere and always unfailing.
~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923),
Home, Sweet Home