This is the part I hate the most about traveling - that- icky -in -your -stomach, not -right -in- the- head, can't -get -to -sleep feeling after an international flight. I was up at 2:30 this morning, thinking about what I need to do to get Dory here, typing letters to all the parties involved, starting to unpack while trying to keep really quiet so no one can hear me (which is pretty hard to do in an old flat with squeaky floors!), and generally being wide awake at a really stupid hour. And, except for about an hour nap this afternoon, I'm still going, and it's 10:30 PM here now. Don't know how far I'll get with this post - will most likely finish tomorrow, which will probably be for the best since I'm sure I'm making all sorts of mistakes. But, I can start to get some of my thoughts down, and edit in the morning.
Today was a trying -to- decide -what -to- unpack, and what -to- keep- packed type of day, since we will not be in our permanent home (photos later) until September. We will actually only be staying where we are now in Gullane for 3 weeks, then to Portobello for 6 weeks, then, finally to North Berwick. As you can see below, we brought a lot of baggage with us on the plane -
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It's a little different when your are actually moving here, than when you are just coming for a short visit.
Guess what - it's the next morning ( 4:30 AM to be exact) and I'm sitting at the kitchen table with my coffee and some crumpets. I got a pretty good night's sleep last night - but this time of year the sun's up at 4 and down at 11ish, plus, I've been an early riser for so long at the ranch, it's fine with me. So far I'm the only one moving in the house, but that probably won't be for long.
So, back to packing and moving......it's pretty amazing what you can do when you make a big life decision. I have reduced my life's accoutrements (where did that big word come from?) to four big boxes, four suitcases, two duffle bags, and Dory (this includes my saddle and other tack). That's after not only being around and collecting things for a life-time, but owning a business for 30 years as well. I think that's pretty amazing - and very freeing as well if you want to know the truth. That being said, though, that's a lot of stuff to schlepp around - especially in and out of cars and up all the stairs there are around here. We will have to move this stuff two more times - ugh. All the boxes and duffles are sitting at my niece's flat in Portobello at the moment, but will be on their way to storage today.
My little, and comfy bedroom is a disaster until I can find a place to put everything.
Little by little it will all get put somewhere!
One thing this family loves to do is walk, and it's so refreshing to walk along a beach for a change. Don't get me wrong, I loved my walks around the ranch, but in the weather you are having there right now............not so much. We took a couple of walks on the beach at Portobello today, and had a great lunch at a new cafe - "Miros", which wasn't here last year at this time...........
So far I'm only taking pics with my iPhone, but I can see there will be so many things to "shoot", even in the city.........
And, yes, as many of you saw on Facebook, I am driving on the "other" side of the road, and, despite my look of terror in this shot, it's really not that hard for this old brain to wrap around!
Oh! Great news! I will be doing my first Cowboy Dressage Clinic on the 15th and 16th at Doreen Allison's Summerhill Stud in Carnwath. I am looking forward to getting "back in the saddle" again, and earning my keep around here after all the expenses of getting over here. I have a start on booking some private lessons as well. As soon as I finish this post, I'm going to put the finishing touches on my equine web site for Scotland, so I'll let everyone know when that is up and running.
Time to get going today - we're going to go to the storage place to move things around, and we'll see if we can fit some fun stuff in our day as well. I look forward to being able to meet the all the new friends I've made on Facebook, both in the horse and photography related worlds, but we need to get things settled first. Until later!