Monday, 22 May 2017

Normal Service Resuming

Well, we're now getting settled into our lovely new home and already enjoying the change. Not only are we getting used to a new house but also a new area and one that has taken me some distance from my beloved River Clyde! However, I'm a positive person and have adapted well to being more central. There is lovely countryside within close distance and lots of new places to explore, as well as being a short stroll away from a very good cycle path for bikes or walking. Might get a bit fitter at last.

The main benefit, of course, is being nearer to our grandchild and her parents - we've already appreciated the joy of that and look forward to seeing more of them, and being of use in their busy lives. Another plus is feeling more connected in every way - near shops and transport, within easy train journey to Edinburgh and only slightly longer to Glasgow. Our internet connection is also super fast compared to what we suffered in our previous small village at the top of a hill!

Needless to say, we've been spending most of our time getting the house organised, but neither of us has slackened with that and it now looks like home. Only some decorating and a few minor things to do and we'll be able to concentrate on work again, or enjoy getting out and about in my case.

At the weekend, we had our first outing from here and called at South Queensferry for a walk only to discover the car parks full since a charity abseiling even was taking place. We've visited here before and can now more easily return on a quieter, sunnier morning. I managed to get a snap of part of the newest road bridge (not quite finished yet) from further along - the one above is the famous Forth Rail Bridge.

We drove on to Hopetoun House - one of the top venues on my list of places to visit. I'll be going back to explore the house and gardens another day but we did have coffee and cake in the converted Stable Tearooms then stopped at their amazing Farm Shop where much of their own produce is on sale. Can't wait to learn all about this magnificent 17th century stately home and I'll no doubt write a proper post about it eventually. Couldn't get a decent photo of the whole house as they were clearing the grounds after a huge outdoor event the evening before.

Surprisingly, I even managed to send off two short stories in the midst of everything and, thanks to husband and son, my new study is up and running with most of the bookcases in place (and their contents). Been feeling a bit guilty about the number of heavy books I brought with me but they've been really good about it!

I hope to get back to blogging at least once a week again from now on and can't wait to get all my writing and ideas organised at last - at least that's the plan. Watch this space...



Carolb said...

I hope you and Mr G will be very happy in your new home, Rosemary.

Seems you'll have plenty of places to explore, and no doubt being closer to Edinburgh you'll be able to take advantage of the literary events.

All the best. x

Joanna said...

Wishing you and your husband much happiness in your new home, Rosemary, and so glad the move went smoothly and you're settling in so quickly. It sounds like a wonderful place to live with much to explore and to be nearer your family is a great bonus. And to write two stories during the process is absolutely fantastic! xxx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks very much, Carol! I'm sure I'll discover lots of new venues I don't even know about yet and will definitely explore what's on in Edinburgh.

Many thanks, Joanna! Although it's not as pretty as the small village near the Clyde, we've discovered that, at this stage in our lives, we want to be nearer everything (not only family) - even if it's bigger and the roads are busier. There are a few lovely country drives nearby, however, so I'll make full use of those. Love having my own dedicated office space again with all my books at hand!

Teresa Ashby said...

It sounds lovely and a bit of an adventure, Rosemary. I hope you are both very happy in your new home.

Julia Thorley said...

I hope you'll be happy in your new home - and it sounds as though you will be, from what you've done so far. How exciting to have new territory to explore and mark as your own.

Jean Bull said...

I hope you'll be very happy in your new home, Rosemary. As I may have said before, we spent a wonderful week in Edinburgh last summer. I think it would be a fabulous place to live!

Wendy's Writing said...

So glad you're settling into your new home, Rosemary. Being near your grandchild is a huge bonus and discovering a new area is exciting!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks very much, Teresa - we're looking forward to the adventure!

Thanks, Julia - it's all a learning curve but most enjoyable!

Thank you, Jean - we're only 20 minutes by train from Edinburgh so I'm looking forward to exploring it more!

Thanks, Wendy - a grandchild makes a huge difference and it's lovely being much nearer!

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