the 12th of the 9th

I spent last Sunday quietly in my studio, steadily sewing and reflecting on what has been. I can’t quite believe that we moved here to New Zealand four whole years ago. Often it seems so much less.

The day before, Mr Tread Softly and I got up early and headed down to a  little produce fair in the town and then on to a local cafe for breakfast. I suppose that we were out and about for just an hour and in that time were greeted warmly by at least a dozen folk that we knew. When people ask us why we decided to settle in Carterton, we tell them that we moved here because we wanted to become part of a small rural community. On Saturday morning, we really felt that we had achieved what we’d set out to do. I’m so grateful for that and treasure that feeling.

Not so long ago I received a second-hand book from an old friend in England. She said that she’d been out jogging early one morning and outside a house, had spotted a box of books that someone had left out on the street for others to pick up. There was one particular book that caught her eye. It was a book that when we were flat mates, she remembers me reading. A while later, having read it herself, she popped it in the post and sent it to the other side of the world. The inscription inside reads:

‘Dear Alison, Found in a box on a pavement in Brighton. Reminded me of Second Avenue days! Love Ange x’

image: book from an old dear friend – camelias from a new one

For those of you who drop by here every now and again, you will know that I don’t often have people photos on my blog but I had to include this one, taken of Ange and myself, many years ago when we felt invincible and part of a thriving city community. It’s just a single image, that as with the book, brings back so many happy, joyful, fun-filled memories. Ones that I will treasure.

image: alison and angela, the zap club, brighton, early 1990’s

So, asimple  post about reflection that I feel, will become an annual feature.

Until next time…

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  1. Rose

     /  September 15, 2010

    After a hard day at work, your posts are so nice to come home to. Love the zap club and the camellia. Rose

  2. Employer

     /  September 15, 2010

    Ah. You ‘n’ Ange…. did you ever get any pics of her wedding dress?

  3. Thank you Susana. So pleased that you enjoy my posts however few and far between they are!

  4. Hi Gary. No I didn’t get any. I’ll email her and see if she held onto any of them. I’ll include your email so that she can contact you directly.

  5. Marilyn

     /  September 18, 2010

    I have just returned from a holiday in England & Italy and spent a week in Brighton. Loved it! Such great shops and cafes.

    Speaking of books-so cheap in the UK. Had to buy a cabin bag to bring home the 10 books that I bought.

  6. A week in Brighton? So envious! Once you’re over your jet lag you must email be all the places you visited in the city. I really miss it. I have to say that I was SHOCKED at the price of books when I moved from the UK to here. Not surprised that you took advantage of the prices – good move I say.

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