Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Life

I had every intention of returning here to post more frequently, but then -- as so often happens -- life interfered.

First of all, shortly after my last post in March, my father died unexpectedly. One day he was out skiing, the next he was in the hospital, and the following week he was no longer with us. I made it home to Canada just in time to see him before he passed away, for which I count myself very lucky.

Then, one day after I returned back to London, we moved house! We are no longer in my beloved Kensington (which, I have to say, I do miss). We're a few tube stops west in Ealing, where we have a house. A HOUSE! Right on the corner of a huge green space! After living in a flat on a very busy street crammed in the middle of central London, I can't tell you how good it feels to look out my window and see trees, and green, and flowers . . . well, you get the point. Not to mention I have my very own writing space back again. Bliss.

So I'm sure you can understand that in the midst of unpacking, settling a very feisty Toddler TR into a new nursery, and trying to work on my books, this blog has -- once again -- taken a back seat. I have thought of all my blog friends often and run into a good many of you on Facebook. But there's something cathartic about posting in a static space, I think, and so I intend to come here more at least once a week.

Here's hoping life lets me!

28 comments:

  1. So sorry for the loss of your father. May your memories help ease the pain of his passing. It's good that you made it home before he passed away. Congrats on the move and the new house.

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    1. Thank you, Mason. Good to hear from you!

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  2. Talli, so sorry about your father. Prayers of healing for you and your family.
    That's awesome you have a house now. More room for that little guy to run, I'm sure.
    We've missed you!

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I've missed everyone, too.

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  3. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Congratulations on your new home. I have a good friend in Ealing and you will definitely find a curry or two : ) Take care and be kind to yourself just now.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce. And yes, we have had some very good curries!

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  4. The death of a parent's a big, big loss, so it's understandable that some things fall by the wayside.

    You could always post some of your London shots- it's a good creative outlet with photography, and it's easier to find than on Facebook, where the photos end up getting lost in a sea of posts.

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    1. That's a good idea about my London shots. I do really enjoy photography although I am very much an amateur.

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  5. Hi Talli - I am so pleased you were able to reach your father before his move to the next life - I know you miss him hugely - but he saw Baby TR and that must have brought him a huge amount of pleasure.

    I saw you were moving and assume .. it'll be bliss once you settle in ... and glad Baby TR is in nursery .. and space is a necessity ... fresh air too ...

    You'll be back on track fairly soon ... enjoy your new writing space and sorting writing and blogging life out .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! Great to hear from you. We are really enjoying our new home and all the space, and settling in slowly.

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  6. Very sorry to hear about your father, Talli. However, congratulations on moving—I've seen some of the pictures on Facebook and it looks very nice! And love the fun pics of your gorgeous boy. Glad to see you on blogger again.

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    1. Thanks, Amy. Hope all is well in your world!

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Congratulations on moving to a place with a view of flowers.

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  8. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your father. That must have been a very difficult time for you and your family.

    Congratulations on the move, though. Sounds like the new house is wonderful!

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  9. Oh Tali - I'm sad that your dad died and very glad you made it home before he did. I saw my dad for a good visit before he died and it made a huge difference. And I'm also glad you have trees and flowers in your life. I know London is wonderful and I miss the big city of Halifax (so you know how that is) but trees heal the heart like nothing else.

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    1. You're so right. Jan. Trees and nature make such a big difference!

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  10. I'm so sorry about your father, Talli; at least you go to see him one last time. My condolences to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you - I feel very lucky I got to see him one last time.

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  11. My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I am glad that you did get to see him.

    Congratulations on a HOUSE! That's fantastic!

    And life will always get in the way of what you want to do. You just need to push it off. Great to see you again.

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    1. Thank you, Anne. And you're right about life and pushing it off!

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  12. My sympathies, Talli, to you and your family. Best of luck in your new home. More space with toddlers is always a good thing. Believe me, I know. I survived two little boys. Now one's going into his last year in college and the youngest is a sophomore in high school! Time flies!

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  13. My sympathies, Talli, to you and your family. Best of luck in your new home. More space with toddlers is always a good thing. Believe me, I know. I survived two little boys. Now one's going into his last year in college and the youngest is a sophomore in high school! Time flies!

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  14. I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing.

    Moving house is definitely a huge drain on your energy and focus, but at least it's somewhere you love :-)

    Looking forward to seeing you blog again. I've told several people how you're one of my role models for a successful author.

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  15. Sorry for your loss. You just need a little healing space now, and what better place to do it, in your new house. Take it easy for a while and settle in more. The routine will follow soon enough. Your friends in the blogging world will always be there, regardless of how long away, which is nice to know.

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  16. Very sorry to hear about your father, but glad some of the things keeping you away were positive. And posting in a static space really is nice. No feeds to refresh or chats to manage. It's refreshing.

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your father, Talli, but glad you made it there to say goodbye.
    I haven't been posting much in the last year, either. Life is what it is, and now you've got new beginnings in your house! All the best to you.

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