A New Chapter


Rob and I have moved several times over the years. Enough times to know that the old saying ‘home is where the heart is’ absolutely rings true. It’s not about the bricks and the mortar, the location, the size or the shape, it’s about the love shared, the memories made and the happy times.


We moved once again over the Easter weekend into a new house in a new location. It’s strange and it’s exciting, full of possibility. The nervous butterflies are fluttering in my tummy and the tingle of eager anticipation is prickling my skin.


We’re looking at a blank canvas which in my mind’s eye I’m painting with all the colours of the rainbow. The sun is shining through and it looks beautiful.


We leave behind the place we called home for the last five years but we take with us the essence of that home; the essence that is always with us and makes any place we choose to call ‘home’, our true home. We also take with us the friends we have made in our neighbours and many happy memories, leaving behind some not so happy memories, such is life.


This new house is old, with strong roots. It needs a lick of paint and a little tender loving care to bring it alive. It needs our touch to make it ours, for here, for now, for however long or short our stay may be.


It’s the little things that make a house a home: the old, familiar candle holder that has travelled from place to place; the new, sheer curtains; the smell of baking; the laughter.


It’s time now for new beginnings. As Rob and I turn the page I’m thinking of the memories waiting to be made and I feel warm. Today, we start.




  1. April 28, 2011 / 1:19 am

    Was moving around a lot too until the past 10 years in this beautiful small town and loving it, but for Spring’s wonderful bounty of seasonal allergies!! The pictures are great and I hope to pop by here regularly 🙂

  2. April 28, 2011 / 1:19 am

    I forgot to say good luck with your move – I am sure judging by those beautiful flowers, you are in a good place 🙂

  3. April 28, 2011 / 8:33 am

    Congratulations on your new home – here is to many happy memories that will be made there.

  4. April 28, 2011 / 8:47 am

    Such a lovely post – good luck in your new house… you will have to show us pics as you get it all decorated etc 🙂 x

  5. annetje
    April 28, 2011 / 9:43 am

    enjoy the new start.
    Hope you have a lovely kitchen!

  6. April 28, 2011 / 11:10 am

    Having moved over a dozen times while in the Marines, I can relate to your feelings. It’s never easy to leave the comfort of what is known, but the new opportunities will help create the future “memories” of your new home. We send you and Rob our best – congrats on the new place! btw – excellent photos!

  7. April 28, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    I am planning just one more move in this lifetime. And that will be once more from Belgium to Ireland. Done it before and a bit of France in between.
    I also feel that it is what you put into (be it emotional or physical matter) a house is what makes it a home. Wherever it may be.
    We opt to move to Ireland for one last time, because our bestest of friends live there and it is where we want to grow old(er) 😉

  8. April 28, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    Ah that’s lovely. We’re on the move again soon, back to the UK. Packing is hideous, but moving in is the best bit – so much potential! Wishing you lots of happiness in your new home x

  9. Teresa
    April 29, 2011 / 8:43 pm

    Wishing you, Rob and family nothing less than Happiness.

  10. April 29, 2011 / 9:27 pm

    Moving home is a very bittersweet experience I think. We moved a while ago and we were excited at the prospect but so sad to leave the old place behind as so many memories were made there. Good luck with it.

  11. May 8, 2011 / 7:25 pm

    What a lovely post. All the best with your new home. 🙂

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