Sunday, October 12, 2014

Random Photo and a bit of a ramble.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face.
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

~Francois Couperin~

This beautiful carving was found in my village church.  When I lived there so many years ago I don't ever remember seeing it before, and it had to have been there as it was a decorative feature on a very old bench that has probably been part of the fixtures and fittings from its beginnings.  I was always told that the church was built in the 1100's, but I've since read that the first published mention of it was in 1348.
I returned with eyes that were more open than when I was young.  I found myself studying every square inch of the place, and I could have stayed a lot longer than I did.  I wanted to sit in one of the pews for an hour or more and take it all in, as all the memories of living life in a small village in Devonshire came rushing back, a place I loved very much and still do.  

That's not to say that I don't love my life in Virginia, it has been home to me for many years.  I spent the first 25 years of my life in England.  A few years back it suddenly dawned on me that I had spent more of my life in the U.S., though I can honestly say that the first ten years I was very homesick.  People have said they were homesick for two years.  Well, it was a lot longer for me, though things slowly changed when my parents passed on.  There wasn't quite that emotional pull any more and I am now entering my 39th year in America.  

I would not change any decision I have ever made.  I married for love and followed my husband to America.  I would have followed him a lot further if need be, and he saw to it that I went home often and also we were fortunate that my parents could travel and spend many, many holidays with us.  Like most of us who have moved away from home be it near or far, it was fun to go back and to find, and realize with great pleasure, that those surroundings were still very familiar, and I still felt very much at home.  My visit made me realize I am very lucky to have a foot in two camps, having had a very good life in both.

I thought I would take this opportunity to thank all of you who visit and make comments on each blog post.  They always make for such an enjoyable read and to those of you who just pop in for a look-see, hopefully you will find something to enjoy.  To all of you who follow my blog I thank you too.  

One of the many nice things I enjoy is visiting other blogs out there, in the States, in the UK and various other parts of the world.  It is a real education.  It also brings us all a little bit closer and an  understanding of each other's culture, and I have truly enjoyed all the friendships I have made. 

I hope you all have a great week and happy blogging!