It is almost three months since I last wrote here.
I can’t blame it all on Christmas so I suppose it was just me not knowing how to write about the weird experience of being back here in Cornwall, yet in such a different life.
We managed to move into the main house at the end of October and got stuck-in to painting walls and finding places to put everything.
Just as life started to feel a little normal and calm…..we decided to get a dog.
On November 15th we went up to Surrey to view a young collie who had arrived in the Val Valgrays rescue centre from Spain of all places. How strange is that?
It all happened so quickly and I know we made a lot of mistakes like, not finding out if he was good with cats (not) or asking if he was used to being in a house (from his anxious chewing the first few weeks I think he wasn’t) but after a very short introduction we ended up driving back to Cornwall with Zero, a Spanish border collie. Some kind of instinct leads you on but it’s a big decision and I don’t know how rational it was – more emotional really.
All the time I had planned to spend on organising life, preparing for work, reconnecting with friends, writing the blog was immediately totally swallowed up by the need to bond with and find ways to live with Zero.
He’s lovely of course. He is a good one. We were lucky. And I am walking much more than I have since the Camino.
He stops me worrying too much about what next? Everyone wants to know how Pep is coping with his first Cornish winter but really he seems ok. I however am reeling from the shock of finding myself back in Cornwall, with no set routine, in my new/old house, with changed friendships, in the endless rain.
And the boot is now on the other foot – I am the one in my home country, speaking my language, with responsibility to help someone feel at home. You’d think I would know how to do it after my experience in Catalunya. But interestingly, it isn’t that easy.
Be open, share everything, don’t try to control everything, be patient! I am trying.
Lovely Cornwall – beautiful, fresh, wild, friendly, ancient, stormy, mystical, familiar.
I am here again.