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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

New Horizons...

On Friday we venture south towards the big city... London bound are we, as Steve starts working on the "2012 Olympic Village". We've resisted attempts to send us that way for a long time... more people, busier roads... we're just not city folk. So we've both had more than the usual pre-headingoffinto the unknown nerves. But, the project he was due to start on has been delayed until after Easter and work is work! I wonder what my new horizon will be like next week?


Finding a suitable caravan site has been a problem... there are fewer options, often extortionately (in my opinion) priced, & i've experienced attitudes I've not had to deal with before. We travel with a caravan & a little trailer... which is our garden shed, aswell as housing motorcycle & where the dog sleeps. Apparently this makes us, I quote, "pikeys" (gypsys) and "we have to think of our other caravanners". I know some elements of the Gypsy/Travelling community do cause problems and some of them don't help their own cause, but it's the first time I've encountered such blatant hostility based on what I might or might not be. I suppose I'm lucky compared to many who are subject to various prejudices on a regular basis. Some sites haven't wanted us before, but they haven't been nasty. The tin lid on it all was when he asked what I do... I said I'd look for a job, & thinking he was actually interested I told him I walk, write, paint, read blah blah... the result? "Well, I'll definitely have to say no then"!!! His loss! We have got somewhere though.... just north of the Dartford tunnel if that means anything to anyone!


The pictures are all of recent sun-rises.... even though most days lately have been a bit insipid, cloudy, drizzly affairs... I love them all in their own way & I guess I will soon find the charms of the place we are going to. I think being a country girl I have mis-conceptions about "london"... i've visited a couple of times & it's been fine so i'm sure all will be well when we get there ... yesterdays nerves have given way to anticipation & I'm intrigued to see what happens & where we will be... new horizons are around the corner, I wonder what they'll bring?


8 comments:

LauraX said...

Oh Suzi, I'm sorry you had to deal with such close minded individuals...frightened of your free spirit...and likely their own caged spirits as well. But one thing that makes me happy about you being in London, is that you will likely have internet access more regularly again...so I won't have to wonder where you are wandering and miss you!!!

Your photos are beautiful...each day is indeed precious, and filled with lessons...perhaps most especially the difficult days.

xo

La Dolce Vita said...

well your days might be insipid, but the start of them is gorgeous and you have captured it so well!

Barry said...

Wow S - big move but as you say at times we go where the work is. Tis a pity that there is still such bad attitudes in the world. Maybe Dartford tunnel vicinity will offer a new adventure. I do like your combo caravan etc - does sound like a household on wheels not just a house - love the idea of the shed on wheels for the m-bike that also becomes the dod kennel - almost sounds like a tardis. Go well with the people and the traffic - may you find inspiration and maybe work amidst it all. b

faerwillow said...

~to new horizons laying ahead...waiting for you...hehehe...sounds like one intersting ride!!! your images so beautiful and i too...embrace the ever changing beauty in the sky above...and i know and have faith in that wherever you will be...you will find wonder and magic surrounding you..filling your heart and mind...safe travels...much love light and blessings~

Suzi Smith said...

Thanks for the encouragement folks x The intrepid wanderers are raring to go... even ted (the dizzy cocker spaniel) knows something is happening. I'll be zapping out some positive rays as we cruise down the motorway & singing my head off no doubt!

lol, the shed is a bit of a tardis B... we took everything out to clean & tidy up and it spread out all over the place! Putting back took forever it seemed.

Barry said...

S - must say I lol when I read your line about unpacking and repacking the tardis. Hope the cruze down the highway goes well; and you can have some energising rock sounds guiding your travels. B

LauraX said...

Miss you Suz:(

Suzi Smith said...

thanks laura.... think i need a kick up the bum to get something written! London didn't work out & have just come back 'up north' so i'd better get myself back into gear & get my blogging head back on, eh!

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