Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Four Cuppa Day











Today has been the perfect temperature, both inside the cottage and out. I love these kinds of days because it's cool enough to have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon cup of tea (added to my two early morning cups!), but warm enough to sit out on the front porch to drink them.

Today is also momentous in its own sort of way, because it was exactly two years ago we moved here. Here's the post I wrote just a few days after arriving, and the one I wrote a year ago. So much has happened in the past two years, much of it wonderful, and, as life tends to go, some of it quite difficult. Our family has added Lucy, and soon there will be another grandchild added to the mix. Of all the special things that have happened since we moved here, this tops the list. Being a grandparent is pure joy.

There are so many other good things that have happened since we moved here - getting two books published, the trip to the UK in 2013, that crazy 80th birthday for my mom in Las Vegas last year, and friends and family coming to visit are the things that stand out in my mind. There are also some sad things such as losing my friend to cancer, and two marriages in our family, both extended and immediate, that have ended. These things have left me feeling a great sense of loss, and I'm still working my way through them emotionally.

But the thing that remains constant, the thing that keeps me grounded and brings me back to a sense of equilibrium no matter what else is going on in my life is this place. And by place I don't mean the actual cottage we live in. I mean the mountains standing guard over our home, the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, the smell of the forest, the beauty of each season as it unfolds. It's the trails I walk and the way the light falls on the lake at various times of the day. It's the feeling of contentment as I sit on my front porch, drinking it all in right along with my cup of tea.

29 comments:

  1. Being happy where you live, how you live, gives a constant to life...or so I find.

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  2. Your home looks wonderful. And that picture of your dog - oh my! It's like I could reach in there and ruffle his fur. It's so vivid!

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  3. Don't you hate it when a child divorces a partner that you love? It seems so unfair you weren't consulted, but why should you be? I found myself mourning the missing partner.

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  4. Your home looks so stunning. I could sit on that porch and drink tea forever. x

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  5. It's amazing how fast those two years have past. I have so enjoyed your new surroundings through your words and images.Fergus too looks so content too! Sarah x

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  6. You live in such a spectacularly beautiful area! The Fraser Valley ringed by all those incredible mountains is something else. The good and the bad, happy and sad, birth and sadly death all a part of the fabric of our lives. I always find spending time in natural environments helps me clear my mind and helps me get a better perspective. It's sure been nice to have a few cooler days.

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  7. It's such a beautiful home, in such a very beautiful place, I can see why you love it. What gorgeous yarn, a wonderful colour. I like how the drink matches it perfectly as well! Home is the best place to be isn't it, a sanctuary from the harder things in the world. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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  8. Beautiful thoughts, Kristie. You live in a natural paradise, so tranquil and beautiful. It is amazing to think two years have passed already, and so much has happened for you. The arrival of grandchildren is the greatest blessing, and the new arrival will be warmly welcomed into your world. Look who's wearing a cute Canada scarf! :)

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  9. Your place does indeed look absolutely beautiful – a lovely porch to sit and drink tea and think about the ups and downs. You've expressed that feeling of home so eloquently and much of it resonates with me. Your dog looks very content! Wishing you many happy times with your growing family. Sam x

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  10. You had me reeled in at the "four cuppa".
    There is something to be said about being content in ones space, for sure. I totally get it.

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  11. You are blessed to live in an area that gives you peace. I love your home and your beautiful family.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  12. You are certainly blessed to have a home that gives you such a sense of security. I totally agree with your comment a bout being a Grandparent, it is one of the most fulfilling roles ever.

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  13. Kristin, I'm sorry for your losses....I feel the same way as you put it (so beautifully) about place. I know my little spot of heaven has made the difference in my life and the struggles I've faced. People have asked if I was afraid to be here at night alone when my husband was still traveling for work. Never. I've always felt a sense of protection surrounding our property.

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    1. I see I mistyped your name, Kristie!

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  14. It is always amazing to look back over recent years. I am always filled with the sense of how short and long the time feels: short because I can't believe it has been two years, long because so much happens in that time. Times of reflection like that are impossible to describe :)

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  15. Looks so beautiful, we don't have mountains here, I would love to have some standing guard over our home x

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  16. You really have a lovely home and you have such breathtaking views.
    We are so lucky because you share them with us!

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  17. Happy 2 years anniversary! I don't suppose that you can imagine how it has gone so quickly! I hope that you keep loving it for many more years to come. xx

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  18. happy anniversary! I'm glad you are happy where you are now and I am giddy thinking about the new grandchild on the way, so so so very exciting!

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  19. Hey Kristie,
    What a wonderful post. You do live in a beautiful part of the world. And I have huge cottage envy. I find peace and contentment in the place that I call home. It's where I reflect on the rough and the smooth of my life too. Happy anniversary, my friend. May there me many more to come.
    Leanne xx

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  20. I love your words about place. I too feel very strongly about the place I live in and wonder whether I could ever have the same attachment to anywhere else. Beautiful photos too!

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  21. Two years, is it really that long?! Home - by which I also mean the place not the space - nothing much beats it, in good times or bad.

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  22. Life is good. For many that's just an expression. I am very happy that you've made it a reality. It's wonderful! But I can't believe Lucy is two already! How can that be???

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  23. Hi Kristie, how lovely to find your blog. I'm sorry I didn't stop by sooner. I'm looking forward to reading more here, you write so beautifully. I've just moved back "home" after a long spell living in the North of England and I know exactly what you mean. Some places just give us the support and comfort we need. x

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  24. Beautiful thoughts and photos, as usual! The move you made two years ago was a good one! :) So sorry to hear about the losses. Life is full of twists and turns.

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  25. A lovely post, Kristie, and I'm so glad the rightness of this place for you is becoming ever more apparent. I can't believe it's two years already!

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  26. As someone who also has a deep connection to the place I call home, I am so glad you have that.

    Can't believe you have been there for two years, though!

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  27. Just discovered your blog and this post like many others is so beautifully written. You do live in a beautiful and peaceful place!

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