You may have been wondering about my silence on here and other virtual realms but there is a very good reason for my recent absence – I have moved to a new nest! This time my home is to be found not in a new place but a familiar old one, the place of my birth: Glasgow.
It may seem strange to those of you who have read of my love of wild places, the woods and nature’s particular quiet, but there is a reason that the Gaelic meaning of Glasgow is dear green place. It is certainly a large and busy city, but it is also a place filled with large parks, woodlands and wildlife and we have found a lovely leafy quiet nook to settle in. Not to mention a resident squirrel and a multitude of birds in the small but secluded garden.
It wasn’t a long drawn out decision to leave the Isle of Bute; it actually happened all rather quickly and the choice turned out to be surprisingly simple. I’m a wanderer at heart and have lived in many places so home is a moveable concept for me. However, after a childhood spent longing to travel beyond the hills of Glasgow I never thought to ever live in this particular city again. Yet here I find myself, in a place both familiar and significantly changed and I’m deeply content at this unexpected turn of events.
You may be wondering what has prompted such a move but it was no singular reason. Rather a convergence of opportunity, questions and possibilities, restlessness and a seeking after new adventures brought us to a place of wondering that quickly led to the decision to go. And so within a matter of weeks we said goodbye to our Island friends, boarded the ferry in a van packed with our belongings, and set off ready to begin a new chapter.
Our new home is wonderfully quiet and hidden from the wider flow of urban life. This nest is in a charming old building filled with original features, nooks and crannies and echoes of past grandeur. Yet it is also humble enough for our simple needs with a quirkiness that suits our particular tastes. Perhaps I will share more details in the weeks to come, but those who have walked this path with for me for a while will know that my privacy is both precious and well-guarded, so please forgive me if you only catch a few glimpses…
There will be many new works and much news to share of these new adventures in the New Year, but for now I will leave you with my sincere thanks for all for your support, encouragement, kind words and messages over the past year for which I’m deeply grateful. May 2018 bring each of you many good things and new adventures of your own…
And now we welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been
Rainer Maria Rilke