In which both goodbyes and hellos are said

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2014 has not got off to the best start, as my grandma died on 7th January. Losing any loved one is harsh, losing two within seven months of each other was doubly so. Combine this with a busy freelance schedule on top of daily work, and it means that I’ve barely had time to register January before it’s nearly over.

Despite the rubbish beginning, there have been some January highlights, the best one being a four day trip to Germany to see close friend B and her new daughter. To make a sweet trip even sweeter, our mutual friend Steph came all the way from Ottawa – and let’s pause for a minute here to consider the cost and time implications of this – to hang out with us too. It put my two hour flight and 20 minute bus ride to the airport right into perspective. This amazing gesture meant that the three of us got to spend a lovely long weekend together, getting to know (and cuddle whenever the sleeping schedule permitted) the baba, drink coffee, enjoy long leisurely breakfasts, eat cake, drink wine, take a walk in the grounds of the Nymphenburg Schloss and generally set the worlds to rights. And after everything that had happened so far this month, seeing good friends with whom I can be completely myself was just what was needed.

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Gazebo in the grounds of the Nymphenburg Schloss

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Munich city centre in the winter sunshine

It might have been three years since the last time we were all together but it felt like five minutes. If 2011 was Paris, 2014 was Munich, where will 2017 be?

S and I also managed to make progress on our new house, which we became legal owners of on 23rd December. Since getting the keys we have gone on a wallpaper-stripping, Pinterest-pinning and balcony-research frenzy, made easier by the fact we don’t have to actually live in the house until everything is done, and we’re not on a strict timetable. Which is good, because after doing all this before, we’re way fussier this time around about everything!

So despite a shaky start, I have high hopes for 2014 – a new house to make our own, new work challenges to enjoy, no doubt more new babies to welcome (8 of my close friends gave birth to 9 babies last year!). I’ll keep you posted…

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2 responses »

  1. Helen – I’m so sorry (and late saying) to hear abouot the loss of your grandmother, but it’s lovely to read that you were able to spend some time with such dear friends to help sooth your soul.

  2. So sorry to hear about your grandmother Helen 😦 Glad that you were able to have a nice break with your friends. It sounds like there’s a lot for you to look forward to despite your rough start to the year x

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