July - on the road again!
Friday 2nd July 2021
Note to self: don't make an international move during a pandemic. Unfortunately I didn't get the memo until after my husband and I had packed up and sold our UK house, bought a house in Maryland (over the internet) and just a week ago were halfway over the Atlantic with our dog. This was the first chance we'd had to take a breath and it almost came as a huge surprise, as if I was awakening from a dream. We had actually done this—made the move!
Neither of us had ever spent any time in Maryland, except on the highway, and yet we'd bought a house in Easton, a small town on the eastern side of Chesapeake Bay in an area known as the Eastern Shore. Of course we weren't aware there was such a massive shortage of containers and that our goods and chattels would not be leaving the UK shores until mid-August at the earliest. But after all the hiccups up to this point, (our flights were cancelled twice, then BA wouldn't fly pets into Boston anymore, then the sellers backed out of the sale of the first house we tried to buy), we shouldn't have been surprised there would be more problems. And so it goes.
We get the keys to our Easton house next week. We were finally able to get inside and tour it this past week. We were not disappointed—it will be a good house for us. Easton is a lovely town with colonial and Victorian architecture, shady streets and beautiful gardens, and lots of restaurants and boutiques, somewhat reminiscent of Charleston SC.
And so the adventure continues. Folks keep expressing surprise at what we've done and then asking me if this will appear in one of my books. Right now it would have to be some sort of suspense novel. And besides my next book is already in the planning stage. Because unpacking will not be possible for quite some time I won't be distracted and will be able to start writing again. Fortunately travel does not stop the ideas from flowing and I look forward to seeing how my next book turns out!