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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Forgive me - unashamedly sentimental.....

Sorry about the lack of posts this week, as you read on, you will see why......
But first, the randomly drawn winners of the Polkadoodles Picknix CD are

Susan - Sue Brailey
Beth Anne in PA

Congrats to you both, email me with your address and I will get them in the mail to you

So back to the lack of posts - here's why..........................and this was just the first few boxes......

and.................all the boxes in the second photo are filled with craft stuff!......

So the shipping company was due Wednesday afternoon, they called at 5 PM to say they were still in Gainseville, a two hour + drive away. We cancelled dinner with friends and waited, and waited....and waited. They turned up at 9.30 and were merrily loading boxes until midnight. I made them a pot of very strong coffee, well, after all that careful packing, I didn't want to see my stuff going off the road as the driver fell asleep...

Friday,  the cleaning service was booked. A 7 AM call from the cleaner. 'I'm sick' she said 'I'll come on Saturday instead, you don't want me there when I'm sick'
Well frankly I would have welcomed her in if she had bubonic plague, but did wonder how, if she was so sick today, she could confidently say she would be there the next day, so I cancelled, rolled up my sleeves and set to work ....

I would have some cards to show you, but I lost them in the chaos. Now they are found, and my camera has disappeared. Sigh. This was going to be so organised

We leave tomorrow morning, documents all signed for the house, and the sale should complete next week. So I have a few people to thank, certainly in no order of priority, they are all equally important:

Firstly to 'the girls' from my Thursday craft group, which has been a huge and enjoyable part of my life here in Florida. Everyone knew that Thursdays were sacrosanct and off I would go, with the car loaded with everything but the kitchen sink, and there I would stay, all day, and often until late into the evening as well. We made cards, shared ideas, learnt from each other, shared supplies, laughed and talked. Frequent visits to Dunkin Donuts were always on the agenda. I always looked forward to Thursdays, and I will miss you all terribly. Thank you all for everything

Then there are all the dear friends we have made here in Heritage Pines, too numerous to mention, but you know who you are - dear friends who faithfully picked us up at the airport every single time we came over, and drove us back down when we left - even if it was at some ungodly hour, friends who were always at home when I fancied a chat, friends who are rather nifty Canasta partners - leading to some very competitive evenings of men V. women, friends who invited us into their homes for delicious meals, whole crowds of friends at Wednesday Happy Hours. Thank you all for your hospitality and friendship

At risk of sounding ridiculously sentimental, lastly, I want to say thank you America. Thank you to all you warm and welcoming people, for making our time here such an enriching experience and so much fun. We will be back, of course we will, but this is the end of this particular chapter in our lives, we can't say 'see you in a couple of months', but thank heavens for the web, skype, and stuff like Words with Friends! So there have been a few tears shed over the past few days, sniff.....

But then there is Blogging - I'll be back next week, no doubt moaning like mad about how cold I am............

Bye for now x   


  1. Safe trip Enfys, and happy settling down at home. hugs, Ursula

  2. Wishing you a comfortable and safe trip home.

    A part of me is sad to know that your annual visits to the US have come to an end ... your thoughts on what we often accept as normal behavior and situations, have become delightfully commical, and even sometimes shocking, when viewed through your eyes and humorous narrations. Without question, Dunkin Donuts will never be the same again!

    You will be missed here ... but I know you will aways be a computer click away.



  3. Oh En, I am sending you huge huge hugs. I know you will be sad leaving the other side of the pond but I am always happy when you are home this side too!! now if only you could bring a dunkin donuts chain home with you! we are so behind here in the UK!!!!
    huge hugs sweets
    Lou xxx

  4. Aww this must have been such an emotional feeling to leave. You obviously have good reasons for selling but I can imagine it's a big part of your life now changing. Safe journey home xx

  5. safe journey home en...don't go locking down any airports..we'll welcome you back to the UK with open arms but of course you're going to miss your friends in the USA and all the good times you shared...hope you've got your thermals on landing in dear old chilly blighty...sending big hugs kath xxx

  6. I haven't by to "visit" you in a while and this is what I read today?! :(. I will surely miss your stories about your adventures here in the US. Have a safe flight home, sweetie!

  7. Oh! Enfys, why can't things just go smoothly for you? Safe jourey home - perhaps you can set up a Dunkin Donuts franchise here in the UK?? Pat x

  8. Safe journey home and enjoy the Christmas season.

  9. Safe trip, Enfys. When I left Canada to come to Miami, I felt exactly how you feel now - sad to leave friends of 20 hrs or more.
    Good luck with your unpacking.
    Will miss your Dunkin Doughnuts stories. LOL
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and may the New Year be a good one.

  10. Even tho you'll still be blogging-I feel like I'm losing you. Travel safe, Envys.
    Enjoy your wonderful grandchildren.
    Nancy in Ohio

  11. Lovely post to read Enfys as sad the farewells are, safe journey back! Ruby x

  12. Love reading your blog....and will continue to do so, safe trip home and all I can say is...where are you going to put all those boxes once you get there!?!? Been there done that oh the fun!!!

  13. Have a safe journey! You will miss your friends on this side of the ocean but just think of all the new ones you will meet!
    Hugs, Renee

  14. Dear Enfys, you are a joy. I love your sense of humor, and your creativity is amazing. I have never met you, but I feel like a good friend is going away. Thank google for blogs. I will miss your Dunkin Donuts posts, but I'm sure you'll find unusual things and people in the UK too. I'm glad you'll be there with your family. I know your Christmas will be grand.
    I'll shall read your blog posts everyday. Thank you so much, and Happy Christmas

  15. Safe travels and I can't wait to hear about the unpacking!

  16. Safe journey home.

    Hugs, CyndiU

  17. Many years ago we made the difficult decision to move back to the UK (where we were born) after living in Southern California for 8 years. It was a terrible wrench, we did a lot of 'soul searching' before we came home and I still miss things even now. It'll be hard but I'm sure you'll settle soon and, as you know, the world is much smaller now with the advent of skype/msn/facebook etc..

  18. I'm so sad. You are so special to me. Have a safe trip. You will be missed in America. Hugs and kisses.
    Mary Ann

  19. En, we're so sorry to see you go! Were very happy to share you with our friend across the pond. Will certainly miss the DD stories. I wish you had a smoother departure...hopefully you will have a wonderful trip!
    Thank you so much for the terrific CD! I'm very excited to win, but sad to see you go.
    Have a wonderful holiday and all the best for the New Year!
    Sue Brailey

  20. Sue Painter (Scrapspirit)Sunday, December 16, 2012

    I always imagined getting to come down here and meet you after becoming your friend on the old Cricut messageboard. I feel like we have passed like two ships in the night. You know we will all miss you like crazy, and hope that it will not be too many months before you do rent something and come back to the U.S., we will all be waiting to see you again. God Bless.

  21. Safe journey En, we are sure going to miss you here, but know you will be with us anyway. Looking forward to your news from England and always your special projects and cards. Much love, Norma

  22. Enfys..just discovered you about a year ago when you were travelling between here (FLORIDA) and the UK..I will still be a follower and will now know exactly where you are!!

  23. Dear Enfys,
    Even though we have never met I feel like I know you. And I just learned that we have another thing in common - canasta!! I can't imagine how happy your family will be to have you in the UK year round. Have a safe trip, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

    Pat in AZ

  24. Oh wow Enfys I see you are ready to move, I do hope the move goes smoothly you are certainly going to miss the house, good luck. hugs Shirleyxxx

  25. The end of a chapter for sure. I'm sure all your friends here in the US are going to miss you. So glad for your blog and the internet where everyone can keep in touch. Travel safe! I don't relish the job of finding space for all those goodies when you get back to the UK. We may not be seeing you for a while, but I hope that won't be the case.

  26. Enfys, safe travels and best wishes for you as you end and begin new chapters in your life!

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  28. Oh Enfys...I hear your pain..its hard to leave a place where you have placed roots...but it won't be toooo long before your back in our good ol USA...I will also miss your dunkin donut adventures....

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  31. Safe travels Enfys. I'm about to do a major move to, so was fascinated to come across your post tonight! We're moving back home to NZ after 13 years in the UK. So I understand to some degree how bittersweet your parting will have been. Christmas hugs and good wishes for the next chapter of your life. Wends x


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Enfys x