Thursday, 29 August 2013

Where to next...


So, I've promised you a post, giving a thorough recap of the West End Fair.....that will come, but not quite yet. My brain is a little scrambled right now, so everything will come out not necessarily in a logical order, in terms of posts here! Right now, there are a couple of things on my mind.....firstly, that tomorrow I am off to visit dear friends on the Isle of Skye. 


I have visited them there several times now, since they moved 4 or 5 years ago. We are so lucky to have fabulous friends who live in such an awesome location! 

This time around, I'm going by myself, and have decided to take myself over to Harris for two nights, to stay at a wee B and B. I am seriously excited about this! Every time I'm on Skye, I am always drawn to the idea of getting the ferry across to Harris and/or Lewis....and this time, I'm doing it. All by myself, but I am quite content with my own company, and I think after the very crazy summer I've had, and what is to follow (I'm getting to that.....), I need a couple of days of quiet contemplation; taking in the scenery and the peace that only islands seem to possess, somehow. I am always very 'at one' when by the sea as well, and Harris is meant to have some of the best beaches (and most spectacular scenery). Just look at this beautiful picture I found online....



Admittedly, I'm not necessarily expecting sunshine like this......but I am thrilled at the idea of two days alone on this tiny island. Just look at those colours! What could be more inspiring? Expect lots of instagram photos coming this way soon....

The other thing that is occupying my head space is the fact that......we are shortly to move over the water to Belfast in Northern Ireland! It's a bit of a bolt from the blue - Helen was offered a job, very last minute about a month ago. We had 48 hours to decide....and, to cut a long story short, she said yes! So, after 13 years living in Manchester, I am leaving. If I'm honest, I've talked of moving away for approximately 8 of those years (no joke) so I am sure you can imagine how thrilled I am that I am finally doing it. Manchester is an awesome place, and a great, great city to live in, don't get me wrong. But it has never quite felt like my home. And I think that after 13 years, if it was ever going to be home, that would have happened some time ago.

The other thrillingly wonderful thing about this move is that I am going to be able to give up music teaching! I will be working from home, apart from when I travel both for craft fairs and to sing, and I COULD NOT be more excited about this prospect. Teaching, again, is an awesome and incredibly worthy and, at times, rewarding profession. I think I am not a bad teacher, if I do say so myself. I have got a lot out of it, over the years, and worked with some wonderful students. But it is incredibly draining, emotionally exhausting and at times, thankless. In the past year, both Songbead and The Curious Bead Shop have established themselves in a way that will allow me not to have to teach anymore, unless I want to. I hope that I will still be able to do some beading teaching, as this is something that I don't feel I am finished with. And I am upset to be leaving my wonderful private students - a bunch of lovely, talented adults, who I teach at home. An altogether different experience from peri teaching in schools! As we will potentially only live over in Ireland for a year (due to the NHS's ability to post you anywhere in the UK with each new job contract), it wouldn't be fair to take on any new private students for such a short amount of time. But for now, I am ready to stop music teaching, and focus on other aspects of my career. 

And I really do feel, already, that I am regaining both my life, and my spirit! I have a few days to do in my (very lovely) primary school.....but then, I am done, and will be joining Helen in Belfast to start this new chapter in our lives. Exciting times, without a doubt.





11 comments:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Congrats on your next great adventure, Rebecca! It sounds as though you are more than ready for this change. I'm not so sure about the "only one year" aspect... perhaps the move will develop into a longer chapter than you both realize. Best of luck!

Lottie said...

What wonderful news for you both - have a fabulous holiday and wishing you both every success in Belfast and your new lives.

Shaiha said...

This sounds wonderful! Hopefully you will find your home. I know it took me until I was in my late 20s to find mine.

Karin G said...

How exciting to start such new adventures. Enjoy your holiday and good luck in your new life.

Coosy Kollektionar said...

I like adventures life, you are lucky get it, so enjoy your life and adventure.

Möbler 

Saint Home said...

I like this House and enviroment.

Matta

Saint Home said...

I like this House and enviroment.

Matta

Claire Lockwood said...

This all sounds like a whole heap of great stuff happening! I've always been a coast person too, so I'm rather envious of your wee solo island trip. And the move to Belfast and all that goes with sounds all for the very good. Hurrah!

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Debra Gibson said...

I am so very happy for you! Belfast Ireland! What a beautiful country and so full of great history! I am jealous as I have always wanted to visit that country my dream was to find a ting out of the way country town with a pub and have a shepherds pie and drink a few pints of ale!! LOL! Someday when I win the lottery that's going to be one of my visits I also want to visit Scotland and England. I have two good friends who both reside in the states and England and they have invited me many times to come for a visit but I never seem to have enough money or the time or I have the money but no time! Such is life! But you can send us pictures of all the beauty in Ireland and put it on your blog! I cannot wait! So happy for you and Helen both! I wish you both much love and luck on your new journey! God Bless you both !
Debra from California

Janine said...

Congrats to this new adventure. Your life is never dull, LOL.
I hope you and Helen will enjoy your stay in Belfast!
Wishing you both lots of happiness and creativity.
Janine

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