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Published: November 13th 2010
Bunny RowSince our last blog entry....
Our "Chocolate Box" home
Having planned to travel for a year, when it came time to come home we just kept going and we ended up travelling for almost two wonderful years. When funds were getting low (April 2008) we headed home and we have been living in a beautiful "Chocolate Box" village in Oxfordshire for the past two and a half years.
We fly out tomorrow (14th November 2010) to start our next trip by travelling five months overland from Morocco down the West Coast of Africa to Cape Town. After this we think that we might visit parts of the East Coast and then head over to Asia.
Before we came back in 2008 both Marc & I were a little reticent about coming home. Having been itinerants with so few responsibilties for so long, we thought that coming back to "real" life, working and being in one place would be a rather nasty shock. Rather than returning to Redhill we came here to the village, which has turned out to be the best thing we could have done. I have been working with mum and Marc has been painting & decorating locally. Life has been
relaxed and almost like an extension to the trip.
Upper Heyford is a beautiful and a remarkable place. The village has about 300 residents, everyone knows one another and it has a wonderfully welcoming community spirit.
We have loved living where we do on "Bunny Row" because we are surrounded by great neighbours and just outside our front door is a small patch of green which has lent itself to many a "project". It has been the spot where we have built snowmen, decorated the tree for Christmas, set-up an Honesty Shop selling homemade sweets & treats, where the Easter Bunny has left surprises for the children, where we have sat watching the world go past and where many excellent inpromptu parties have happened.
I have been fortunate to be part of the group responsible for restoring the small Reading Room on the village green. Everyone involved has put enormous amounts of time, love & effort into the process and we have organised some great fund raising Tea Parties, Quiz Nights, BBQ's and Open Days. The project is nearing completion now and it's really starting to look good. I'm sad that I will not be here to
see it completely finished, but it has been an honour to work with such a wonderful group of people.
Our time here has been one pleasure after another... Time spent with new friends, organising Halloween displays in our window, wine fuelled Book Club meetings, falling in love with mum & Titch's cats, being part of the Flower Shows & Race Nights, having many good chats over many cups of tea & coffee, dinner parties and most recently our surprize leaving party. The list of precious memories is endless. Suffice it to say that both Marc & I consider ourselves very lucky to have spent time with all the people that we have got to know here, you guys are all amazing! Thank you for sharing your lives and your village with us, particularly you mum. You made our stay possible!
Lots and lots of love
Emma & Marc XXX
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