Photo: our boat
So adjusting back, or rather into as we’re in a new life, has felt harder than we anticipated this week. Especially technology. E.g. My husband applying for jobs and doing CVs on his phone…
My trusty tablet failed me (Samsung S3) about which I’d kept saying, you just need to last the year, then I’ll get back and set up WiFi and go back to using a laptop. Well we didn’t set up WiFi straight away, I thought perhaps I’d manage by going down the pub or hot spotting to my husband’s phone, not wanting to get bogged down in lots of contracts etc…. plus I’d got used to working on my tablet and thought I’d just get a keyboard for it…
I only lost a few hours of work- I religiously email everything to myself as often as I get a chance- it was more the shock when it suddenly decided to not recognise my password. I’ll need to factory reset it when I can face doing that.
Anyway now we have WiFi, there was a special offer on and we got a super cheap deal. Setting it up was hard, then resigning in to everything, computer doing updates, blah blah blah, all was stressful. But once I had put on all my emailed work, seeing all my chapters laid out on a big screen was nice and I’m sure it will be much easier to work where I can flit between documents easily.
And we watched Netflix (Quicksand, recommended by a friend of my husband, and The Sarah Connor Chronicles from Google Play) on the laptop; it was like being in the cinema! After a year of watching everything on a phone or at most a tablet, it was amazing, I couldn’t get over how big the writing was!
Boat news: I am now fully competent at emptying the cassette toilet and filling the water tank. We got a second futon off the secondhand site, and went to collect it one evening, and went out for a curry.
We were excited to chat to Indian people, the place was called Delhi something, but the people were from Bangladesh and hadn’t been to India. We had a nice chat anyway. We decided we don’t need to go out to eat after a year of doing it all the time, but I did enjoy putting on earrings, a nice top and a jacket (I have turned into a bit of a slob on the boat); and I did feel really happy: evidence, see below:
Big walks have continued, I have almost made it into the next village (I go a bit further each time). Greggs vegan sausage rolls have continued. I have a correction to last week’s post; there were not anti vegan sausage roll protests outside Greggs, everyone just thought there was. A group of protesters had been hemmed in by police, just happened to be outside a Greggs…
We went to Norfolk and got spoiled with a lovely dinner, use of a luxury shower and luxury smoothies, and went to an event for my son showcasing his work prior to his exhibition in New York.
In the year that I’ve been away he’s bonded with my nephew who is younger. My son did his CV and my son and his friends all helped prep him for the interview- he just got his first job- as well as providing socialising and fun. I also got to meet my son’s new girlfriend, his agent and some new friends, who were all lovely people.
My son also sent me a lovely Mother’s Day email filled with memories of good things he remembers me doing when he was a child and teenager, and I think we’ve both put the past behind us (he was a troubled teen and I couldn’t manage his behaviour, or live with him by the time he was eighteen; he is almost thirty now).
So all good there.
I saw my mum, she was restrained in not asking me a lot of questions and I seem to have, for now, created better boundaries. However, my son and nephew told me that she had said (re me going off to India,) that I had had a mental breakdown/mid life crisis, so I’ll probably need to stay strong to ensure that that relationship stays within certain limits.
Has anyone watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Do you remember the episode that fans hate, where she is shown in a mental hospital, having doubts as to whether any of the being a slayer world is real. It’s never fully explained- she has been spiked with poison and could be just having visions- which is why fans hate it. ‘What’s more real,’ she says to her best friend Willow, ‘A scared young girl in a mental hospital, or some kind of superhero slayer and vampires?’
In the mental hospital, her mum keeps saying, ‘Believe in yourself, believe in yourself,’ meaning come back to there. After a lot of conflict, Buffy chooses to say goodbye to her parents and go back into the Buffy world.
We have a beautiful location
There is also a caravan and camping area. See loo emptying point on the right by the bins, a short wheelbarrow walk from our boat!
Sheep opposite our boat
Beyond the caravan area, a pond and trees
Thank you very much for reading
About the author
Sold house left job decluttered almost everything else. With husband went travelling for a year, mostly in India. Here are my India highlights. Just arrived back in the UK and now living on a narrowboat. Writing a book about everything…
For more photographs of the trip see Instagram travelswithanthony