Some time ago I purchased a picture frame thinking that one day I would sit down and put photos of my grandmother, grandfather, my uncle Peter and Mum into the frame. I hoped to get all the photos together that I could of them all in England before moving to Canada.
A little while back my Mum did send me a CD with some images on it that I have not even put into my computer to look at as yet... It just didn't seem right for some reason.
But now I know what will be put into that frame...and I will be a part of it!
Last night Mum and I made the final decision and now I want to share it with you! We have decided to take a trip to England and I have now also confirmed that I will indeed be invited to exhibit at the September Huggets show 2014!
I will be in the UK for approximately 10 days to do the show and to meet my relatives as well as do a bit of sight seeing!
I know for some of you this is "old hat" but for me... there is nothing at all familiar about this. I am not a big fan of flying and this will be the longest flight I have ever been on. I have never been to "Where my ROOTS are" so this will be a first for me too. I have met a few of my relatives when they came here occasionally but never been to their homes, so that will be a first, never been away from my husband for that long either... I know... so I am excited but also a bit nervous too!
So here is what I thought I would do:
It has always seemed to work for me to write in order to refocus my thoughts on positive things. I keep a journal of things I am grateful for for just this purpose. When I feel nervous I write about what I am grateful for and I don't have time to be nervous. It works!
I decided last night... after worrying about the long flight to the UK that I MUST GO to England! My grandmother would be so proud to see me there. I will see first hand where she made so many of her bears, see where my Mum played in the yard with the bears and possibly even see where my grandmother worked in the factory creating bears and other stuffed animals! How could I not take this trip?
I have decided to write... here on the blog to get myself motivated for the trip, get my focus on happy things. I am going to share with all of you the planning and all things English! We have a bit more than a year to share so it should be really fun!
So here is the first photo of the empty frame... well... a frame of photos of strangers that by the end of all this will have photos of me and my family and new friends from my trip to England.
I plan to talk about all things English as well as share photos of where I will be staying, what I plan to bring with me and possibly even practising with a tea party or two right here in Canada! I'll share recipes of English treats, English items I have in my home, places I hope to see, traditions and information on where those traditions came from etc.
I hope to have some of you writing back to share you ideas and support because I need it!
So here we go... down the rabbit hole to end up in ENGLAND... it's about bloody time!