Oh how easy it would be to skip this weeks Five on Friday , but it is probably the one I need the most. Yesterday we packed up and shipped all of our boxes, and closed the London chapter of our lives. It has been a tough week. You can't expect to move internationally and prepare to travel for a month (all with a toddler) and expect it all to go without a few glitches. And glitches we sure had!!
Leaving our little home last night was the end of a very emotional and stressful couple of days. It was a small home. But a happy home, and I am going to miss so many things about our life in Hampstead.
Without allowing myself to wallow too much, there have been some amazing things happen this week too, which is why I'm glad to reflect on those today. Linking up with these lovely ladies (April, Christina, Darci and Natasha). Here's my favourite five for the week!
1. Being on holidays. After such stress it really feels wonderful to have put all our belongings on a boat, and ourselves on a plane, with no more lists to worry about!!! We have just arrived in Italy and are going to get on Italian Time ASAP, bring it on!!! And I thoroughly appreciated the efforts from British Airways for sending us off in style, with none other than the gold BA plane to Milano this morning!!!!
2. Getting to meet a familiar friend just in time! We've read Paddington Bear to Madeleine ever since she was a baby, and love that she's traced the footsteps of Paddington, all the way to find the little bear near Lost Luggage. At Paddington Station sits a bronze bear and we were very excited to find the little friend we've read so much about for the past two years.
3. Oxford. Oh how I love this place. We had one of the most incredible years of our lives in Oxford and every time we go back it feels so special and familiar, but definitely a little empty without all our dear friends
4. Taking the tube for the last time. It is a fantastic mode of transportation for moving a lot of people around a massive city; but an absolute pain in the butt with a baby/toddler. Navigating the many stairs, bazillions of "very busy" commuters and black nose boogers thanks to the pollution is gladly in our past now!! We even witnessed a horrific police situation on one of our last journeys so I'm really pleased to let my nerves settle above ground for a while!
5. One last stroll through the Heath. Hampstead Heath is heaving in summer and sunny weekends but having the freedom to take Maddie midweek has been one of the best part of living in Hampstead. Living in such a crowded city had me regularly craving green space so we would find ourselves escaping to the quiet a few times a week. On our final stroll through it was a particularly glorious day, and it felt like the perfect goodbye.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
Arrivederci!! A G&T is being poured for me right now, holidays beckon!! 🇮🇹