The Changing Seasons – December 2018

The Changing Seasons – December 2018


The Changing Seasons post, inspired by the lovely Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch.

December was a major life changing month. I left Thailand forever! It’s a decision I made over a year ago, and the time finally came when I would pack up my life, into 2 boxes and 2 suitcases, and leave my home for the past 10 years.

I spent the month packing, visiting old places, and spending time with my BFF, Chris. I said goodbye to my work mates and friends who have crept into my life over the years – and that was tough enough, but it was saying goodbye to Chris that was the most heart-wrenching.

Life changing moments
Me and Chris

We spent as much time as possible together as my departure day grew nearer. I had butterflies in my tummy for weeks before, and as the time went on those butterflies turned to a feeling of dread – dread that I was leaving Bangkok and everything I love about the place, and dread because I would be leaving my friend – I (we) felt sick!

It’s not like I am never going to see him again, he’s leaving too, and I’ll see him in Europe before long, but we spent so much time together, he really was (is) a big part of my life.

We managed not to cry as we said our goodbyes, I wanted our last few days to be full of joy and happy memories. But, there were tears and I knew exactly the point I would start crying – when I was on the plane taking off!

As we sped down the runway, I was pressed up against the window, tears rolling down my face as I watched Bangkok disappear from view. Once I couldn’t see it anymore, the feeling of dread I’d had in the pit of my stomach disappeared and I started to look forward to my new life.

I spent the next 10 days in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka where I passed the time working (yes, I am a fully fledged full time writer now!), lazing on the beach and enjoying the most delectable Sri Lankan curry (5 times in the space of 10 days!)

Things to do in Hikkaduwa
Sri Lankan Curry

Then, I flew to the UK for the next 10 days and spent time with my nearest and dearest before flying to Valencia where I planned to set up a new home and get on with the next chapter of my life!

That was the plan at least, but that’s another story!

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share whatโ€™s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic)

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Donโ€™t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Donโ€™t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

12 Replies to “The Changing Seasons – December 2018”

  1. Blondie knows them well ๐Ÿ™‚ She was happy to have you all the morning, but she also understands why you had to leave. Ah, they will grow up and you will miss every trouble these sweet little boys are making now ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

    1. HI Inese, hope you are well. Yes it did, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side! But, there was a reason I left and I will do my best in making a new life for myself, wherever that may be! Hopefully Spain, but let’s see what the next few months bring! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your well wishes ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx

  2. First: Congratulations on being a full-time writer now!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Second: I know that feeling of dread to part from a dear friend only too well… A couple of years ago one of my best friends decided to go back to China and start a new life there with her partner. It just broke my heart. Unlike you and Chris we didn’t get to enjoy much time before as she was so busy packing and preparing that she simply didn’t have the time. I admit, I was a little bit pissed off… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I havenยดt seen her since but we stay in contact and I really hope to visit her soon (sheยดs now living in Japan!).
    Hope Valencia will be a wonderful place to call home! Best wishes! xx

    1. Thank you! It’s horrible and sad to leave someone (or for that someone to leave) when you spend so must time together and also when you always have so much fun! Thanks, I’m back in the UK for a while having a reassessment about where to go and what to do ๐Ÿ™‚ xx Hope you are OK Sarah xxx

  3. Hello Gill!

    Although December may have been a month of turmoil, you certainly still managed to have a great time in Sri Lanka and Spain.

    I hope that you find your little piece of paradise soon and fantastic news on being a full time writer now – what an achievement!

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