Tie a Yellow Ribbon

The siren call of home has sounded and each day it is getting   louder.  It is now 10 weeks since I kissed my family and special friend goodbye at Wellington airport and set off on this adventure.  And what an adventure it has been.

Wellington August 2013 040

First I visited my sister in London and we did things that sisters would do if they saw each other on a regular basis.  We don’t but we make up for it when we do meet.  We visited family, and aged aunt with Alzheimer’s (although we discovered she is only a few years older than us), cousins, nieces and a special blogging buddy in Oxford.


Originally our plans were to both go to Florence, hut these plans were dashed when my sister had to have a series of tests after suffering what was thought could be a heart attack.  She wasn’t allowed to fly so I went on my own.

I felt rather shaky on the day I left London.  I was going off alone to a country where I knew nobody and didn’t speak the language.  But what a great time I had there.  I found my way around very easily and quickly felt at home in this wonderful city.  Paris is described a the City of Light but for me now Florence will always have that soubriquet.

I discovered all the wonderful buildings and artwork that I had read about so many times in the past but I also discovered the back streets where lesser known wonders were housed.  I discovered the joys/benefits of living in an apartment in a suburb as opposed to living in a five-star hotel in the centre of town.  And there is a certain freedom in being somewhere where one is not known and one knows no-one.

I have waxed on and on about the wonders of this now my favourite city in earlier posts and so wont bore you here, but if you have missed them or if you are a new reader of this blog please click here to read of my adventures.

Il Duomo

Click the photo to read some of the posts on my visit to Florence

After almost three weeks the call of family and home was becoming stronger and so I left Florence and went back to London to decide on the next leg of this journey/adventure/experience.  The decision was made that I should return home and resume normal life albeit slightly differently because now my partner and I have decided we want to spend the rest of our lives together.  So another chapter in this long and colourful life is beginning.

Wellington city and harbour.

Wellington City and harbour. Via Wikipedia

Changes to the airline ticket have been made and I am now going home on Saturday 2 November – that’s only “four more sleeps” and I am getting excited about seeing family and friends again. Oh I shall miss my sister,the interaction, laughs,stories and jokes but it is time for normal service to be resumed.

China Southern Airlines

Because of the mix up on the way to London the airline has upgraded me to First Class travel home.  I another reason to be looking forward to Saturday.  I am looking forward to it.

So I will be off-line for a few days, but watch this space.

“Is it possible for home to be a person and
not a place?”
Stephanie Perkins,  American author

34 responses to “Tie a Yellow Ribbon

  1. So glad you’ve had a lovely trip…here’s to the next chapter! Best wishes!


  2. It’s been a wonderful adventure, and one I’ve enjoyed sharing with you. 🙂


    • Thanks Sallyann. Maybe we will meet up again sometime. And I hope your husband changes his mind about Florence. Perhaps that’s where we will meet next time.


      • It would appear Hubby has changed his mind…
        Thanks for all the tips, I hope the photos I bring back will dredge up some wonderful memories for you while I’m recording mine. 😊


  3. Ooh . . . sounds like “absence made the hearts grow fonder.” Best wishes to you both!

    Enjoy the rest of your time in England. Have a FAB first class ride home.


  4. So pleased at your “Happy ending” – I wish you all the very best for the next instalment of your story 😀


    • Thanks Cat and apologies for the delay in responding to your comment. Life is very different and i shall try to share some of these new experiences with my friends in the blogosphere,


  5. I’ve read as many of your travel posts as possible, and it’s sounded to me like you’ve, indeed, had an amazing time. Have a safe trip home. And how wonderful to be upgraded to first class! That will make the long flight so much better!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


    • My goodness Kath is almost 3 weeks since you made that comment and I haven’t responded. Apologies. Am so far behind in reading blogs that I haven’t caught up with your adventures in Ecuador. Plan to spend some time today just catching up.


  6. Wow! I loved your Florentine posts. Didn`t realise you were away for ten weeks though! What a wonderful traveller you are. Safe journey on Sunday. First class sounds like just the way for travel for such a long haul flight.


    • Thanks for the comment and apologies for the delay in responding. First class travel is great and I would recommend it but will not be springing the difference in fare for future travel.


  7. I have enjoyed your journey and look forward to hearing about the next chapter of the life of Judith.


  8. How lovely to go back home to start a new life together with you partner. Very exciting indeed. I wish you all the best for the future, Judith, and enjoy as much as you can another few days with your

    sister. It really sounds like your adventurous travels have been very successful and enjoyable. It’s great you had the courage to do all this. 🙂


  9. You are an amazing woman. You go from one adventure to another when others just carry on the same old way forever. Have asafe flight home. I wish you all the best in your new adventure. My Dad used to say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” You seem to be living proof.


    • Darlene thanks for the comment. It was a great adventure particularly as I knew no-one in Florence and didn’t speak the language but it proved to me that women can do anything.


  10. Yes, home often resides in the heart of another. Aren’t you lucky to have found a home again.

    Thank you for my trip to Florence . And Darlene it was Mom who pouned “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” into my brain. Help the shy child I was move out into the wider world.


    • Thanks Katherine and apologies for the delay in responding. I have loved all my adventures up to this point and look forward to different and perhaps challenging adventures with a new man in my life.
      BTW are you and Darlene sisters?


  11. Sharing your journey and your adventures has been wonderful. Going home to loved ones and starting another new phase in your life will be exciting too and we look forward to sharing some of that with you too.
    Safe Journey.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


    • Thank you David. It will certainly be a different life as I am finding now that I am back home. Instead of just having me to think about there is another important person to consider. How lucky am I to have found this other person. 🙂


  12. It sounds like such a wonderful adventure, Judith, and like Dorothy (in the Wizard of Oz), you’ve found home at the end of it. And a first class ride to it! 🙂


    • It was a wonderful adventure Robin and I am so glad that I did it. Just shows that one can do anything at any age. And yes, I feel like Dorothy or any other character in a work of fiction that finds happiness at the end of the rainbow.


  13. What a lovely ending to your holiday, so romantic. I enjoyed Florence through your eyes, however, I am so happy for you to be returning to a special someone. First class – wow !! Joy


    • Thanks Joy and what a great adventure it was. And now after 15 years if being alone I have found my special someone. We are planning to return to Italy early next year to rediscover places we have each visited and discover new ones.


  14. How exciting Judith. Isn’t it grand how we can continue to redirect what we want to do and where we want to be? We’re not stuck. It takes a spirit of adventure, in every way, to have a grand life. Safe, comfortable flight to you!


    • Thanks Joss. It’s true that we write our own life stories and you and I are prime examples of that. Spending time this afternoon catching up on my blog reading. Enjoy your travels. 🙂


  15. What a grand adventure awaits you when you get home! I am so excited for you.


  16. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    First Class indeed. So THIS is what you’ve been up to!!


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