The medium-length goodbye
Written on Tuesday 26 August, 2008
We’ve had loads of people to stay over the past few weeks, which has been nice. It’s been a good opportunity to catch up with friends, with whom we’d love to spend more time but rarely see more than once a year.
It’s also a fantastic opportunity to eat nice food and drink good wine, which I always enjoy. And, since none of them live in Devon, an excuse to gorge myself on freshly-made scones with jam and clotted cream (the ones at Badgers Holt are the best we’ve come across). Regardless of whether our guests partake.
Over the last few weeks I’ve realised that there’s a subconscious distinction between having a gap of a year between meetings when you’re in the country, and an enforced break because you’re on different continents. I wonder why this is? Ultimately I suppose it’s because meeting up when you’re in another country is decidedly non-trivial.
It’s frustrating that we’re not going to be able to see everyone before we go to Uganda. But we’re really looking forward to receiving email from people when we’re overseas, and we can use Skype (albeit with intermittent audio) to keep in touch.