There are many different adventures in life. Some of them are exciting, some are inspirational, some we embark upon because something is missing from our lives, some because there is too much of something in our lives.
Our newest adventures has been moving home. Having been in our Clapham flat for 4 years (possibly one of my longest addresses) we have decided to move on. Not far, but on to a new area of London (I know! Weird right!) and a new house. We’ve a garden and everything now! It has been a big change and a bigger move than we had anticipated.
For one thing, our box labeling game, it turns out was very poor. “Kitchen” is not sufficient. Also our packing skills…whilst very good in terms of space saving was fabulous it was creative in the combinations of items we deemed sensible to pack together at the time.
In any case, we are in. We’ve not enough storage outside the now huge number of cardboard boxes that we are surreptitiously trying to sneak out with the recycling.
Mowgli’s moving must haves:
- Blanket in full access at all times.
- Food at normal times.
- Lots of cuddles and love on demand.
- Explore all the new walks together.
Just a little bit of indulgence, here are two of my favorite quotes from J.K. Rowling.
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This is one of my newest favourite quotes about traveling and I feel a beautiful truth within it. Feel free to leave your favourite quotes below as well.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back.
So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too.
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Next stop on our Northern Portugal adventure. We pick up a hire car and head off into the countryside in search of quiet, views and more wine!
We head out of Porto and choose to avoid tolls for cost saving and nicer driving. The countryside is beautiful and lush. We drive through the morning, it takes about 3 hours but we do not notice the time as we are blessed with the wonderful views.
Slowly we start to climb into the vine country before we dip down again along the riverside. Then we start to ascend properly passing the vineyards that below to the Port Houses and Cellars that we saw and visited in Porto. We turn of the main roads and head high into the mountains. Its not a great drive for those who suffer carsickness or vertigo, but on we go. We reach a small town close to Armamar.
The view is simply incredible.
Stretching out in front of us, a church nestles between the vines and chimes as we clamber out and head into the most wonderful villa. We have splashed out a little (60 euros a night) so that we can have the privilege of a swimming pool, views and a BBQ.
The next few days pass in relaxation heaven. We spend our days driving the countryside and stopping in little towns. We visit Armamar and shop in the local bakery, butcher and shops before heading home to cook outside and enjoy the evening slowly passing.
It is perfect.
Maybe this will seem like a rash and strange decision for traveling folk like us here at Elvesabout. But rest assured this was 18 months of long hard thinking, planning and viewing of pups and dogs before we made this commitment. Which is just as it should be. Getting a dog is not acquiring a possession but welcoming a new member into your family.
So, we are introducing him to you!
This is Mowgli the littlest elf.
You can follow Mowgli on Instagram @mowglioflondon for more photos and cheekiness.
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In advance of a related post coming up this week, I want to share something beautiful from a wonderful writer and woman who I find to be very inspiring and too often forgotten.