Xan & Bob

From my bench by the vineyard as I write…

Happy Friday everyone!  Can someone tell me how it is already June? Time flies whether you are having fun or not so I sure am glad I am having fun!

I decided to get out of my office and come sit up on a bench by the vineyard. Much better view and more inspirational.

Once of my favorite Christmas movies is “Christmas in Connecticut.” I was born in Connecticut so maybe that helps my love of the movie. It may also just be because it is funny and heartwarming. The story is about a lady living in New York City who writes a column for Smart Housekeeping. She writes the column and shares her favorite recipes as a happily married housewife with a young child who lives on a farm in Connecticut. The truth is that she is single, lives in New York City and can’t cook. Her boyfriend, an architect, owns the farm in Connecticut and her friend, Uncle Felix, who owns a restaurant provides her with the recipes. That takes a bit of imagination to write a column that is the complete opposite of your life.

One of my favorite lines in the film is when she is sitting in her NYC apartment writing, “From my living room window as I write, I can look out across the broad front lawns of our farm, like a lovely picture postcard of wintry New England. In my fireplace, the good cedar logs are burning and crackling.” This is her actual view.


So many times, as I have sat down at my desk to write my blog this quote and her view have come into my head. Today, I just had to share that with you.

From my bench by the vineyard as I write, I can look across the vineyard and village of Viladellops, like a lovely picture postcard of our new life in Spain. The sun is shining, the gentle breeze is blowing and the lovely grapes are growing. And this truly is my view.

My desk today.

It has been 9 weeks today since we arrived. That still seems unreal at times. How can it be 9 weeks already? And it seems like we have been here a lot longer than that. I am still surprised at times how quickly we made the decision and then instigated the changes that brought us to our new life in only 6 months’ time. We’ve transitioned into our new life relatively easily. The house is now home and the garden is looking lovely with our magic touches. We’ve reconnected with old friends and acquaintances and made new friends. We are slowly learning both the Catalan and Spanish languages.

What do I miss? That’s easy. I miss my family and friends. I am thankful that it is much easier for us to keep in touch than it was when I moved to Australia though.

I love that I am fulfilling my dream of writing and getting back to my photography. I hope you are enjoying following us on this crazy adventure. I really appreciate everyone’s support and comments on my blog. Hugs and kisses from Spain! Abrazos y besos de España.

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