The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

The Final Countdown … Again.

So today is the 1st Feb.

That means today is the first day of our final month living in England.

Or at least living in England for a period of time.

We will be back for a whole host of reasons, we just don’t know when.

And while I’ll be writing another long, drawn out post listing all the things I’ll miss and all the things I’m grateful for … the reality is there’s a chance COVID will fuck our plans and instead of boarding a plane to New Zealand on the 3rd March, we’ll be in our beautiful home, trying to work out how to get our furniture off a boat and our cat out of quarantine.

It’s a strange feeling to think you have a time limit on what you have come to consider ‘home’.

A mixture of fear and excitement.

Of course we have done it a ton of times – and we’re really thrilled to be off on another adventure – but there’s a bunch of things that have got their teeth into us.

Being near Paul and Shelly after 25 years is a huge one.
Our beautiful new home with our beautiful garden is another.
Not to mention the wonderful new friends we’ve made in the time we’ve been back.

But as I say to many people who ask me about moving overseas, while it is easy to focus on the things you’ll miss, you need to focus on the things you’ll gain.

And we can’t wait for that.

The things we know, the things we hope for and the things that will just crash into our life.

I owe so much of my life to having lived around the World and I’m very excited to discover what new chapters this adventure will write.

So as this is a month where a lot will be going on, this blog will end on Friday till we are either in NZ or being told we have to wait longer to get into NZ.

Though whatever is the outcome, while not hearing my rubbish on here for a few weeks sounds like a delight, let me remind you – when I’m in quarantine in NZ with literally nothing to do, there’s a good chance I may be writing 100 blog posts a day.

So be careful what you wish for.

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I was going to put down $1000 to bet you will write more posts before you start in NZ but then realized you would resist just to take my money.

Comment by Bazza

Might be worth a crowdfunding though.

Comment by Bazza

It would be a strong bet though.

Comment by George

Your gut instinct is still strong.

Comment by Rob

I think it is inspiring that you are all continuing your adventure.

Comment by Mary Bryant

You know it’s to avoid paying tax?

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Comment by George

Have you been talking to my mate Sam. He is convinced that’s why I do it …

For the record, it isn’t. Just to be very clear. I have paid all my tax and the problem with living in other countries is you still end up paying tax in a lot of them. So if anything, I’m adding to the world’s wellbeing. Kinda. Sorta. Ahem.

Comment by Rob

more like avoid paying me the fucking millions he owes me. even madoff paid some people back.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oh thank you Mary, That’s lovely. If you saw the state of our house at the moment, you may think differently though. Haha.

Comment by Rob

Are the pencils not lined up straight Rob?

Comment by Bazza

I can imagine it’s very stressful preparing to move with the impact covid could have on your travel plans. That you seem calm about it is impressive. I stress about remembering the shopping list when I go to Trader Joe’s.

Comment by George

Oh there’s a lot of stress but what can you do. It is what it is and thankfully, we have done this enough to know it all works out in the end. But the pain to get there is massive. Hahahaha.

Comment by Rob

for fucks sake campbell. im convinced the only reason you leave is so you can write endless fucking sycophantic goodbye posts. twat.

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