Yearning for the Familiar

23 Dec

Exploring somewhere new is always exciting. Even back in the UK I always quite enjoy driving through new towns, looking at the rows of houses, and wondering who lives there. But it’s nice to then go back to familiar streets, familiar houses; to that place called home. So, on my first supermarket trip I was very happy to discover lots of familiar products in abundance, from Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut to Walkers Salt and Vinegar Crisps, which could provide little tastes of England when I was missing it most.

About a month into living in Bermuda, I started missing the familiarity of home – even just the silly little things, like knowing where to put fabric softener in the top-load washing machines (answer: you just chuck it in with the laundry!) or trying to find coriander (it’s called cilantro here). And as much as our temporary apartment was homely, it wasn’t “home” because it had nothing of ours in it.

Our new home

We went to view our first potential home with indifference – expecting that the first one we saw wouldn’t be right, because that’s just not how it works! Except it was right: a two bedroom condo which was spacious and light in a quiet area. I was over the moon that we could walk to the beach; Rich was over the moon that the fridge had an ice maker (!) We viewed a few other properties (including one with 3 dead cockroaches on the floor – erm, no thanks), just because we felt that’s what we should do, but nothing pipped the condo to the post.

When our shipment of 61 boxes arrived it was like Christmas – all of our belongings immediately transformed the condo into our condo. Even unpacking our Sainsbury’s Shop for Life carrier bags made me smile!

Now, the Christmas tree is up (from Homebase!) and we’re getting ready for our first Bermudian Christmas with my parents, in what most definitely feels like home.


2 Responses to “Yearning for the Familiar”

  1. Danni Wilson 26 December, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    To Su,

    How was your first Christmas day in Bermuda? Hope your parents made it out and you had enjoyable time. What are your plans for New Year?

    Miss you,

    Love D x

    • suscatty 2 January, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Danni

      We had a great Christmas thank you – turkey and all the trimmings, and a little paddle in the sea too! Hope you had a good time in Hawaii? Thank you also for your Christmas card – we got it on Friday as I think you only put a first class stamp on it which isn’t enough to get it to Bermuda! 😉

      Hopefully speak to you soon

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