It has been crazy busy but we have been enjoying ourselves. The weather is mild and even warm which is lovely! We have a new dog, Whiskey! Whiskey joined us 3 weeks ago from Joyce and Steve at Ashanti Ridgebacks. Joyce, Steve, Jason and Ryan are the most wonderful people and have really been so kind in helping us with Whiskey and at the same time helping us see Vancouver and the area from a much more local perspective.
I have found the amazing Trimetrics Physiotherapy clinic run by the wonderful Siobhan. Its a great clinic and they have strong foundation in Pilates. Its a real relief to be able to keep doing the great work I started with Martina. Martina, if you are reading, you should come out here, its awesome!
The container arrived two weeks ago so most of the boxes have gone and most of our possessions are here. Putting up our pictures in the new place has been such a wonderful experience!
It has been an age since I’ve posted. So much happens and still needs to get done! I have animation of correspondence to reply and a podcast to finish writing. But today it was clear and dry in Vancouver, so after world peace gongyo at the culture centre, Harry and I went up Grouse Mountain to go snowshoeing! We walked a good long way to the end of the whistler water way trail. Tired and excited we have walked half slid back to the gondola. Have that lovely “readybrek” glow about us. Made even lovelier by the underfloor heating in the house.
Lots to get done this week including a resolution to make most if my working day about my actual work not the admin that people get lost in!
Oh and if I haven’t said yet, we are getting a dog next weekend. More to come
No sooner than I got into the groove of living in North Can then some urgent travel came up. A week in Western Australia in a heat wave of 40c plus every day and driving back on the other side of the road with an 18 hour time difference has been quite a challenge. Password expiries and other challenges with keeping my work going in a forward motion whilst dealing with problems old and new and those yet to be discovered have made me realise how important it is to have a high enough life state to respond and act from a place of courage and wisdom. A high life state is absolutely key and good friends who can encourage to take time to care for others and push open the parameters you may have previously set for yourself! As I ride home I discover I need to return to this side of the pacific again next week! I’m chanting more and have started to write again, it gives me the spark in every other part of life. Miss Karen and the children very much.
Early start today at 4am for a conference call. It’s not a complaint or a brag but a factor of working in a global team. It was a great call that was informative and encouraging at the same time.
Dialing into the call, putting the line on mute while I listened and pottered through making coffee, writing notes and eating breakfast, I reflected on my immense good fortune to be with my family in Vancouver.
Of course we miss our family and friends, that should go without saying. But everything else I personally don’t miss (well maybe sainsbury’s and waitrose a little). Out running last night, up steep and long hills and on the trails near the power lines by the forest (very conscious of being close to wildlife and in that last patch of life before it gets dark!) I found myself feeling exhilarated.
Fresh air and the elements and a general feeling of having space around me is an amazing benefit and privilege. The change in the commute from 4 hours to 45 minutes (round trip) has given me back so much time to be with my family. I love being at home and seeing everyone there, unstead of arriving back late at night when you realise that they are in bed and you were not there at the meal time again and they are getting older and you are not there enough, again.
Our container is on its way and the car should be sorted this time next week!
So glad to be connected to the SGI here and to be able to chant with local members. District planning tonight!
Well it’s been a very busy few weeks but I’m glad to say that we have moved in to a lovely home in North Vancouver and the children have all started school.
There is no order to this post, I’m imagining my friends and trying to write this like an email to them.
So we bought some mattresses and moved into the house in North Van last Friday! We had ordered a new butsudan from Nakayama Butsudans which had also arrived. So good start!
Next step was unpacking the butsudan only to find the journey had caused the back to come undone. Now to find tools to repair it! (We spoke to Nakayama who are so wonderful and we are getting it sorted, lovely company to deal with). But first we needed to get a base for it! Off to ikea where Olivia and Florence came up with a great solution which we purchased, took home and assembled! The next day we found a shop to buy the repair kit and some chairs!
By Sunday night we had the Gohonzon enshrined and another chair to sit on! So we build everything around this!
Work is great although as I am now an employee I have had to fill in forms and get the basics in place which has taken me longer than I would have believed, but then there is a lot to do. The company and my new colleagues in the office have been really wonderful. Richard who has been holding the fort for me during the move has been amazing, as usual, I am so lucky to have such great people to work with. Vancouver is on a different time zone to the rest of everyone I work with, which is interesting. My morning is late London afternoon and my lunchtime is early mornings tomorrow for Australia! The nice thing is not much email after lunch so more time to concentrate!
Studying again and want to get a podcast out soon!
More to come. This is the view from the front door.
Oh and the children on a break in Ikea!