wings and things

Chapter 52: Part of the furniture [2021]

on October 25, 2021

Two years ago I sold the house and land to the dairy farmers whose farm adjoined ours and bought the little cottage I now live in. They are wonderful people and, like Anthony did, they love dairy farming. Packing up the house and farm was a nightmare of a job but they gave me a couple of months after the sale to do so and finally, on the 1st of January, 2020, I moved into my cottage with the two dogs, Jack and Pip.

The cottage was built as a kit home in 1994 and, despite being so tiny, most of Anthony’s favourite pieces of antique furniture fit snugly in. The grandfather clock, the sideboard in which I found wads of money hidden, a china cabinet, the dining room table and chairs and the old armchairs seem now to have always been here.

Every single day I am filled with an almost effervescent joy at having found this cottage. It sits on a battle-axe block so isn’t visible from the road and it faces a little pocket of forest beyond which is a park. There are beautiful wild birds of every type constantly at my bird feeders at the front and the back yard is big enough for the dogs to play in although I am sure they miss their rabbit hunting days.

One of the very best things about living here is that Ming has bought his own, much bigger, house and it is just around the corner. We found his house online so didn’t realise how close it was to mine until the day we first had a look at it. If I go through the little forest and up a short path via the park I am on his road. On that day, the real estate agent laughed and asked Ming did he really want to live so close to his mother. But he and I are delighted!

Other than the occasional pang of nostalgia, I don’t miss the farm at all. Without Anthony there it had long ceased to feel like home anyway, whereas this little cottage absolutely does. There is something about the way I have placed our beautiful furniture that is reminiscent of the farm house and this gives me such a sense of comfort, and a sense of Anthony’s presence.

I thought it was only me who felt the Anthonyness of my little cottage but one friend, on visiting me here for the first time, walked in, looked around in a kind of disbelief, then said, “Anthony is here!”

Yes he is. Part of the furniture. No wonder I am so happy.

7 responses to “Chapter 52: Part of the furniture [2021]

  1. KDKH says:

    I’m glad to hear a peaceful life after the happily-ever-after ended. You have come through so much…. I’m really glad that you didn’t sell the farm to Ant’s brother!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely true. There is a real sense of Anthony’s presence, but it is you, Juli, who has done this, preserving and placing those precious items from your life together on the farm, and recreating your little haven. He would be so chuffed.

  3. Judy says:

    I loved hearing how you found your new place, Julie. Wonderful!!

  4. susanpoozan says:

    The cottage and its belongings sound perfect, what could be better.

  5. tootlepedal says:

    I am pleased that you have found a home from home . . . and that Ming is nearby.

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