Ode to a Much Loved House: Moving is like leaving an old friend

A House in France

Our Longère
Our Longère | Source

Time to Move On

We’ve been privileged to have owned a house in France for ten years, have been accepted as regular participants in village life and made many friends; we shall undoubtedly be back.

However, it’s now time for change; we’re selling our 200+ year old ‘longère’ to a young French couple in the village who have the energy to spend time, effort and, little by little, some money, on making it theirs, on bringing it into the modern world (though retaining some of its character, I think).

Yes, we’re leaving this home from home which will be in our hearts, as well as in those of several of our family and friends, for many years to come. Although we’ll be back to see friends, we’ll no longer have our own little corner of France.


This Old House

This traditional French house, solid as a rock, full of character and history, has given us so much, seen many get-togethers, sheltered us from storms. It has given us produce from its garden and given the children respite from busy, hectic lives. It has fed our imagination with its history. Its beautiful lime tree, under which we’ve tasted our summer fayre, has sheltered the birds, insects and so much more that we don’t see.


A 'Thank You'

I couldn’t leave without writing a few words in praise of this magical place, without a ‘thank you’ to the old walls, the grounds and the trees. Words are not enough to do it justice but old friends need a proper, fond farewell.


Our Old Friend

Our Shelter & Home from Home
Our Shelter & Home from Home | Source
Our Beautiful Lime Tree
Our Beautiful Lime Tree | Source
Sunset over the House
Sunset over the House | Source
Harvest Moon looks down on our garden
Harvest Moon looks down on our garden | Source

Ode to an Old French Friend


This house knows so much more than I

of life and love and times gone by.

Its stone and beams stronger than I

give shelter when storms rant and fly.




A creaky loft older than I

keeps bats and frogs and beetles dry.




The shady lime, though younger than I,

sees nature far beyond my eye.


Long fields stretch out farther than I;

they grow, they feed, they hear birds cry.




The sun’s strong rays warm more than I;

they nourish all that live and die.




A harvest moon beams broader than I;

his face turns bright as he climbs high.



All will continue longer than I;

more hearts will beat, more lovers sigh,

but there’s one thing I have in me -

a lasting, loving memory.


What About You?

Have you ever been in a similar situation? You'll know how sad it is to let go of a place you love. You might be changing areas for work. You might be unable to afford to stay. You might no longer be able to carry out all the maintenance necessary. Many reasons come into play.

It's important to think through what's best, to follow your head rather than your heart in these situations. Circumstances change. It may be time to move on, time to explore pastures new or to spend it with family and old friends.

What's that old cliché? 'A change is as good as a rest'. It's true.

Never forget that there can be new adventures and experiences when your path changes direction.


Copyright annart (AFC) 2014 (No copying without permission; no changing of original hub)

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annart 8 weeks ago from SW England Author

Thanks Peg; good to see you today. Yes, it was sad but we go back to the village often (in fact just 3 weeks ago) to see old friends and neighbours, who are always welcoming. Now we're in the process of doing up our 'final' house and it's very exciting - in England this time!

Great to be somewhere for 27 years. Bet you couldn't move all the accumulated possessions!

Have a great weekend!

Ann


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PegCole17 8 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh, it is sad to leave a familiar place where so many memories have hatched and lived. Your house looks beautiful and I wish you all the best in finding a new place as welcoming and charming. We have lived in this house we built for the past twenty-seven years. I hope we never have to leave but the time will eventually come when we can no longer manage the upkeep.


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

poetryman6969: I wish I could too! It was taken by my partner. Most of the photos on my hubs are mine but a few of his sneak past control!

Thanks for reading.

Ann


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Love that moon photo. Wish I could take photos like that.


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Mary. It's true that we take the history for granted here. So much is so old. Our friends in Australia and New Zealand say the same thing as you. They also envy us for being able to travel about so much relatively easily. Oz and NZ are miles from everywhere else!

I hated leaving my childhood home of 15 years and although we had this house only for 10 years and only for holidays it was still a wrench to leave its beauty and memories.

Thanks for the comments and for the votes, Mary.

Ann


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annart 19 months ago from SW England Author

Thanks, mary. I must have a look at your ode, when I get time. I'm rushing off a few comments, emails etc before I go away so I might be quiet for a while - big sigh of relief at hubpages!!

I much appreciate your visits today.

Ann


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

Bill is right, we get excited over here when a building is over 100 years old! Europe is mind boggling to some here. The point is, we can't imagine living in a house that old.

Moving from a house you've lived in a long time, in my case grew up in, is sad. It's like leaving an old friend, a cozy old friend filled with memories. Of course, the good part is you can take those memories and build new ones. You've captured the essence of that feeling.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

Oh, I know the feeling well. I had to give up my home of 35 years about a year ago, and I miss it. My house was not as old as yours, but it was old compared to houses where I live. Mine was 100 years old. I spent many happy hours restoring it.

I also wrote an Ode to my old house here on HP. My old house held many wonderful memoies, but I am making new ones in a little apartment now.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Yes, DDE, a little sad but we know we can go back whenever we want and see all our friends. Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind comment. Ann


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Leaving the place you loved would make you feel sad I know that feeling from when I left my place.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you Victoria. Yes, I'm emotional about former houses and this one gave us so much. We're lucky that we can go back to see what the new owners are doing to update and improve it. I appreciate your visit. Ann


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a beautiful home! I am very sentimental about places I have lived, especially the first house I bought on my own. I appreciated your poem.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

RTalloni: Good to hear from you again! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad it left you smiling. Ann


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

A few words indeed… :) You leave us with a smile after reading…


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you Eddy. Glad you enjoyed it. Back home now; all signed and sold - aaahhh! Ann


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

I loved this one and thank you from sharing .

Take care

Eddy.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you sweet Romeos! Thank for your good wishes. Ann


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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

....." Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow. " - Romeo & Juliet, Act Two, Scene Two.

Goodbye to the old, and hello to the new - you shall always have the photos , and memories that mortals can never steal from thee.

Best of fortunes in your newest chapter.

Sincerely,

R.Q.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you Kathryn; so glad you popped by and glad you enjoyed the poem. We do indeed have good memories. Ann


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I just got back from re-reading your piece of fiction you entered into one of billybuc's contests a few months back, and it is from the view of the old house in the story. Now I come to this piece, and it almost has the same feeling, except it is about a real house that you lived in for years. The poem is beautiful, and so are the photos. I particularly like the Harvest Moon, and I have a weak spot for sunsets and sunrises. I like the way the skies develop so many colors.

Thanks for sharing this piece with us. I am glad that your French home provided you with so many good memories.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Hello, Dolores. Good to see you again. Yes, the memories do last for ever and we have hundreds of photos to remind us of the place and the times we've spent there with friends and family. Thanks for reading and for your lovely comment. Time I looked at your hubs again!


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

Thanks for sharing all your beautiful memories of your place in France. Though the house is no longer yours, the memories will be yours forever!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Yes it is indeed a beautiful place. France is a wonderful country; it has just about every landscape possible - no wonder the French don't travel as much as we do. Thanks for your comments; much appreciated.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

What a beautiful place! I've never visited France, but wouldn't mind have a place like that! Splendid.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

LisaMarie724: Yes it was great. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment; much appreciated.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

How wonderful it must have been. Thanks for sharing.


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, epbooks, for dropping by and for your kind comments. Yes we have many wonderful memories over the last 10 years of spending time there. We'll be back there to say hello from time to time so fortunately won't lose sight of it altogether.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wow- that is beautiful. I can imagine many good memories were made there. Beautiful tribute!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks billy. Yes we are sad to leave but it's time to move on and at least we'll be back there to see friends. Glad you enjoyed it. The history, too, means a lot to me. I've had similar comments from Australian friends who don't go back very far either! All the best to you & Bev. Ann

unverm: thank you for your comment and glad you enjoyed it.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

The architecture you all have over there is breathtaking....200 years old? Half this country doesn't have a building that old. LOL

Loved the pictures and your poem. I'm sure you are sad to leave such a beautiful place, Ann. Thanks for sharing it with us.

bill


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unverm 3 years ago

what a beautiful character to be loyalty and I congratulate and thank you for this sincere and loyal hub. "this is mountain uhud, we all love it and it also loves us"

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