Everest and the Toenail

Life in Kathmandu, Nepal and Beyond

Snapshot: ‘Du Blues

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Five years ago I stood in the downstairs southeast corner of our house, looked out over the rubble at the wide open space and wondered how on earth we were going to live in such a mini palace. This morning I stood in the same corner, the last few packing boxes still to go, Renu sweeping the carpet with a brush, the house empty, but the fountain still splashing. Not only did we live and survive here but we did so mostly with ease and pleasure. I wrote two and a half novels, many short stories and 426 blog posts to date. Best of all we had a string of excellent guests who helped bring the house alive.

I sit now the in the blue bedroom. The sun is shining, our departure on Friday beckons. We move into a hotel today, then there are odds and ends to clear up, but this feels like goodbye to the peace of the pond, the cruddy kitchen, the lovely space upstairs. The CoP calls, she needs to go to the office, bags to load into the car, life comes swirling back in and I must get going one last time.

A Moment of Peace Before the Removal Upheaval

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Written by jamesaeoglethorpe

December 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. Good luck for the last few days; I hope that all your well practiced planning and packing go smoothly. I wish you strength for the sad farewells James, and then go safely home. Look forward to the next blog. xx

    Diana & Andy

    December 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    • Thanks, dear, now in the hotel, watching a fellow chase three geese around a pond, gets them in the water, they swim around in circles, then head for dry land to be chased again back to the pond. How lovely is life sometimes 🙂

      jamesaeoglethorpe

      December 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      • Had no idea you were leaving:( Going to miss you both at singing and writing…

        luciadevriesLucia

        December 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      • Hi Lucia, yes the CoP’s contract ends and although there is a phase 2 of Hariyo Ban it is time, reluctantly, to move back to the States. x

        jamesaeoglethorpe

        December 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      • Sounds a bit like everyday life really. xx

        Diana & Andy

        December 13, 2016 at 3:43 am

      • Yes, really 🙂

        jamesaeoglethorpe

        December 13, 2016 at 8:36 am


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