Last evening we were in the new place and I got a text from a dear friend asking me to call him. I did. He said he was going out of town shortly, but had today free, so planned to spend it with us, if we wanted, and we could make a couple of trips back and forth with heavy things (books!) and bulky things. He asked what time we'd get back into Dungloe and when we got off the bus this morning, he was there waiting. We came upstairs, had a cuppa and sandwiches and I was whipping through the apt trying to get stuff into shopping bags, backpacks, etc (books) or bin bags (shawls, ponchos, sweaters, socks, hats, etc). We were grabbing stuff and packing it how we could, getting it downstairs into his car. He'd taken out the two back seats, so there was extra space. And he'd brought a big tub so we could put plants in it--we thought we might have to leave those behind, so that was cool. Then he and I took off for the new place while Bill stayed behind to pack up more stuff. When we got to the flat, our friend brought most of the stuff upstairs and I was emptying bags and placing the bin bags of clothes in the wardrobe. We sat for a few minutes, got back in the car and came back to Dungloe--a journey of 11 miles.
Back upstairs, then up and down loading the car again. Another trip to Bunbeg ensued. By the time we got there it was lashing down rain, but the cafe under our flat was still open for another half hour. Our friend is a big fan of cafes, so we called in and had tea/coffee, and treats. He had a couple of scones and got a Cornish pasty to go and I got a caramel slice--my favourite! It's a shortbread crust topped with a layer of caramel and a layer of chocolate on top! YUM!
By then the rain had stopped so we unloaded the car again and got everything upstairs. I put most things in the general vicinity of where they were going, but things still have to be put away properly. I am tired, but at some point during the day, I realized that it was probably good that things turned out this way. Had I known ahead of time that he was coming, I would have been awake in bed most of the night mentally planning how to pack, what should be given priority, do I need to go through everything and see if there is something I don't want, what's the best way to fit things in the receptacles that we have and on and on. There was no time for that. We didn't know this was going to happen until last night and we began as soon as we got back, leaving me no opportunity to overthink things. And it was better that way! We are so grateful for his kindness. It saved us a great deal of effort.
Our day started off with another act of kindness in Bunbeg. When we left the flat, it was mizzling. As we stood waiting for the bus, it rained harder and harder. The medical centre is across the street from where the bus picks us up and a guy came out the door and called to us that we should go stand there in the doorway. I called back that the bus would be coming any minute. I was thinking that if we stood over there, the driver wouldn't see us flagging him down. Suddenly, the guy disappeared for a few seconds and came jogging over with a large umbrella. He told us to just leave it in the chemist next door when the bus came. So when the bus pulled up, Bill told the driver he had to run across the street and leave the umbrella. The driver said, 'Ah sure, you're grand.' He sat there waiting for Bill to return and off we went.
We've had so many happy surprises in less than a week! So grateful for each and every one!