So that’s that

by Richard on August 6, 2008

I’ve really enjoyed Swansea. I’ve made some great friends. Been part of some really good stuff. On the one hand, I’m finding it hard to believe that I’ve been here for ten years. Where on earth has the time gone? On the other, I realise that I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my adult life and it really has come to feel like home (despite my accent). But I signed up to the discipline of the Methodist Church, and she expects her ministers to be itinerant. My time here is done.

No, I’m not finished. There are some little jobs that I can take with me to sort out. Some other things will just have to remain incomplete. The removal men are arriving in the morning, and they’ll have a schedule to keep. It’s time to go whether I’m ready or not.

My boxes are almost packed. Most of what I needed to do is done. Good enough will have to be just that: good enough.

Next time I sign in, God & BT willing, it will be from Caergwrle. I’ll see you there.

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Olive Morgan 08.06.08 at 8:29 am

Happy landing in Caergwrle! But I can’t get my tongue round that, so can you possibly print it in a form that someone from your native Yorkshire CAN manage to say it, please? - otherwise I’ll have to say Wrexham.


Paul Martin 08.06.08 at 10:33 am

Hope the move goes well, Richard. Oh and sadly this Cornishman can’t pronounce your destination either.


Richard 08.06.08 at 10:48 am

This is not its proper pronunciation, but locally it’s said something like “kai-girly”. I’ve just heard that the removers are on their way, so I’m really signing off now…


Olive Morgan 08.06.08 at 12:03 pm

Oh, thanks, Richard. I can manage that1


ee 08.06.08 at 2:01 pm

Sorry to see you go of course. Hope that the settling in process has begun by the time you read this.


Sarah 08.06.08 at 3:15 pm

Having just looked up your new place of residence, I see you’re about an hours drive away, and quite a scenic drive at that.

Swansea is the poorer for you having left, and even ex-residents can feel the loss.

God bless your travels, see you around :)


Amy 08.06.08 at 4:52 pm

Best of luck, Richard! And I second the above statement, that even ex-(semi) residents feel that Swansea won’t be quite the same.


Beth 08.07.08 at 1:24 pm

For the pronunciation, try something like:

Kye - goor - leh
(first syllable rhymes with tie, second has the same vowel sound as “good”, third has the same vowel sound as “let”). If you can then roll the “r” in a Scottish/Italian manner, you’ll be just about there.

Good luck, Richard!


Ivan the Crank 08.09.08 at 5:19 pm

I just happened back into the blog to find you on your way to your new appointment. It’s never easy to make the move, but especially when you’ve been somewhere as long as you have there at Sketty. I’m so glad we were able to do our pulpit exchange in the middle of your time there - actually, it was only four years into it, wasn’t it? Where has the time gone? I look forward to learning all about your new appointment and new location that has yet another difficult Welsh name to pronounce. Have a fantastic move and I hope your whole family enjoys the adventure. I know you all will be missed in Swansea!


Richard 08.09.08 at 9:05 pm

6 years ago, Ivan: the exchange was 2002. Time flies! (We came to DeLand in 2004, though) I’m overdue for another American adventure…


Ivan the Crank 08.13.08 at 5:23 am

Anytime, my friend and now we have two guest rooms and are only minutes away from Orlando International Airport, Disney and the other theme parks. Now, that is, that our children are grown and out of the house. Timing of appointments is always interesting.

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