Saturday, 18 April 2009

What might have been . . .

Birthday Auriculas . . .



Do you ever wonder how your life might have been, if you hadn't taken a crucial decision, met certain people, moved to a particular place? For instance, if I hadn't married my first husband, moved my pony to a certain farm, met a good horsey friend there who subsequently moved back home to Dorset, and moved to Dorset myself when I split up with my husband, I might never have met the love of my life and we've been married 20 years now.

Just so with houses, for if we hadn't lost out on the cottage we were buying near Dartmoor, and if I hadn't been on holiday to Carmarthenshire in 1971 and 1972 and fell in love with the area, we might never have moved to our current home. And in fact, if we hadn't bought a huge £1 mirror at auction and decided that it would be lovely to have an old farmhouse to hang it in, life might have been very different indeed.

I was thinking all these thoughts - and more - driving up to Sheffield with Eldest Daughter on Thursday. Every time I have driven up through mid-Wales and passed the turning to Montgomery, I have wondered what the town looked like, as we were very keen to view a half-timbered farmhouse in the area, which sounded just what we were looking for, but unfortunately the vendor was playing ducks and drakes and every time we tried to make an appointment to view, he cancelled, driving us and the Estate Agents to despair. In the end, we gave up and moved to Carmarthenshire instead.

So when I was driving back home yesterday I thought "S*d it, I'll go and see what we missed!" I have to say, sitting in the serene little market square in Montgomery, with its beautiful houses and 3 or 4 small shops, I think it would have suited us to the ground. I drove up a steep winding hill past the castle (will visit that next time, camera in hand) and out across beautiful countryside back through Abermule and onto the road home.


9 comments:

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

It is funny what winds and turns our lives have,But mabey just mabey we truly end up where we are meant to be???
The market area you speak of sounds very nice...Somewhere I too would like

Tea with Willow said...

This post made me smile BB - I have the "what might have been ..." conversations in my head all the time! It's funny where life leads us sometimes isn't it ... the choices we make, under a given set of circumstances etc. We ended up in our present house by 'accident', when the purchase of my "dream house" fell through. It turned out to have been the best thing for us in the end, as the "dream house" became surrounded with horrid new-builds within two years!

Willow xx

Rowan said...

Yes, I wonder sometimes, the decisions we make at certain points in life and the people we meet can make a great difference to our lives.You're taking a leaf out of my book doing detours on your journey:) Did you see the farmhouse you might have bought? A half-timbered farmhouse would suit me down to the ground. Not DH though!

Mara said...

Lovely flowers! :) I've lived in so many places, I often wonder how life might have turned out had I stayed in any one of them.

pattypan.2 said...

Morning BB its called Fate; serendipity plays a part it is what is meant to be. By the way I love the Auriculas.

xx

Wild Somerset Child said...

I agree with pattypan.2 - I do so believe in 'serendipity moments'. Auriculas are a passion of mine, but they don't survive here, so I drool over them at horticultural shows.

Arlene Grimm said...

I really do not believe that there are coincidences in life but divine appointments. Loved your post...glad you are on online friend Jennie.

thelma said...

Hi Jennie, I love auriculas but have not been successful with them, but it bought to mind the catalogue I used to get, the Barnhaven primroses.. they went out of business in this country I think and moved to Brittany...
http://www.barnhavenprimroses.com/auriculas.php
Victorian polyanthus, double primroses, Asiatic primulas, another favourite..I could go on ;)
Thelma

Kim said...

I often wonder about things like this, Jennie, and wonder what would have happened if we hadn't lost the house in Wales. Would I still have got to know you on the net or would we be neighbours now instead? Thought provoking stuff!

Kim x