The end of something

For the Secret Keeper’s weekly writing challenge. This week’s words:


south field

Moving house is an ending and beginning, consigning years of accumulated habits to the box of souvenirs, with the pebbles and the postcards. Gone, the baker and the daily walk, the rattle of dustbins and rooftop cats, the smiles of old acquaintances. Will we regret the loss, or embrace the turning of the years, the new path chosen? This new life just starting is a weaving of bonds that will last, we say, and arrange our relics with loving care, already forgetting what they looked like in the old place

As these golden dusks spread and gather shadows into night, we feel the weight of emptiness, and wonder, will we tie up our barque in this tame wilderness, and never leave its haven for wilder shores?


No voice breaks the hush,

no sharp, mechanical sounds—

dark stream murmurs low.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

23 thoughts on “The end of something”

  1. I really enjoyed this. I too have moved a lot and am currently contemplating another one. Your writing reminds me that new places to call home offer new possibilities.

    1. We’re already in a state of flux. Not because we don’t like it here, but because it’s very primitive and I’m not well. Not sure if I’d survive another winter here. Time to get an architect’s opinion.

      1. Oh gosh. Sounds complicated. I want to move too but all kinds of logistics are getting in the way. For now I’m staying put. I hope you find a healthy solution. Feeling like you won’t survive is pretty dire.

      2. I will. I’m tough. Might lose a few fingers and toes… I hope you get your move sorted out soon. It’s awful feeling you want to be somewhere else and not being able to get there.

      3. It’s a strange time. I’m learning you can’t push a river and that stopping still and enjoying what I do have has its pleasures too. I sincerely hope you don’t lose any fingers and toes. Maybe that architect can sort out the problems. All the best – Suzanne

      4. Thanks Suzanne. Just come back from talking to the archi. She’s coming out to have a look and see what’s possible next week. You can’t force things, but there are somethings we can do to help ease the flow 🙂

      5. I lived in an old stone converted dairy for two years. It was freezing in winter. I’m in southern Australia near the sea so we don’t get snow. It must be perishingly cold living in a such place in a snowy environment. When I lived in the dairy I felt a wood fire in every room would be the only way to heat it but – oh my – what a lot of work!

      6. That’s exactly what we’re finding. We have a woodburner in the study and one that takes bigger lengths of wood in the kitchen; Husband spends all day cutting wood of one size for the study, then another size for the kitchen when I need to be in there to prepare supper. When one’s lit the other goes out. The other two rooms don’t get heated at all.

      7. Sounds like where I stayed when I was in Ireland. I hope you get some spring warmth soon. Where in the world are you?

      8. South West France. The winters are relatively mild, no snow and very little frost usually. But the house is a stone block without heating, stays cold when the outside temperature rises. It’s lovely in summer because it gets really hot here, but in January it’s dire.

      9. It sounds like a similar climate to here. January/Feb are our hottest months though currently we are experiencing an unseasonally cold break here in the south. I think it supposed to climb back into the 30s during the next week. At least those old stone places stay cool in summer. 🙂

      10. We haven’t had lower than 39/40°F in the daytime and then only once, and below freezing at night a few times, but often the indoor temps are barely higher than outside and on days like yesterday when it was really warm outside, it was way lower inside so we had the door open to let the warm air in!

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