Wednesday 1 June 2011

Fortune Cookie

I am of the school that thinks fortune telling, horoscopes, palm reading, handwriting analysis, tarots etc.etc. are only for the gullible. I consider myself to be healthily sceptical unlike the Magpie who is a fervent life long believer. If you should find yourself at a party with her and inadvertently stray onto the subject you will find she is a veritable mine of brilliant and totally irrevocable examples of amazing feats of prescience. All anecdotal of course and mostly involving her.
I approach horoscopes with the same kind of trepidation shown by Tom Hanks as a child in BIG,he approaches "ZOLTAR" the fortune teller with great caution and then look what happens!

Except of course when it suits me to consult them. I think this is known as human frailty? Or perhaps simply double standards? It is like a terrible magnetic force, whenever there is something major happening in my life I reach for Shelley Von Strunckel. I know!

In an effort to "out" my shameful lack of spine in this regard I hearby publish the transcript of the internal dialogue that took place this very Sunday

S-J DTL Whilst flicking through Sunday Times Style Magazine "Ooh, Shelley Von Strunckel.....I wonder if I should just have a little peep? No don't be silly you don't read horoscopes."
Flicks pages backwards and then hovers undecided "well maybe just a quick glance, as such momentous change is afoot."
Flicks back to horoscope section

SVS "If you're heeding your instincts, you'll already be aware of powerful changes"

S-J DTL "I know Shelley, you're so right!"

SVS "This begins in earnest with Wednesday's eclipse and continues to early July"

S-J DTL "Right again, it's going to take me at least until mid July to get things straight"

SVS "Some developments are no surprise, but rather come as a relief"

S-J DTL "A relief? No s**t Sherlock! it's been almost a year since we started this process"

SVS "Your only real problem is those who don't recognise change as progress, especially if you must work or live with them."

S-J DTL "Wow, how did she know about Mr.Lane's trepidation in crossing over the border?"

SVS "Be patient. Gradually they too will realise in letting go of the present, they're embracing the future."

(I should also admit that I then immediately searched for Mr.Lane's future and found it just as apt!)

So the truth is out, we are iminenetly off to pastures new!

So excited, so nervous, so much to do, so soon now!

Robert Tavener "East Sussex High Weald"
For a long time whilst we were searching for the "New Lane" it felt that the luck was against us, we missed out on a farmhouse we were both besotted with and boy did it hurt. Tears and anger flowed and then apathy followed, after a brief period of licking our wounds we were seized by renewed vigour and determination.

And the rest as they say is history ~ the Lane is relocating to a new Lane!
(Yes still down a Lane, phew!)

We are moving from Kent, the garden of England over the border into East Sussex and onto the High Weald, AONB. We have bought a farmhouse with 30acres and several out-buildings, gasp,I can't believe I just said that out loud! We hardly dared to dream it possible and have had so many disappointments along the way I couldn't jinx things by telling you until they felt solid and certain, (So much for my non-superstitious self!)

Can't wait to share the tales from the High Weald with you all, I hope you will join me on this new adventure.
In the meantime much packing is required and less cooing and aahing at the discovery of long lost/discarded objects down the back of chairs and cupboard corners!

I think I can finally report our luck has changed


  1. How wonderful - I know that I live in Kent, but I have always had an urge to move westwards!

    Pomona x

  2. Gasp, gasp, gasp - good on you.

    We're still looking, still searching....maybe one day we will join you - on the other side of the border that is.

    I'm so excited for you.

    Nina xxxx

  3. Hmmmm! How does one know spell the squeally scream that I just let out for you??? How very, very exciting! My heart goes out to you with joy and with the groan of the thought of packing and moving but it sounds like you already have a good outlook on that - and opportunity to find that which was lost!=]

    Very best wishes, Sarah-Jane down a new lane!!!

    Love, Katy Noelle xxo

  4. yay!!!!
    the 'other penelope' told me there had been heartbreak over the dream property falling through so this is very exciting!
    I see gardens in your future, fruit and vegetables and flowers and joyous abundance....
    it is so very exciting!
    now I need to get the parcel off to you so you can use doily tape to seal up all your moving boxes!!!!
    pen xxxx

  5. How exciting!!! Can't wait to see more pictures!!

  6. Wonderful, I'm delighted for you.
    After living at Kerjacob for 8 years I still can't quite believe this is ours.
    I love it and I will watch with great interest your move.
    Happy life.

    Diane. x

  7. I don't know what to say apart from WOW WOW WOW lucky you x

  8. I am so excited for you and Mr Lane. What wonderful news!
    Can't wait to be able to read about your new adventures!
    Lisa x

  9. w-w-wonderful news sarah! happy house move x oh robert tavener's prints are amazing aren't they :0)

  10. Ooh, how exciting! How soon to the move?

  11. Woweeee! 30 flipping acres, how utterly wonderful, I feel all excited and slightly flustered on your behalf!! What an amazing new chapter opening in your lives. All the very best with the move, can't wait for your tales from the High Weald! x

  12. YIPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Bring on the farm house makeover excitement....AND I still want to see what you bought in Portugal! What are you going to do on the land? Tee Hee I am obsessed with goats and their little waggy tails but evidently they eat everything! SO it looks like sheep with a couple of guard Alpacas. OHHH I hope they dont spit at me or try to fend off Suzi and Lennie (mental image of Miniature Dachshunds trying to make friends with Alpacas...) Looking forward to new tales from the new lane....I am loving being totally obsessed with our new little farm :-) Such a nice thing to dream about.

  13. What wonderful news, hope the move goes well and that you will be very happy in your new home. It sounds idyllic.
    Carol xx

  14. Dear Sarah-Jane, I stumbled upon your lane last November while looking through a friend of mine's blog when I first started thinking of moving to England. As I looked more closely, I realized the area you were in was very near where we were considering and I felt it was a "sign". Your lane has kept me inspired while I have had moments of pure excitement contrasted by utter fear. We visited in February and had the pleasure of eating at "Bills" in Lewes which we never would have found without your lovely post about Lewes. I wish you the best of luck on your newest adventure. Our adventure will put us near the "forest" sometime in August, in the meantime, I will come visit and pretend I am already there. ~Jody

  15. Just catching up on where you're off to - how wonderful for you, amazing!!!!
    Can't wait to hear all about it once you're settled in your new home!
    Gill x


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