October 7, 2006

A Year In Cornwall: Blog On Extended Leave

If you’ve come here looking for our blog A Year In Cornwall, you’ve come to right place. While we’re no longer in Cornwall, the blog is still here, with photos and stories of the almost two years we spent there. It was a time that was both wonderful and difficult, and like many thing in life, if we were to do it again we would do it quite differently…but that will have to wait for a future posting.

In the meantime we’re back in Northern California. Nathaniel is in 2nd grade. Sebastian is in pre-school. Rosie (the dog) flew back in February, after we bought a new house. I am currently working as Director of Engineering at a startup in Silicon Valley, and Rachel is starting a new career as a life coach. In other words we’re smack dab back into the life we left behind.

I don’t know when we’ll have a chance to live overseas again, but I’m sure we will. I think I’d like to live for a year in the Alps – somewhere where we can put the kids in school, ski for a season, and meet some interesting people. I’ve heard that Canazei, Italy might be a good place – if you think that’s true, or if you know other places we should be looking at in France, Switzerland or Italy, please let us know.

Until then, I have a couple of more Cornwall stories to tell…look for them soon.

With kindest regards,
– Frank and Rachel

My Favorite Stories

  1. Starting At The Beginning
  2. Where Are We?
  3. Train Riding As Sport
  4. It’s Not About Me Anymore
  5. Going To The Doctor For A Gunky Eye
  6. Do Pigs Poop Hamburgers Out?
  7. Am I Hitch Hiking Or Driving?
  8. The Stars Are Brighter In Cornwall
  9. What Are We Doing in Cornwall?
  10. Apples and Blackberries From The Garden
  11. Time As A Luxury Item
  12. Remembering The Things They Say And Do
  13. Currency Games
  14. Hovering Somewhere Over The Atlantic
  15. Driving On The Wrong Side Of My Brain
  16. A Present Giving Kind Of Day
  17. Wet And Windy In Port Isaac
  18. Learning To Crawl By Crawling Backwards
  19. The Land That Stop Signs Forgot
  20. Thanks For Your Feedback
  21. Close Encounters Of The Cornwall Kind
  22. Blogus Interruptus – Off To Florence
  23. Welcome to Pisa: “No War, Yankee Go Home”
  24. If It’s Monday It Must Be Perugia
  25. Some Things Right And Wrong With Italy
  26. Italy Wrapup
  27. Remembering My Father, 1930 - 1999
  28. Food As A Motor Control Incentive
  29. First Impressions & Too Many Degrees Of Freedom
  30. They Called It New England For A Reason
  31. The Brits Are A Bit Nuts When It Comes To The Beach
  32. Did I Really Go Surfing In November?
  33. Our Very Own Christopher Robins
  34. Trip To Southern France
  35. Happy Thanksgiving To Our Family, Friends and Readers
  36. How Old Is It Anyway? [Guest Entry]
  37. Best Wishes For A Happy, Healthy And Peaceful New Year
  38. Getting Our Pets To England
  39. Playing Music Again
  40. Settling In To Cornwall
  41. To My Valentine
  42. Life Reboot
  43. Frank’s Wood - Bluebells, Communion and Stepping Stones
  44. The Extraordinary In Our Lives
  45. Making Life Simpler – Part I: No Forwarding Address
  46. Welcome To Surrey, Just Keep Your Dog At Home
  47. And What About Those Two Boys Of Yours?
  48. The 7-11-ification of Politics In America
  49. The Power of Language
  50. Moving To England – What Do I Bring?
  51. The Price of Gasoline
  52. Year 1: An Emotional Rollercoaster
  53. Moving To England – Getting Stuff There
  54. Status Update: January 7, 2005
  55. Questions About Cornwall Life
  56. On Missing England
  57. Things I Like About England - I
  58. Things I Like About England - II
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  1. I just spent the morning reading every word you’ve written about Cornwall, England, Italy, etc.! I found you quite by accident having googled “moving sofa bed London to Cornwall” – and there you were. The reason I am writing (apart from to tell you how much I enjoyed your writings) is because my husband and I moved from Kentfield to Cornwall (plus dog and two cats) just a month before you moved! We have a house on the Lizard (even more remote from so-called civilization than you were) but recently bought a condo in Benicia (couldn’t afford to get back into the Marin market) so we can spend some of those dank, dark winter days in California. Our sagas are so similar. I’m Cornish but lived in the US for 31 years. Gordon’s from the Midwest but lived in the Bay Area for 40 years… We continue to adjust. Trouble is, when we return to the US, apart from the delight of spending time with friends and family, we find it superficial and can’t wait to get back to our little corner…. My son, who’s 29, lives in SF and works for Bluewolf as a programmer. I’m going to be in the Bay Area between Oct. 11-29. Any chance you and Rachel would like to meet for a glass of wine or a coffee to swap war stories? I’ll be Marin quite a lot to see friends, go to the dentist, bank, etc. Some things you just can’t give up! Best, wendy lapides

    Comment by Wendy Lapides — September 30, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  2. It’s great to hear stories from those that have moved to Cornwall from the other side of the pond! Coming from California I can imagine life feeling pretty laid back! Having lived in the South West, UK most of my life, I don’t want to be anywhere else at the moment!

    Comment by Ross — April 15, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  3. I can’t wait to here them.

    Comment by Jenny - Italy Tours — August 27, 2010 @ 3:24 am

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