As I’m sure you can imagine my feelings re: leaving SA are complex and very emotional. I’ve lived in the country for nine years and made my home at the farm just over two years ago and I’ve made no secret of my passion for this remarkable country. I shall also miss the friends I have made here and the whole way of life and living which is so very different to the life I lived (and will live) in England. My favourite season here is winter which we are now approaching and I’m so happy that I will enjoy yet another prior to my departure.
I cannot leave the farm without publicly expressing my thanks to those who made my life here possible, Michael and Ellie Van Eck and their daughter Esme Turner and her husband Bronson.
I first came to the farm when Bron and Es were running a kennels and I brought Snooze and Tosca to stay while I went to England and sorted out my second visitation from Carol (the name I gave both my cancers). My late friend Mo once said to me, ‘why do you call your cancer Carol???’ ‘Because the word cancer has such unfortunate connotations’ I explained, and as I never viewed either of my visits from Carol as remotely frightening, but as experiences that would teach me a great deal, that made perfect sense to me. The reason she called twice is because I was too thick to understand what she was attempting to teach me the first time…The second time I coped ok with the treatment but I missed my kids every second of every day I was away. Knowing that they were ensconced at ‘Furball Inn Holiday Home’ being loved and cared for and SLEEPING with Bron and Es! I might add (they were originally put in a kennel, but six days later had managed to inveigle their way into their carers bed without any difficulty and remained there for the eleven months of my absence). What a weight off my mind! You can imagine. There can’t be many kennel owners who would go that extra mile for the animals in their care. I shall go to my grave still aware of the gratitude I feel for them both due to their huge kindness.
When I dropped the kids off prior to leaving for London I said to Es, ‘do you take humans as well?’ How prophetic was that?!?! I was living in a very difficult environment at that time, and after visiting me a couple of times when I’d returned to SA at the end of my treatment Es informed me that I WAS MOVING TO THE FARM!!! Which is how I came to live in an environment of bewitching physical beauty, surrounded by animals in the house of my dreams.
Michael and Ellie are two of the most humane people I’ve ever met. Both of them had been married before and lost their partners to the Grim Reaper. Both had two children from their previous marriages, but Ellie had lost one of her small sons to illness. To lose a child must be the most horrific experience a parent can undergo, but Ellie has emerged from that tragedy brim full of compassion for her fellow man, a wondrous sense of humour and an ability to take whatever life throws at her with acceptance and grace. She has been a huge inspiration to me and taught me so much. So…I have a great deal to thank the Van Eck, Turners for and this I do from the bottom of my heart. Ellie also designed my house and Michael oversaw the building of it. It’s such a special house, designed, built and lived in with love. I shall miss it dreadfully when I close my front stable door for the last time.
Respect guys, my time at the farm will remain in my heart always and my gratitude for a unique life experience is immense. Thank-you.
My new website will kick in when I get home, so I expect it to be up and running end of August beginning of September. It will be called ‘www.jacquelinepearceathome.com’ so until we re-establish contact, I thank you all for your support and look forward so much to beginning my new blog in the land of my Fathers. xxx
Until then, look after yourselves
My love to all of you from all of us, J xxxxxxx