Refloating AshtonsAfloat

2 Feb

IMG_5032I’m not even going to begin to make an excuse, life is exciting but difficult right now and for a million reasons AshtonsAfloat has been on the hard along with Yangminshan.

We’re loving Malta.

Business is slowly gathering momentum but it’s taking enormous positive effort (calling, writing, thinking, praying, meeting, connecting) and it’s taking enormous passive effort (waiting).

We’re loving our new friends.  I think part of settling into a new land is the vulnerability it creates, it makes us particularly open to the kindness and care that all of these new people are showing us.  Cathy is so lucky to have chosen such a socially gifted husband as me because honestly, I’m not sure how she’d have coped alone!

Speaking of Cathy, she’s in South Africa for a few weeks and today was her mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary.  It was a surprise soiree with Francois, Maddy’s Godfather accompanying all of the singers.  Well done to the organisers! (Not Cathy or me, it was a surprise for us too!)

This morning Cathy had breakfast with two friends from school and after 30 years of not seeing each other she loved being with them.  Except that at the end of breakfast she put down a massive forty Rand which she knew would cover her own cost and also show her friends how she’d delighted in their company. Somehow Cathy had completely misread the bill, her friends looked on in horror and I’m sure for them, my wife instantly became that “charming but mean girl”. We like to think that Cathy was dealing in Euros not ZAR, rather than that she was being mean.

Maddy’s ill, her anxiety and stress have caught up with her.  She was moved two months ago from Senior Three to Senior Four so she now has to write O-Levels next year this time.  Suddenly the pressure is on and she realised last week how much more catching up she’s go to do.  Luckily for her too, she has lovely friends who are with her as she gets to grips with the island and its ways.

Malta is a soft landing for us, but it’s still very foreign.  We’re all learning to adjust slowly.

Oh yes, and there’s Ben.  He’s well, strong and the sweetest hound you ever knew.  He walks at heel now without a lead, he loves his four walks a day and he thinks there’s nothing more exhilarating than dawn on the fields.

Can’t wait for him to get older and more sedentary.  They say it happens to Vizslas when they get to around 3 years old.

2 Responses to “Refloating AshtonsAfloat”

  1. james grech February 7, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    You missed to mention something about our crazy General Elections fever! 🙂

  2. Lousette February 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Oooh, a new look blog. So schwanky. The writing bit was good too 😉 Seriously though, glad you are resurrecting the blog, very nice to read about your unfolding adventure, and of course your social prowess. Cathy is indeed lucky … 😉 she definitely wouldn’t cope without your superior skills, it is the same here of course. Must be an Ashton man thing.

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