It isn't just family you miss, it is friends too. And there will be other things. Really you just have to realise that this will happen before you go and work out how you are ging to live with it. It is easier said than done at times. I think you have to do it on a day to day basis. I miss my brother and his family so much but we didn't see each other every week let alone every day. They came over in summer and I was really upset when he said see you next year when they left, but that was because I was thinking about it being so far away. If I don't think about seeing them it isn't so bad because I can phone and email whenever I like just as we did in the UK when there was also the option to pop over if I wanted to but I didn't choose to. So if I look at it like that it is just the same.
I'm not making much sense am I ? What I am trying to say is don't look long term and measure the absence. It will be horrible and you will wish life away. Enjoy what you have chosen to do and be prepared to make a lot of phone calls!
Message posted by planetolivewood on 19 September 2004 at 5:38pm - IP Logged
I coped pretty well and stayed in touch via email.
What is hard is when someone becomes ill back in the UK. All of a sudden, even though you can't do anything, you feel a long way away and helpless.
Message posted by Sue H on 20 September 2004 at 1:05pm - IP Logged
I intend to move out there within the next 2 yrs or so. My way of coping will be to take as many personal effects, photos, pictures, books etc with me as possible, including my pets and try to make my new home as comfortable as my old (including a decent bed!).
I have decided the best way of coping with missing my old life will be to concentrate on what I will NOT miss, such as intimidating "hooded" teenagers (thank God my son's not one), the ability to go for a drink without worrying about a fight breaking out, the weather, being shouted and sworn at at work by the more undesrable members of society that I have to deal with and a stress free and happy life in general. Role on the move, the more I think about it, the more I can't wait
Message posted by Terry and Julia on 20 September 2004 at 11:55pm - IP Logged
I am sure the use of messenger and email makes it a lot more bearable but in no way can compensate leaving family and friends, I would miss my family so much. ONe day I hope to move out there, my parents are elderly and my daughter is nearly grown up but looking at this site I am sure there are loads of people who would make you feel welcome and give you hints and support. This site is fab!
Message posted by Alecko on 04 October 2004 at 3:15am - IP Logged
being shouted and sworn at at work by the more undesrable members of society that I have to deal with and a stress free and happy life in general.
I know what you mean. I have just come back from a month in Kassiopi. We have been going every year for 25 years. We know everyone in the small hamlet where we stay and have seen all the kids grow up and get married. We are too old to contemplate living there but hope to continue holidaying there for many more years to come.
From your post I think that you must work at the corner of London Rd. and Cherry Tree.
All the best.........Alecko
Message posted by Sue H on 04 October 2004 at 11:31am - IP Logged
Whilst out with my dog this morning, I thought that the only thing I'll really miss when in Corfu will be the English countryside and the friendliness of other "doggie" walkers. (Strange though how you always seem to know the name of the dog and seldom that of their owner )
No doubt I will find other beautifull places to walk once I'm out there, that's if I can get over the thought of snakes hanging from trees waiting to "get" you
Message posted by brian c on 05 October 2004 at 10:55pm - IP Logged
I haven't witnessed the Corfu winter, though everyone keeps reminding me of it.
And whats this about snakes hangin from trees??.
Message posted by planetolivewood on 05 October 2004 at 11:53pm - IP Logged
I lived through 2 Corfu winters.
It can be VERY miserable. I always recommend that people rent a property through a winter/whole year before buying and making the commitment. It's easy to say "well the summer is nice" - living a winter is NOTHING like being on holiday.
Message posted by Sue H on 06 October 2004 at 11:30am - IP Logged
On the message board earlier in the year, I think it was under the heading SNAKESSSSS, someone mentioned a walk through the olive groves and a hooded viper hanging from a tree. It was probably a one off, still makes you think, scary
Message posted by brian c on 06 October 2004 at 7:37pm - IP Logged
maybe it liked olives, oranges ? hmmmm a vegetarian snake ???
Message posted by Corfiot Mag on 07 October 2004 at 8:40am - IP Logged
Every Saturday during the winter (Oct to end April) we have a walk somewhere on the island. Anyone can join in. We have had up to 13 different nationalities and anything from 4 to 40 people. And several dogs who usually get on very well together. Perhaps you'd like to join us to get to know the doggy people? You might be able to arrange something privately for the rest of the week.
Message posted by Sue H on 07 October 2004 at 11:30am - IP Logged
Thanks Hilary, unfortunatly I'm stuck in the UK at least until my son finishes college next year. However I may change my Sept hol next year to Oct so that I can take part and get to know people and some great walks. I won't be looking to move for at least another a year, maybe slightly longer as I have the possibility of redundancy which I don't want to miss out on. Time will soon pass
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 07 October 2004 at 2:33pm - IP Logged
I would move tomarow given the chance but my mum and dad and mother in law are all geting on in there age and its a difficult time to move in,I would like to retyer in five years time sale the house and move its all payed for and i would have two private pensions to live on,Iv had a good life hear but this country is going to the dogs as far as im concerned(thats my oppinion)when in greese time is inits own and the piece and quite of village life and suitability will do me fine,bareing in mine the winters are a lot shorter than ours i can easy put up with that nowing spring is only around the corner..chris
Message posted by Sailor on 07 October 2004 at 3:24pm - IP Logged
I totally understand what you are saying. We were the same when my parents were still with us, as with Elaines. Sadly they are no longer with us, except for Elaines Dad, although we nearly lost him back in July/August. We have decided to move out to Corfu in the not too distant future, and with the blessing of Elaines Dad if he is still about. However, I have decided to wait until my military pension accrues, which will give me more than enough to live on, but will still be able to take a light job of some sort. Elaine is a qualified Pharmacy Technician Dispenser, so hopefully she will be OK also.
I agree, what with everything happening here at home, this country has really gone down in most peoples estimations, in my own opinion, and in particular for us. So in about 2 to 3 yrs we will be making the move. We have researched in to it substantially, and listen to all those who have done so, and their experience.
Good Luck in what you do, and Best Wishes.
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