|England: Home Thoughts from Abroad
||[Oct. 4th, 2016|08:57 pm]
I am reading The Hare with Amber Eyes with the same disquiet that a year ago I was reading the Ragged-trousered Philanthropists this time a year ago. The R-t P echoed my growing disquiet with the politics of the majority in the UK (the way only a book written about the working classes in the years before WW1 can. THwAE was something I bought some time ago, having heard Edmund de Waal speak at a Crafts Council manifesto launch. Now is a very good time to read it: it can be described in many ways, but one is: the history of things in their places, as seen through a lens focussed on the lives of a very rich European family from the mid-19th century to the present day. I haven't quite finished it, but the section that I have just completed - covering the lives of a secular Jewish family in Vienna and the wider world in the 1930s and 1940s. THwAE is many things, but one thing it is not: a manual for living in 2016 (unless that is in the unread part).|
I am hoping for the manual. Because I am failing to live in 2016. England needs to change. But nothing that I can do bring about that change. I've been fighting for the society I want to live in my whole life, and clearly that wasn't enough. I'm still going to fight, of course. But it's not enough, and no one is saying _what more_ is needed.
All of which is background to an explanation of why we are looking to move to a new home in England. Because, as back in June, I still do not feel that this is a country I want to live in.
We realised that while my job can be done in many places begining with S (we've said all along: we are moving to somewhere beginning with S), ExMemSec's job is in York (with some move-ability within England). And we realised we need to move now (we have moved out of our home the contents of a home our size, we will move out the same volume next week, and then we will be left with the contents of our home). To somewhere until retirement, at least.
We have had an offer accepted on somewhere we could be happy living into retirement. To those of you unfamiliar with buying property in England: there is an initial agreement on the price (offer accepted) further negotiation after a survey, then contracts are exchanged, and then the contracts are 'completed' (i.e. money exchanges hands, and then one can move it). I am not going to share where until we've got to exchange of contracts (feeling it might get jinxed if we do so before).
If this all goes ahead, I feel we have a time and space for resolution, of various things. And if there is no resolution for England, there are other places beginning with S.