Thursday, 24 June 2010

The kindness and warmth from total strangers...

is something we don't often come across, but when we do it is so heartwarming.

Almost two weeks ago we arrived in Canada with just two suitcases each.  All our personal belongings and some of our home wares are somewhere on the Atlantic ocean.  We sold all of our furniture as it would cost more to ship than it would to replace.  Last night our cousins, Lynn and Stan, took us to visit some friends of theirs whom we have never met before.  They welcomed us as if we were old friends, and we spent a lovely evening with dinner and a card game.  We knew they had a dining room set for sale which was beautiful and we agreed we would like to buy it.  What we didn't bargain for was two armchairs and a patio table and even more...they had a friend who wanted to sell a freezer!  Tonight we picked up the furniture and they invited us to take a ride in their classic car to pick up the freezer!

Although not in the category of strangers, Lynn & Stan have been fantastic.  Without a vehicle we have been totally reliant on them for transport.  They have sat outside banks for hours while we negotiated our way around various accounts, cards and formalities.  They have taken us from one store to another to collect various bits that we would need to start off in our new home.

We also met a couple who live just around the corner who were having a garage sale.  We got there a little late but they were kind enough to ask what we needed and then hooked out all the things, and more, that they thought would help.  They then offered us a beer, put everything in their trailer and delivered it!

So, to Stan & Lynn, Joan & Bill, Will and Mary-Francis  Thank you all so much.  To all who read this I wish that you will all one day experience kindness of this magnitude.  And for us I hope that we will have an opportunity to show the same to someone else someday.

I also think that the saying is true.  There are no strangers here, only friends we have yet to meet.


  1. Aw that's so sweet, my heart is well and truly warmed :)

  2. Rona...

    So happy for you. Have thought so much about you since you left. It cheers me no end that you have been made so welcome as I worred terribly that you would feel alone and isolated. So exciting. Can't wait to see picturs of your new house. And, we have still yet to find a name for our new little Flickr project (when you are ready). My love to 'lovely man' from both me and Luke, and of course the 'little pink princess'.


    p.s. I have subscribed to your posts via my outlook account, so now I wont miss any.

  3. Hi you two! Well we're off this morning. Not sure when the next post will be but will this time include pictures hopefully.

    Lorrie I have a 14 hour drive to do over the next 30 hours or so, you never know I may actually have time to contemplate a name!!!

    Love to you guys xxxxxx


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