Reclaiming what used to be…we all know that trying to relive the past is not only impossible but also never the same twice. The best thing to do then is reinvent the past to make it fresh but somehow also familiar. Like putting a fresh coat of paint on but also changing the colour.
I promised a while ago that I would post some photos of our renovation in progress up here in Portofino but quite honestly, I don’t know where to start. The fact of the matter is, even though it is the same structure and land, it just feels so different being here after several years in the house above. Even stranger is that yesterday I went upstairs to the old house and it oddly didn’t seem the same either.
We are trying to pave our new way but it has been difficult. I wonder if over time we can make this new space ours in a way that brings new happy memories for all of us or if we are just kidding ourselves and should just move on altogether.
I am reminded of how my relationship with my husband had a false start. We dated for two months then were separated by fate and a ship transfer. But somehow we weren’t done yet…our story didn’t even have a proper goodbye the first time so I somehow knew in the back of my mind that we would meet up again. Lo and behold two years later our ships crossed paths in Mexico and now look at us, we’re married!
Next week we will start picking the olives. My hope is that if we can fill this house with new memories it will start to feel more like home. Something a can of paint and new curtains cannot do. I already have a thousand photos of Coco sitting on her favourite window sill, this I think is a great start.