Today was…. well there’s not really any other word for it…. awesome. Another great night’s sleep, and I got up very slowly to get some serious unpacking sorted out. The room is now looking much less cluttered with suitcases (although I’m not totally done yet, I still have the shipped ‘winter’ case to deal with, and it’ll have to be sooner than later because the seasons they are a’changing…) and feels much more like home than a junk shop. And since a home is what it looked like BEFORE I moved in, I’m moving things in the right direction!
After a rather monumental failure to Skype the parents (hello parents! I promise they say they’re getting better cable connections in the nextcouple of weeks….!) I got up, and once I was up, and had had some breakfast (and TEA from a kettle that doesn’t involve stove-top boiling on an element cooker – for one thing it is a gas hob, but it is an electric kettle – AMAZING!!), I remembered that today was yard sale day. I didn’t really stick around for much of this, as I didn’t want to be in the way – instead, I wandered off into JP to have a bit of an explore (and to get a flu shot).
Let me say this – Jamaica Plain is rather spectacular. It’s nothing like Downtown, of course, or Beacon Hill, or Back Bay, but it’s got a charm all of its own. The houses are all different colours, and there are loads of independent shops and restaurants on Centre Street (Center, I think, but I can’t bear to write it like that yet…) – of course, there’s the odd Dunkin Donuts and CVS (who do good flu shots, by the way – all sorted Mum, you can stop worrying, and I got a plaster for it!). Here are some examples of the cool houses:
… Well, here would be some examples of the cool houses if I could get them to upload. Maybe next time… I’ll have another go tomorrow! But they are really cool. On my way back to the house after my wander, I accidentally found myself in a (rather legendary) place called ‘JP Licks’ – they sell ice cream, before any of you go off on a complete tangent! One chocolate frape (it’s a milkshake – why can’t people call it that?!) later, and I was off back to Enfield Street.
From there, I pottered off to meet A, the connection of Mrs G who is the legend who also introduced me to Appletinis, AND who put me in touch with my current housing situation. She even made me a cup of tea, the total star! It was great to chat for a few hours, and her kids were about to add some colour to proceedings – seriously fun afternoon. And THEN I went back to find the block party still in full swing, complete with marshmallows to toast!! AMAZING!!
After an impromptu text from V, one of the Ex-Pats from the UK, I took the Orange Line T to Back Bay and had a lovely evening of wine, food and chat, and even managed to get the bus back without incident (although finding the stop in the first place was rather a challenge…). So I’ve walked through JP in the day and at night, and feel very safe. I know I’m going to have to be careful – anywhere in Boston would be the same, as it’s a big city and you should never forget that – but I really feel like I could be very happy here. Which is a big relief.
And now, I’m off to bed. I’m going shopping tomorrow to get a winter coat and another comforter for my bed – there’s a chill in the air as things start to get crisper, and the leaves are on the turn. “Fall” (yes Mrs P, I know it’s autumn, but no-one really gets what I’m talking about if I say that!) is well under way, and I’m hoping to drive out to Vermont next month to see the colours changing. There are already some gorgeous reds, golds and oranges on the trees around here, and apparently further north things are starting to get very interesting! Road trip, methinks…