This time last week I was anticipating what a roadtrip and weekend away could mean for me. I have checked the meaning of the word “anticipate” and found the following aspects that applied to me and my planned weekend.
“Anticipate”: To realise beforehand
And: To look forward to
So before we left I realised that if I prepared some food in advance we would not need to trek back and forth to unfamiliar supermarkets and no one would have to spend a lot of time preparing meals. So we went reasonably laden, including some old favourites such as Date loaf and Spiced Apple Cake, a delicious beef casserole that had been cooked in the slow cooker and a simple meat loaf. Our accommodation at The Shed offered full kitchen and cooking facilities so there was no stress or distress arriving to find that we only had a microwave oven to use and a tiny fridge designed for one person!
I also knew that feijoas, a favourite seasonal fruit is plentiful and cheap in Hawkes Bay so I thought about finding at least one bag of those to come home with. I also thought about Arataki Honey Centre and decided we would call in there and buy some comb honey.
I also spent some time considering what I was looking forward to about this weekend. I was really keen to feel a sense of relaxation and comfort in the accommodation we booked and photos of The Shed reassured me about that. I planned early nights and on one morning I took my cup of tea and the paper back to bed…..no cats climbing all over me, no chores needing to be done……bliss.
I anticipated walking the long driveway and looking at the orchards alongside. (Many of the trees were still laden with a heavy crop of large, red apples.) I anticipated seeing new rural vistas as well as the familiar hills of Te Mata Peak and by contrast the totally flat land of the Heretaunga Plains.
I realised that I had not visited a relative’s burial plot in the cemetery so anticipated a visit to that spot. Mostly I was looking forward to a change of environment, a change of pace and some refreshment.
Was my anticipation realised? Yes! Now with Easter almost here I might spend some time anticipating how this long weekend might be for me…..or I might just trust the process and go with whatever happens…..