In my 8 November post Frances posed the question "What do you miss about one home when you're living in the other? Or do you just adapt immediately?" and Julia suggest a post on the subject. So here we are.
The short answer to the second question is "Yes, I do adapt pretty much immediately" or at least I have this time. The sort of things that catch me out wherever I am are the small things like trying to remember where that particular tool or kitchen implement is only to remember that it's in the 'other' home. Adapting from one car (a large, fast, comfortable tourer) to another (a small, nippy, rather cramped fun car) is instant but I've always been used to driving several vehicles.
The way the question was worded would suggest that in order to adapt immediately one should not be missing things. I do, however, find some big differences and also miss some things very much indeed.
Hawkes Bay is undeniably very much warmer and overall has far better weather than the Isle of Lewis especially as I am here in NZ's summer whilst Lewis languishes in the wind and rain which characterises its winter. However, and it is a very big however, when I return to NZ I always feel very much colder than when I left Scotland. Why is that? It's because when I am outside here or in Scotland I dress according to the weather and temperature. When I am inside my Lewis house the temperature in the living areas during the day rarely falls below 22℃ because I have central heating and like that temperature: I am my Mother's son and feel the cold terribly (CJ on the other hand is his Father's son and feel the heat terribly). When, however, I get to NZ the temperature inside The Cottage is more closely allied to the general temperature which, since I returned, has been around 16℃ much of the time during the morning and evening. In NZ people are more in tune with nature than in the UK and if it gets chilly they put more clothes on. Simple. It's also much healthier.
Another thing about NZ is that, as a general rule, fresh food is eaten in season and, usually, produced in NZ. In the UK few people think about seasonal food. The supermarkets have everything in all year round sourced from any country in the world that produces what is needed. The NZ way means that when a food comes into season it is appreciated more.
Of course I miss friends and family when I am away from the country they are in but modern communication makes contact on an almost daily basis a possibility and I know that it'll never be that long before I see them again.
On the whole, though, I live two very different lives in the two homes. Here I play croquet, go away to tournaments and socialise a more than I do in the UK. In Scotland I spend a great deal of time in my garden although I also spend a lot of time away visiting friends and family.
The big problem for me will be when I have to give up my New Zealand life which, eventually, will be inevitable. I love my two lives. I can not imagine what it will be like returning to one alone.
Oh, I nearly forgot. The one thing I do miss in both countries is early spring and daffodils. I do love daffodils.