We have arrived in the big ol' US of A and it has been a whirlwind of adventures and emotions so far.. I am not the same person that stood on stage at The Royal Albert Hall a few weeks ago about to perform to thousands. I couldn't possibly know or imagine that my life was about to change so dramatically from London to Keene but here I am and wow, what an eye opening roller coaster experience it has been! We have been welcomed with open arms by our new community here in New Hampshire and the words 'Let us know if there is anything you need' is meant and said to us on a daily basis.
I am pleased to report that we are completely in love with our new surroundings and our little Nathaniel is over the moon to have mud and bugs right on his doorstep (oh the joyful simplicity of a two year old!) We have been swimming in clear water lakes, dined on gifts of home grown fruits and vegetables, met an abundance of lovely people, canoed, hiked, sweated in the heat, listened to the nightly chorus of crickets, which by the way, sounds like this when slowed down...
The colour green has taken on a completely new meaning for me. Never in my life have I been stopped in my tracks by the vividness of the glow coming through the canopy of trees. Their arms span out so huge and you feel their wisdom that has lived for hundreds of years. I am surrounded by greatness, the earth beneath my feet feels wild, nourishing and SO good!
Having said all that, I do however have to make some adjustments to living here. So much is different and not just the size of the spiders! The street markings, reminding myself to drive on the right (!) language differences where I've been met with a vacant expression that leaves me feeling like I've just spoken Chinese! So many little things that I don't know or understand are daunting but luckily I have been met with kind people more than willing to help me. The challenges I face every day trying to figure things out makes me feel alive, invigorated and while its not all easy and breezy, I find myself standing slightly taller in the knowledge that we have taken this massive leap of faith to start a new life here.
On the music front, Steinberg Duo is embarking on its first project doing a recital series at Keene State College. The music department is wonderful and their Redfern Arts Centre has a stunning hall that we are extremely excited about. Now all we need is an audience! We begin our shiny new season on October 7th with music from our last album and I can't wait to share it with all the wonderful people we've met here. A big thank you to all those people who've made us feel so welcome, we promise to return the kindness when we have furniture and a kitchen table!