I had some comments on my last post (and emails from my mother) that implied I’d painted a grim picture of life in the UK. That honestly wasn’t my intention and I wholeheartedly apologize if that’s how it came off.
The last post was entirely about the things we love about our current home and that we’d miss when we moved back. I have noticed in the past that when I’m away from the UK I remember it differently to how it is in reality. I remember it as more grey, miserable and grumpy. So there’s always a lovely surprise at how green and beautiful the place is, how funny and down to earth the people are and how happy we are to be there. So, UK and UK people, I’m so sorry if I appeared to diss the place, that wasn’t the intention of my post AT ALL.
We are honestly super excited to be moving back. We are in the process of buying a house that we haven’t seen yet – we sent my parents to see it, as my mum is much more fastidious and I knew that if she liked it, we would too. The Husband won’t let me ‘announce’ it on social media until we’ve exchanged contracts and the purchase is definitely going through but we are fully intending to buy this place and we are honestly beside ourselves at living there!!! Can’t wait to be able to tell you more!
In the meantime, I thought that it would be fun to create a list of things I’m excited about as regards moving home! It was pretty easy! Bearing in mind we’ll be on a much tighter budget, we won’t be doing all these things in the first few weeks but sooner or later, we’ll get there!
So…without further ado, this is what we’re excited about.
Our new lives!
- Being near our families again!!!
- Being near our friends again!!!
- Our new house!
- Our new garden!!!
- Planting and growing our own redwood trees
- Trying to grow vegetables for the first time
- Growing some California poppies alongside their British cousins
- The British sense of humour and camaraderie
- Befriending newcomers and making them welcome
- Befriending American expats and returning the favour
- Getting involved politically
- Finally having a garage!
- Settling into our new church and getting involved
- Meeting our neighbours and hopefully making some friends
- Marks & Spencers
- John Lewis
- Farm Shops
- The cafe that I have found online in our new town and am planning to adopt as my place due to its good veggie soups
- Shopping at our local market
- Go Outdoors
- Corner shops!
- Good bread
- Good cheese
- Good sausages (for my boys)
- Good bacon (ditto)
- Good tea
- Scones, jam and cream
- Good curries
- Yorkshire puddings
- Really good pies
- Our mums’ Sunday lunches
Taking the Dude to Europe
- Generally being just a 2 hour flight away from 30 different countries!
- Speaking French and Italian again!
- The Sound of Music tour in Salzburg
- Skiing in France
- Camping and cycling in Scandinavia
- FINALLY visiting my dream town, Annecy
- Greece, for the first time
- La Coupole WW2 bunker, Normandy
Exploring the UK
- Lots of camping!
- Lots of cycling on quiet country roads
- Running along canal towpaths
- The Lake District
- The Dales
- The Peak District
- Devon and Cornwall
- The Scilly Islands
- The Cotswolds
- The Isle of Wight
- Joining the National Trust
- Pub lunches
- The Eden Project
- Running on trails outside my new back door!
- Joining my new running club
- Wearing a club vest at a race
- Exploring our new town on foot
- Trail races
- Going to Marathon Talk‘s Run Camp
- Running on the South West Coast Path
- parkrun tourism
- Running/hiking the 250 mile Pennine Way
- Hopefully meeting other local runners on social media
- All the redwood trees in the UK listed on this website
- Postboxes and telephone boxes
- Old buildings
- Cobbled streets!
- Thatched cottages
- Christmas markets
- Seasons!!! Especially Autumn!
- Being nervous about wild animals when running!
- Worrying about school shootings
- Worrying about earthquakes
- Having to pay for healthcare
- Living under the current delightful president
So much to get excited about!! We just need to get Charlie safely back tomorrow! Cross your paws, people!