Wednesday, 14 October 2015

And so it goes . . .

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It's hard to believe, but, at the end of this month I will have lived over here in the UK for fifteen years.   A lot has happened during those fifteen years.  I've seen so much and experienced so much . . .  many, many things I would never have been able to experience otherwise.

Originally I was only going to be over here for two years.   It's easy to make the decision to move away from family if you think it's only going to be for two years.  The original plan was for me to move over here until Todd was of an age to collect his old age pension, and then the two of us were going to go back to Canada to live.    But then . . . nine eleven happened, and the doors closed on easy immigration.  Things got a lot tougher.   The economy crashed and it soon became obvious that we would never be able to do that and so here I am, still living in the UK.

I know that by being over here I miss an awful lot . . .  family times . . . etc.  But I cannot let myself dwell on those.  I've been fortunate enough to have been able to travel over to Canada to visit six times during that time, so that has been a blessing.

Since I have been over here, three of my children have gotten married and I've been able to attend two of their weddings.  Seven grandchildren have been born and I have been able to see six of them.  Thank goodness for modern technology.  I do wish that my children were better communicaters, but at the same time I recognize that with young and growing families and busy lives it's not always possible.

I do love it here in the UK however, which is a good thing, because it would be really hard if I didn't.   Today I thought I would share with you some of the things I love about living over here.

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The architecture . . .  from interesting new constructs, to old historical buildings, castles, cathedrals, thatched cottages, terraced houses, etc.  The architecture here in the UK is stunning, or at least it is to me.   To see a wooden structure is very unusual.  Most buildings are made from stone, or brick.

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And there is such character and   a rich history in most of the construction.  I just love visiting historical sites.   Back home I think I have been to the Habitation in Annapolis Royal about a bazillion times . . . I love history . . .

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And here I am surrounded by it.

I love nature and wildlife and scenery.  Here in the UK, we have some of the prettiest.

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There is the red squirrel . . .

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Secret gardens  . . . filled with beautiful flowers . . .

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Rolling hills and deep green valleys . . .

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Stone walls and hedgerows . . .  even thistle is pretty  . . .

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Woodlands carpeted with bluebells in the Spring  . . .

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Stone walls covered in red ivy in the autumn . . .

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And everywhere sheep . . .

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Red post boxes . . .

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Quaint shops . . .

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Afternoon tea  . . .  with cakes and finger sandwiches  . . .  scones and cream . . .  and jam . . .

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Red telephone boxes  . . .  Big Ben  . . .  and yes . . .  even the rain.

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It's the rain that makes it all so green . . .  and lush . . .  and beautiful.   Best of all  . . .  you don't have to shovel it in the winter.

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The fulfillment of childhood dreams  . . .

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But most of all I love getting to share all of it with him . . .

A thought to carry with you through today  . . .

Mild pleasures and palaces
though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble,
there's no place like home.
~J. Howard Payne

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Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . .  Fig Clafoutis.

Have a fabulous Wednesday!  Don't forget!

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And I do too!


  1. You do live in a beautiful country full of history. I'm thankful for all the pictures of a place I've never been. The internet does help keep my family connected too, but I'm also thankful that I have some close by. I've lived in the same town most of my life and couldn't imagine making a move like you did. But then in your case it was worthwhile.

  2. Oh, I do wish we had family nearby Pam, especially when the holidays roll around. That is when I miss family the most. I hope you have a lovely day! xoxo

  3. Always a great thing to love where you live..England is loaded with charm..a beautiful place.
    I love all the snippets you show us..
    let's not forget Jamie O;)

  4. Oh yes Jamie O . . . he's great! I think we have a lot of great television over here. The Great British Bake Off, etc. It's fab! xoxo

  5. Marie I would move to the UK in a minute we fell in love when we visited a few years ago...and hope to go back!

    I like the picture of Todd, how is he feeling? Everything is better with your better half, don't you think? Blessings~

  6. It really is a beautiful country Unknown. If you ever come back and get my way, you'll have to drop in for a cake and a nice cuppa and a chat! Todd is feeling much better thanks! The anti-biotics are doing their job! xoxo

  7. Lovely blog today Marie, we definitely do live in a beautiful country, and I'm of to Scotland on Friday, another beautiful part of th U.K. Just so sorry for you that your family are so far away, but you're so lucky to have Todd. Lots of love Kate xxx

  8. Kate! I hope you have a lovely stay in Scotland! It's on my bucket list, especially the Isle of Sky. xoxo


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