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A Country Affair

Thursday, 23 Jun 2016 | Views [370]

When it comes to weekends, we are always looking for interesting things to do locally. England is a land of seasonal events. In spring farmers open their fields so you can view their bluebells, in winter you can rug up and enjoy a cider by a warm fire ... Read more >

Tags: country, dogs, england, fair, local, posh, uk, weekend, west sussex


Brighton to the left of me, Hastings to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Sunday, 22 May 2016 | Views [307]

It’s far to say that I’ve suffered a fair amount of ‘cabin fever’ since moving to the UK. Although I wouldn’t say I am outdoorsy, I do enjoy being outside on occasion and have missed having a back yard. Unfortunately, we ... Read more >

Tags: aussies, cabin fever, expats, new job, travel, uk


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...

Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | Views [466]

Where has January gone? I currently seem to be measuring time by looking at the expiry dates on food in my fridge and making remarks such as ‘4 th of February … crap that needs to go in the freezer.’  I’ve lost a bit ... Read more >

Tags: a&e, bath, caernarfon, cardiff, christmas, engaged, romans, turkish baths, wales


The great scone debake.

Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | Views [358] | Comments [1]

There is some debate over how one should prepare their cream tea (Devonshire Tea to us Aussies). We learnt this upon the arrival of Pete’s distant relative Sam, who is staying with us for a week to do some work experience at Pete’s work, ... Read more >

Tags: brighton, burning of the clocks, christmas, ice skating, london, trafalgar square, uk, winter


Oh hail the brussel sprout tree...

Monday, 7 Dec 2015 | Views [351]

It’s true; brussel sprout trees are a ‘thing’. Essentially the stalk of the plant with the sprouts still attached; shops here are selling them for around $5 a tree. Now, I’m not sure where you stand on the sprout debate, but personally ... Read more >

Tags: brussel sprouts, christmas, cold, dickens, ice skating, mulled wine, rochester, snow, uk, wales


This post is brought to you by the letter B for Bureaucracy..

Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | Views [220]

I am currently a serf and the UK Home Office is my Feudal Overlord. Pete thinks I am a being a bit dramatic, but it is beginning to feel like it. The UK Home Office have had my passport to reissue my VISA for 2 months now and without it I’m stuck ... Read more >

Tags: bonded labour, coronation street, holidays, manchester, parentals, serfdom, tour guide, uk, uk


The sat nav is not your friend, and other directional mishaps

Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | Views [206]

When it comes to finding your way around, it can be a little tricky at times. When you are overseas the places, things and systems that you are used to are all slightly different, or non existent and at times it can leave you a little bewildered or confused.... Read more >

Tags: anniversary, car, folkestone, isle of wight, portsmouth, school, uk, volvo


We're not in Kansas anymore Toto

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [300]

On the 30 th of June, Pete and I will celebrate our 6 month anniversary of being expats. Unlike most people who go to live in the UK, we are not neck deep in other Aussies and Kiwis on the same adventure. Out here in East Sussex, we are something of ... Read more >

Tags: bureaucracy, car, east sussex, england, expat, frustration, uk


A Highland Fling

Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | Views [268]

I’ll admit I wasn’t really in the mood for Scotland. To say the least, school here has stressed me out and by the time it came to the end of term, spending a week curled up in my doona was sounding pretty attractive. Despite my initial lack ... Read more >

Tags: edinburgh, glasgow, haggis, inverness, isle of skye, loch ness, oban, scotland


The joys of being an anorak, and other weekend pursuits

Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | Views [388]

According to my font of knowledge of all things British (my friend Gary), an anorak is someone who bird watches, or train spots, or does a bit of a nerdy hobby almost obsessively, generally requiring an anorak due to the weather conditions. ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, anoraks, bike riding, bluebell railway, east sussex, nerds, trainspotting, uk


Oh, Hello Sunshine

Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | Views [291]

It's February. The days are longer, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and if you're lucky you can go out with just a coat, minus the gloves and beanie that January dictates.   Februrary has brought the end of Term 3 at school ... Read more >

Tags: beach head, east sussex, iceland, spring, uk, winter


30 Minutes to Battle

Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | Views [336]

Sometimes smart phones are smarter than you and sometimes they are just ironic. Knowing I like history and knowing the area I was going to live in, my British pal Gary had told me that to see the site of the battle of Hastings, I'd need to visit the ... Read more >

Tags: brighton, eastbourne, hastings, london, polegate, settling in

 

 

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