Three Years

Wow. Today marks the third anniversary of our move to England–and while I’m not sure where the time has gone, I also feel these have been three extraordinarily long years. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned since we moved here, and thought I’d share some of it here:

1. Spiders win. Always. (I swear they reincarnate–within an hour of eliminating a spider and web in one spot, up crops another.)

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This is a close up of a bit of onion skin hanging in mid-air, caught by a spiderweb, underneath the kitchen cabinets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. It rains way too much here.

Flooding outside my son's school. Delightful.

Flooding outside my son’s school. Delightful.

3. When the sun shines, it really is a most beautiful country.

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And quaint. Did I mention that England is quaint?

And quaint. Did I mention that England is quaint?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Cream tea almost makes living here worth it.

You cannot do this every day. Oh, but so yummy.

5. When driving on a narrow country lane, bigger car wins. Smaller car backs up so large car can pass first. (I wish everyone obeyed this rule, but those who feel genetically or socially superior, or something, frequently won’t budge.)

6. Driving to Heathrow Airport is a nightmare of epic proportions. Having driven there twice in the past month, and about to head there again on Tuesday, it should be on a “1,000 Things NOT to Do Before You Die” list. It’s 64 miles of pure torture. On a good day, it should take 1.5 hours. On a bad day . . . and there only seem to be bad days . . . 3 hours of stop-start-stop wall-to-wall traffic.

A year ago at this time I was preparing to visit family in the States, and at the time I would have done anything to not return here. I considered every option multiple times but I reluctantly returned to give it another year. I’m renewing my option for another year, but I’m not in that same awful place I was a year ago. There’s not much that’s easy about moving countries, but there’s a little more brightness here than there was. I’m not going to judge any of it today, not going to chime in with the rest of the family’s views. We’re here, for better or worse, and in a year, we’ll see.

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Sheep on a Bridge

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Long Time, No See

Hey. Hi there. How are you? Where’ve you been?

Oh wait. Where’ve I been? Oh, you know, this ‘n’ that. Having many big “do we stay or do we go” conversations with Mr. Expatrimummy, struggling to sell our house in Ohio (still not sold! 3 years later!), on the verge of getting kicked out by our landlord which caused us a lot of stress for a few days until he changed his mind… fun times. Looking for paying employment while freelancing and being a “school dinner lady” twice a week for the 4-year-old class at the local infants’ school (“Freddie said the “f” word! He said “fat” and “fat” is the “f” word!” I’m glad they think “fat” is the “f” word. My 8-yr-old thinks “fart” is the “f” word.)

I read in the paper over the weekend that house prices here climbed 300% in one generation not so long ago. Yikes. They’re climbing 8 to 10% per year in our little corner of England, and prices are already more than double what they are back in Ohio. In fact, we’d need half a million dollars to purchase a house similar to the one we currently own, and that is never going to happen. See the “do we stay/do we go” dilemma?

Wow. Grumpy much? Yes, yes I am. Bonus: the sun is shining for the 2nd day in a row, it’s warm, and that picture up top is a gratuitous photo of a snail that crawled all the way up my back door about a month ago.

 

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Even Lamb Moms Get the Blues

Even Lamb Moms Get the Blues

Suddenly, I’m very sympathetic to animal moms. It’s not easy raising a toddler, especially when he’s standing on your back.

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The Babies Are Back

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  Click on the photos for a larger view. These pics are especially for my Dad, a retired country vet, who loved lambing time most of all.

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Saturday Snapshots

It hasn’t rained here for 2.5 days, and the sun has been shining for TWO. WHOLE. DAYS. Miracles happen. We went out for the day to Scotney Castle, about half an hour away, and yes, things are blooming. Maybe spring will arrive after all.

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Dear Mother Nature

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Mammoth puddle in our lane

Ok, ok, enough already. We get it. You’re capable of some pretty awesome displays: hurricanes, tornados, torrential downpours, high-speed winds, polar vortexes. But the thing is, we’re tired. On this side of the pond, we’ve had it up to our knees in water–some literally, some figuratively–many have lost houses, businesses, cars, animals. On the other side of the pond, my family and friends are bracing themselves for yet another frigid blast of cold and snow. California–poor California–is desperate for rain, so how about you send ours over there? After all, we had twice the normal rainfall in January, and February promises to be just as rainy. We don’t need it, they do–so how about it?

We’re done with weather extremes. So please, pretty please, can you try something new? Like–sunshine? Rain for those who need it, and clear skies for those who don’t? A lot of us just can’t take any more. I’m sure you understand.

And, if possible, could you maybe plan on giving us some nice warm weather come summer? I hope that’s not too much to ask. And thanks.

Yours,

Expatrimummy

PS: Even our cat is afraid.

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Scooter has taken to hanging out under an umbrella, even in the house.

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