After several months of preparation, I finally embarked on my flight across the pond with our two pets, our almost 5 year old black cat, and our just over a year old Irish Setter. It’s a long story, but bear with me. I haven’t written anything about the process, as I thought it might be […]Read more "Travelling With Animals"
It has begun, our last chapter in the US. Our flights are booked, a shipment date is set, the ball is rolling. It’s a very strange feeling, slightly surreal, and while my overriding belief is that we’re doing the right thing, I wake up some days and doubt every single decision that I’ve ever made. […]Read more "The Final Countdown"
I have had a really shitty week, with all sorts of annoying challenges, sad news and general bad moods all round. Add to that a couple of nights of barely any sleep, and I am a wreck. And this is before we even know how much it’s going to cost us moving our stuff across […]Read more "And….Breathe!"
It’s only the beginning of March, and yet it feels like 2017 has been around for an eternity. My head hurts with all the news pouring in every day, every hour. Some days I try and stay away from it all, but it’s hard – 2016 has left a huge shadow, and it doesn’t look […]Read more "Austin Anniversary… and Some Decisions"
Last week, one of those Facebook reminders alerted me to the fact that it was precisely a year ago that we found our house here in Austin. Wow. I remember coming here with E and F, trying to get our heads around the fact that we’d be moving, looking at houses, and getting excited for […]Read more "That Time of Year Again"
I cannot believe this is our second election cycle since moving to the US. Clearly, we’ve been here too long!! I didn’t really want this post to be about the election, as a) I’m so stressed, exhausted and sick to death of it all, and b) everything that could possibly be said about the whole […]Read more "Election Cycle Number II"
Monday was our first day of school, first day back to a more normal routine. To me, a new school year always feels so much more “new”, and “fresh start-y” than an actual new calendar year, with all sorts of new resolutions. Of course, this is our first proper school year here in Austin, and […]Read more "Back to School"
These last few weeks have been difficult, and I don’t mean on a personal level. With the news getting more horrific every week, this year has already become one of the worst I’ve ever witnessed. My only hope is that all the horror of the last few weeks and months will ultimately jolt the world […]Read more "Austin – Not the Real Texas, But…."
Time is a strange thing. Time alters the perception of things. In passing, it can make things appear less painful, or more significant, depending on one’s state of mind. But what is really happening when time passes? I feel that time you spend with other people means the longer you spend with them the more […]Read more "The Conundrum of Time"
Ok, rain, enough now, the novelty has worn off! Texas weather is simply crazy. I read somewhere that May is the rainiest month of the year, but it’s getting ridiculous. Thunderstorms with incredible lightning day and night, horizontal trees, and rivers of rainwater running down the streets. The next day (or even same afternoon): bright […]Read more "It’s Raining Cats and Dogs"