BRITISH CULTURE SHOCK

We’ve been back in the UK for almost nine months now. That is, the girls and I have – S is still super-commuting, spending a few weeks here with us, then heading back to Austin for the next few. It’s not amazingly great for the family dynamics, but we’ve kind of gotten used to it, […]

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JUST ANOTHER THANKSGIVING

It’s Thanksgiving, and I’ve only just realised that this is not something that is really part of my life any longer. For the first time in eight years I’m not on American soil. Rather, I’m at a loss. Obviously, nobody celebrates Thanksgiving here in England, why would they? (Why Black Friday is a thing here […]

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WE DID IT!

I’m sitting under a huge tree in the morning sun, bees buzzing in the lavender bushes around me, the cicadas still somewhat muted, although I can hear a faint noise that will soon swell to deafening proportions. The cottage and its inhabitants are still asleep except for the chatter of two excited little girls, who […]

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GOODBYE AUSTIN, GOODBYE AMERICA

Wow, we’re really doing it. It is with very mixed feelings that we’re saying goodbye to America tomorrow. Time to get on that return flight we never took when we landed in this country over seven years ago. It feels right to go back to Europe – after all, that is what we had planned […]

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TRAVELLING WITH ANIMALS

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 […]

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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

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. […]

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AND….BREATHE!

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 […]

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