En France… En famille

I’ve been trying to figure out the right way to post an article about my week in France. To find the words I want to say, to describe my emotions throughout the trip, to explain the emotional path I went through – am still going through… and yet, I’m still feeling the feelings and cannot…

It’s going to be tough to leave…

I’m almost half way through my trip back to Europe. I’ve been to Spain, to Worcester, to Southampton, back to my hometown: Newcastle and to Lincoln (where most of my UK family live). I’m currently writing from Farnborough where my father works during the week, I can hear him breathing as he sleeps and it’s…

Un Andalucia Fin de

Airports and airplanes make great places to sit and write… (airplane mode ON of course). I’m already flying back from my mini Andalusian adventure where I met my wonderful sister-from-another-mister Caroline. We met in 2009 as colleagues and continue now as friends, confidantes and occasional wake-up calls 🧐 I was met at Jerez airport and…

The 3am Stansted Experience

5 hours south of Newcastle and I arrive at Stansted Airport for a 7am flight to Jerez, Spain. Since I get tired driving late and in the dark, I figured, drive in the evening and arrive at airport around 2 am since you’ll save money on a hotel and you can just take a seat…

Returning A Foreigner

I’ve been back in the UK for 3 days now, currently taking the train from Newark to Newcastle… to return to my village. My cousin picked me up at Gatwick airport and we drove north to Lincoln immediately. My first flight was delayed due to weather conditions, my connecting flight was only a couple of…

Wonderful Winter Wiles

Photos of Winter… Farm fun with the usual suspects Cheering for the Ottawa Senators with my farm family (dogs not allowed) Sexy night skating in da city Even Sexier Snowshoeing in Quebec Some Calabogie skiing – what a nice day! Even felt more confident. Empty Mont Ste Marie Skiing – less successful as Calabogie but…

First Return Home

I write to you from Montreal Airport. After just under 2 years – I’m returning to my place of origin – Europe. I can’t narrow it down any further as my family and friends are quite scattered – and having the dual nationality means I’ll always be a little split. I’ll add winter photos to…

Two weeks into Horticulture

The dream has begun, the fingernails are dirty and the muscles are sore… For two weeks now I have been working full time in a landscaping role, going to different properties throughout the day and spring cleaning-up gardens. Mostly, there has been some hard-scaping as well since a new vineyard is opening nearby and we…

Notes on train travel

I am currently travelling on the train from Ottawa to Montreal. And I feel like writing about trains (no sexual innuendo meant).  I have often travelled by train, I’ve gone from taking the local train from my village to Newcastle in northern England at 6pm so that we can get nice and pissed enough without…

To Try and Try again?

Oh dear… I write with my tail hanging between my legs (not a euphemism!) post another ski night… What a bad day – happy to say that I now have a new experience to add to my ‘life file’… Crying and skiing simultaneously. You can imagine the sight, a girl snow plowing verrrry slowly down…

Step One: ProjectNoNewClothes 

Project No New Clothes sounds terrible… But I’ll work on it. Step one has begun…  I have deleted all subscribed email accounts to brand names… this is a good way to avoid being reminded EVERYDAY that I need to spend money on their latest product to feel complete. Non non.

My confession…

I have a confession to make… I have an illness… an addiction in fact. I have had this since probably my mid-teens, although im pretty sure the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree where my father is concerned. I remember a specific moment when I was 19 years old whilst my mother and…