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Kew Gardens, England (Part II)

Kew Gardens, England (Part II)

Continuing our tour of Kew… Part I can be found here. This beautiful home was built in 1631 for Samuel Fortrey, a rich merchant. The royal family leased the house in 1728, and used it as a family retreat during the time of King George III.  Today, you can tour this home. I’d like to go […]

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York, England: National Railway Museum (not just for train enthusiasts!)

York, England: National Railway Museum (not just for train enthusiasts!)

After spending four hours at the Castle Museum in York, we decided to hike over to the National Railway Museum. It is a bit of a walk, so if you are short on time, you might consider taking a taxi. Also, you might want to save your touring feet for all the walking you’ll do […]

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York, England: Getting there

York, England: Getting there

Since we weren’t sure about the NL move this summer (meaning we might be leaving the UK soon), we decided we would take some of Roxi’s two-week Spring Break and see some things in England. After thumbing through a few guidebooks, and checking what was available accommodations-wise, we decided to head up to York in […]

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April Food Day

I am making cupcakes again for one of the high school boarding students at Roxi’s school. This is the third time I’ve volunteered to do this this year. While it is a bit of work, I don’t mind it. I feel sad for these boarders, being away from their families on their birthdays. Perhaps I’m projecting a […]

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Living as an American (Texan!) in England

Yesterday, I was exchanging messages with Emm about what to write for World Blog Surf Day. I was trying to think of a way to boil down my expat experience here in England. Two years of living abroad was a bit too much to condense into a short post. However, one thing I kept circling […]

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Life and …

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”  –Buddah This afternoon, I got a message from a old friend of mine in Texas. Her husband passed away yesterday. It was like a fist in the stomach, this news. I had a hard time believing what I was […]

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Carmen at the Royal Albert Theatre, London

Carmen at the Royal Albert Theatre, London

We went to see the opera Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday. It was a huge production, over 100 actors, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, countless techies, impressive lights, sound, and what voices! The show was performed “in the round” and was sung in English (it was still hard to understand the words, though). […]

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Driving in England: Congestion Charges?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a very limited radius when it comes to driving. The furthest I have to drive is an occasional 40-minute trip to my daughter’s best friend’s house. I was just there on Saturday, as a matter of fact. Roxi was invited for […]

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Happy Pancake Day!

I made some this morning–gingerbread (but forgot to add the treacle). I ate mine with Irish butter and blackcurrant conserve. The kids had theirs with chocolate spread from Holland. Last year we had them with Lyle’s Golden Syrup.  Our company from the States decided to extend their stay by one day. Hurray! It’s been nice to […]

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Company’s coming…

Trudy! I love you, but you sure do shed a lot. Mr. DJ’s youngest brother and family are coming tomorrow morning. Gotta tidy up around here. It’s a short day for Roxi–early dismissal–and she promised to help. What a good girl! By the way, the photo above is one I took for an e-course I’m […]

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