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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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Well, I guess I better learn Dutch

Well, I guess I better learn Dutch

  I’m taking a break from the York posts to say…   I am a little confused at how close we are to the Holland decision. Mr. DJ says “yes we are going” based on an email he received yesterday. But somehow that email seems a little too easy. Anti-climatic, even.  When we moved to […]

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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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I wouldn’t wish this on anyone

Roxi and I took Trudy to the vet yesterday. Let’s just say, if you’re a dog owner and you’re wondering why your pet is paying particular attention to the area back there, read this (do not eat while reading this!). The rest of you, please feel free to skip. Suffice it to say, it took me […]

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First Spring walk through the woods

First Spring walk through the woods

We took a walk in Windsor Great Park on Sunday. It was a little cool, and there wasn’t much in bloom yet (only a few daffodils). Still, we had two lovely hours in the fresh air and sunshine. As soon as we got into the car, however, it started to sprinkle. And as soon as […]

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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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I went to London today to meet a new friend

I met my lovely blogging friend Emm in London for the first time today. She was so sweet to take time out of her busy work day to have lunch with me at this pub near the Borough Market. Isn’t it nice when blogging friends turn out to be just as charming and delightful in person as they […]

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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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