Are we British? 

documenting our UK adventure

Canadian Living in the UK

October 5, 2018

It has recently come to my attention that my children do not know what Thanksgiving is. This shouldn't surprise me, as at school they are busy learning about rugby, horseback riding, and making passports that say their country of origin is England (this is incorrect- d...

September 21, 2018

In my dream, I was happily standing in an orderly queue. I don't even know what the queue was for, but isn't it strange that my dreams are exactly as my days. Today I have already been in two queues, with more to come. Luckily, I do know what they are all for. This mor...

September 12, 2018

When I first moved to England, it was recommended to me by multiple British friends that I read Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island."How curious that everyone was so obsessed with an American writer. After spending more time here, I'm really not surprised with any...

August 26, 2018

Some people have to leave and some people have to stay. That's just the way it is. I always knew that I was a leaver. I didn't ever picture myself living as an adult in the place I grew up. So I left. And I never came back. And I don't think I ever will. I know this is...

July 28, 2018

Happy 200th Birthday Emily Brontë! It may surprise you to know that we are still discussing and debating you and your work. We can't seem to decide if we love or hate your masterpiece Wuthering Heights. For the record, I am firmly in the love camp. What is not to love...

July 18, 2018

I awoke to the sound of my sweet partner's snoring. I checked the time, it was only 5 am. I blinked and it was 7. Our wide open bedroom windows were letting in the loveliest cool air and possibly a handful of spiders (no screens). It's been so unbearably hot for nearly...

June 30, 2018

It's easy to love Canada. It's a large, non-threatening country that may be home to more beavers than humans if you travel above the 55th Parallel. It's also beautiful. It's also not perfect. But it tries hard and I respect that. As I face my second Canada Day away fro...

June 21, 2018

If you want to look at a mansion by yourself, you might need to cry, in public, even if you are not a public cryer. I love crying. I cry every day. I think it is just as important as laughing, and there are different types of tears. Anyone who has cared for young child...

June 15, 2018

Once again, June is a difficult month for me whilst living in the UK. The weather has been absolutely beautiful, there has been abundant sunshine, roses are blooming everywhere. However, the days are long, the nights are short, the school is busy, and there is no impen...

May 21, 2018

Growing up in Canada, I had an interesting connection with the British royal family. I knew that Queen Elizabeth was observed as the monarch in Canada. I knew that many of my American friends didn't understand our monarch observation. I was once told by an American pee...

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