Are we British? 

documenting our UK adventure

Canadian Living in the UK

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...

May 13, 2018

My mother used to make up stories about the little match girl, you know, the one that died, and tell them to my sister and me at bedtime. The little match girl didn't always perish in my mother's tales. Sometimes she would find a fortunate ending with a loving family....

April 24, 2018

4.5 hours. This is how much time I have between dropping off my three lovely boys at school and picking them up. For the first time in my life, I am not employed, though I would argue that home management and child rearing without any supports is perhaps the most diffi...

March 27, 2018

My new dream, is to move to Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and to dedicate my life to painting, writing, and creating in my studio with views of the sea. Also, to be constantly singing Scarborough Fair. My children may tell you that I am already living that musical fant...

February 25, 2018

I now say tomahto more often than I say tomato. Both in my head and out loud. My kids say tomahto 100% of the time. My partner resists (he resists everything but this especially). My Canadian friend, whom I spend a lot of time with, asks questions with a British inflec...

February 10, 2018

We are a family that hoards straws. As the rest of the world goes plastic free and embraces reusable or biodegradable options, we continue to purchase plastic bendy straws from China... in bulk. I do love the planet, but I also love my sanity, and as my 7 year old auti...

January 18, 2018

Last night, I did something that I had never previously done before. I took my slippers with me to a friend's house. For those of you who have New Year's Resolutions to try new things, remember, not every new experience need be flashy. I wore my biggest, cosiest cardig...

December 31, 2017

I love New Year's Eve. I love reflecting on a year gone by, I love dreaming of the year yet to come. I love reminiscing about meeting my most important person 19 years ago tonight (I wrote in my 16 year old journal that he was "like 7 feet tall and the cutest boy I [ha...

December 9, 2017

My *favourite lyric from a Christmas carol (other than every lyric in Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas), is in the chorus of Little Saint Nick, by the Beach Boys, when Brian Wilson sings in the most matter of fact tone (over and over), "Christmas comes this time...

November 4, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Paris. The entire experience was so far removed from my everyday life, I loved every moment of it. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the Palace of Versailles. We had a tour guide who informed us, that if you are wond...

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