Are we British? 

documenting our UK adventure

Canadian Living in the UK

April 28, 2017

Picture a warm day, maybe +10 Celsius. The sun is shining. You look out your window and smile. When you emerge from your home into the sweet spring air, the sunshine on your skin feels like a hug from heaven. All day you are contented and your step is light. You decide...

April 1, 2017

Dear England,

I am scared of black pudding. I have not tried it. I have read about it and looked at it. Putting extra blood in my food doesn't appeal to me.

There is also seems to be a general overuse of mayonnaise. Would you like a dressing for your salad? Obviously, a...

March 10, 2017

I first visited Stonehenge on a cold Saturday morning in January. It was frosty and sunny and we were not dressed for the weather. Something that happens to Canadians when in England, we lose all common sense regarding dressing appropriately for outdoor experiences. Ea...

February 10, 2017

"Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it," Charles R. Swindoll.

It's Friday morning and I am driving up a very steep hill with a lane that allows two way traffic but only really has room for one vehicle at a time. The trees are green with moss, and...

January 28, 2017

It's Saturday, my twins woke up at 4 am and refused to go back to sleep. I tried reading in their room and waiting for them to fall back asleep, actually sleeping on their floor, leaving the room and hoping for the best... At 6 am I officially conceded and we came down...

January 8, 2017

Today, I have been spending the day at home with three children who are poorly. The kind of poorly that requires constant laundry and scrubbing. There are two things that I am missing terribly at this moment, hardwood floors, and my large washer and dryer from Canada. 

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December 20, 2016

In September, we started work, school, and life in England. One of the first things discussed in ALL settings was Christmas Parties. This was a very early sign that English Christmas and I would be best of friends! I have not been disappointed.

As always, I was the...

December 3, 2016

So much of life is misunderstandings. In England, many of these misunderstandings are due to variances between Canadian and British usage of the English language. For example, in Canada we would likely say, "I will meet you at the hockey game after I pick up a double d...

November 24, 2016

Driving in the UK is like trying to fit your feet into shoes that are one size too small. Squishy, uncomfortable, but possible. To all of my British friends, you are amazing drivers, far superior and more patient than drivers in Canada (I love you Canada, but it is tru...

November 7, 2016

Halloween is really fun when you have kids. You can dress them up like this,

You get to go trick or treating and make sure to help yourself to the parent tax that exists on all children's candy. It's a fun excuse to dress up yourself, although I am learning that here in...

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