Hill walks

Hill walks

Adam and I are now on our way back to Australia after the most wonderful month in England, celebrating our wedding and spending time with friends and family in our U.K. home of Malvern, Worcestershire.

One of my favourite parts of living in Malvern was the town’s proximity to the Malvern Hills and I probably spent hundreds of hours rambling upon them during our 15 months in England. Quite a few of the guests at our wedding spent time in Malvern with us prior to the big day and I was thrilled to be able to share the hills with them…

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The farm shop

The farm shop

One of the lovely things about being back in England is having the opportunity to visit the dozens of farm shops that surround Malvern.

Farm shops are usually independently run and generally sell locally grown produce and meat as well as baked goods, pantry staples like honey and preserves, as well as regional beers and ciders.  They’re like tiny little farmer’s markets dotted all over the countryside and if you love your food, they’re an utter joy to nose around…

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What I miss about life in England

What I miss about life in England

It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was only starting to find my feet in England.  I finally knew my way around our town in Worcestershire, was starting to develop an appreciation for ales and could slip in the odd ‘British-ism’ into everyday conversation.

Last week I touched on a few aspects of Australian life that I’m thoroughly enjoying now Adam and I are back Down Under.  Today, it’s all about England and what I’m missing about life on the other side of the world…

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The next chapter

The next chapter

Being in an international relationship is a really wonderful thing. Two people from opposites sides of world happen to meet and connect. They realise that although their life experiences are different, they’ve got a huge amount in common and a shared outlook on what they want in the future.  Sometimes I feel like I was destined to meet Adam.  Small decisions from years gone past, triumphs and tribulations were all part of the process that was leading me towards that initial ‘hello’.

International relationships are also hard – thankfully for Adam and I it didn’t involve long-distance dating – but there are generally visas, extended family, friends, and work -life balance to consider.

For most of 2017 Adam and I have been trying to work out what we want over the next few years, and over the next few weeks we’re about to embark on the next chapter in our adventure…

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The littlest one

The littlest one

Sometimes it feels like good news is hard to come by.  Every time you switch on a television, log onto a computer, listen to the radio or open a newspaper there are tales of death, destruction and dire circumstances.  Sometimes though, stories of celebration, of love and new life shine through the doom and gloom and it’s so nice celebrate them.

A few days after Adam and I announced our engagement, the newest member of our English family was born.  A little girl, to Adam’s cousin and her husband…

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One year

One year

Over the weekend Adam and I celebrated our one year anniversary of moving to England. I can’t believe how incredibly fast the last 12 months has gone. I can still vividly remember walking into the arrivals hall at Birmingham Airport on October 29, 2016, exhausted after almost 30 hours of travel, and meeting Adam’s family for the very first time…

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