6 months back

Old Mar 31st 2022, 9:35 am
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It has now been 6 months since we returned to the UK from BC, Canada. It has flown by as we had so much to do but we are now into our new home and feel we can finally put roots down. We never felt we could say that we were finally home until we moved into our own house surrounded by our own furniture.

I am sure there will be things that we miss as time goes on but so far being close to family and life long friends has outweighed any negatives. Yes, we could pick holes in some things but we didn't leave perfection either.

We settled back in an area that was home for me and to be honest the last place we were going to go. In saying that, the feeling of emptiness that I carried for years has now completely vanished.

Six months on, I can say that we like being close to family, just being able to have them around and in turn having the support system that we never had in Canada as there was just the two of us.

We are finding people are genuinely helpful, you see what you get, you may not always appreciate it but it is honest and real. A lot of our time in the Okanagan you never knew if people we genuine or had fake veneer. Thankfully we were good judges of character.

Fuel costs have gone through the roof but we have nothing to compare the change too so that is a good thing. Same with the cost of food etc. Right now, ignorance is bliss on that score.

We don't regret not coming home sooner as being retired worked well for us on both sides of the Atlantic. We were able to move and not worry too much financially and I know how fortunate we are to do that. Our pensions and RRSP are what they are and we will make it work.

Our furniture came in two shipments (not that we asked for that) and the remainder will be here next month. To be fair, the shipping company stepped up and is int he process of making sure the remaining items will be with us ASAP.

What we miss:
Weird things... Kraft salad dressings.
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Old Apr 4th 2022, 9:16 am
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It has now been 6 months since we returned to the UK from BC, Canada. It has flown by as we had so much to do but we are now into our new home and feel we can finally put roots down. We never felt we could say that we were finally home until we moved into our own house surrounded by our own furniture.

I am sure there will be things that we miss as time goes on but so far being close to family and life long friends has outweighed any negatives. Yes, we could pick holes in some things but we didn't leave perfection either.

We settled back in an area that was home for me and to be honest the last place we were going to go. In saying that, the feeling of emptiness that I carried for years has now completely vanished.

Six months on, I can say that we like being close to family, just being able to have them around and in turn having the support system that we never had in Canada as there was just the two of us.

We are finding people are genuinely helpful, you see what you get, you may not always appreciate it but it is honest and real. A lot of our time in the Okanagan you never knew if people we genuine or had fake veneer. Thankfully we were good judges of character.

Fuel costs have gone through the roof but we have nothing to compare the change too so that is a good thing. Same with the cost of food etc. Right now, ignorance is bliss on that score.

We don't regret not coming home sooner as being retired worked well for us on both sides of the Atlantic. We were able to move and not worry too much financially and I know how fortunate we are to do that. Our pensions and RRSP are what they are and we will make it work.

Our furniture came in two shipments (not that we asked for that) and the remainder will be here next month. To be fair, the shipping company stepped up and is int he process of making sure the remaining items will be with us ASAP.

What we miss:
Weird things... Kraft salad dressings.
So glad you have settled in and really the worst time weather wise (winter)petrol prices etc at the moment are more expensive than a few months ago so hopefully things will go back to as they were and the weather will improve with springtime on its way so all will be an extra bonus for you. Have you looked online for your Kraft salad dressing? if not in time you’ll find an alternative and in the future you will have forgotten about it , well that is what happened for me. Good luck for the future x
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It has now been 6 months since we returned to the UK from BC, Canada. It has flown by as we had so much to do but we are now into our new home and feel we can finally put roots down. We never felt we could say that we were finally home until we moved into our own house surrounded by our own furniture.

I am sure there will be things that we miss as time goes on but so far being close to family and life long friends has outweighed any negatives. Yes, we could pick holes in some things but we didn't leave perfection either.

We settled back in an area that was home for me and to be honest the last place we were going to go. In saying that, the feeling of emptiness that I carried for years has now completely vanished.

Six months on, I can say that we like being close to family, just being able to have them around and in turn having the support system that we never had in Canada as there was just the two of us.

We are finding people are genuinely helpful, you see what you get, you may not always appreciate it but it is honest and real. A lot of our time in the Okanagan you never knew if people we genuine or had fake veneer. Thankfully we were good judges of character.

Fuel costs have gone through the roof but we have nothing to compare the change too so that is a good thing. Same with the cost of food etc. Right now, ignorance is bliss on that score.

We don't regret not coming home sooner as being retired worked well for us on both sides of the Atlantic. We were able to move and not worry too much financially and I know how fortunate we are to do that. Our pensions and RRSP are what they are and we will make it work.

Our furniture came in two shipments (not that we asked for that) and the remainder will be here next month. To be fair, the shipping company stepped up and is int he process of making sure the remaining items will be with us ASAP.

What we miss:
Weird things... Kraft salad dressings.
Pleased to know that you are already settling in, it can be difficult for many. It will be like Christmas when your second lot of furniture arrives, hopefully you have room for it all, houses in Britain are generally smaller.
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It has now been 6 months since we returned to the UK from BC, Canada. It has flown by as we had so much to do but we are now into our new home and feel we can finally put roots down. We never felt we could say that we were finally home until we moved into our own house surrounded by our own furniture.
We're on a very similar timeline - we arrived in the UK on 11th September 2021. After 10 years in the US, I returned home with my USC husband who is living in the UK for the first time. We've just gone through our first IRS filing as non-residents and about to start his first HMRC filing as resident.

It's certainly an interesting time to return to the UK. Covid was still very much a part of life when we returned, as was the rising cost of living, petrol/diesel and now energy. We lived for a while in my house (thank God I never sold it, living rent/mortgage free was a Godsend in that expensive setup period) before buying our first British home together. Our shipping arrived last November and had been mostly in storage. We've been in our new house just over a month and not only is it lovely to see all our stuff again but it's saving us £400 a month on storage fees! Hubby is settling in nicely, we survived the winter and looking forward to being able to travel again.
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