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Beedubya Dec 22nd 2010 7:45 pm

OVER 50's+ MOVING BACK TO THE UK - Part II
 
Wow sooo many posts to catch up with, I haven't been on here much this past few days, trying to catch up with real life stuff!!

Some really cracking posts, too many to mention. :lol: It's lovely to see everybody popping in amongst doing Christmas shopping and wrapping presents, and all the festivities etc.

Sally, you are spot on, those that have a realistic view of what to expect like DDL/Denise and hubby are going to be the ones that make it through what can be a big cultural shock.

"Ye Good Olde Days" have well gone now and are in the past..........we can still get that from old movies, books, talking to relatives, museums, stately homes, etc. but that is our past...........

Life in the UK is out there to be lived in the year 2010/2011 and onwards...........just maybe in not the same way that we have gotten used to all these years living in another country and we all have a tendency to romanticize the past, especially ex pats I think. As much as we are all truly British inside, living in another country and getting used to "their" ways will have really rubbed off on us and some may find that difficult when trying to adjust to British ways.

A few weeks ago I accidentally found myself on page 1 of this thread and read maybe 20-30 pages forward and so many people who posted then are no longer here. Did they give up on their dream? Are they lurking but now "too afraid" to make the move? Or did they give it a go and found it all too hard? It would be really good to hear from the people who went back and it didn't work out for, if they could bring themselves to post here then it would give both sides of the coin.

I am very lucky in that I did go back for my "reccie" last year and know a hell of a lot more than I did in April 2009 and even so I am scared as all heck and my eyes are wide open!!

Oh and yes Sally having a lot of money would certainly help as a buffer and also the means to get back to whence you came if it doesn't work for you, no shame or embarrassment necessary, at least you can go to your maker knowing you tried.

Beedubya Dec 22nd 2010 8:15 pm

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9055375)
Nice one, JJ. Palm trees in the UK still amaze me!

Here's the snow in our little development on the Thames:


http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._5694211_n.jpg

I love that photo, I assume your MIL lives on a private bought development? It would be too much to hope for to get rented sheltered accommodation there with the river Thames at the bottom of your garden. :sneaky:

How do you embed the photo's in here Denise, I only know how to attach them as a link, I can see somehow they are linked to your FB account, but that may only be because I am on your FB friends list??

cheers Dec 22nd 2010 9:03 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9056045)
I love that photo, I assume your MIL lives on a private bought development? It would be too much to hope for to get rented sheltered accommodation there with the river Thames at the bottom of your garden. :sneaky:

How do you embed the photo's in here Denise, I only know how to attach them as a link, I can see somehow they are linked to your FB account, but that may only be because I am on your FB friends list??

I'm witcha on this! Why don't they make it simple. Everything should be done at a click.

cheers Dec 22nd 2010 9:05 pm

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Anybody have a 'private message' from Rodney or Rosie today or yesterday?

See what happens when we let them loose:D

Beedubya Dec 22nd 2010 9:07 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9056155)
Anybody have a 'private message' from Rodney or Rosie today or yesterday?

See what happens when we let them loose:D

No private messages today, I gave Rosie my gmail address when we were talking about Frome so that is how she contacted me and I have passed on the 2 messages......hope she is not snowed in!!

DDL Dec 22nd 2010 9:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9056045)
I love that photo, I assume your MIL lives on a private bought development? It would be too much to hope for to get rented sheltered accommodation there with the river Thames at the bottom of your garden. :sneaky:

Ooooooo, yes - it's a private development. And just lovely. We're really going to miss it when we have to move!




How do you embed the photo's in here Denise, I only know how to attach them as a link, I can see somehow they are linked to your FB account, but that may only be because I am on your FB friends list??
I just copied-and-pasted it from my Facebook page.

between two worlds Dec 22nd 2010 9:26 pm

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Phew! at last, out of breath from racing through the posts before another gets posted!

Lovely to read all the posts...

Rodney, good luck with giving up smoking. A gift to yourself and to your mother.

Gosh, well, where to start?

Beedubya, I actually finished packing on Sunday and flew out to UK that evening, to Birmingham, B'ham is brilliant, we were able to land--but soon after we landed they closed it down, so daughter from Paris couldn't land there....she came next day, but they lost her bag...

Son from another part of USA was flying into heathrow also due to land on Monday, they cancelled the flight, he just arrived today..

one more son to arrive tomorrow I hope, and then we will all be here in this beautiful English winter wonderland!! yes, very pretty...but..no-one shovels!!! and of course, as it's so rare to get snow like this (or used to be), the authorities understandably don't spend $$$ on snow ploughs etc that they probably won't use...

notwithstanding all that, the roads are clear enough that we should all be able to convene in big rented house (v large family) in country for CHristmas and the few days either side!! some of the group is already there....

It is, as always, lovely to be here.

DH said I seemed happier here! Has noticed that before...

Charleygirl, not likely he works for same co as your hubby if you live in NH....

Re the USA/oath thing, we should probably drop the subject but I just want to clarify that I love so much about the USA and do consider it my adopted country, if not my "true home."

My problems with the oath are not at all to do with any negative feelings towards the USA!

But simply related to the way you have to say you are renouncing all former allegiance etc...
to me this isn't just about "bearing arms" but about physical and emotional allegiance to UK.
And I don't feel comfortable swearing to renounce it while all along hoping and planning to live in UK in the end, at least part-time-- because that is my deepest and primary allegiance!

I think I'd be fine with the wording of the Canada oath, or the oath new Brit citizens swear-they don't ask for this renouncing.

And--for the record--health care is not at all the reason I want to go back!! It's culture...landscape....history...cathedrals..villa ges....family...newspapers...
sense of humour....changeable sky.....marmite!
And more.

But...in the new year, FRance. And therefore much closer to UK, quick trips back and forth should be possible....

A lovely Christmas to all!!!! You all feel like friends now.

Tina

charleygirl Dec 22nd 2010 11:48 pm

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Lovely to catch up, DDL and JJ love the photos.......Between two worlds, so glad you managed to get there, I usually fly to Brum...
My husband works for a company in Ma. but they are a large French company with offices world wide..........just a long shot!

Barb........hubby thought Sidney was full of drunks...........and the news was full of Police telling them to stay home.....and it was HOT as hell.

Have a great evening everyone.

How do we post a picture here??

dontheturner Dec 23rd 2010 1:06 am

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9056155)
Anybody have a 'private message' from Rodney or Rosie today or yesterday?

See what happens when we let them loose:D

Didn't he do a long message on here the other day? ithink if you look back - dontheturner

dontheturner Dec 23rd 2010 1:11 am

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Originally Posted by J.J (Post 9055227)
pictures from home.... snow on my palm tree
Fresh snow here today in West Norfolk, temps hovering around 0 C. Snowfall has been light in this area the past week although very cold.

Hate to dampen your spirit - but if you have not gathered the leaves of that palm tree, and tied them together to stop them freezing inside, it will kill the tree - yes - it will die. as all ours did, after several years, when we forgot, one year, and they froze. dontheturner

sallysimmons Dec 23rd 2010 1:49 am

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Originally Posted by between two worlds (Post 9056186)
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And--for the record--health care is not at all the reason I want to go back!! It's culture...landscape....history...cathedrals..villa ges....family...newspapers...
sense of humour....changeable sky.....marmite!
And more.

Tina, the changeable sky was the one real surprise to me on my trip back this year. I had thought 'oh the UK is grey and the US is sunny' and hadn't remembered that the UK has this unbelievable changeability, so that they say if you don't like the weather, just wait an hour and it will be different.

I found that so magical, because as you drive through the countryside, you can be under dark cloud and yet see a huge patch of bright sunlight in the distance, creating a really gorgeous effect. Here, if it's sunny in the morning, it tends to stay exactly that way all day until the sun goes down.

Not that sun is bad - just that my memories of UK rain didn't include those days that change rom sun to rain and sun to rain and back again all in the space of 2 hours.

I like tea Dec 23rd 2010 6:33 am

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Firstly to wish all posters a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR.
This time of year is always a struggle for me as I try to embrace the Aussie idea of christmas while missing my ideal UK one.


Now for something a little different and for those of you who are in Aussie land this might ring true with you.

My daughter ( in the UK) gives me a substription to a magazine called SAGA its for the over 50's and contains info. articles etc just for this age group as well as lots of advertisements !

The Dec magazine had an article entltled 'Paradise Lost?' by a mid fifties Australian women who has swapped her Sunshine Coast lifestyle for a little flat in London.
To quote a few passages from her article for you to ponder as she has captured my thoughts perfectly.

'Our leafy suburb in subtropical Australia was mind - numbingly quiet,apart from the odd yapping terrier or drone from a chorus of cane toads. Out social life was reduced to nodding at other dog owners when walking our labrador on the rainforest track.

'We decided too exchange this tranquility for the noisy exhilaration of inner-city life in London, hoping to revitalise our lives instead of sliding into the teduim of early retirement.'

'But for me it was harder NOT to change, harder to be stuck in a rut and stagnate.'

[I]'I grew up with a sense of dispacement'.

[/I]'My husband and I prefer culture and history to football and beer'.

I identify with all these thoughts and more and just wondered if any other Aussie feels the same ?

between two worlds Dec 23rd 2010 8:30 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9056605)
Tina, the changeable sky was the one real surprise to me on my trip back this year. I had thought 'oh the UK is grey and the US is sunny' and hadn't remembered that the UK has this unbelievable changeability, so that they say if you don't like the weather, just wait an hour and it will be different.

I found that so magical, because as you drive through the countryside, you can be under dark cloud and yet see a huge patch of bright sunlight in the distance, creating a really gorgeous effect. Here, if it's sunny in the morning, it tends to stay exactly that way all day until the sun goes down.

Not that sun is bad - just that my memories of UK rain didn't include those days that change rom sun to rain and sun to rain and back again all in the space of 2 hours.

Sally this is so interesting....I too was in the US for so many years and taking regular trips back to UK before rediscovering and appreciating this wonderful changeability--it IS "magical" as you say... (your description of the patch of light is like that wonderful poem by R S Thomas, The Field) .

I shouldn't have been surprised, because I remember for the first couple of years in the States, whenever the sun shone, I wanted to run outside immediately--being English I expected it to disappear in five minutes!

My hubby used to say,don't worry, it'll still be sunny in an hour or two! but I could never believe it!!! So the expectation of that changeability was built in....

However after yrs in the US I got used to how when you wake up in the morning you really can get an idea of the weather for the day ahead....or at least the next few hours.. whereas here in UK you only know what will happen in the next five minutes--and I LOVE that!

I love the way the clouds rush across the sky and the light is always changing and it may be raining now, but in a bit the sun might come out...a lovely hymn we used to sing at school, "After the sun, the rain, After the rain, the sun...." (S Sabine-Gould I think wrote it) just sums it up--so English!!

Of course none of this is really true at the moment, as the sky is uniformly grey and snow still everywhere...beautiful in its own way...tho so atypical.

Well, off to do last-minute Christmas stuff!

Tina

between two worlds Dec 23rd 2010 8:39 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9056605)
Tina, the changeable sky was the one real surprise to me on my trip back this year. I had thought 'oh the UK is grey and the US is sunny' and hadn't remembered that the UK has this unbelievable changeability, so that they say if you don't like the weather, just wait an hour and it will be different.

I found that so magical, because as you drive through the countryside, you can be under dark cloud and yet see a huge patch of bright sunlight in the distance, creating a really gorgeous effect. Here, if it's sunny in the morning, it tends to stay exactly that way all day until the sun goes down.

Not that sun is bad - just that my memories of UK rain didn't include those days that change rom sun to rain and sun to rain and back again all in the space of 2 hours.

Sally this is so interesting....I too was in the US for so many years and taking regular trips back to UK before rediscovering and appreciating this wonderful changeability--it IS "magical" as you say... (your description of the patch of light is like that wonderful poem by R S Thomas, The Field) .

I shouldn't have been surprised, because I remember for the first couple of years in the States, whenever the sun shone, I wanted to run outside immediately--being English I expected it to disappear in five minutes!

My hubby used to say,don't worry, it'll still be sunny in an hour or two! but I could never believe it!!! So the expectation of that changeability was built in....

However after yrs in the US I got used to how when you wake up in the morning you really can get an idea of the weather for the day ahead....or at least the next few hours.. whereas here in UK you only know what will happen in the next five minutes--and I LOVE that!

I love the way the clouds rush across the sky and the light is always changing and it may be raining now, but in a bit the sun might come out...a lovely hymn we used to sing at school, "After the sun, the rain, After the rain, the sun...." (S Sabine-Gould I think wrote it) just sums it up--so English!!

Of course none of this is really true at the moment, as the sky is uniformly grey and snow still everywhere...beautiful in its own way...tho so atypical.

Well, off to do last-minute Christmas stuff!

Tina

between two worlds Dec 23rd 2010 8:40 am

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oops sorry for double posting, my server went all peculiar...

Tina

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 9:56 am

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Originally Posted by charleygirl (Post 9056426)
Lovely to catch up, DDL and JJ love the photos.......Between two worlds, so glad you managed to get there, I usually fly to Brum...
My husband works for a company in Ma. but they are a large French company with offices world wide..........just a long shot!

Barb........hubby thought Sidney was full of drunks...........and the news was full of Police telling them to stay home.....and it was HOT as hell.

Have a great evening everyone.

How do we post a picture here??

Ah yes Denise, then hubby must have been staying right in the middle of Sydney one week before Christmas, full of drunken young 'uns, see it's not all kangaroos and koalas and rainbows and lollipops here!! And remember how HOT I told you it was!! Hubby confirmed it...........:)

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 9:58 am

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9056176)
Ooooooo, yes - it's a private development. And just lovely. We're really going to miss it when we have to move!

Just as I thought Denise!! :sneaky: It looks really lovely I have to say. Any news on the job or home front for you guys?

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 10:01 am

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Originally Posted by between two worlds (Post 9056186)
Phew! at last, out of breath from racing through the posts before another gets posted!

Lovely to read all the posts...

Rodney, good luck with giving up smoking. A gift to yourself and to your mother.

Gosh, well, where to start?

Beedubya, I actually finished packing on Sunday and flew out to UK that evening, to Birmingham, B'ham is brilliant, we were able to land--but soon after we landed they closed it down, so daughter from Paris couldn't land there....she came next day, but they lost her bag...

Son from another part of USA was flying into heathrow also due to land on Monday, they cancelled the flight, he just arrived today..

one more son to arrive tomorrow I hope, and then we will all be here in this beautiful English winter wonderland!! yes, very pretty...but..no-one shovels!!! and of course, as it's so rare to get snow like this (or used to be), the authorities understandably don't spend $$$ on snow ploughs etc that they probably won't use...

notwithstanding all that, the roads are clear enough that we should all be able to convene in big rented house (v large family) in country for CHristmas and the few days either side!! some of the group is already there....

It is, as always, lovely to be here.

DH said I seemed happier here! Has noticed that before...

Charleygirl, not likely he works for same co as your hubby if you live in NH....

Re the USA/oath thing, we should probably drop the subject but I just want to clarify that I love so much about the USA and do consider it my adopted country, if not my "true home."

My problems with the oath are not at all to do with any negative feelings towards the USA!

But simply related to the way you have to say you are renouncing all former allegiance etc...
to me this isn't just about "bearing arms" but about physical and emotional allegiance to UK.
And I don't feel comfortable swearing to renounce it while all along hoping and planning to live in UK in the end, at least part-time-- because that is my deepest and primary allegiance!

I think I'd be fine with the wording of the Canada oath, or the oath new Brit citizens swear-they don't ask for this renouncing.

And--for the record--health care is not at all the reason I want to go back!! It's culture...landscape....history...cathedrals..villa ges....family...newspapers...
sense of humour....changeable sky.....marmite!
And more.

But...in the new year, FRance. And therefore much closer to UK, quick trips back and forth should be possible....

A lovely Christmas to all!!!! You all feel like friends now.

Tina

Wow didn't realise you were there already, you sure move quick Tina!!

Hope your other son landed safely and you have a fantastic Christmas. Waiting to see photos of lovely rented Christmas house in the countryside.

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 10:08 am

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Originally Posted by I like tea (Post 9056876)
Firstly to wish all posters a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR.
This time of year is always a struggle for me as I try to embrace the Aussie idea of christmas while missing my ideal UK one.


Now for something a little different and for those of you who are in Aussie land this might ring true with you.

My daughter ( in the UK) gives me a substription to a magazine called SAGA its for the over 50's and contains info. articles etc just for this age group as well as lots of advertisements !

The Dec magazine had an article entltled 'Paradise Lost?' by a mid fifties Australian women who has swapped her Sunshine Coast lifestyle for a little flat in London.
To quote a few passages from her article for you to ponder as she has captured my thoughts perfectly.

'Our leafy suburb in subtropical Australia was mind - numbingly quiet,apart from the odd yapping terrier or drone from a chorus of cane toads. Out social life was reduced to nodding at other dog owners when walking our labrador on the rainforest track.

'We decided too exchange this tranquility for the noisy exhilaration of inner-city life in London, hoping to revitalise our lives instead of sliding into the teduim of early retirement.'

'But for me it was harder NOT to change, harder to be stuck in a rut and stagnate.'

[I]'I grew up with a sense of dispacement'.

[/I]'My husband and I prefer culture and history to football and beer'.

I identify with all these thoughts and more and just wondered if any other Aussie feels the same ?

I certainly do, but I am not an Aussie I am a dinky di Pommy LOL!! :thumbsup:

DDL Dec 23rd 2010 10:30 am

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9057147)
Any news on the job or home front for you guys?


Tony starts his job with the Council on 6 Jan. so he's good to go. Absolute crap pay, but it's a job and maybe the total career change will be good for him. I actually think it will.

The job I was really :fingerscrossed: for was, according to the job recruiter, offered to an internal candidate who decided to go for it at the last minute, so it's back to square one for me. But I've put in for a nice PA job at British Gas here in Staines so maybe I'll hear something back from them.

On the average, I apply for about 5-10 jobs/week but there are just hundreds and hundreds of people applying for one job. Something will eventually come through for me. It's just a matter of time.

Today was our last sign-on at the Job Centre. Once Tony starts work, I will not be able to claim job seeker's allowance in my own right because it's income-based.

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 11:08 am

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Originally Posted by DDL (Post 9057203)
Tony starts his job with the Council on 6 Jan. so he's good to go. Absolute crap pay, but it's a job and maybe the total career change will be good for him. I actually think it will.

The job I was really :fingerscrossed: for was, according to the job recruiter, offered to an internal candidate who decided to go for it at the last minute, so it's back to square one for me. But I've put in for a nice PA job at British Gas here in Staines so maybe I'll hear something back from them.

On the average, I apply for about 5-10 jobs/week but there are just hundreds and hundreds of people applying for one job. Something will eventually come through for me. It's just a matter of time.

Today was our last sign-on at the Job Centre. Once Tony starts work, I will not be able to claim job seeker's allowance in my own right because it's income-based.

Did you ever look into applying for a House Managers job in the over 55's sheltered accomodation housing Denise? It would be ideal for a couple in your position........if you need any more details please PM me, a job for you and rent free accommodation, sure the pay is not the greatest but you would have hubbys pay too..........:thumbsup: Quids in as we say...........:lol:

charleygirl Dec 23rd 2010 11:36 am

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DDL sending really good vibes your way hoping for a job offer for you! Like you said it will come in time, probably not what you want but would you take a job in a shop or anything like that, I know when I was home I saw several vacancies and not just Christmas help in the shopping center in town, also any little cafes locally, you know like a nice Tea shop. I know you are looking for an office type job but just a thought til something comes up.

Thanks for comments on my photo. Yes I felt happy and I felt powerful, it was weird, didnt know i would feel different.

Barb any news on the Staines job.......
Talking of kangaroos, my husband brought back my girls a money pouch made from Kangaroo scrotum, Eeeeeeu!
I like tea, stay strong, I dont really know your story, are you planning to return, want to return but cant......big hugs this Christmas time.

Merry Christmas to you all.

sallysimmons Dec 23rd 2010 12:31 pm

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Originally Posted by between two worlds (Post 9057037)
I love the way the clouds rush across the sky and the light is always changing and it may be raining now, but in a bit the sun might come out.

Yes! That's exactly it and I love that description. I was really taken by surprise at how fast the clouds move and the amazing shapes they make and the constant changing light. Up in the Lake District, that makes the same hill look completely different on different days. You could never get bored.

Of course, it makes the weather forecast there even more useless than ours. I think they got it wrong every single day of my holiday. It got so we were saying "what does the forecast say and we'll assume the opposite."

In other news, I'm pretty excited because it looks like I might go home twice next year. I want to go on my own and spend some time with my mum. We're tracing our family history and we want to visit some of the houses/places in York where my dad's family lived in the 1800s.

Then hubby and I will be going back later in the year to have another look round and decide for sure what we want to do.

Question: Does anyone know Buxton? Have any opinions about it as a place to live? I'm set on Kendal but hubby would like to check out a few more places too.

trottytrue Dec 23rd 2010 5:06 pm

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Charleygirl...Recovered yet. Nice to see the picture you did well.

DDL..Will keep fingers crossed and say a prayer perhaps Gods floating closer to earth at this time of the year and will hear it :)

Betweentwoworlds... Glad to see you made it to France and you are happy. Hope you packed everything:) Nice to hear from you keep posting.

I like tea...Sounds like a good magazine, I have a subscription to 'Yours' magazine that is for the over 40's and retirement folks it has some very good advice and information.

Sallysimmons...Goodluck next year the more trips you take home the more hubby will feel comfortable in making the move. Got all the ingredients for my soup going to make it after Christmas.

Cheers...Nice picture of your son and Grandchildren.Love the teddy.


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH ALL. MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE..........

Beedubya Dec 23rd 2010 7:14 pm

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Originally Posted by charleygirl (Post 9057326)
DDL sending really good vibes your way hoping for a job offer for you! Like you said it will come in time, probably not what you want but would you take a job in a shop or anything like that, I know when I was home I saw several vacancies and not just Christmas help in the shopping center in town, also any little cafes locally, you know like a nice Tea shop. I know you are looking for an office type job but just a thought til something comes up.

Thanks for comments on my photo. Yes I felt happy and I felt powerful, it was weird, didnt know i would feel different.

Barb any news on the Staines job.......
Talking of kangaroos, my husband brought back my girls a money pouch made from Kangaroo scrotum, Eeeeeeu!
I like tea, stay strong, I dont really know your story, are you planning to return, want to return but cant......big hugs this Christmas time.

Merry Christmas to you all.

My boss has gone skiing to Canada :sneaky: so I have to wait until he gets back in the New Year.

Oh yes Denise that is quite the tourist thing to do, I bought one for my brother years ago, it is quite the talking point for all. :unsure:

cheers Dec 24th 2010 3:22 am

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I'm posting these pictures of Keswick. They're really nice festive pictures.

http://www.lakelandcam.co.uk/index.html

Enjoy,

Cheers

dontheturner Dec 25th 2010 1:12 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9057412)
Yes! That's exactly it and I love that aces in York where my dad's family lived in the 1800s.
Question: Does anyone know Buxton? Have any opinions about it as a place to live? I'm set on Kendal but hubby would like to check out a few more places too.

Yes, but I was last there about 5 years ago, and I could really enjoy living there, if it is still the same. lots of arts & crafts going on there. Altogether, a nice friendly town, methinks (Just spotted your question whilst looking back) dontheturner

sallysimmons Dec 25th 2010 1:35 am

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Originally Posted by dontheturner (Post 9059807)
Yes, but I was last there about 5 years ago, and I could really enjoy living there, if it is still the same. lots of arts & crafts going on there. Altogether, a nice friendly town, methinks (Just spotted your question whilst looking back) dontheturner

Thanks! It does sound lovely - and lots of period houses. Also a little less expensive than Kendal.

Simon Legree Dec 25th 2010 5:40 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9057412)
Question: Does anyone know Buxton? Have any opinions about it as a place to live? I'm set on Kendal but hubby would like to check out a few more places too.

I just saw this.
Yes I know it quite well. I have an apartment there, just off the main road, across from the park. It's about 45 minutes from Manchester airport so it's convenient for me whenever I visit the UK, which isn't very often these days. It has all amenities that I need. There is The Buxton Festival, The Opera House, The Winter Gardens and more. It has a quaint little "department' store called Potter's. It's just like Grace Brothers on Are You Being Served ! I suppose it depends on what you want but for me it is an ideal spot.

Videografics Dec 25th 2010 9:43 am

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In eight days we'll be going home. At least, back to the country of our birth.

I've been living abroad for fifteen years, the missus for a bit longer.

When I hit 50 I decided that enough is enough and gave up the job and started packing. I left the UK because I thought it was on the way down (naturally,as soon as I left, things moved up, now I'm moving back just as things seem to be sinking again!). However, I believed that the grass was greener and fell for the "German Myth" which I soon saw to be completely false.

Fifteen years later I realise that I'm moving back to Blighty fourteen years too late.

No rose-tinted spectacles or high hopes. No permanent house (just a few weeks temporary let at the moment) no job and very little cash (but no debts either).

But I sure am looking forward to it!

dontheturner Dec 25th 2010 10:29 am

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Originally Posted by Videografics (Post 9060086)
In eight days we'll be going home. At least, back to the country of our birth.
I've been living abroad for fifteen years, the missus for a bit longer.
weeks temporary let at the moment) no job and very little cash (but no debts either).
But I sure am looking forward to it!

Not away for so long , for myself and Wife number 3, (who is Thai), but we have been here for three years, when I stupidly shipped all I possess, here. I am now 80, and this heat, which rises a little each year, is debilitating me, as I have a slow heart beat. So in February, we are going back to my now empty house, in Shropshire. Take Care, and Good Wishes. what part? dontheturner

cheers Dec 25th 2010 4:40 pm

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Originally Posted by dontheturner (Post 9060129)
Not away for so long , for myself and Wife number 3, (who is Thai), but we have been here for three years, when I stupidly shipped all I possess, here. I am now 80, and this heat, which rises a little each year, is debilitating me, as I have a slow heart beat. So in February, we are going back to my now empty house, in Shropshire. Take Care, and Good Wishes. what part? dontheturner

I didn't know that the tenants had moved out, thats great and now you will only have to move once. I think you said maybe you would have to move to an intrim place while giving the tenants time to move out. Again, nice.

Are you bringing back any furniture? I think you said it wasn't practical.

Cheers

dontheturner Dec 26th 2010 12:03 am

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9060295)
I didn't know that the tenants had moved out, thats great and now you will only have to move once. I think you said maybe you would have to move to an intrim place while giving the tenants time to move out. Again, nice.
Are you bringing back any furniture? I think you said it wasn't practical.
Cheers

Hello! Bringing nothing back - too expensive, and they don't pack or treat things good. Family Possessions, are not the in thing here.

Had difficulty selling things, at all. So a little sad. my lifes things - gong going gone. Never mind. worse things happen at sea. The bad thing is, I have no idea what savings I have accrued - Had the lloyds A/C I use here, robbed, so I closed it. . Last year, a bond came up, but have no idea . it could be a tenner, or it could be a thousand, or ten.??? Hoping! When I say house will be empty, I don't know for sure, but they did get three months notice.- But taking lots of clothes -. 5 large Suitcases. dontheturner

Sentosa Dec 27th 2010 1:00 pm

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Looks like we will be home by spring.:D
Had offer on the house after only 4 weeks on the market:)
Now I need to find a home for my cat, just can't bring her home:(

Tanto Dec 27th 2010 6:04 pm

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Originally Posted by PhilipTapper (Post 9061774)
i would love to hear more about safe house' for returning ex-pats and the price, your looking for, its really good idea Tanto what made you came up with that idea, i live in UK and may be i can help you in that direction :thumbup:

Hello Philip,
We have started a separate thread for this issue. I'm not sure if I came up with this idea initially, I think it just evolved! At the moment we are discussing having ex-expats offering spare rooms for new returnees - advice and support, etc. It looks like we 'll eventually have a network of spare rooms and 'buddies'.
I think the 'safe house' can only be tackled from the UK.

Beedubya Dec 27th 2010 10:12 pm

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Haven't checked my emails for 3 days and I have missed one from Rosie, sorry it's a bit late:

Hope all is well - library had water leak in the server last summer hence the problems - settling in finally. meeting people - mainly in the street - great interest expressed in my Sorel boots! Hope you have good Christmas break, and please wish the BE community my best. I will get back to posting when I get more organised.Lots of snow and ice - you know about the airports and trains having problems - it has been blasted all around the world by now I am sure. Hope High Tide and partner get back to the USA and return safetly to buy and settle.
All the best, Rosie

windsong Dec 27th 2010 10:57 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9062834)
Haven't checked my emails for 3 days and I have missed one from Rosie, sorry it's a bit late:

Hope all is well - library had water leak in the server last summer hence the problems - settling in finally. meeting people - mainly in the street - great interest expressed in my Sorel boots! Hope you have good Christmas break, and please wish the BE community my best. I will get back to posting when I get more organised.Lots of snow and ice - you know about the airports and trains having problems - it has been blasted all around the world by now I am sure. Hope High Tide and partner get back to the USA and return safetly to buy and settle.
All the best, Rosie

Lovely message. Thank you, Bee.

ldyinlv Dec 27th 2010 11:00 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9062900)
Not long now Jackie!!! Are you nervous? Excited? Happy? Scared? Does your daughter have any plan to move with you any time in the future or is she too "American?"

I got the collywobbles on Christmas Day looking at the family etc. And you know you get those Christmas "sentimental" feelings. I had to go off for a wee while and compose myself. They gave me a really beautiful silver necklace as my daughter said she wanted to give me something to remember them by, as if I could ever forget!!! So that started off the waterworks again.....:(

Hope you are doing better!!! Less than 5 weeks to go for you, then I think Don will be another 3 weeks behind you, then I am a week after him!! Less than 9 weeks for me!!!! :eek:

I am very excited, but also keep bursting into tears. I think saying goodbye is going to be very hard, I tend to be a blubber butt anyay. The reality of actually leaving forever is creeping up on me, and although I want to, I get a little melancholy at times.
Will be good to get the cat scan behind me on the 10th, that is my biggest worry right now..just keeping my fingers crossed..:)
I am looking forward to being home with my parents tho. My daughter is American, she will never move to UK, but she will visit, and maybe when I get my life back together, I will come back here to visit. Not to long for you either, any news on that job?
Jackie..:)

cheers Dec 27th 2010 11:07 pm

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Jackie,
You brought up something I was thinking about today. If you come back for a visit to the USA what do you think it will cost to take out heath insurance for when you visit the USA? I know this will be a concern for you but that is way in the future.

Off the subject!
Anyone else notice how slow the internet is today?

Cheers

ldyinlv Dec 27th 2010 11:11 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9062921)
Jackie,
You brought up something I was thinking about today. If you come back for a visit to the USA what do you think it will cost to take out heath insurance for when you visit the USA? I know this will be a concern for you but that is way in the future.

Off the subject!
Anyone else notice how slow the internet is today?

Cheers

Hi Cheers,
Honestly, havent even thought that far in the future, but it definitely will be a concern.


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