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Apr 13th 2020, 1:35 am
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By mommapudding

Re: British Lemonade for Pimms

Trust me, use ginger ale.
Jan 16th 2020, 4:10 am
Replies: 1,648
Views: 136,086
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Home and garden projects

I got some channels that glue or screw in and diffusers for mine that are upside down from Lee Valley. (Fascinating catalogs)
I also sourced the components from other cheaper suppliers,that I’d need...
Forum: USA
Oct 31st 2019, 8:21 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,923
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Investment property UK vs. US

As a second home (if you own another house in U.K. OR abroad) or buy to let in U.K. Stamp Duty is not to be sneezed at, even if you’re a cash buyer. 8% if valued over £300k. Goes even higher if you...
Forum: USA
Sep 14th 2018, 3:37 am
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Has anyone bought an investment property in U.K.?

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and experiences, and the reminder that students are truly awful. Plenty of food for thought.
Forum: USA
Sep 13th 2018, 1:28 am
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Has anyone bought an investment property in U.K.?

Fair question.
We see it as a speculative purchase, to ride out the value of Sterling vs Dollar. All our family there, and our kid is at uni there. If we ever chose to return, such as when our...
Forum: USA
Sep 13th 2018, 12:41 am
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By mommapudding

Has anyone bought an investment property in U.K.?

We’re naturalized here in N.C.
We’re thinking of buying a house to rent out in the U.K. whilst living here. Has anyone here on the expats board done it? Assuming someone has... Did you manage to...
Forum: USA
Aug 23rd 2018, 1:47 am
Replies: 27
Views: 1,451
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Teen going back to UK University - Home or International student?

DD paid first year (foundation year) as international, has just been assessed as home fees for next year. Several British passport holding international students have found the same. She’s taking...
Apr 28th 2018, 1:44 am
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Elementary schools in Durham NC

20-25 minute commute to Durham from Chapel Hill, our kid went to school in CH. Hillsborough is another option, smaller, with good schools but a small town with amenities and events, or Bahama if you...
Forum: USA
Feb 15th 2018, 4:53 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Educational advice- IGCSEs and US High school

Yes, UK schools accept US high school GPA results, SAT & ACT scores. Competitive universities like to see subject SATs too, which they can align more easily. Some may wish you to do a foundation year...
Forum: USA
Feb 9th 2018, 12:52 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,190
Posted By mommapudding

Re: TB Skin Test

Same, due to vaccine, sent for X-ray to receive all clear.
Dec 17th 2017, 2:51 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,489
Posted By mommapudding

Re: College Saving Plan

Quick answer is yes, some do. Depending on how brilliant your child is, you may want to plan on doing subject SATs to help place them directly in a three (or four depending on subject) year degree...
Forum: USA
Dec 11th 2017, 3:27 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Christmas gifts for teachers?

I still hang ornaments made by former pupils on my tree each year, the kits you find at craft stores I guess. I have a throw everything on tree, I haven't quite gotten to the echelons of coordination...
Forum: USA
Sep 6th 2017, 11:04 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 3,988
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Things to buy in London/UK before moving to NYC/US

If you're going to be here for Christmas, and want to make a Christmas Cake. Bring enough blocks of marzipan for your cake, along with mixed spice and candied peel. Unless you're the type that'll...
Jul 6th 2017, 1:43 am
Replies: 48
Views: 3,183
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Chit Chat about London for American visitors

So much to do in London, I'll leave that to everyone else, but grab a copy of Kathryn Aalto's 'The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood'...
Forum: USA
Aug 21st 2015, 6:24 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By mommapudding

Re: 145K in Raleigh, NC

As above- that'll be plenty.
I'd advise you to read up on, and check health coverage, does it include vision and dental? What's your co-pay etc

There is a different local forum that you'll be...
Forum: USA
Jul 19th 2015, 6:18 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,597
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Wilmington, North Carolina Relocation from UK - All help appreciated

In the spirit of 'if I knew then....' Buy your furniture out here, it'll be the right scale for the much bigger home you'll have here in NC. Negotiate on that rather than shipping.
I drive a Volvo...
Forum: USA
Jun 12th 2015, 12:25 am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,866
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Anyone in the Raleigh area?

Mostly looking forward to exploring and trying all the new breweries :beer:

Fullsteam - El Toro is my fave FWIW
Forum: USA
Jun 10th 2015, 10:04 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 1,866
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Anyone in the Raleigh area?

I'm in Chapel Hill, since 2007. Hubby works in Durham. We were advised not to live in Durham by the guy inspecting our passports on our initial entry. LOL (we have a kid, so different considerations)...
Forum: USA
Dec 19th 2014, 6:06 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,275
Posted By mommapudding

Re: Christmas Gift Ideas

Another fan of Amazon.co.uk here. I also use Etsy, and look for stores in the UK (select on left hand side) then pay with PayPal. Or search "(item)site:UK" for stores that stock a gift I have in...
Sep 13th 2014, 1:18 am
Replies: 432
Views: 50,631
Posted By mommapudding

Re: What gig are you going to?

LOL @ Hotscot
I was amazed how few people danced at gigs here when we first arrived in NC, so it always makes me happy when people dance at all. My middle age spread only enhances the delightful...
Sep 12th 2014, 9:15 pm
Replies: 432
Views: 50,631
Posted By mommapudding

Re: What gig are you going to?

N1cky and Penguinbar - DJ Shadow and the Cut Chemist (turntable DJs) were playing a bunch of records from Afrika Bambaataa's record collection, so it was a history of hip hop told through their...
Sep 12th 2014, 1:41 pm
Replies: 432
Views: 50,631
Posted By mommapudding

Re: What gig are you going to?

Went to DJ Shadow last night. Amazing.
Forum: USA
Sep 7th 2014, 12:35 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,147
Posted By mommapudding

Re: US Education system!

I'm sorry. There isn't one, and gcse isn't recognized here. You may want to look at international baccalaureate schools, but as a word of caution, a recent thread showed up that you will be stuck...
Aug 29th 2014, 2:41 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,865
Posted By mommapudding

Re: This Rotherham stuff...

If not before 2002! I remember "police no go areas", whether true or not, but definitely taxi no go areas not too far from where I was living in the North of England, where one was actively...
Forum: USA
Aug 13th 2014, 12:29 am
Replies: 9
Views: 8,393
Posted By mommapudding

Re: L2 visa - college/university

In NC you'd be classed as an international student also, until you held a greencard. Your upside is she'll have American recognized certificates when you get one.
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