A couple weeks ago, we borrowed a friend’s RV and took a family trip down part of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) in Virginia and North Carolina, ending up in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).  On paper, it sounded like a brilliant plan, but it had the potential to be either amazing or a […]

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I could say it’s because I’ve been busy, which is partly true. Our life has been full of getting settled, gardening and, of course, buying sheep! But the real truth is that for a long time, I was so homesick for England that it hurt. Thinking about people […]

So it’s been four weeks already since we’ve been back in the US. Everyone’s been asking how we are all adjusting. Honestly? It still feels strange to be here. Our first few weeks have been a strange blend of things we were excited to have again and things we missed about England. First in our hotel, […]

I haven’t updated my blog in yonks, as Nathan would say. Yonks is a quintessential British expression meaning a really long time. Some sources say that yonks is short for “donkeys years,” another expression that means a long time. Either way, it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything! As we look ahead to our transition […]

Back in June, we celebrated being in England for two years. Our time here so far has been amazing, full of wonderful people and fabulous sights. But crossing the milestone of two years here also means that we have less than a year left, so we’ve already started on our “lasts.” It’s the beginning of […]

While my fellow Americans are gearing up for their holiday weekend, here in Yorkshire we’re preparing to celebrate for quite another reason! It’s been a rough couple of weeks for British sport, with England’s subpar performance in the World Cup and Andy Murray’s disappointing early exit from Wimbledon. So it’s quite the relief to have a […]

One of my amusing pastimes here in England is finding interesting and unique place names – there are so many! Since I’m originally from central Pennsylvania, I love to see all the towns near where I grew up that were named for places here, such as York, Lancaster, Carlisle, Grantham, Liverpool – just to name […]