Sharing Our Neighborhood

It’s been two months since The Big Move and slowly things are becoming more familiar. From the driving, to the lingo and everything in between, life is running along at a rather comfortable, yet challenging pace.

Challenging in that the roads are still narrow and there aren’t enough forgiving shoulders, but the comfort level is there and it is rising. Also proving to be a challenge is planning a wedding that seems to be rolling up on us at a rather increased speed. No complaints for me as I’m all too ready to become Mrs. M., but I’d love to know where the time goes. Really, where does the time go? Not too long from now we’ll be saying ‘I Do’ to one another in a private garden under an aging apple tree, in front of a few people as the sun prepares to set on a truly beautiful day, no matter the outcome of the weather. Sounds romantic, right? Yes well, it will be but it’s also proving to be a bit of a challenge to coordinate every last detail. The awesome bit in the midst of the detail management is all that really matters is us being together, saying ‘I Do’, and celebrating our beautiful union. The rest, as they say, is cake. Mmm, cake.

Another challenge is finding alternative ways to keep busy. The positive is that I’ve finally heard back from the RSPCA; they’ve accepted my application and would like for me to contact them for a volunteer induction as well as to complete the necessary Health & Safety paperwork. So basically, it’s a go! Yay! I’ll phone them tomorrow to get the ball rolling. I cannot wait to work with the animals, meet some new people, and really just get out of the house to do something other than tootle around the countryside. Which, let’s be honest, is pretty damn awesome. Honestly though, I am very much looking forward to contributing to society again. It’s been a bit over two months and I need something in my life to make me feel as though I’m making a difference so to say I’m excited about this next adventure would be a grand understatement.

In other news, whenever I update, whether it’s on here or a quick post on Facebook, one of the commonly asked questions I receive is in regards to lingo. For those of you who have lived anywhere other than the state or country you grew up in, you know that different areas of the world have different lingo for all kinds of things and because of that, somehow the new lingo works its way into your vocabulary. Here are a few words and phrases that have worked their way into mine: Chips (wedged potatoes, seasoned and baked), Crisps (what we would call Potato Chips), Petrol (Gasoline), Tea (Dinner / Supper), Motorway (Highway), Garden (Yard), ‘Pissing it down’ (Raining hard), Sod Off (erm, I’ll let you Google that one), Hiya (Hello), ‘You Alright?’ (How are you?), and I know there are a few more but my brain fails me at the moment. Basically what I’m trying to say is when you move, all of you adapts, even those words and phrases you’ve known you’re whole life; your brain just kind of works itself out to a new way of blending in. It’s rather cool if you ask me.


Today’s Exploration. What I’ve decided to do with each post is to share some photos of recent explorations, whether they have been close to home within our neighborhood or out and about in the gorgeous and historic countryside of England. I think it’s important to explore where you live as well as beyond the village (city) limits. There’s beauty to be found everywhere and in everything, I truly believe that. And whether you have a camera phone, a digital camera, or some film in an old 35mm, I believe it’s up to every last one of us to share what’s on our doorstep and beyond with those who cannot be with us in that place, in that moment. Isn’t that one (of many) things life is about, sharing? I knew you’d agree.

Our neighborhood…

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So with that I ask, what’s in your neighborhood?



10 thoughts on “Sharing Our Neighborhood

  1. Hey Jeana,
    I just wanted to let you know that from everything I have read, while on a Fiance Visa we are not allowed to work be it paid or unpaid, including volunteer work. I could be wrong, but everything I have seen online says that.
    The holder of a fiance visa may not undertake employment, even unpaid volunteer work but may use the NHS.

    And there are threads about it on UK Yankee as well.

    The current Home Office site isn’t too clear on the subject since they revamped it in the last few months. That’s the only reason I haven’t been doing any volunteering myself. I didn’t want to have any issues with visa refusal or employers when I go to look for a job.


    1. Hi there!

      This is excellent info… and something I will look further into. Thank you so much for sharing this, I really do appreciate it!

      What are you doing to keep yourself busy? And would you like to meet up for coffee? 🙂


      1. Hello!
        You are quite welcome! Glad I could help a fellow expat out. *grins*

        What did I do for fun? I was playing video games, watching British TV, Skyping with family and friends in the afternoons and reading a lot. Oh, and I caught up on my sleep. haha. My husband and I would stay up to ridiculous hours of the night (for both of us) to spend time together. We were 7 hours different. It would be midnight when I got off work at 5:00 and I’d stay up to midnight to talk with him a bit at 7:00am when he’d get up for work. In the last few months it’s been getting everything ready for our marriage, pulling my FLR (M) paperwork together, helping my mom get her travel plans for the wedding figured out, and since mid July… Taking care of our Whippet puppy Mylo!

        I’d love to meet for coffee sometime! I’m just not driving yet. We haven’t had the chance to put me on our insurance.

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      2. The help and support is appreciated!! 🙂

        Sounds like you kept yourself busy. When is your wedding?

        Also, I drive around lots, so depending on where you are, I can come to you. Thoughts?


      3. *grins* We actually got married last month! All we wanted was a tiny ceremony, just us and whoever was required to be there legally. We’re going to do something a bit more party like next year, I think. And a bit of a party next time we visit the states.

        I’m down in Swadlincote area, pretty close to Burton-on-Trent. Mylo, our 12 week old whippet, can be home for a few hours on his own in his crate. I know we could figure something out!


  2. I am so happy for you. I finally was able to see your blog. Can’t wait to see wedding pictures, you are going to be a beautiful bride! Congratulations on everything that you are are an awesome person! (Hugs) to you!


    1. Aww, Pat! Thank you so much, it’s so wonderful to hear from you. 🙂 I cannot wait to share our day with everyone via the internet, should be good fun. And thank you for the kind words, I really do appreciate it, so much.

      I hope you and the family are well, I miss seeing your smiling face! Hugs!


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