Back home.. without Alex 

I’ve arrived back home to the UK and bought the sunshine with me. It’s a little colder than California tho.  Before I left, Alex took her theory driving test and passed so is closer to her practical test now.  This can be booked immediately you pass the theory and obtain your learners permit.  Carol and…

Having fun in the sun

Alex has taken up running every other day.  She gets up early so it’s not too hot in sunny Oakley, California and is building up her distances.  She’s hoping to join a gym nearby as it’s important she keeps her fitness levels up while she waits to hear from the Air Force.   On Monday…

The Air Force journey starts here 

Alex and I decided to go out for dinner on Sunday evening. I’m enjoying driving here now and have almost mastered the road signs so we drove to an Italian restaurant where I ordered paella risotto which was really nice. Alex had a tomato and pasta dish and we had a really nice few hours…

San Francisco touring!

The weather here is lovely.  This would be a heatwave at home but it’s just warm to the natives of Oakley.  There is a lovely warm breeze and today Alex and I did two loads of washing and hung them on the line. All done and dried in two hours!   People here use tumble…

Settling into her new life 

We have now arrived in Oakley, California.  It’s lovely and warm and Alex and I are sorting things before I go back to the UK. Before we left, most of our family came over to say goodbye to Alex.  They gave her lovely cards and gifts and she was genuinely overwhelmed by the love and…

Belongings on their way…

Three days now until our trip and there’s been lots of activity. We have sent six boxes to the US ahead of Alex.   Customs forms filled in and labels printed and eventually the boxes were bought down to the hall ready for collection.  When I booked it I was amazed at how fast it…

Autumn draws on

Looking out on a damp rainy day in Halstead. Well it is September and this is when it officially becomes Autumn. The evenings getting darker and a chill in the air.  My favourite season is Spring. I just love how everything feels fresher after the long winter and the days feel warmer and longer.  This…

Preparations underway 

It’s been a while since my last blog so I thought I would update you on life in the Reid household. In three weeks time I will be travelling to San Francisco with my daughter Alex.  She will be moving to America permenantly to make her entry into the US Air Force.   We will…

Loving this sunshine ..

It’s been a while since I blogged as not a lot has been happening since our decision to postpone our move. This more seems like a diary to update you on life in the Reid household. Since my last blog I’ve had a birthday. That was a great day. My brother Martin and my sister…

A year’s not long ! 

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly seven weeks since I left for San Francisco to make my visa entry to the US ! I feel so much better now that it’s not such a rush to get packed up and leave. As you know I wasn’t able to get much done until I was…

Staying in the UK….for now.

Well I’ve been back home for two weeks and I must admit  that most of that has been recovering from jet lag.   The first week back I was sleeping during the day and awake all night.  Several times I tried staying awake as long as I could during the day to turn the pattern round…

It’s hot hot hot !

Just a couple of days left before I go back to the UK.  I feel ready to go as this is the type of holiday I would usually take with Randy, Alex and Nick…not on my own.  We would all be off exploring places and this hasn’t really been like that.  Our friends Carol and…