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…

Sunshine in California

This morning we set our alarm for 5am and left Washington for the over 800 mile journey back down to California. Just as we left my face time went and it was my brother Martin..called by mistake but lucky we were up so early today. It was nice to talk to him on FaceTime..as it…

Road trip to Washington state

  The other night  Carol and Barry had 10 of their friends over for card playing. Randy would have loved it. Everyone brings a dish of food. Carol did baby back ribs which were soooo good. One of her friends Debbie bought a starter of Brie baked in apricot jam with tomato pesto and pecans….

Black Bear diner for dinner

Im not sure what day it is…. the days are just rolling into the next one and my head is still fuzzy from the time change.  Weather still not great but it’s certainly warmer than home.  Haven’t been in the hot tub yet… But im having a really nice time.   I love this house…

Jet Lag has kicked in

So I’ve arrived !    Torrential  rain as we landed at San Francisco and a very very long wait to get through border control.  Not good after such a long flight but quickly forgotten as we make our way from the airport to Oakley.  The main roads were completely flooded and the water seemed to…

On my way to San Francisco 

So here I am .  39,000 feet up looking out on a beautiful blue sky.   4.5 hours left of an 11 hour flight and I’m feeling quite relaxed.  It could be that on this British Airways flight from Heathrow to San  Francisco you are constantly offered complimentary drinks from the time you board.  A…

Not a good week …

It started so well.    Packed boxes into the loft and this week to clear up and get the house on the market…. Alex and Nick on half term so we were set. On Monday morning I started to feel really rough.  I rarely get colds and certainly not the flu…and you may remember I’d…

Time is whizzing by !

Well here we are in February …. it still feels cold, wet and wintry here in Halstead, Essex. UK. We have finally cleared the loft.  It’s completely empty and ready now to be packed with the boxes ready to go to the US.  I have about 12 boxes packed up now, all labelled and ready…

It’s arrived !

A great week.. my visa has arrived !    On Monday the courier bought my visa.  It arrived with a further set of instructions for my initial entry into the US which must be made before May 8th.  I’ve confirmed some dates with Carol and Barry, the lovely people we will be staying with and…

It’s been a scary week

I can honestly say I don’t want a repeat of this week. Its probably been mostly in my head but everything just seemed to become really emotional  and I got upset by it all. As you know, I went for my Visa interview in December.  My medical was in November and at my interview I…

Beautiful weather

  It’s absolutely freezing but lots of sunshine most days. This week has been mainly sorting stuff to take to the US  and to dispose of.  Our loft is being emptied bit by bit and it’s amazing the things we have found.  I think I mentioned before that my kids have always been against disposing…

So the snow came …and went

We had warnings that the snow was coming…. and to be honest I didn’t think it would.  But on Thursday it was very cold ..too cold for snow my Mum would have said..and all of a sudden it hit..thick and fast…it settled briefly…but then it was gone… left with a light dusting.   I don’t…