Richard and I are happy to announce that we arrived in the UK on 8 March on a near-empty flight from Perth, Australia, and we’re now officially UK residents again.
We’re very happy to be back in the UK, enjoying the profusion of daffodils everywhere that herald springtime in England, always a glorious event like nowhere else on earth. And it’s wonderful to see the English wildlife again, with an enchanting procession of squirrels, ducks, pheasants and blackbirds visiting the garden of the first property we stayed in.
But what a time to be moving our lives and our business to a new continent. We are starting from scratch, with only what we brought with us in our suitcases.
We quickly bought UK SIM cards for our phones (impossible to do anything these days without these) and a car, and now we’re looking online every day for a house to rent. In the meantime, we’re staying in self-catering apartments in hotels and equipping ourselves with essentials. What a lifesaver to be back in a country with next-day delivery and such a delightful “keep calm and carry on” attitude.
We would love to make a new home for ourselves somewhere in the Cotswolds but have extended our search area even wider now to consider other possibilities. It’s a race against time because so few people are moving home at the moment so there are very few properties available to rent.
We send sincere thanks to everyone who has contacted us to give us such a warm welcome back to England. I’ll post more news here when we have some to share.
Update on 31 March 2020
The UK went into lockdown on 23 March so that’s put our househunting on hold for quite a while. But we’re both in good health and very happy to be in the UK, even at such an unusual time.
Copyright © Karen Kingston 2020
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