Our little BMW 1 series- Five door hatchback
And that brings me to my next part of the post.....I have been thrust into the world of driving a stick shift. Called a manual here in the UK, it is not my idea of a fun day. I literally learned how to drive the night before we bought the BMW. And only because someone would need to drive the rental car back after we bought the BMW. So here I am, driving on the left side of the road, in England, driving a dang stick shift. Roundabouts are everywhere and are there instead of traffic lights and they were very tricky at first! I think Van was actually in shock, which is rare for him, when I stalled out and broke down crying in the middle of a roundabout. It's funny now, but at the time it was not! I will get the hang of it eventually. We will only have one car once the rental goes back in a few days, so a bike or scooter may be my way around for awhile.
New house. Our house has turned out to be really quite perfect, except for the lack of closets. Apparently those are rare in these parts. Anyway, our house is 4 bedrooms, with a study and a conservatory (sunroom). Sounds big right? Not quite. We were just so happy that our king size mattress fit in the master. Since there was only one closet in the master, the second bedroom has been deemed my dressing room. Unfortunately, our one dresser that we brought was broken in the move so we are on the hunt for a new one. The third bedroom is a guest bedroom SO COME VISIT!!!! :) And the fourth room is a workout/whatever room. It is incredibly tiny! Pictures will follow when they have been unpacked and completed.
A few things that are different about living in the UK- most homes do not have a laundry room. Most of the time, people have a dual washer/dryer and it is right smack in the middle of the kitchen. Our home came with a washer only. So I have spent the first week hanging my clothes to dry on this dryer thingy. But finally our dryer has arrived and is upstairs. Also, refrigerators are TINY here. And they are called "fridge-freezers" said, fridge freezahs"....my British is amazing BTW.Ours is actually big compared to most homes. Here are a few pics...
And a few more pics from the house.....
|My view from the kitchen|
|Pretty greenery growing on the house|
|Garden view, pretty boring right now in the cold weather...|
Well, the pets come this Saturday so I must get back to unpacking and catching up on Downton Abbey.