New Car, New House, New friends!

Well the past two weeks have been rather busy (oh, look at me in my British speak)!! Car, house, friends, here we go.We bought a new ride from the most lovely couple in a town called Great Stukeley, which is near Huntingdon. Malcolm and Janet sold us their son's BMW and welcomed us into their home like they had known us for years. They were so fascinating! They have lived all over the world; Malcolm travelled as a civilian with the British Army and Janet was a French and German teacher. They have a daughter living in the US so they were very familiar with the American way of life. Anyway, they were very sweet and the whole car buying process took about 3 hours due to visiting with them for so long! I am actually going back to visit on Friday while the oil gets changed.

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...
New friends- Van and I walked into town Saturday just to go for a walk. We ended up stopping in the Kings Arms pub to see what music they had playing. While we were there, we met some Ely residents who decided to take it upon themselves to show us around the Ely night life. They let me practice my British accent with them and apparently I speak "posh" British. Well of course I do! We had a fun night and met a lot of people. Everyone is curious about the Americans and I see us making friends very easily around here.

Well, the pets come this Saturday so I must get back to unpacking and catching up on Downton Abbey.

Cheers!

6 comments

  1. Ahhh all your funny comments have made me miss you more!!! So happy y'all have found a house and get your fur kids back soon! They'll be happy to see you :)

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    1. Im so glad u guys get to move back...yay!!!!!! But y'all should definitely come visit us :) Space A....do it!

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  2. James!! I didn't know it was you or I would have just about killed myself to answer! I promise I will not block anymore calls. Scouts honor. Haha!! Love reading your post and I WANT to visit. Here's to me figuring out how to!! Love and miss you!!!

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    1. Haha! I got your message and I will try you again sometime this weekend! Love and miss you!

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  3. Four bedrooms, a study AND a sunroom?! Can you sense my jealousy through your computer screen? :o) We have three people in a TINY two-bedroom flat. And one of those bedrooms can hardly be called a bedroom - more like a extra-large closet. ;o) I hear you on the closet space - we had to give away most of our clothes after we moved here because there was nowhere to put them. Good thing we're hardly ever home! :o) These are definitely adjustments you have to make moving from the US to the UK - it's an adjustment at first, but we've actually grown to like owning practically nothing. It's liberating!

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    1. I guess the larger house is a perk of living in the country. Adjustment for sure, but I'm with you on actually liking the simpler side of life!

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