Lately | & A Walk Through Wretham Heath


Life lately in Gunterland

Upcoming Trip
With our impending move on the horizon, we have had to face reality. A move back to the States means we will be purchasing and paying for some major expenses. Like shipping the pups, purchasing two cars, and possibly buying a new house. I mean talk about anxiety! So I have had to drastically scale back our upcoming travels. Pout face.

One place that I knew I had to visit was Aushcwitz. I have been drawn to the history of the Holocaust and WWII since I first learned of it in school. So instead of a happy little weekend away, we are going to pay our respects to the victims and to see first hand what the most notorious concentration camp is like. Of course, Krakow will be a great experience but this trip is definitely different than our other happy little vacays.

But in a good note...y'all. The Euro and the Pound....seriously taking a dive! Which is amazing for us Dollar makers! When I booked our incredibly fabulous and low priced hotel a few months ago, the price was running about $110 a night. Now that the Euro is tanking, the hotel is only going to be costing about $88 a night! Talk about a win! So any tips for Krakow? Let me know!!




Running
Have you ever taken a look at my fitness blog? It's not much, but is a place where I like to ramble on about my workouts, healthy recipes (some incredible smoothies lately) and maybe finally seeing some abs!! I have really been on a roll with my health and fitness. So much so that I signed up for a 10k in April! I am super excited and super nervous. I don't think I have ever run over 5 miles before. But I am finally to a point where 4 miles is fairly easy....so I just got to push a little further! I feel confident and I think this may be the start of a new love for running. To my runner girls.....what's your favorite running shoe?



Job Search
I'm starting to get serious about the job search. Even though we still don't have the 100% answer saying 'you are moving to ____' we are pretty confident that we can go ahead and start making plans in our new home city. I mean we literally were given the 100% your moving to England a MONTH before we left. But I promise I will write about our new home when we are 100%! Anyway, I have seen some amazing jobs posted that I am going to apply for. If I have to move back home early, so be it. If the right opportunity came along, I would just have to do it. Ugh the struggles. But hey, what a dilemma!




Needing to Spring Clean
With said move upon the horizon, I am desperately needing to get on the ball and get rid of some things in our house. It's amazing how many things we accumulate. Having only been given a 10x20 shipping container to move over to England, there were some purchases that had to be made upon arrival. And of course, due to voltage differences, some items were necessary to buy over here. Such as a new TV, fridge, dryer, living room furniture, etc, etc. There is no way it will all fit back in the container! So my question to my English readers....what site have you found most effective to sell your items on? 




Wretham Heath
So where is this little walk that I have taken you on with my pups? It's Wretham Heath in Suffolk. I picked up a cute little book at a charity shop called the 100 Best Walks of East England. I am trying to get Van to go with me on nature walks and I figured this book would help. So for our first walk we chose Wretham Heath because of it's WWII history and it was only about 45 minutes away.

It was about a 3 mile walk around a nature reserve that is drenched in history. Not only has an abundance of Mesolithic tools, and Roman pots been found, there is also an abandoned WWII airfield. At the back of the trail, we were able to see the remnants of the taxi areas of the runway. I'm sure Bruno and Willis had no idea what they were walking around but they sure had a great time. As did we. Plus, there were about 4 million bunnies running about and the pups little noses were in heaven!


This is what I love about England and what I will miss. Just a normal walk around some little lakes. But due to the history, your imagination can run wild. Just think of the WWII aircraft flying overhead back in the day, or the Romans marching through and setting up camp. Or even back to 7000BC, during the Mesolithic period. Pretty darn incredible.

Happy Monday and happy week!! 

26 comments

  1. I love the dog photos :)
    I just got into running in January, and I recently ran four miles without walking which was insane for me - prior to this year I don't think I could run a mile without walking. I'm getting into it too - it's addicting!

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  2. I've used Gumtree to sell furniture in London before - but it's just like Craigslist in America so you have to be careful! x

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  3. Such a pretty place to walk around! I love using the Nike Pegasus running shoe :)

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  4. good luck with sorting everything out! Sounds like you've got your hands full for sure. New adventures ahead though!

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  5. AHHH! I am so anxious for you. So many things to think about! It will all sort itself out in the end, but I KNOW how stressful it all is. The babes look so happy on their walk! I am so behind on your blog, I need to get a glass of wine and sit down with it later tonight! LOL :)

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  6. All of my running girls back in the States swear by Brooks shoes. All of them run in Brooks and many are running coaches, so if you can afford them, that would probably be your best bet. Since runners need to replace their shoes every 300-400 miles, I've had to stick with Asics, but I've loved every pair I've ever had. I am super excited to read about all of the changes happening for you guys! This will be us next summer! :) What kind of jobs are you looking at?

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  7. Isn't it addicting?! And it's just amazing to run around Europe! Good job on your 4 miles!! I have been averaging about 15-20 miles a week now but I normally keep to 4.5 miles and under per run. But it keeps getting easier and easier and I keep knocking down my time! I'm gonna try for a 5 miler this week :)

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  8. Yeah...it is a little tricky on Gumtree! We have another one called Bookoo? I don't know if it has made it down to London, but I know there is a Cambridge and Lakenheath page that I am going to try and get lucky on :) We have SO MUCH to sell. Including a car haha!!

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  9. Oh good choice! I feel like I am a Nike girl, but there are just so many options. I usually go for the Frees since they are so lightweight! I am totally going to check into the Pegasus though since you are Ms.Marathon :) Thanks girl!

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  10. Yeah....I'm starting to get a little anxious to say the least! But yes, new adventures...but I will be so sad to leave :(

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  11. My little bugs just love England :) But, OMG....I have to send them home in May so I starting to stress a little. And all I have been posting about lately is Paris...so it will get you pumped for the weekend :) PS I have so loved all of your Chamonix instas..can't wait to read your thoughts on it!!

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  12. The price is what always gets me!! I guess I will just keep upgrading, although I am still trying to stay under $100 with this next pair! But yes, Asics, Nikes and New Balance are on my short list. Decisions, decisions....


    And on the job front, I am looking for another Victim Advocate type position. That's what I did in my previous position for rape crisis center and I just really feel like it's my calling to work in that environment. And I found the exact same job at two different places this week. So I'm like....wow, I would move in a heartbeat if I could somehow get the job. So here's hoping they are up for a Skype interview!!

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  13. I love that picture of Bruno looking all stoic! Your pups are so good! The only time we can take Jax off leash is at an enclosed dog park. He loves water so I'm scared he will run into every lake he sees around our neighborhood lol. Yay for the Euro taking a dive... helps us out a little for our upcoming trip! Looks like you have a busy/hectic few months coming up... but exciting at the same time! Good luck on the job search and hopefully landing one of those amazing jobs :)

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  14. Lots of big things happening for you! I wish the least amount of stress possible for you in dealing with everything. I hope you find a great job that you love, and a great place to live. And good luck on your 10k! Gorgeous photos -- your pups are too cute. They really do look like they were having a ball out there :)

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  15. I had no idea you were in that line of work before moving to England! Not that I didn't already have a lot of respect for you, but I have even more now. :) While I'd hate to see you move right away, I do hope one of these positions is the right fit for you. I can tell you're ready back into it! :)

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  16. Man, big things! I didn't realize you guys were raking in the $$$- that must be tricky! Best of luck during your last little bit abroad.

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  17. What a lovely walk! And wow lots of exciting things ahead for you guys.
    In terms of the running shoes... a few years ago I switched to a minimalist shoe and have been wearing Nike Frees ever since. I seriously LOVE them. They are ridiculously light. Not for everyone though and it does take your feet/legs some getting used to as they have to learn to adjust to not having all the structure of a normal shoe. I also have a pair of Brooks that are really good for when I need a structured shoe (i.e., trail/forest running) or just want to switch it up.

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  18. Our dogs are fine off leash until they see someone haha!! But luckily they listen to me pretty well and I can distract them :) Isn't the Euro news amazing! I am just loving it....although I need it to get stronger before we move! Thanks for the good luck....heres hoping everything goes smoothly! And I can't wait to read about your travels!

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  19. Thanks so much!! I'm used to moving but this one is going to be a little bit hectic!

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  20. Yep...it should be interesting! I'm just going to cry when I leave....Europe has just been incredible!

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  21. Oh I love frees too! My last two pairs were frees and they are incredibly light. That's why I am nervous about trying something else. I just found the Nike Lunarlaunch pair and they look pretty cool and oddly enough, llike my first pair of Frees! There are just too many choices out there!!!

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  22. Aww thanks!! Yeah, it was super difficult to leave my last job....I worked up until the minute we drove off in the Uhaul :) Keeping my fingers crossed!!

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  23. Local(ish) reader in Cambridge would love to see if there is anything I can take off your hands! Would it be okay to send you an email when the time gets a bit closer or now if you already have started to clear things out? xx

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  24. Absolutely! Send me an email at jamieleighgunter@yahoo.com and I will keep you in mind when I start sorting everything!! Are you interested in anything in particular? Furniture? Clothes?

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  25. So curious about where you're moving to! Good luck taking care of business and enjoy the rest of your expat life :)

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  26. Aww its not really an exciting place haha!! We actually have lived in the city before, but soom enough....I will announce when we know for sure!

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