Anecdotes, Part 4

{My Anecdotes are posts in which I comment on my observations of unexpected cultural differences, or just amusing incidents that don’t really warrant their own individual blog post.}

1. Well, today is finally The Day. Brexit deadline is finally here, for real this time! No more extensions! Except that no one really knows what’s going on or how things are going to change or what it will mean for them, personally. It’s still a mess that no one knows how to handle. Continue reading

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew met—no, exceeded—my expectations.

welcome to kew

I have heard for several years that Christmas at Kew Gardens is a must-do Christmastime outing in London, but this was our first time. You have to book tickets really early—we booked in JULY. And we were really lucky we happened to have a dry evening on the date we booked.img_4911We’ve been to Kew Gardens before, but this was a completely different experience. (And Kew Gardens is very much worth a visit during the day, with or without kids.) Continue reading

Christmas Is Coming to London: Here’s How You Know

Frosted Range Rover windscreens… fur-trimmed Canada Goose coats… cockapoos in Christmas jumpers… and another Christmas season in SW11 Between the Commons is upon us.

b9955e93-dd6e-4622-9e3d-abfed93c0096It happens fast after Halloween. First there’s Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night. Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot. We went to Battersea Park for the fireworks and bonfire again this year, and got lucky it stopped raining in time! Continue reading

Mums’ Mini-Break in Madrid

Another mum walked by as I was typing this at E’s gymnastics place and said, “Mums’ Mini-Break in Madrid? I need one of THOSE!”

Oh you do, honey. We all do.IMG_4018You know what I love? My children. You know what I also love? Traveling without my children.

It’s been over a year since I took this trip to Madrid with two of the good friends I’ve made in London, so it’s no doubt time for another… Continue reading