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        07-13-2012, 11:51 AM
      #41
    Trained
    It's a great idea to get your fill of the culture of the UK before you leave, but it is funny..it wasn't until we had been away for a couple of years and then gone back that we appreciated just how OLD some of the buildings in the UK are. The town we live near was established in 1904, and I had to laugh when we were looking at a 'historical building' out here when visiting, the house we were living in was far older, and in no way historical. The very newness though is what is charming.

    As to rain, well we had enough of it here earlier on we were seriously worried about getting the crops in, and they were very late when we did get going, but summer has now eventually arrived and we have nice long hot sunny days. The weather was a big reason for us moving here, it is lovely to have 5 distinct seasons, Spring when we are seeding and the world is coming back to life, Summer, the crops are ripening, the days are hot and long, Autumn the crops are being harvested, the days start to shorten, and the cold starts to creep in. Then winter bites, the snow flies the temps drop down, down, down, but it is strange, it is not as cold at -40*C on the prairies, as it is on a wet and windy February day in the UK. Then comes that strange 5 season, the snow melts and autumn returns, because it is all perfectly preserved under that snow, so the clock rolls back a few months and until the spring work starts it just looks like fall again.

    Enjoy your trip to Barcelona, drink a nice glass of Rioja for me, Spain was our first choice when we were emigrating, but Canada is great.
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        07-19-2012, 04:34 AM
      #42
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    Time rushes on

    It's all starting to be a bit of a blur now...

    Partly this is because I went out for a Chinese meal last night with my stableyard friends and fellow riders. We had a lovely night, and I can report that mixing chamagne with high sodium chinese food is not good for the head the next day. Such a lovely evening with people that I will miss.

    It will be one of my aims to make friends of the same calibre in our New World. Friends to go to horse auctions with, friends to hack out with (sorry - to ride with on the trail), friends to chat with. All this will happen through child/school/horse and life.

    Our weekend in Barcelona was great fun. It's such a beautiful city - it epitomoses all that can be good about the Meditterannean part of the world. Wonderful architecture, unspoiled by concrete monoliths. Delicious food, with a healthy love of ingredients and tastes and eating for enjoyment. Delightful and welcoming people. Oh, and I can report that the dire reports of a collapse of the Spanish Economy, and doom and gloom on the streets are somewhat exaggerated. Recession? What recession? When the sun is always shining and people are laughing it's hard to get dragged down with high finance.

    My BestFriend H and my son (his godson) got on like a house on fire, and I was very proud of both their sword-fighting skills.

    I have so far completed the house insurance on new house, signed up for electricity, gas, broadband, burglar alarm monitoring. I have found out how to get a garbage permit, and I have 'phone numbers to get quotes for fence erection around our perimeter. Our old house is mended in all the bits that you ignore when you live with them, but deal with when you're putting tenants in. House insurance here is sorted, and today I am notifying more UK companies of our change of circumstances.

    Until you go through this - moving to a different country - it is IMPOSSIBLE to imagine how complicated and difficult it all is!! I made soooooooooooo many telephone calls just to get the electricity account opened there. It all seems so bureaucratic and cumbersome, but this is probably because I am not familiar with the systems. I am sure that the UK feels difficult when coming the other way.

    Onwards and upwards.

    Oh, and I'm narrowing down my list of horses to view/visit/buy when we arrive. Yip yip yippee!
         
        07-19-2012, 12:47 PM
      #43
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    

    Oh, and I'm narrowing down my list of horses to view/visit/buy when we arrive. Yip yip yippee!
    Good to hear you have your priorities right.

    Now is the time to get out there and get your last fill of all things we used to take for granted in the UK, my son has just come back from a 2 week vacation/holiday (see I'm bilingual ROFL) loaded down with Cadbury chocolate goodies, which has totally ruined and reversed by efforts to lose weight, but mmmmmmmmmmmmm nothing comes close to Cadbury, note to chocaholics, for some reason Cadbury is importing Flakes from the UK, made to UK recipe, can buy in London Drug and other select stores......

    The things he mentioned..

    Pork pies
    Ploughmans Lunch with REAL cheese, and proper pickle
    A good Chinese meal (see you have that one covered)
    Back bacon, only get strange streaky here
    Black Pudding Nomm nommm
    Cornish Pasty
    Orange Squash
    Whites Lemonade

    Things he didn't bring back and should of done

    Tesco gravy granules, can't buy decent gravy granules out here, only old fashioned, Bisto powder.
    Hp sauce, you can get it here but different recipe

    About making friends, yes the people are friendly, and you will certainly make friends, but I was reading something very true from a fellow immigrant the other day. What you don't have are those long term friendships with people who have known you for ever, and it is actually hard sometimes. Admittedly this was from a lady who moved here from Holland, so she is adjusting even more than us Brits have to, at least our language is similar, though not identical, try going to the hardware store and asking for a spanner LOL, but there are times when you will feel lonely and miss home.

    That wasn't to be a downer at all, though it may sound like it, we have had 7 years of good times, rough times, downright ****ty times, and some just kind of OK, would I still do it, HELL YES. Canada is a great country with fine people, and so much space, and great scenery (if you don't live here in Saskatchewan that is) I love it, I'm proud that I'm now dual national, and I can't imagine living anywhere else now.
         
        07-19-2012, 02:52 PM
      #44
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    Delighted things are moving along for you and you had a nice time in Spain. As I said.. keep informing me of what your doing as I'm going to take full advantage of your wisdom next year :) You will settle into Canadian life in no time, my husband constantly speaks of how friendly and welcoming people are over there.

    Golden Horse - As I'm likely heading to Sask next year, will I put together a "care package" for you?? :) I get anybody coming over here from Canada to bring me a suitcase of food, and I know how you feel about missing certain items so I'd be more than happy to get you a few bits and bobs :)
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        07-20-2012, 02:25 AM
      #45
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    End of Term

    It is son's last day of the summer term today, and hence his last day at this school. We're a village school of 75 children, we have just (last week) been rated Outstanding by OFFSTED for the second time running,it's a friendly vibrant nurturing place where the children thrive and excel. I'm gutted to be leaving, and I fervently hope that the Canadian education system is as good as it's said to be.

    Yesterday was the end of term barbecue full of friends and happy children, and for once it wasn't raining! I brought all the bottles of champagne and other sparkling wines that I couldn't send in the shipment and we all had a jolly time :)

    Went to my core stability class while son did Tai Kwon Do - our last sessions there too. I've so enjoyed those classes, and have never done an exercise class where the time went so fast before. Anyway, they presented me with a bottle of wine and a goodbye card at the end! I was very touched. Today my tummy muscles feel the pain of the class.... It's a good pain.

    Mental note to look up the classes at the local leisure centre in New World.

    So - today - more producing letters of account closure, and address change. Trip with friend to the spa for beauty treatment, end of term school collection and tears, swimming lesson for son, ended by meal in local pub with parents and son. It's my dad's 86th birthday tomorrow!
         
        07-24-2012, 04:44 PM
      #46
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    Summer Summer Holidays

    In more ways than one, it is now the Summer holidays. Term has finished (lots of tears and smiles) and the sun has come out! Yes, the perpetual rain to which we had become accustomed has gone and been replaced with glorious hot sunshine. The tractors are EVERYWHERE getting the hay cut, turned and baled. Hip Hip Hurray!

    Son had his Birthday / Leaving party on Sunday - 14 children (13 boys, one girl) tearing around the woods shooting each other with lazer guns. Quite the best party ever, and I was very jealous I couldn't join in. Son is relaxed into our 'holiday week', and I think he's joined me mentally on the same page now. We both just want to get to Canada to start our lives there.

    Today I took the dogs to the boarding kennels, from where Air Canada will pick them up on the 6th August and they will be delivered to us at new home on the 8th August. I'm putting the delay in so that I can recover a little from jet lag / shock before having to cope with two very manic dogs doing the same. The only animal left in the house now is my Tilly-Puss-Cat whom I will take to the cattery later this week. I think only those that own a lot of animals will now understand my next statement; to be without all that fur and feather for a short time is actually quite a relief! My house and clothes are not covered with fur! But only for a short time mind - I'll be filling up new home with dogs, chickens, horses and who-knows-what soon enough.

    Summer holidays in more ways than one, because we are now enjoying a week of relaxation/touristing in our own county before we leave here and travel down to my parents. Then we will be tourists in London, go to the olympics and then be off. I'm not really a great enjoyer of holidays at the best of times, so I'm having to force myself to relax. All the jobs (almost all) are done now though so there isn't that much to do.

    Left to do in Shropshire now: open bank account for rent, bank deposit cheque, hand over trailer to new owner, hand over truck to new owner, hand over pony to new owner, receive money for all three, bank money! Go to Birmingham for Disney on Ice, do lunch with friends, go to solicitors, do lunch with more friends, clean house, do day at Pony Club Camp, give back borrowed furniture and things, leave...!
         
        07-28-2012, 11:51 AM
      #47
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    It's not easy when you're six years old.

    Moving countries that is. Maybe we should have done it all quicker, to give him less time for introspection. Maybe not, perhaps this slow move has given him necessary time to come to terms with it. I don't know, but I do know it's tough at the moment.

    Such a lot of emotion going on in that little head of his - leaving school, leaving friends, missing daddy. His confidence has disappeared.

    Yesterday we had a trip into Birmingham to see Disney Live Magic Show. The Disney corporation sucked my wallet empty and my soul dry, but son had a great time and so I was happy. Then we walked through Birmingham to the Bull Ring; Brum is not my favourite city but I must say that in the sunshine, pedestrianised, statue-filled part we were in I was very impressed. We bought two little foam boomerangs, one for son and one for his best friend. Today son spent the day at best friend's and they had a great time together. Taking him away at the end of the day was hard - it's bearable when they cry, shout or complain. It's when they go silent and sad that my heart breaks.

    I said to husband yesterday that we will have a tough August, but when term starts and son makes friends in new school, all will quickly return to a balanced level of happiness.

    Our furniture is still in Montreal. Apparently, even though it arrived on the boat last week, it's 'waiting it's turn' to be loaded onto a train. Why???!!! Surely it could have had a place booked on the train?? It's not as though the removal firm handling this didn't know when it would arrive. They tell us that 'is the way it is done'. I refuse to believe that it can't be done better.

    We may be camping in new house when we arrive, but at least we'll finally be there!

    Tomorrow is one day at Pony Club Camp, then on Monday we get picked up to go down to Croydon to stay with my parents for a week. London Culture Vultures we will be.
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        07-28-2012, 11:57 AM
      #48
    Trained
    Did you say you were going to the Olympics while you are in London?
         
        07-28-2012, 01:05 PM
      #49
    Started
    The first day of the Show Jumping, August 4th, we'll be there Son and me.

    I'll be the one with a hyperactive 6 year old bouncing up and down in the seat next to me.

    By the way WOW to the most fantastic and barkingly bonkers British Olympic Opening Ceremony yesterday :)
         
        07-28-2012, 01:13 PM
      #50
    Trained
    Enjoy, hope you can get to enjoy it without being sabotaged, by a small person
         

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