Boy oh boy, let me tell you folks that England is fabulous today – it’s the hottest start to an August here in ten years and the skies are blue with not a cloud in the sky (plus I hear it is raining back in Maryland 😉 ). Happy days since I can still sunbathe and keep the tan topped up (I was concerned I might fade away 😉 ).
It being such a glorious day, I did something that you just can’t do where I live in the USA. I popped to the shops!
To the chemist (pharmacy), grocers and the local market. To confirm, I WALKED out the door and WALKED into town. Wow! It feels so novel!
Things that I noticed today:
– British gents in hats. There were lots and lots of them, all looking very dapper and smart and British. I counted about 10 of them on my walk.
– A bobby van. The British bobby has his very own van. No longer a bicycle, but a van!
– British flags are flying proudly! The Union Jack is much more prevalent than I ever remember seeing it before.
– British builders are really friendly and I miss their chirpy banter!
‘Alright love – nice tan. Where d’you get that then?’
‘Thanks! I live in America and I’ve been hanging by the pool. You’ve got a good tan going on.’
‘Arr, yup, not bad. What you up to then, love?’
‘I’m visiting my parents who live here, and this is the church I got married in.’
‘Don’t be daft, you must have been a child bride…hahaha!’
– The heat here is more bearable and not humid like the East Coast USA. And old-worldy England looks at its finest.
– I am still more comfortable with British money than US money (our coins go in order of size!)
– I still love real roast dinners!
– Ice creams are smaller! Much smaller!
– The local news headlines in UK towns still make me chortle 🙂
For more fab UK photos, check out my Desperate English Housewife in Washington Facebook page 🙂
I also stood in a queue behind some locals with strong, strong West Country accents, and whilst before I would have not registered this, I found it interesting to hear them, to observe them, perhaps now with new eyes, or as an outsider looking in with a cultural comparison always on the brain…..
My brother keeps asking me what I miss about the UK and love about the USA.
I told him thus:
Cheap fruit and veg – it’s too expensive in the USA and the UK is far, far cheaper.
The humidity – the East Coast is so humid, but I love the heat. The UK does not have this drenching, soul sucking humidity!
Driving – as much as it is nuts, I love the USA driving and not encountering traffic lights all the time like we do in the UK!!
BBC TV – I miss talking about the dramas on the TV the night before with my gals!
British history – today I saw it everywhere – and I hadn’t really appreciated it before. Observe, see, don’t take it for granted, that’s what I’ve learned.
‘Til tomorrow, folks!