10 Things I Love About Living in England

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 in England, Expatriot, Food & Drink, NHS, Uncategorized | 15 comments

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  1. I spent 11 years living in England and only JUST moved back to the US last year. I was married to an Englishman for 7 years and then got a divorce and met the love of my life. We had our first son in England in 2011, and then decided to brave life back in America.

    I have to say, I miss England SOOO much. I thought I’d live out my days there, to be honest. Even the sunshine and heat of Florida hasn’t made up for all I miss about the UK. This post is very good for my soul. ;)
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    • That is such a nice thing to say! I can tell we shall have much to discuss, and when I want a good moan about something – like why the heck we can’t have one single bathroom tap so we can get blended warm water – I shall know who to call. And trust me, its so freaking cold and windy and snowy right now, you aren’t missing anything, lol!

  2. Public footpaths and rights of way!

    • I agree, Snuva! Definitely favourites!

  3. I love England. I was just there last year. And I’d definitely visit again. Hopefully in three years.
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    • Hi James – thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment! England is beautiful, particularly right now. We’re unseasonably warm but still deliciously green. I post loads of pictures on Instagram ;-)

  4. Wow this post is amazing.. I’m from Egypt and as long as i can remember i’ve always wanted to visit England and now i want that even more :)
    May be i still can one day ..

    • It will still be here when you are ready to visit, Sarah ;-) Thanks for your comment!

  5. Great post I am an Englishman lived in the middle of England (Aston -Le-walls Northamptonshire ) totally Agree wit
    H what you wrote .
    I have been to many places and only at home in the uk do I feel well safe .
    There is a lot wrong with England but there is far more that is right . I could add if you don’t mind a few other likes
    Village Fetes , charol singing round the village ,quiz nights at the local pub , self depreciation,slow to become friends but then good friends for life .
    There is many more but that would be boasting not very English so I will stop here

    • Alan, your additions are spot on! Village life is wonderful. My village does a New Years wassail which is just such a wonderful tradition. Sadly our village pub looks set to close next month as the publican is retiring, but just going in of an evening is….secure, friendly, so very English.

      Thanks for your comment!

  6. I daydream all the time about living in England….alas, I married an American, so am settled in upstate New York….however he will retire in 2 years so we are planning a nice long visit! I am particularly interested in seeing the Cornwall area, especially after watching episodes of Doc Martin!

    • Doc Martin is my Dad’s favourite show, too,lol! Cornwall is absolutely beautiful. We visited in 2001 and it was amazing, especially Tintagel. My youngest son has Cornish name (Jago) and it has such a rich history. Definitely a place to visit when you can!

  7. Just like to point out that “priest” is not American and “vicar” is not English, they are from different denominations of Christianity. Priests are ordained Catholic or Orthodox ministers, whilst vicars are more general, not always ordained, often from CofE/Anglican/any Protestant branch :)

    • Thank you for your comment! You’re a stickler for words, huh? I love it. However, I must disagree (let the Battle of the Dictionaries Commence!). According to several on-line dictionaries, a “vicar” is a priest in the Church of England in charge of a particular parish. And I consulted the Church of England website (http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/ordinal/priests.aspx) and it confirms that they do ordain priests, i.e. vicars when they are in charge of a parish. So in the context of my post where I confess to being raised Catholic, it makes perfect sense and is quite correct to say that vicar is an English word for priest. Perhaps I could have said “parish priest” for clarity. My main reason for including that parenthetical was simply because the word vicar is not used in the States (except perhaps by fans of “The Vicar of Dibly” or Anglophiles generally) and many people will not understand what it means while in England it is quite common. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to research this – I do love this kind of exercise, lol!!

  8. Katie, Thank you so much for your beautiful blog! You have a beautiful family and I feel as though I can relate to your writing in many ways. My Nana was a war bride from Oxford, and my Aunt born there, but they moved to the states before my mother was born. I have always felt a very strong tie to all things England! We religiously drank tea, watched Are You Being Served?, and had trifle, mince pies and Christmas crackers for as long as I can remember! For my high school graduation, I got to go spend a month in Oxford (Summertown) visiting cousins, touring, and sampling fare at local pubs with my Nana and Grandfather! It was a dream come true, and I can’t believe it was 17 years ago! I would love to move my husband, 3 girls, dogs and cat across the big pond, but for now your blog will fill that need. Cheers!

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