I haven't been on the internet much during our trip back to the mother country (NW Essex), but for the last week or so it has been gloriously sunny and warm. Everyone has complained that the weather up until now has been awful. Have been clothes shopping today and got some real bargains, off for a curry tonight! (life is good). Might pop into the beer garden first for a decent pint of beer.
Main impressions are that things are cheap, especially at the supermarket, lots of people are driving round in brand new BMWs, Mercs and Range Rovers and there isn't much sign in this part of the country at least of hard times. A few pubs and shops are boarded up though. London was extremely busy and full of tourists, traffic was almost at a standstill so not as pleasant as I remembered it. Not looking forward to returning to cold weather next week, the light evenings are glorious and the countryside is so green and lush.