Well, I am back from my hols in UK. We went back for just under 2 weeks - don't ever try this, too tiring/ demanding and nothing gets done to your satisfaction.
It was lovely to catch up with family and friends...it was interesting to hear their questions and find out their news. It was devastating to say goodbye and with my sister and aunt I was even more distressed than when we left. The OH had initially declared that we wouldn't be back for 4 years and after the goodbyes he has changed that to 2!!!!
Weather was good for almost all of the time we were back. Sun was shining and for me, England's countryside is still one of the most beautiful places to see, rain or shine, but best when the sun is shining. I feel my spirit soar with the wonder of it all.
Shopping was great...it was touch and go there for a while about whether I could or should leave Sainsburys! Bourbon biscuits, tuna pasta bake sauce mixes, minstrels, pot noodles, bacon crisps, chicken crisps. Thorntons and Cadburys.
Takeaways...peking duck pancakes!! Yum yum...if you know where in Adelaide to get them, please tell me. Curry we can get here if you go to The Balti House. Fish adn chips or more specifically, cod and chips, tasted fantastic.
However, what the trip did for us and for me in particular (I am still struggling to call Aus home) is remind me why we came. We came here to offer our children a better way of life. And they have it. In bucket loads. Coming down the Brighton Road this morning, I was struck by what a pretty city I live in. And the views are to die for. The space is great. The houses are set back from the street in most instances. There is little traffic (although most Aussie drivers are plonkers). The sun is shining.
What I noticed about the UK was the litter. Stacks of it. What a tragic shame...what beauty is there is marred by the dirtiness of some thoughtless gits who should know better.
I also noticed that people seemed to look like Klingons! Nothing from outer space exactly but there were so many people I saw who were frowning or who had wrinkly foreheads and I thought they looked Klingon-ie. Here when the sun shones, there is no mistaking it and you get the sunnies out. In the UK, it sort of shines, and you don't put the shades on and so you wrinkle your forehead to offset the almost bright conditions.
Prices are insane in some areas, although house prices have plummeted. I can only imagine the distress this is causing those who are trying to get here and need to sell their house to do so. It really is a buyers market out there.
People looked morose. Hunched over, tired, weary, little spark. I was shocked by the way people seemed to be weighed down by it all. :(
And the traffic! Queues everywhere and the biggest bl**dy carpark in the world hasn't got much better. We hit signs that said incident ahead, slow down so we and every other car did that and there was no sign of anything going on when we got the junctions it said it was. So a traffic calming measure ended up causing congestion and frustration so to the genius who thought that one up, next time don't bother.
Now this is clearly generalisation, but these are the things I noticed.
I am almost at the point where I could call Adelaide home but this trip has highlighted to me how fortunate I am to be here, and how my life is better for it. I do feel more relaxed about being here, and have had a swift change in my approach to Adelaide.
Much as it grieves me to say this (and I won't do it again in a hurry), Guzzler, you were absolutely right!