Hello, friends! I hope you’re having a lovely Friday, wherever you are in the world!
It’s been two weeks and two days since my soul mate and I married. At the time, I had no idea I’d be sitting here in England right now, my soul quietly buzzing as thick morning fog turns silver, then burnished pink, then begins to burn off in the rising sunlight.
England makes me into a morning person. It makes me happy to see sunrises like these:
After spending most of Wednesday recuperating from both jet lag and the severe anxiety and panic I’d experienced throughout Monday night into Tuesday, I woke up at sunrise on Thursday and felt my body and mind rejoicing in the birdsong and wind I’d loved so much last year. And then I experienced my first snow flurry in England! Haha!
On Wednesday night, Jon and I had bought tickets to see the Irish band The Eskies playing in Nottingham on Thursday evening. We drove to East Midlands Parkway with his brother Matt and a friend, then took the train to Nottingham and met up with a bandmate of Matt’s. From there we walked down to The Bodega, where we got drinks (mine was an espresso martini) and waited for the show to begin.
The Eskies are described on BreakingTunes.com as folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty, and they made for a rocking and foot-stomping good time full of great lyrics and glorious guitars. I couldn’t help but move my body to the beats, and I lost myself in the pleasure of music. Afterwards, we met a couple of the guys and chatted with them!
On Friday, our friends Holly and Simon hosted a dinner party at their new home in Thringstone. Several familiar faces were there, and I was so glad to see them all. Claire, Lucinda, Michaela, Josh, and of course Holly and Simon themselves! Holly had masterfully created delicious pulled pork, thick sweet potato fries, and coleslaw, as well as a couple different kinds of sweet boozey punches that I adored. She’s great at what she does, and I’d like to take cooking lessons from her! As the newlywed bride, I got to choose what dessert would be served, so I chose my absolute favourite: treacle sponge cake with custard. It was Holly’s first time making that and it was incredible!
After dinner and dessert, we settled down in the living room for a long game of Scrabble. It ended up being guys against girls, and only two girls playing (myself and Lucinda) against four blokes. Despite all the merciless taunting and teasing that went on, Luci and I ended up winning by three points! We broke apart for a little while to have hot drinks and chat, then a game of Texas Hold ‘Em was played while the tv was put on to watch Gossip Girl. It was a great night and I was so happy to reconnect with my new friends!
Saturday is the day where Elaine’s sisters and their mum come over for lunch and tea and then go out shopping. Only one of the sisters came and that was Angela, but I was very happy to see her and Nanny Pat again! Jon and I then went out to have lunch at Wetherspoons, then we got shakes at Big Udders. The ladies there recognized us because we love that place so much.
Oh how I’ve missed you, Jaffa Cakes, for you are so delicious even in liquid form!
Sunday was Mothers’ Day here in the UK, and Jon and I bought and made dinner and dessert. I hadn’t cooked in a while so I really enjoyed doing so, especially in Elaine’s huge kitchen!
This week has been spent beginning to gather the immigration paperwork, and feeling all of the intense stress that goes along with it. But it feels good when I get to check something else off the list, and I give myself a little reward for doing so! I’ve also been catching up with my subscription to Art Therapy, which has been backing up since I returned to Canada:
We got ourselves to Tesco as it started pouring rain the other night. I absolutely love shopping at Tesco, even though it can get rather pricey, and along with some dinner items (cottage pie, anyone?), we wound up with some awesome treats.
The rain was very heavy for about a day, then it tapered off to cloudy skies and drizzle and finally to this morning’s sun. Now the temps have warmed up to the double digits Celsius, and spring will now quickly get under way in England. The trees are budding, the daffodils and crocuses have bloomed, the grass is intensely emerald green and growing fast, and it’s time for me to go for a few walks and absorb the slow sweet spring.
What have you been up to this week, everyone? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook! 🙂