Happy Monday from England…..only two days until Christmas and everything and everyone here is excitedly awaiting the holiday, woohoo! This time last week I was still in Lake Worth, packing last minute bits and pieces ready for my flight home. As I have said on many an occasion, where does the time go??? I finished my three months in Lake Worth on a high……The Christmas Parade! And what a fabulous event that was…cycling down t started to rain quite heavily and just like a true Christmas moment, it stopped and the parade started. I could not believe the number of people lining the streets, young and not so young, tall, small, dressed up, dressed down, some in fancy dress, some partaking of picnics designed to be eaten on the side of the street……everyone smiling and happy, calling out ‘Happy Holiday!’, it was truly magical and as usual made me feel very special to be part of it all, that Christmassy feeling set in from that moment.
It is still there now although I am here in England where life has been busy with lots of catching up, carol concerts, dinners with friends, frantic last minute buying of gifts and packing again to go to friends for Christmas. Of course everyday life is slightly different in many aspects… .I have swapped my life on Florida for my life here and the changes are many…for instance….. .my beach umbrella for my rain umbrella, flip flops for boots, automatic for manual, driving on the right to driving on the left, salads for roast beef, outside shower for inside bathroom, coffee for tea, trunk for boot, hood for bonnet, trash for rubbish, sweaters for jumpers, air conditioning for wood burner, gas for petrol, purse for handbag, potato for Potarto, tomato for tomarto, movies for films……and that is only a few of the differences…..BUT the things that stay the same are what is important, friends are the same whether living here or there, family stays the same, having fun, laughter, community, kindness, helping each other ALL atay the same and that is the most wonderful thing particularly at this time of year..although I miss my American Family badly, I still enjoy all these important things here knowing that wherever I am, I have people that I care about and care about me. Thank you for that and phage a great Christmas with lots of good things, speak to you in 2014.