Well my wonderful Lake Worthian Friends, here I am back in England once again and wondering where the last 3 months have gone. I had a ball as usual and loved my time with you all and now it is back to my other life. It is funny actually because it takes a time to get back into this other life of mine….. to start with, driving is so different – in Lake Worth I drive an automatic car and on the right hand side of the road on very straight roads where I am also able to turn right when the lights are red if it is safe to do so – here, I drive on the left and have a shift car and roundabouts and cannot make any turns unless the lights are green! I have to think carefully about these things for the next few days as if I do not concentrate, I can veer on to the right hand side of the road….oops!
Back to smaller meals and less choice…. gone are the choices of white, wheat, rye, soda when bread is on the menu and the expectation of taking some of it home with me! No television screens adorn the walls of restaurants and bars, it is all very much more quiet…I am having to wear a few more clothes than I amm used to, I love it when I can wear shorts and tee shirts or swimsuits each day…..not for a while now though. The weather is chilly but the skies are blue and bright which is great and much welcomed.
Jet lag takes hold coming this way as the journey takes place overnight and planes are not the most comfortable form of transport unless of course you can afford business or first class…maybe one day! The new Dreamliner we travelled on is fabulous though, all state of the art with comfortable seats, great entertainment systems, wi does that have graduated lights so you never have to close them and cabin lights designed to give maximum rest. Food is excellent and the only empty seat on the plane was between us….what a result!!!! A couple of days and life will be back to normal.
My last week in LW was wonderful…..eating with friends in City Place so we could see the snow that falls every hour on the hour was magical…love it! Our last bike group was such fun, the group was huge and everyone had lights and Mel had Christmas music blaring from a speaker on her bike, we all sang (I use the term loosely) carols and people waved and called out to us wishing everyone a Merry Christmas as and Happy Holiday…..truly lovely! We ended up at Susan and Ozzies, these people love to entertain and always make you feel welcome. We sta and drank good wine and ate good food and talked about all manner of things, it was so relaxed and a happy end to our trip! I so enjoy the socialising and find myself finding out more about my friends when we all get together…..I am so lucky!
I have to warn you in advance of the carolling bikers who will be riding through a street near you over the weeks left running up to Christmas, it will be wonderful and I can assure you that it will bring much joy into your lives……I will be there in spirit!
It is nice to arrive home after time away and once again I have to get used to differences in the form of stairs, cupboards and the general layout of things. The garden needs some work done but all in all is not bad, leaves have fallen from the trees as Autumn has come and gone in our absence and Winter has taken a hold. Luckily enough we live in the South East of England and do not get the Winter weather that Scotland, Ireland and the North of England experience. It is rare we get snow that lasts for very long, there might be a few days but that will be it….we live near the water so the frost does not affect us so much and it all looks quite beautiful down by the seafront and beach.
My feet are cmplaining that they are having to wear shoes and boots after living in flip flops and sandals or barefoot for so long….they so get used to it though and are now toasty warm sitting next to the wood burner which is emitting gorgeous smells of the local wood and pine cones.
This week I will be out and about taking photos for you of all the things here that are both similar and different between the two places and documenting my run up to Christmas here. I am so excited to see my family and friends over the next days…..I have a full diary already with commitments one one kind or another. Going into school is always a joy as I see my friends and the students and once again take up my role as governor and all that entails…school productions and pantomimes and afternoon teas and meals and days out with my favourite children in my family and bike rides where you can see your breath in the air and my wonderful voluntary job at Shared Space…….WOOHOO! Until next week enjoy everything, have huge fun and thank you for giving me a fabulous 3 months………speak soon!