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Watch this space…

Hi friends!

Ok, yes, it’s been a while… let’s just dispense with the apologies and start fresh, yes? yes! The past few months have indeed been crazy, both in terms of my actual activity level and various internal whizzing and banging… And after much (very much) hemming and hawing, I made the decision to move back to Toronto.

I arrived in TO about a week and a half ago, and have been welcomed back into my adopted hometown by numerous friends. It’s been lovely, truly, but now comes the somewhat more arduous task of building a life for myself in a city that is in many ways just as I remember, but in other ways very much altered (I know it was cold before, but this cold?? And yes, I know it’s only going to get worse…)

So please do watch this space! I will update it on a regular basis (I promise!), and regale you with tales of my Brave New Grown-up Life — You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll (probably quite frequently) shake your head in exasperation, and hopefully it will help me find my sea legs in the great white North and not feel so very far away from everyone I’ve left behind…

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off my trolley…

Life has been a bit crazy the past few days, what with finishing up on the Film Festival I’ve been working on. It’s tonight, so I’m looking forward to things calming down a bit tomorrow.

This weekend, I found myself missing jolly old Britain, so today I wanted to share some of my favourite* photos from my time there.

(* keeping in the spirit, I shall also be spelling everything the British way, which apparently my computer prefers anyway)

I’ve spent a lot of time all over the UK, certainly the most in Oxford but also in London, Wales, and Scotland, as well as other random parts of England. I’ve always felt comfortable there, and truly think of it as a second home in a way. That said, there are many things about the British that absolutely crack me up, and I raaaaather like to document these as I travel! Enjoy!

this is absolutely one of my favourite photos ever! Taken the day I moved into my apartment in Oxford, as I was exploring my neighbourhood. Walking along, enjoying my surroundings, when all of a sudden I spied a young man carrying an ARMFUL OF SWORDS! Because of course he was…

The English do love their knick-knacks…

Well of course Mr. Potter has to be in this post! These Latin translations seemed appropriate somehow

Knife bin = a bin for knives… Um, what?

Morris Dancers. the dog’s bollocks.

If I had a knight’s outfit, I’d wear it to scoot around Blenheim also

Even the rain SHALL NOT hamper tea time!

PUNTING PIRATES!

Well, why WOULDN’T you have a pinny for your dishsoap? We all do have to stay clean, right?!

The British are absolute MASTERS at naming desserts. Eton Mess! Syllabub! Flummery! Knickerbocker Glory! Bedfordshire Clanger! Whim Whams! Jammy Dodgers!

Absolute geniuses!

love it.

And what goes better with pudding than tea?!

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A lovely friend once gave me a packet of flash cards containing British phrases and words and their American equivalents. I treasure this gift, and will leave you with one of my favourites, because I am…

which means:

and that’s that.

 

(oh, and by the way, while it seems a though it may have slipped my mind, I assure you it has not! So I say to you, SPOTTED DICK, good sir!)

 

 

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walk softly and carry a … notebook

I would be lost if I didn’t carry small notebooks around with me. I write down ideas I have, books I want to read, movies I want to see, and contact information for people I meet. Today I came across the artwork of Tim Baynes, who is, among other things, a contributor to The Passport Blog on the BBC website. In more than 20 years of traveling, Baynes has rarely been without a moleskine notebook, in which he sketches his impressions of the sights, sounds, and smells surrounding him. His drawings are lovely and certainly inspiring! He’s recently compiled many of these sketches in a book, Drawing on Experience.

Check out Tim Baynes’s blog (where these images appear) at timbaynesart.blogspot.com

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