A Double Mother’s Day

Coming from the US I must admit I am a little confused about Mother’s Day here in the UK.  Strictly speaking it is called Mothering Sunday here and this year it takes place this Sunday, 26th March – in the US, however, we celebrate Mother’s Day in May. The differing dates made me ask several […]

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Painting London Green

St Patrick’s Day – celebrating national days in style. There is never a dull moment in London!  I do love this city, especially living in leafy Notting Hill.  Every month seems to bring a different event or another public holiday and I am taking the opportunity to celebrate as many as possible. It’s St. Patrick’s […]

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Love is All Around Notting Hill

My first Valentine’s Day in London is quickly approaching and I am busy researching all the romantic things there are to do.  Judging by what I’ve seen so far, it seems we don’t have to venture very far from Vincent House and Notting Hill for a perfect Valentine’s experience. I am hoping to make a […]

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Thanksgiving in London

The end of November means one thing to an American.  It’s Thanksgiving on Thursday 24th and all thoughts turn to turkey and all the trimmings.  Well I say ‘one thing’ but perhaps the end of November is also known for the shopping nightmare that has become known as Black Friday.  That’s an American custom that […]

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Why all the bonfires everywhere this weekend?

Another weekend looms and I always check local papers and magazines like Timeout to see what events and activities of interest there are to do.  I particularly keep looking out for things local Londoners do.  I want to enjoy living here and to immerse myself in all things British. When planning this weekend I kept […]

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A very British Trick or Treat

One of my favourite holidays back home in the US is Halloween.  It feels like one big party and it is delightful to see, in particular, all the children dressed up and getting into the spirit (please forgive the pun) of the day.  When I first came to London I didn’t expect it to be […]

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Glorious Autumn in London

Following a pretty good Summer this year, it has been such a pleasant early Autumn and only now can I sense that the season is coming into full swing.  There is definitely a chill in the air in the early morning when I leave for work and again in the evening.  The leaves are also […]

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London – A Shopaholic’s Paradise

With the change of season from summer to autumn upon us, I realise I need to top up my wardrobe and find some new clothes.  I did bring some suitable clothes with me from the US but I’ve discovered London is just about the trendiest city in the world and feel the need to find […]

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YIPPEE. SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET!

It is warm out there!  I have discovered that British people love nothing more than talking about the weather and the very hot temperatures the last few days have helped to elevate those discussions to a higher plane.  Apparently, yesterday (Tuesday), was the hottest day of the year so far.  Can this really be September […]

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Hyde Park Here We Come….

….FOR THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS I hadn’t heard of ‘The Proms’ before I moved to London.  I had no idea what it was but I kept seeing references to it on BBC television channels.  Turns out it is one of THE great British traditions and an annual event at the Royal Albert Hall […]

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