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England, Arrival (September 2023)

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Welcome Dear Readers! I'm going to try to chronicle some of our travels (and everyday experiences too) during our sabbatical in the UK. My husband Robin and I have arrived at our home-for-a-year in Somerton, Oxfordshire, England. We love it! Hover your cursor over each photo to see captions. Right now the weather is beautiful and the scenery awesome where we are. Here's a quick recap of our first few days:

We flew Newark - Paris with our dogs, as the UK doesn't allow dogs in the cabin of the plane and we didn't want to put Gingersnap and Bentley in cargo. It would have been expensive and hard to plan in advance, besides being worrisome. But I found a ton of very useful information about preparing for this move through Facebook groups, including the suggestion to fly your small dogs to France and then travel to England via Chunnel.

So that's what we did, with the help of a "pet taxi," and spent our first night in the UK in the seaside town of Deal, where we ate fish & chips and recovered from the journey. We may also have been a little tired from the previous few days (weeks, months?) of intensive house-tidying to get it ready for our tenants. We lucked out finding the perfect renters and when we return next year, well, the closets will be that much cleaner.

On Saturday we had a nice visit with our sister-in-law Leni in Margate, then Robin drove the rental car (left side of the road of course!) to Somerton. We love the house we've leased and are looking forward to getting to know the village and the area. We have a beautiful fenced-in yard the dogs already love.

We live within walking distance of the 77-mile Oxford Canal. We've started to explore alongside it via the "tow path" from days when boats were towed up and down to travel. And we're watching a great Inspector Morse episode about a 19th-century murder on the canal!

I will try to keep my posts succinct. Tomorrow I'll be meeting a friend in Edinburgh for a few days, so the next installment will be the week of Sept. 10. Cheerio!

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Sep 11, 2023

We enjoyed reading these posts and looking at the pictures. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your adventure!


Sep 07, 2023

Looks lovely. Can't wait till we can visit! I'm sure you'll find a good bridge club. :-)


Robin Zelle
Robin Zelle
Sep 06, 2023

Thanks Kim, love living vicariously through you! Looks beautiful


Susan Gilbert
Susan Gilbert
Sep 06, 2023

Looking forward to all your adventures. I will travel through you. 🥰



Sep 05, 2023

Thank you Kim! So looking forward to following you and your “year abroad”!

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