The Long Goodbye

It never really occurred to me before I started doing it, how long it takes to pack up a life. For nearly three years now my life has felt like one long goodbye. Some of the recent goodbyes (like my Father) have been involuntary, some, like my job, worked out so well for various reasons, that … More The Long Goodbye

A Family Thanksgiving

Having originally hoped to be in America for Thanksgiving, before my Father’s health and certain financial issues intervened and we decided to delay our application, I was determined to have a family Thanksgiving with JT and the children. Also it seemed quite authentic to mark the occasion as a European, by turning up to a … More A Family Thanksgiving


So yes I committed that blogging crime of all blogging crimes and stopped blogging. Bless me Reader, it’s been a month since my last confession. Did you miss me? My difficulty is that I haven’t really had anything to report, as due to time constraints and funding, nothing has been happening on the visa front … More Nothing

The Sound of Music – when JT and I first said “I love you”

Ah mix tapes, that rite of passage that any good, teen relationship went through if you are my age and remember what a cassette looks like. I was never cool enough to get one as a teen, and I wanted so badly to have John Cusack turn up on my lawn with a ghetto blaster … More The Sound of Music – when JT and I first said “I love you”

The Big Blues …

Long distance relationships are hard, and right now I’m finding it especially hard, as this time last year I’d just arrived in Michigan on my last visit.  At the time we were aiming for me to be there to live for our first anniversary, which is next week, but not long after my return, my Father … More The Big Blues …