What Happened to Winter?

The clocks went forward this weekend and I realised we basically had, had no winter here in Austin this year not that I'm complaining for a second but growing up in England to experience only occasional cooler days through January then suddenly we are in spring is an unusual but pleasant experience!

This weekend was also our two year anniversary of moving to America. The first year seemed to go very slowly, every day was a struggle or frustrating in some way mixed with some new and exciting experiences too of course, I found our second year to be steadier, flowed smoother and less challenging, you may be interested to read my post from around the same time last year.

Now entering into our third year I feel almost part of the furniture! People still comment on our accents, when driving somewhere new I still occasionally miss the exit due to uncertainty of which lane to choose and I still miss english chocolate but otherwise I am doing great and don't feel so different to everyone else or like an outsider like I once did.

Austin is preparing for a busy year, with SXSW on from 11th-20th March, SXSW is a ten day music, film and interactive festival and for the first time in its 30 year history includes the president and first lady announced as SXSW keynote speakers.

On 23rd March the PGA tour world golf championships will begin in Austin, we have been watching the grounds get ready for the event when we cross over the bridge.

The children have just begun their spring break (one week off school), they have been working really hard and are very tired so this week will be a mix of chilling with some fun activities and days out. In the summer we will be doing our annual visit to England for a longer period of time so we decided to stay put for this break. Plus we have some UK visitors arriving soon...

On a final note this month I had another article of mine originally published in Global Living Magazine, www.globallivingmagazine.com entitled "Raising British Children in America", you can view it for FREE in the Global Living app and print-on-demand here.


  1. Hi Caroline! I really enjoy reading your perspective on being an ex-pat and new Austinite. Here in Central Texas, we don't normally have much of a winter, but this year was particularly mild! Spring Break is a great time to relax with the family and catch up on the things that are hard to do when the kids are in school. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and I look forward to reading your future posts!

    1. Hello! Thank you for your message, and I am glad you enjoy reading my blog! I also enjoy reading blogs of UK based expats and their perspective on my home country! Have a great week too.