After almost four and a half years of living in Austin, this summer we moved home permanently and are very happily living back in jolly old England. I certainly wasn't expecting to come home to a heatwave and after the intense heat of Texas I was very much looking forward to some cooler weather but we had to wait a few months for that!

During our first few weeks back one of the things I kept forgetting to do was press the ON switch after putting a plug into the wall socket, many a time I waited ages for the kettle to boil or my phone to charge wondering what was going on 😅 and now four months down the line I'm still adjusting to the snug parking spaces and narrow roads or are they just normal roads?!!

Its also been amazing to be able to eat all our favourite foods again, we really have spoilt ourselves this summer with eating out and numerous trips to the supermarket for our favourite snacks, so much easier than driving 40 minutes to the World Market.

Our two adorable cats arrived back in England a month after us, they traveled on two different flights and arrived in great condition so many, many thanks to Pet Relocation who were amazing with communication and organising getting our babies back home.

Even though we moved back to the same area, we are in a different house, with the children now at two different schools, I started a new job, we have joined a new doctors surgery, new dentist, got a new car, we all have new phones etc, I would not have been able to organise all this without the never-ending help from family and friends.

Onto family and friends, its truly been priceless to just slip so easily back into life here. After being so sad at missing many birthdays, weddings, new babies, and just general fun night outs, weekends away and even simply being able to pop in on someone for a cuppa I feel I am looking at life in England through different eyes now.

To the friends we made in Austin, you'll never be forgotten and we will meet again soon. Many people in America I just couldn't connect with or I consistently felt like an outsider, but there were some who took us under their wing and adopted us as their own which I will forever be grateful for.

I don't think I'll ever eat a taco again I've had enough to last me a lifetime and if anyone in England wonders why I now put ice in my wine, well thats down to a certain American friend too 😉

It was a huge, fun, topsy turvy adventure moving to America but like that famous saying from one of my favourite films as a child, theres no place like home 💖