We had a wonderful Christmas with a lot of company. My parents came for a weeklong visit and it was superb. We had the right balance of low key time for chats and walks in Bury showing off our new town and whirlwind sightseeing. They came to visit during the darkest week of the year so we had to take advantage of the available daylight before 4:00 to get it all in and we did!
|picture of Dad taking a picture|
|Dad and Maureen, our brewery tour "elf"|
|Mom looks anxious at the responsibility of holding up the beer|
|Alex and Nani|
I love my job. I love hanging out in the alterations shop (who knew? I always said the one thing I would NEVER do is alterations, or wait, maybe that was sail making that I swore never to do...seems I swore I would never do a lot of things, but never mind I'm doing them anyways) and meeting people from the town, getting to know my new boss and my co-workers. They are extremely hard working, wonderful people and I have learned not to complain about minor things in my life because they will set me straight for sure on challenging life situations. In the shop we are all immigrants to the UK and they have seen it all and been through a lot, a lot more than my problem of not being able to find good Ranch dressing. By the way on the Ranch dressing, I've started making my own and it is delish!
We've been exploring the area a bit and getting to know some of the small towns and coastline in our region. Alex, Eric and I are learning to compromise when sightseeing so we all can have fun and enjoy the experience. Translation: the boys tolerate Thrift Shops, I tolerate "Transportation Museums" and Eric Tolerates pubs. Win, win, win.
Eric likes his school. That's all I know because he is 15 and stops talking about himself after about 4 words.
We've had extremely bad luck with our home in the US with lots of things breaking, the basement flooding, trees falling in the yard etc. We are essentially paying for two homes on one income. yuck.
We miss Jordi and don't have much communication with him.
We miss our friends and family terribly but at least we have Skype which makes it tolerable.
Not much sailing for Alex. It's cold and wet and the tidal limitations make it a rare occasion when we can actually take the boat out. He's had Nani out 3 times since August and is definitely looking forward to summer.
|sunrise at the marina, no photoshop involved with this photo!|
I hope everyone is well, please keep in touch and come see us soon!