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Tag Archives: South East England

A day out in London town and the snow in March, what an unexpected and unpleasant surprise! Back to winter wonderland? Looks like it!

12 Mar

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Hello readers

As you can see sometimes I come back to update my blog, last week it was the first week at home after the Miami vacation and I had to sort myself out with the time zone and I had to get back into the puppy routine once again, which it was pleasant but hard as well!

Yesterday some snow fell and I took some pictures with Coco in the garden, but by 6pm last night the south west of England (mostly Brighton area) was completely covered in snow, my poor husband had to drive 5 miles to come home, it took him 2 hours and 10 minutes, can you believe it? I woke up to probably 10 cm of snow in the garden…oh my!!! Snow in March does not seem right to me, probably because I hate snow at any time of the year anyway!  I am going to show you some pictures from the past few days, a fun day in London with good Italian friends, some baking….plus some snaps of Coco Chanel…she is growing so much!!!

xxx

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The adventures of Anna, an Italian girl feeling alone in her “nearly” home country! Friend-dating anyone?

13 Apr

A few days ago I found an interesting article in Grazia, my favourite magazine, and I recognized myself straight away while reading it. This article is titled Er, will you be my friend? And it explains the story of Rachel, New Yorker born that at 25 years-old moved to Chicago to live with her fiancé, now husband, and how she struggles to meet new friends. I thought I was reading my story, just set in the US instead than in the UK!

The only difference between me and Rachel is, I have not started yet to friend-dating…I do struggle so much with meeting people in England, in over three years I have been here I have met amazing people, thanks to the wives and girlfriends of my husband’s friends (it does sound a bit like WAGs), I met an amazing girl here that I can consider my British best friend to whom I wish all the joy of this world on her engagement…but still, sometimes, I struggle, I want to meet more people, and make friendships. I notice that when I go shopping (on my own) I even try to chat up the person who works at the cashier in Zara, H&M, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, male or female does not matter… today I even did at Steamer Trading cook shop in Brighton, I bought a kitchen scale and when I was about to pay the girl at the cashier asked me if everything was ok, if I found what I was looking for etc, I thought How nice! So I started to chat her up saying Yes I found the scale I wanted but I wanted to buy the vintage style one but my husband does not like so I am buying this one…the girl very nice went blank for a few seconds, probably thinking:

WHY are you telling me this? And she replied politely…I mean what did I do wrong with trying to do a bit of conversation? I was not going to ask her out anyway!!! Is it the language barrier, is it the different culture or is it something else? It cannot be the language barrier, my strong Italian accent we all know is strong but it’s very understandable when I speak, it is not only the usual stereotype that British people are not friendly and Italian people are…because thinking about Rachel Tutto il mondo e’ paese (all the world is a town, everywhere is the same, like my good old grandmothers would say) because it happens the same ANYWHERE, Chicago, Brighton and Hove and God knows where else! WHY grown up people do not want meet new people and they just want stay in the circle of known friends instead than expand new horizons? Sometimes I could do with another British friend or a couple more….you know just fancy to see my best friend for a coffee in my situation could be an expensive double espresso… flying to Italy just for a quick meeting! Or I could do with a friend while shopping instead than use an imaginary one…luckily I learnt how to control myself from my compulsive hysteric lonely shopping : I try anything that gets my attention, go to the changing room, try all on and think about … what would someone else say about? Today as you can see I tried a pair of orange faded skinny jeans with zip on the ankles and a pair of Chanel inspired mint green shorts in Zara…luckily my imaginary best friend said no!

But luckily he/she did not say no to my Versace style or sofa cover inspired tops from H&M!!!

Going back to the article on the friend dating…if anyone feels lonely like Rachel or Anna, in the south east of England area….please let’s meet up!!! 🙂

xxx

Workout, cleaning, painting, planning a dinner…and people think I do don’t a damn all day long!!

31 Jan

Being at home and a full time housewife seems an easy life, getting up late, going out for lunch, go to the beauty salon, cook something for dinner, well it’s not what I do!!!

I forced myself today and at 12.30 after have been working and cleaning I decided to hit the gym for my first session!!! Still have a bit of a cold but I’m getting better, my first 35 minutes of workout at the gym today I couldn’t believe! I do feel great now, but I’m sure I will be in pain tomorrow!

My husband asked me to do some paint, which I did, and now I was scrolling through recipe books to decide what to cook tonight, It’s not even 5pm but just reading through all the recipes I’m feeling so hungry! Luckily I decided to use the upstairs area as my office…because if I was in the kitchen right now I could have already attacked the fridge!

I had a visit this morning….a fox at the front door, I got so scared luckily I was inside! Still cannot get over the fox that last year mauled two babies in East London … ok this fox was tiny but still…I should ask for a rifle for my next birthday, so I can start hunting in the garden…foxes, rabbits, pheasant…Love the British countryside!!!

Have a good evening you all!

xxx

The ordinary day of an aspiring housewife during Christmas time

14 Dec

Get up at 8.15am, have a shower, have breakfast, getting ready to go to work. Drive to the station and find out there is no room left in the car park I pay 50 pounds a month to park my little Smart. (Watch out you guys working for the National Railway…revenge will come soon…) Decide to not to go to the office in Brighton and work from home. Pit stop in WHSmith to buy some Christmas cards, stamps and some magazines. Go back home. Start to do some wrapping for the last Christmas presents I got through the shopping online. The wrapping took me nearly 2 hours for 5 presents…I AM USELESS AT WRAPPING, I should blame my mum, she’s so good at and she didn’t teach me how to!!! Hoover time, and it’s 12.30. Get my car, notice that my car has been scratched yesterday….probably my fault…well it must be my fault no one else drives it! Go to see my gorgeous husband for lunch, go out with him and so kindly he buys for me a Saint Lucia’s present, a babyliss hair straightener.

Going back home, doing some work, doing some twitter and facebook, reading the daily mail online while drinking a cup of earl grey tea.It’s raining, and the sun is shining at the same time.

My friend and her gorgeous daughters come over to see me, more tea and more gossip. Once they have gone, Time to play around with my new hair straightener….and took some silly pictures of it.

Starting to cook dinner for my husband and a friend of us, starting to drink beer. Doing the mash potatoes, forgot to cut the potatoes before boiling them…Had a smoky good dinner with venison sausages, mash potatoes and courgette and aubergine.

Drinking red wine with it. My husband realises that he has to drop our friend back to the station, but he has already had too much to drink. So wife, you and your Italian driving licence, can you drive him back? Of course darling – while sipping my wine – let’s go! Back from the drive, still drinking my red wine…love being an housewife!!!

Have a good day you all

Best of British food, with my own touch

26 Sep

I was stressed last week. Very stressed. I couldn’t sleep properly, lots of nightmares and I was starting to lose a bit of weight. Due to my husband’s schedule to work on his boat I had the chance to spend some Me and my friends time which it was good, do you know what the theme was? Food of course! Saturday afternoon me and T. Discovered a local tea room where we had one of the best cake I ever had, this blueberry cake left me full…and speechless! I know I do critisise a lot the lack of food culture in Britain, but I must say when I’m in the right mood I can find the best of every cuisine! Saturday night with my own shame I could say I looked a bit like a British drunk girl and I wasn’t happy about! I did not mean to drink too much, but when we were heading back home and I was driving my husband’s brand new car for the first time…I don’t know how but a word from him went wrong in my mind and I went absolutely ballistic, how crazy is that? Well I discovered I have an evil and aggressive side that I didn’t know! Please allow me to introduce myself…to my other self! 😉 Well I always talk too much so leaving the drinking side behind me I keep on going towards Sunday lunch, I must admit I didn’t eat Sunday roast for a while and I was pleasantly surprised again! Nice pub, nice day out, nice lunch, I should have been happy and full…no way! I always have to add a touch of myself everywhere and…For the joy of my husband my lasagne came out of the oven last night! We discovered that British food sometimes is good, but selfishly I will always praise Italian food…can’t wait for this weekend coming to see my family and eat a lot!

We are supposed to heading towards an Indian summer this week here in the south east of England; I can’t see how but in the meantime I keep enjoying the garden!! Have a great week everyone!

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