The Repatriated ExPat

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Monday, December 26, 2022

Boxing Day

How nice to have a day for just unwinding after the busy Christmas period. I have no interest in going to the Boxing Day sales and in any event I’ve generally gone to see my family the day after Christmas. That all changed after my younger sister died, five years ago this week. My brother in law has... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022


I think I'm in trouble again. I got annoyed at there not being any space in the porch for me to put my boots on to go outside. I was doubly annoyed because my partner was already outside and waiting for me to move my car so he coud go to his lunch appointment. He and his son have between them about... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Adjusting gently

Happily my car is back with me. Some while ago I started writing a little 'biography' from the car's point of view, since we've been together for over ten I am happy with it, there is no need to change, and so I keep a bit by to pay for its MOT every year. Last year it failed for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Home again

Whilst I’m not as tired from the journey as I was last March, my return has brought a few more challenges. A month away is too long; my partner and I have yet to settle back into our ‘easy fit’ routines and I can sense something is a little off concerning his son. There seems to be a bit of quiet... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Bowing Out Gracefully

Australia is not for me, as my friends all know. I knew it was always going to be very difficult to see any future grandchildren when I left in 2007, although at the time my daughter was living in Europe and my son was considering moving to Canada, to play hockey. Fast-forward 15 years and here we... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Back to the Encore

No one is up yet. I’m never entirely comfortable staying with people, I’m not a troublesome guest (I hope!), and I find myself at a loose end when there is no one about but that’s really par for the course when you’re out of your own environment. The last time I was here, Qantas cancelled my return... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

A Longer Encore

If I thought the last trip out to Australia in February - my first visit for twelve years - was a challenge, this second visit is proving to be even more frustrating. First, I had a lot of trouble getting a flight at a price I could afford. Still expensive but just about ok. Second, when I let my... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Harry and Me

Someone asked me, the last (actually the first!) time I wrote anything in this blog, whether I was, overall, glad to be home. - Thank you by the way, Shams - I am. There are qualifiers to everything in life though aren't there. It's indicative of how my time is spent to see that the last time I had... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

First thoughts

I thought it about time I started to make notes on my experience of returning to my home country after 17 years away. It was over ten years ago after all and I am beginning to forget. 1. I didn't apparently qualify for NHS treatment on arrival, only after six months. I was born here for goodness... Sign in to see full entry.

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