Expat Life Lately: Gardening and Buckingham Palace

We’ve had a really great couple of weekends spent together from hot sunny days spent at garden centres and planting in our garden, to me actually attempting to run with my other half, to bouncing off the walls with friends at a trampoline park, to drives down delightful, meandering country roads, to visiting London.

We’ve added a few new pops of colour to the garden along with some rustic baskets.


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Our favourite new addition however is the stunning violet rhododendron we found and planted last weekend that really brightens up the yard.



And of course I had to get a sunflower as they are my favourite flower in the world. Unfortunately the garden snails have decided it’s also their favourite flower in the world… to snack on.


I transferred my vegetable plants outside and they are growing by the day. So far I’ve raised carrots, lettuce, courgettes, and lots of tomato plants from seed. Tomato varieties include cherry, sweet million, moneymaker and first in the field.


And just today I went outside to find that my plants have sprouted teeny, tiny yellow and green zucchini’s!

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Last weekend we also took a last-minute train journey to London to visit one of my man’s cousins who recently moved there, and spent a lovely sunny day walking about. We had to stop by Buckingham Palace to say happy birthday to the queen of course! And had a purse-lightening shop at the Buckingham Palace gift shop for presents to send home to Canada.

It was extra special as this is the first time we’ve been back to Buckingham Palace together since my first visit to England over 2 years ago. I had no idea then that in a couple years time I’d be living here. Crazy where life takes us 🙂 It was a much nicer day than the first time we were here!

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(Throwback to 2 years ago)

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It was the first time I’ve ever seen MI-5 (the world’s most non-secret, secret organization) made famous in the Bond films.


I also saw this dude. Captain James Cook, explorer, navigator and cartographer who was the first European to make contact with New Zealand. Lively chappie.


Strolled past the National Art Gallery.


And of course, finished off a British pub.



I could honestly spend days just wandering aimlessly around London; there are so many intricate nooks and crannies steeped in history. From timeworn, cozy pubs and posh tea houses to vast, limestone museums coveting some of the world’s most precious artefacts.

Unfortunately this past week and weekend I’ve been battling a sinus infection, horrendously painful ear infection, cough, fever, chills and tummy bug which has made me absolutely miserable. It’s times like this I really miss mum and dad. Luckily I’ve had my man here to look after me this weekend and today I finally feel well enough to come out of my bed slash hobbit hole.

I hate to be a downer and it doesn’t make for an interesting read, so I don’t normally mention it but I have been sick with a sinus infection which has triggered various other side effects (including a relentless cough) for the past 7 months without a break; something I’ve struggled with all my life. I’m that person that people constantly say “how are you sick AGAIN?” But this week I’ve finally been referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist and am holding out hope that I won’t have to continue living life being sick more often than well. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What is your favourite flower or thing to grow in the garden?

Toodle lou!


6 thoughts on “Expat Life Lately: Gardening and Buckingham Palace

    1. Thank you! I hope you get your house soon it’s so lovely having a garden 🙂 the hardest thing about gardening here compared to home is the inordinate amount of snails! But I do love the longer growing season you get in england.

      Best wishes to you 🙂 x

    1. Thank you! I ended up resorting to pellets after the gel failed to deter them I was hoping for a more humane way to keep them out but there were so many. My lettuce is flourishing now and my tomatoes have started turning red now that I’m in canada lol josh has been sending me garden photo updates on the weekends 🙂

      I did see an ent and they said I still have fluid in my inner ear and obvious sinus issues so I’m going for a ct scan end of the month. Keeping my fingers crossed for sinus surgery as it’s probably the only thing that might help. 🙂

      1. I love that he’s sending you garden updates 🙂

        The ENT: I hope the solution goes smoothly and quickly – living with a chronic health situation is so difficult!

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