I think the best part about long distance relationships is the opportunity to do this! After our Florida trip last April I booked this flight to surprise my man for his birthday. I’ve been keeping this a secret for 5 MONTHS! It’s been so hard but totally worth it. As I boarded the Air Canada jet and took my seat, I couldn’t sit still. I kept thinking “how is this my life?” Just hopping on a jet from Toronto, Canada to London, England to see an amazing man I get to call mine. My life has become one wonderful adventure ever since Josh has come into it; I’ve never been so happy. The above is the video of me surprising him!
For his birthday I made him this long-distance themed mug and paired it with a tea steeper, lots of David’s teas, and a latte whip. The pink marker turned purple in the oven though :p.
After arriving we visited with some of his family and then headed off to collect sofa’s for his new house. I was so happy to finally get to see it! He’s been keeping me updated with photos but it can’t compare to being there. I got to be in on all the new-house excitement! It was surreal walking about the town with my man as I know it front and back from google street-viewing it so many times, but now I was actually there with the love of my life, as if being plunked into a scene from a movie. I cannot wait to move in there with my man in April. Eeee!
This trip was very relaxed and mostly revolved around going to home stores, visiting with family and friends, fixing up the house and getting all the essentials for it.
During my 2 week visit we (with the help of friends/fam) collected sofa’s, got a coffee table, power-washed, painted, put new windows in the back shed, took up the floor of the shed, re-shingled the shed, installed bathroom fixtures, put together a vanity cabinet and shelf for the bathroom, had internet installed, had the hot water tank replaced, cleaned up the backyard, bought and moved a laundry machine and fridge-freezer (as they call them in Jolly Old England), moved all Josh’s possessions to the new place, and collected countless home-related items (pots, pans, vacuums, decorations, etc).
Even though we didn’t do any of our regular touristy things it was so great to get to be a part of my man’s day-to-day life and we both agree that our recent Canada trip and this trip have been the best we’ve had. Our bond grows stronger all the time :).
Between working hard we did go to the movies and saw Sex Tape (Josh fell asleep as usual!), I went on a night out on the town with Josh and his friends which was lots of fun, we visited a cool farm shop, took a drive to the ocean, ate a LOT of proper English carvery dinners, knighted Ye Olde Griffin Inn as our favourite restaurant, I tried Eton Mess (yummy), watched tons of movies and our fave tv shows Big Bang Theory and The Inbetweeners and I got to know his family and especially his friends a lot more which was awesome.
I also got to stay on base with my man and see where he works which was nice; his boss gave him some extra days off because he knew I was here to see him which was really generous. On one evening we got on the topic of Christmas songs and were surprised to find that our country’s have different playlists. He played me some British Christmas songs I had never heard (ie; The Pogues – Fairytale of New York), and I played him some popular Canadian ones he hadn’t heard (Christmas shoes, Feliz Navidad, Christmas Don’t Be Late).
A few days ago we sat at the airport drinking tea, cuddling, and finally, saying our melancholy goodbyes. I told my man that I would start packing again as soon as I got home for our Christmas visit. I miss him so much already, but I’m just so happy and thankful that I have him. I can’t wait to be in his arms again.
Kangaroos at the coolest farm shop ever