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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton April 8th 2014

I can’t believe the time has flown so quick, I was talking to my Nan earlier and it dawned upon me I’m off ‘ next Saturday!’ . So what am I doing on this amazing adventure? If truth be told, I don’t really have too much of a plan. Considering I could be over there for perhaps two years I only really have the first two weeks sorted. I’m excited to have no itenary and just to ‘go with the flow'. Anyway, I have a two day stopover in Dubai where I’m having a dabble at couchsurfing. I was introduced to couch-surfing by my friend Paul at work. Paul has couch surfed all over the world and as I write he’s probably on some sofabed somewhere in China or Japan. Couchsufing or Sofa Surfing is an ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge April 5th 2014

Woolly says – our lives had been settling down nicely, Ian had been feeling a little unwell so we decided to try out the Turkish hospital facilities. Boy do they move fast! As soon as blue books appeared we were whisked away and Ian was plugged onto machines, x rays were underway and before I even had a chance to check out the nurses we were seeing a consultant. He busily showed us the results of the tests declaring that Ian’s heart was fine but he wanted to put a shunt in that afternoon, I got rather confused at this point having seen shunts on the railway lines I couldn’t work out how that would fit into Ian’s chest and hadn’t he just told us that his heart was working well! Like Woolly we felt slightly ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham April 3rd 2014

It's currently 9am and feels like I've been up for hours already although I suppose I have after the 5am start. We got a taxi to the train station and caught the 5.38am train direct through to Birmingham international airport. Kerry was already on the train getting on at Shrewsbury, and myself and steph were greeted to this woman in a bright pink hoodie waving at us from the other end of the carriage when we jumped on. The train journey was uneventful and half an hour after arriving at the airport we'd managed to already be the first to check in, get through security (search free for once!) and were sat in wetherspoons ordering breakfast. No beer ordered just yet! So far there's already three things I know I've forgotten, a mirror for my contact ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton April 2nd 2014

Hi All, T-17 days to go before the big trip! I thought I best get used to this blogging malarkey as it sounds like a good way of keeping in touch with people and as I have some serious time on my hands, this may be a good way to keep myself occupied during any spare time I have. Some may say I've just lost my blogging virginity! I intend to write a few blogs before I go, to share some of my feelings an thoughts about leaving everything I know and love about this merry place called England and embarking on the Experience of a Lifetime- a working Holiday in Australia! So why are you going I hear you ask? Well... the answer is not straight forward. I've reached a certain stage of life ( ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Pelsall February 15th 2014

Suddenly you realise that time is flying by and now instead of months or even weeks until we depart it is just a few short days. Plans that have been in the making for for some considerable time are now emerging as reality. Yesterday Jo finished her last working day in her current post, a position she has held for nearly ten years. Wow, what a send off! A wonderful tribute even if I say so myself. The staff did a really great job and their creativity was used to full effect to convey messages they wished Jo to take on her next adventure. Another issue was recently solved. It’s just a small thing but it’s going to count for much in the future. A new lap top computer has been purchased to assist with communication ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Pelsall February 7th 2014

Recently, a day spent travelling the rail network alone, gave the opportunity to reflect and at the same time listen to some newly acquired music. Music first then. A short extract of music used as part of a BBC documentary led me to discover the magnificent Etta James. It was her music that accompanied me on the miles that stretch from The Midlands to South London and back. Very enjoyable too and it left me wondering why I hadn’t known her music previously but that’s not the sort of question I intend to try and answer now. Suffice to say, rarely have I heard a singer express so much feeling. Secondly, my mind wandered to consider radio programmes. A rather obscure direction of thinking, but it did bring a rich harvest of thoughts. There are two ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Pelsall February 5th 2014

The reality of our move to Oman is coming sharply into focus. This morning comes news that the flight tickets will despatched this week and our date of travel, 21st February is confirmed. With the weekend in Oman being Friday/Saturday we are expecting this information to reach us by Thursday. From there it will be a short 15 days until we head for the airport. Our accommodation, once in Oman will be two stage. On arrival we will be housed in a “transit” house, whilst we settle on our permanent home. Today we have been told the location of that accommodation. What we can’t work out is whether this is the transit house or the permanent villa. Apparently we will have the choice of three villas. The permanent home will not be furnished so we will ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Pelsall January 24th 2014

A dog is a dog is a dog. Well no, actually it’s not. Not when it’s a pet. That’s the lesson I learned this week. I wouldn’t describe myself as a great animal lover. I’ve met plenty of people who would qualify for that description far better than me, but I would also make the point that I wouldn’t want any animal to suffer and I can be distressed when seeing evidence of ill treatment. My perceptions of animals and pets in particular came into sharp focus about 11 years ago when Charlie came to live with us. He was, what can only be described as the runt of the litter. A lovely Blenheim, Cavalier Spaniel with big eyes and silky long fur, he quickly became part of the family. For all the difficulties that come ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands January 23rd 2014

Events are starting to move at some pace now. Last night we had the pleasure of jabs for our overseas trip. I didn’t realise it was so complicated The medics have to do a risk assessment based upon the information you supply and then apply the required medication. Consultations to various web sites helps the process. The outcome of all this research is the requirement for Hepatitis A and B, plus typhoid jabs. Three jabs are administered in the upper arms, and not, as my wife jokingly suggests “down below”. It’s a course rather than a "one off" that’s needed, so back we go in a set number of days for parts two and three. Just a little discomfort (and that’s exaggerating the description) and you get all that protection. Mind you, I was still warned ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands January 8th 2014

A blog to record what for us is a great adventure and to stay in touch with friends and family who wish to know more of our experiences living abroad in the wonderful country of Oman. The date of our move to Oman is now confirmed as 21st February and with this news comes a certain focussing of the mind. Recently returned from the North East region of the USA we find ourselves in positively balmy weather in comparison to the Polar conditions thrust upon our North American cousins. Oman will be different again. Our thoughts are now turning to some of the practicalities of moving country like selling the cars, cancelling subscriptions and other tasks. The list is long and grows each day. We are confident though that with the considerable help and support of ... read more

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