Category Moving to Seattle

And lo, the glory of the air conditioners did bless the lives of all who dwelt therein

We’ve now had officially, what, three days in a row of actual summer weather in Seattle? They’ve been fantastic days, for sure—I can’t get enough of the sun and sky and garden—and it looks like more is on the way! But the loveliness of Seattle summer days is balanced by the misery of Seattle summer […]

Art installed!

As we ease our way out of the covid shutdown I’m slowly ticking off the unfinished projects of moving in. The last big one, and certainly the most anticipated, was hanging the artworks I brought back from London. As it happens, hanging large and heavy works of art is nearly as intimidating as buying it […]

A new set of wheels

After three great years of living car-free in London, I find myself back in the Land of the Free where cars are king and I need one. I had intended to buy a car that first week after my return, but I put it lower on my list of priorities than unpacking my ceramics and […]

A day off!

My first day off in seven weeks! I slept until nearly 9am, ate a bowl of muesli in the sun on the roof terrace, and picked Justin up for another trip to the garden center. We left two hours later with so many roses, honeysuckle, and clematis that I literally had to return a few […]

The comeback artist

The last thing I did in London before leaving my keys in the flat and catching an Uber to the airport was to pull my shamrock out of the dirt it was planted in, chop off all the leaves, and hide the roots wrapped in wet cloths in my luggage. I wasn’t sure if it […]

The new office setup

So much has happened since my last post! I’ve started half a dozen drafts about the move to Seattle, settling-in last week, starting the new job, and the craziness of covid-19 – but it turns out that living those things has taken up all the time for writing about them. But I am here and […]

Just kidding! tonight is the last night in London

I was all set for one of those life moments, turning the page and opening a new chapter—only British Airways thought differently! My flight was delayed and delayed and delayed and then finally canceled. In classic airline fashion they were never very specific about the reasons; they said something about “operations” and claimed that “engineers” […]

Last night in London

It’s finally here! After three years in London I fly out tomorrow with a one-way ticket to Seattle to start a new life there. I’ve said my goodbyes, moved into a hotel, and composed many unwritten blog posts about the emotional rollercoaster, stress factory, and logistical puzzle that is a trans-Atlantic move and job change. […]

Packing up

After three years my time in London is coming to an end! one month from tomorrow I will be starting in a new role in a Seattle. Which means that between now and then I need to pack up my life here in London, move (almost) halfway around the world, and set up camp in […]

The pink lady, or the one that almost got away

Remember the Pink Lady at the art fair? You know, that stunning work by Dutch artist Isabelle van Zeijl which caught my eye and imagination but was out of my comfort zone in both subject matter (no architecture!) and price (gulp) and therefore was not among my purchases that weekend? Well, I couldn’t stop thinking […]

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