We are spending the next six months in England. Handcross, West Sussex to be precise. Precision I’ve been quick to learn in the last five days is less intersections and numbered addresses more familiarity and landmarks.
Directions go like so:
Go out the gate turn right, then left at that little fork in the road.
Take that till you get to the pub on the right, take the left fork.
Keep going thru the next roundabout, past the school and at the pub turn left.
Follow that down two miles or so and you’ll come to a crossroads, go left.
The grocery store is up on the right. You can’t miss it.
Famous last words. I need a GPS to go buy a GPS. What I have learned is that Amazon Prime has nothing on these British companies. After a failed attempt to find a TomTom it was suggested I order it online for next morning delivery….this was at 4pm. My TomTom arrived at my front door at 9:57am the next morning. Incredible. I ask where the nearest grocery store is, my friends look at me with dismay….they all shop online and schedule delivery. Done. Milk, eggs, chicken, toilet paper, toasted sesame oil, diapers…it will all be here tomorrow between 10am and 11am. I scheduled a “green delivery” meaning there are a few of us in the neighborhood with scheduled deliveries and it saves fuel and cuts down on emissions when we all click time slots together. Incredible.
We’ve got friendly ducks and two ponies outside our windows. Marmalade and Tiger Mouse are furry little Shetlands who love carrots, escaping and Fynn. Stale bread gets fed to the ducks. There are fish in the ponds. There are so many dandelions floating through the air it looked like snow today. It has been gloriously perfectly sunny since we landed on Sunday but tomorrow the forecast is “hard rain all day”.
We speak the language. The grocery stores have Cholula (both original and chipotle). I’ve got an Audi A6 stick shift that has a tape deck and a six disk changer!!! So far so good.