Ever since I can remember I have wanted to live in England. I loved everything about it – it’s history, culture, castles, gardens, stunningly beautiful landscapes and Monty Python.
Growing up I never really gave much thought to where my family originally came from, though my mother always insisted we were Irish. At 21 I decided to find out for myself and started researching my family tree. I was delighted to discover that my grandfather on my father’s side was born in London. I also discovered that I was eligible to apply for the Ancestry Visa and my plan to move to England was born.
Life though, had other plans for me and instead of moving to England I moved to Manitoba in 1993. I got married, had 2 beautiful daughters and lived on a farm with a variety of furry friends. I spent 17 happy years in Manitoba but something was missing – the draw to England was as strong as ever.
I remember the day I suggested moving to my family, I was convinced they’d think I was mad but thankfully they are as mad as I am and they loved the idea!
I should mention that moving to the UK was actually our first time here. Yep, that’s right never even visited here before we moved. People said we were crazy and there were times where I did agree with them. Our first year here was not the easiest and we thought of going back to Canada more than once.
Unfortunately, my marriage didn’t survive and my ex husband went back to Canada in 2015. Thankfully though, we are the very best of friends and he visits several times a year. When I remarried in 2016 he gave me away at my wedding.
In January 2017, we became British citizens and my oldest daughter is getting married on 8th September 2018- 8 years to the day that we arrived in Plymouth.
It’s been quite the adventure, with a lot of tears, guilt trips (why did you bring us here?) and tantrums but equally a lot of laughter and amazing experiences – and I wouldn’t change a single thing. We have no regrets and are living the kind of life we always wanted – in a place I always knew I belonged. I’m home at last.
So, if you are thinking of following your own crazy dream; you’re moving for work or family; or perhaps you are just curious about what it would be like to live here then I hope you find this site helpful. I have tried to include everything that I wish I would have known before moving but if there is anything specific you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!