Great Neighbours – The neighbours on our street are really amazing. Everyone helps everyone else out. Everyone is really friendly. I think it helps that we have a private Facebook group for the residents of our street. It gives us the opportunity to get to know one another a little better.
Summerhouse Equestrian Centre – We started riding at this place shortly after we arrived in England. The instructors are top-notch. They make lessons enjoyable and we learn LOADS each lesson. Safety is also a main priority. It is a regional show venue as well as a riding school so there are opportunities to ride in a show ring, both dressage and jumping even if you’re not showing. They also have great cross-country courses.
Year-round Cycling – I don’t cycle as much as my husband but I do enjoy being able to ride my bike to work almost all year round. There have been a few days where it has been too windy or rainy to ride. There have been a few days with black ice that make the roads slippery and dangerous. But I figure commuting by bike 10 months of the year is pretty good.
Roundabouts – Most North Americans don’t understand roundabouts. They keep traffic flowing much more smoothly than intersections with traffic lights. If you don’t believe me, check out MythBusters. Also, roundabouts also have fuel-efficiency benefits because you often don’t have to completely stop the vehicle, losing momentum and making the engine work harder to re-accelerate. They’ve also been shown to be safer – including for pedestrians.
Give Way Signs – There are very few stop signs in England. Most of the signs are “Give Way” (yield) which is basically a rolling stop which everyone in Canada does anyway except a rolling stop in Ontario is a traffic violation.
My Job – I had the most fun job ever. Also, it was the longest period of time I have ever held the same job.
Inexpensive Mobile Phone Service – For £20 (about $40CDN) per month we had unlimited data, 300 voice minutes and 3000 texts. Also in partner countries, there were no roaming charges.
The Gym – We were members of a really great gym. It was really clean. The staff were amazingly talented and helpful. We enjoyed the gym, fitness classes, personal training, 25m pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool spas and a cafe with healthy foods and snacks.