Sorry for the radio silence… We’ve moved to our temporary lodgings, a beautiful waterfront cottage. But the downside is we have no internet connection. So things on the WWW are moving at a snail’s pace right now. As we depend on phone connections to keep us in touch.
Yes! My passport arrived this week. This has been my first chance to get online to let anyone know!
And more updates. Hunny has handed in his resignation at work, and will be flying over the pond at the start of October. His employers were quite stunned, but very supportive, and have even made it clear that if things do not work out for us, that he should contact them first before looking for work elsewhere in Canada. Amazing Grace indeed! They have written him a fantastic reference letter so we’re hoping it helps in securing employment on English soil. 🙂
The beautiful view from the temporary home we’ve been bkessed with… by friends. ❤
Isn’t this spectacular?!?! Though nothing compared to the lovely views to be found over the pond, it is soothing and peaceful… something we sorely need in this time of adjustment.
- Big Girl and Big Boy are happily settled in their respective college towns. School is going great and both are making friends and building community. We’re hoping to see both for Christmas over the pond… but if not Christmas, Easter.
- Dog has started her DEFRA Pet Protocol with her microchip installled. Next week she has her appointment to get her vaccinations.
- Hunny’s overseas job search has started in earnest online, and his travel arrangements have to be made this week. As of right now, his living arrangements haven’t been finalized, but he hopes to have that sorted by the end of the week.
- All the stuff we put in storage is started to be sorted… Slowly.
- And lastly, our Canadian passports are being applied for tomorrow morning, so they should only take a couple of weeks at most. Canada is less twitchy about such things. 😉 (It took 3 and a half months for our UK passports to get sorted, and we still don’t have my documents back yet, just the passport.)
I will miss Canada so much, but I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.
And then there were two…
Yep, another passport came in… and we do expect Hunny’s before too long. Mine, however, is stalled till I can get some more proof that my father is my father. ?? Anyhow *shrug* whatever. I’ll just through the hoops. What bothers me most is that because they have all our original documents, I’m forced to reapply for a second copy of my marriage certificate, so I can reapply for a second copy of my Birth Certificate… to prove … not sure. But well, I guess it’s always good to have a spare. I think.
We’ll keep you updated!
Ya. That doesn’t mean the passports are here… but it means FINALLY, through patient perseverance, I finally got through to someone who understood what I was trying to explain about my birth certificate. I had to load up my Skype account and call all the way to the UK, but it was worth it! Spoke to a very nice gentleman who seemed genuinely surprised that 1. we’ve been waiting for about three months now, and 2. my full birth certificate was being questioned given the circumstances (that QC didn’t “do” proper birth certificates till 23 years after my birth… they had church records, but that was it.) He sent a letter off to get clarification on the matter and to light a little fire under Durham’s bottom – and promised to get back to me by Tuesday. SO… YAY!
It’s Here! It’s Here!
Now when I say the passports aren’t here, I mean, the ALL aren’t here. My son’s has arrived!!! I also expect my daughter’s shortly as they were most likely sent out at the same time. If we don’t get it today, I’ll give them another little shout on Monday as couriers shouldn’t take this long. I’m hoping the delivery guy was just afraid of braving the torrential downpour we had yesterday afternoon. LOL!
Family is still not pleased, but I see a fair bit of back-pedalling going on – but really, though forgiveness is within our abilities, trusting might not be for a while. One bitten, twice shy they say.
I just wanted to note here. Anyone in Canada who is reading this, and has EVER deal with public officials (civil servant workers) – you need to know, the workers in the UK, though a thousand times vaguer… they are at least a thousand times more pleasant to deal with!! I have been warned that in person they aren’t as nice, but I don’t know… they are pretty awesomely polite and helpful on the phone. Even the one who was telling me nonsense about my birth certificate was respectful, friendly, and polite. Can’t beat that! One MORE gold star for the UK Side! 😉
Keepin’ y’all updated! See ya soon, hopefully with more good news!