The good bits #12

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So far August is hurtling past, and amid the long hot and sunny days we have been exploring our new home.The kitties have settled well and are enjoying having more windows, and importantly large window sills to sprawl along. They seem to approve and already have several favourite spots.

First impressions of this city are that is is vibrant, so green, and has lots to do, especially outdoor activities. the weather has been glorious, for once I feel like I’ve had a proper summer, its consistently 30+ degrees, with a few instances nearer 40 – which has been a little too warm for my delicate rose skin. Aside from avoiding the mid afternoon, I have however been enjoying living in shorts and flip flops, and making the most of the local outdoor pool, ice cream and abundance of vitamin D. I created a summer wardrobe, although if I’m honest I’m really looking forward to ‘fall’ which is my favourite time of year. I cant wait to be cold enough to wrap up warm again!

Kiwi and I have begun exploring our new state, with a few trips south and west. Visiting one of the islands on the great salt lake, eating our body weight in ice cream shakes (almost) and hiking to some darling hot pools.

We also had a fantastic time in the UK, and reminisced about home (well for me anyway) complete with bbq’s, Pimms, camping and enjoying a few days around our old stomping ground. It’s hard to believe I landed in the US a whole year ago – it’sĀ  a bit longer for Kiwi. In some ways it really doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone that long, but I guess we have crammed a lot into the last year.

As we approach Labour day – this is effectively like August bank holiday weekend, it’s officially the end of the summer but as Americans get less holidays its even bigger! we will be exploring more of the national parks whilst the weather is still good. We are looking into ski season passes for the approaching season and finding some local treasures.

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Memorial day weekend

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Happy Memorial day Y’all! or second May bank holiday for all my peeps back in the UK. Traditionally at home this would be a long weekend with lots of rain, and a few festivals and fun activities. For memorial day we decided to pack in as much as possible, starting the weekend with a very classy evening of vintage jazz. This was set at Langlabs, where we ventured for another evening of live music. We once again had some delicious margaritas, and enjoyed some relaxing jazz music. A few people were decked out in 1920’s garb, which had me longing for my pearl necklace and imaginary flapper dress. Continue reading

The good bits #8

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8 whole months of living in the USA!!! DONE!!!! And we have survived winter! I still regularly pinch myself because I forget for a moment where I am. Everyday I learn new things, such as that in the US ‘tinned’ as in tinned tomatoes isn’t a common phrase, its canned. I tried my first rise n roll and thought I may have had a sugar OD. There are no ceiling lights so if I wish I can practice indoor handstands. We have daffodils and tulips sprouting left right and centre, and the evenings are long. Continue reading

Bonnie Doon – 1950’s Amercian drive through & diner

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The iconic drive through. Decorated with bold colours, seats to enjoy the sunshine, old school box speakers to order your food and original trays to eat your food whilst in the car. I can see why eating in your car never really took off, but this place is a treat. On a recent trip to the Studebaker museum there were several pictures and a mock up of this drive through. I assumed that it had disappeared long ago, but a quick google search to see what happened to it showed not only was it still standing but it was still in business! Bonnie Doom sells burgers and fries but by far the speciality is their ice cream! Yep that’s right drive though ice cream.

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