British Expat Newsletter: February 2019

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What a lovely pleasant afternoon we’ve just enjoyed. Sitting on a balcony, sipping fizz and looking down eight floors to the estuary below. Under a brilliant blue cloudless sky, passers-by have been strolling along in their shirtsleeves, taking selfies or watching the kiddies throw breadcrumbs to the seagulls below the pier.

Yes, we’re on holiday, getting some much needed sunshine after nearly three months of unrelenting cold and grey. And the location of our blissful idyll? Er…North Kent!

We came back to do a bit of shopping and to grab a couple of things out of our loft which didn’t make it into our baggage in the move in late October. And we were lucky to catch the tail end of some highly unseasonal weather which has been accompanied by all the usual markers of spring – hedgehogs awakening from hibernation, crocuses flowering, trees blossoming.

This wasn’t what we’d been expecting at all. In fact, Dave had been insisting that we had to head somewhere in southern Europe for our change of climate and scenery. We briefly considered Naples. But after reading so many descriptions of the city that seemed to rely on churches and pizza as the only highpoints, we settled on Istanbul. And sure enough, it snowed. Grr.

So it was quite a relief to come back to the UK and find the weather unseasonably warm. It was also interesting to see for ourselves whether there was any sense of impending doom (Remainers) or excitement/impatience (Leavers). Actually, there wasn’t much of either – just people going about their business pretty much as usual. Apart from the shirtsleeves, of course.

Let’s hope it’s still as calm in a month’s time…

Our latest Pic of the Week comes from the Yemeni island of Socotra, home to the bizarrely shaped dragon blood tree.

And our latest Quick Quiz asks you five questions about Yemen – created in 1990 by the union of North and South Yemen and beset by civil war for much of the time since then. Small wonder that it’s the poorest country in the Middle East. But what else do you know about it?

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