Things You Forget About England When Living Away

Since moving back at Christmas, the following are the quirky things I took for granted in over 30 years of living in England prior to moving to France, simple list I know, if you can think of any others, leave ’em as a comment:-

  1. Ice Cream Vans: “Popeye The Sailor Man” ringing out all over the place
  2. Gardens: Everyone spends all their time making them look great
  3. Washing cars:  There is a guy down our road that washes his 3 times a week
  4. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man: The clanging of a handbell (normally a 13yr old leaning out the passenger window) to alert houses that a van willing to pick up your scrapmetal is coming
  5. Flipflops and Shorts in 10c: As soon as the sky is sunny, out they come
  6. Ice creams: With a flake
  7. Pubs: Nowhere else does it better
  8. No Dog poo: None, all in the bag
  9. Smiling faces from old people: Again, see no 7
  10. Smiling faces in the street: See no 9
  11. Fish and Chips: Always miss them right up to the moment you eat them, feel bloated and sick after
  12. Teachers that Smile: See no 10
  13. Supermarket workers that help: Unlike any other country
  14. No dress code outside work: No-one cares
  15. Cold evenings: No matter how hot it is during the day, you can’t sit out at night without freezing, yet everyone does
  16. Bitter: Pint of
  17. Large Glass of Wine: Half a Bottle
  18. Eat as much as you can for £10: You just have to
  19. Newspapers delivered at 7am: By car these days
  20. Neighbours: Everyone needs a good one, and they all talk to you
  21. Window cleaner: Ladder on the back of a ford capri
  22. Milkman: In the Tesla of the 70’s
  23. Postman: In shorts all year round, see No5
  24. Tea: By the gallon
  25. Pork Pies and Sausage Rolls: See No 11

Any others you can think of?

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