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Danny
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Fiona went to NZ with her mum and sis, probably almost 30 years ago, because her bro emigrated there (North Island) a few years earlier. F was struck by how old fashioned NZ was back then. They were refused a sherry in a bar because there was no man with them. Eeek

I guess things have changed dramatically in the meantime, especially with the Lord of the Rings movies. I recently saw a TV programme as I sat in my service garage foyer waiting for my car to be serviced. It was probably one of a series about couples who wanted to emigrate. This pair wanted to leave Glasgow for NZ. The NZ footage, housing, amenities and general standard of living appeared to be superb. The guy and kids were up for it it but the mom had ageing parents in Glasgow and vetoed it (fair enough). But it did get me thinking.

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It's a place I've always wanted to see too.

I'll try that again!

Fri 4-Jun-10
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I suppose there is always that thought - what if?

Thinking about it, if UK plc were to put on a tourist video, wouldn't we see the same features here - there must be lots of people who do think it worthwhile moving here (no politics, just being realistic).

We have friends who moved to New Zealand, and were back in UK two years later.

We also have friends who (admittedly he is a New Zealander, she is English) went back there and found the whole deal absolutely wonderful - in fact they are trying to persuade our daughter and family to join them!

I read an article in our local expat newspaper (in France), about people who see living abroad as a 'dream life', and I think this is the possible recipe for it not working. Approaching it with the view that it is still the same life, but in a different country will be better preparation.

Just re-read this post, and it sounds rather serious - sorry about that, not normally my style. Big_Laugh   Big_Laugh

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No I think I agree with you Brightspark. I have now lived in three different "foreign" countries and they are the same life only different. All the bureaucracy would drive you mad if you think that in the UK there is not much bureaucracy but really it is just stuff your used to and so you don't notice it so much. There are different systems of paying for things, the Latvians love their stamps and contracts and their paperwork but at least it gives some traceability to the projects that get done but can be a bit maddening at times. Buying a house though is simplicity itself, you and the owner agree a price you go to the notars, they write out a contract you sign it and you pay - house is yours. Two weeks later you get the land book to say that you legally own it. It can all be done and dusted in a day if you both parties agree on the price.

The Danes have taxes on their taxes and the Americans are nothing unless they have a credit history which you can't have unless you have been there a while - maddening when you first move and your husband is on a very good wage and it counts for nothing!!!!!Steam $200 limit on a credit card is a joke when it comes to paying hotel bills. When we move we expect a honeymoon period when the novelty is lovely, then the novelty wears off and reality sets in and it gets hard for a while before everything then becomes routine. Better stop before I write an essay on expat living.

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I wanted to share this slightly arty picture of my Clematis.  It failed to flower last year but now it's blooming its socks off and I love it.

I'll try that again!

Fri 4-Jun-10
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Wow TA,  that is so beautiful.     Star     Are there many flowers?

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Thanks Danuta.  There are only two flowers blooming at the mo but it has the promise of many more to come.  My Irises have been flowering for several weeks now bless them,  I suspect it had a lot to do with the hard winter.

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My clematis are good this year too- huge blooms and plenty of them. Smashing!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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They're lovely to look at aren't they?   I wish these had a perfume though as my Irises do.

 I thought of you the other week Kate when I photographed some Lichen in Macro mode, they looked just like some of the paintings you've shown us.

I'll try that again!

Fri 4-Jun-10
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I'm a big lichen fan....oooh 1+1!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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I'll post a pic or two tomorrow if you like?  I don't get math any more..Smug

I'll try that again!

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Anyone else noticed how beautiful and bright Venus has been at dusk this past week or so, especially when the sky is clear?

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 5-Jun-10
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Yes, it's beautiful isn't it?

Photobucket is having a hissy fit with me so I can't post any Lichen pictures just yet.  Imageshack has changed the way one shares pictures and I  haven't yet worked that out, so I'll forget about it for today.

I'll try that again!

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Photobucket has let me in!  So here is a picture of some Lichen,

it is really minute but when enlarged it looks like a moon-scape

or sea weed.

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I'll try that again!

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Lovely pictures, but I can't read all of this page now. I think it happens when TA puts text along side photos...RunAway

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