Thursday, 31 March 2011

What I've learned so far . . .

-John Lewis department stores far surpass any other department store I've been to. They have seven floors of shops and restaurants. We purchased our couch there. (It should be arriving on Tuesday! Woo hoo!)

-I have no idea how to work my washing machine. Not a clue. It is currently full of clothes and detergent but I can't get it to work. It lights up, but won't turn on. Blergh.

-Ikea is just the same in the UK as it is in the US except they offer donuts instead of cinnamon rolls. Oh, and they deliver!

-Coffee makers are a bit hard to find here. There were about four or five at John Lewis. If you are looking for an electric kettle, however, you will have no problem finding the perfect one. There were well over twenty different options.

-There are lots of kids and babies in our neighborhood.

-To touch on the previous observation, I will also note that if your child is screaming on your afternoon walk (despite having recently eaten and having recently had a diaper change), and there is no obvious place to sit and nurse her (without going into a cafe) it appears to be okay to nurse her in your local Sainsburys.

-I can't find the battery charger for the camera and the camera is dead. :(

-Alba Pizza is some of the best pizza I've ever had.

-I have no idea how to regulate the temperature in my shower. I think it is just going to be easier to stick to baths (good thing I'm bath person!).

-If you lock the door to our flat from the outside, there is no way to open it from the inside unless you have a key. This could be a problem if someone is ringing your doorbell (to deliver your new iPhones) and you can't find a set of keys!

-Last, but not least, I've learned that Charlotte's playmat allows me to get a shower AND breakfast! I have even had time to do a little organizing, emailing and blogging. :)


  1. This may be a stupid suggestion, but the same thing happened to me at my in-laws' last weekend - I couldn't get the washing machine to turn on. Apparently, the door wasn't actually shut all the way. Rookie mistake!

  2. That was it!! You have to go through an extra step to actually shut the door. Who knew?

  3. phew! mama, you sound like you are totally settling in just fine... ;)

  4. Huzzah! Also, that is an especially adorable picture of your daughter. :)

  5. Is it a power shower? (white box on the wall above real faucet) You turn "tap" on and regulate the temp with the white box. If you don't have a power shower, regulating the temp through a regular tap is damn near impossible (get a power shower :)

    Take an up close picture of the washing machine...maybe someone can figure it out.

    Sainsbury's is great, but find a super Tesco's or Asco (like walmart) much cheaper (but sainsbuy's or M&S for the goooood stuff :) Try for a coffee maker and other awesome deals. Their inventory changes weekly with the season

  6. Oh yeah, and I always kept my keys in the door with it locked. I assume you can't open it from the outside if you don't have the key right? I was always terrified Trysten would lock me out somehow!

  7. Adorable Charlotte is getting cuter by the minute.


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