Our year in England

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

Our Trip

After I retired in January 2020 we had planned to travel. We were going to Italy for the month of May, Hawaii to see friends over the summer and to England in the fall for our usual visit. Of course, the onset of the pandemic changed all of that! After a summer with 60 days where the temperature hit triple digits in Rancho Mirage we started talking about our plans for retirement.

I have always wanted to live overseas for a bit, we started talking about me getting an Italian passport and Melissa getting her Irish passport so we both had EU travel permissions. That all was possible, but it was going to take time. Then we thought about England. Melissa has her UK passport and she wanted to spend more time with her family and friends there. I could easily get a spousal visa as well. After investigating the VISA possibilities and the cost of such an adventure we decided to give it a go. After all the preparations, applying for a visa, getting plane tickets, figuring out how to get our cat Frida there, finding a place to live and packing our house, sending some to England and most to storage we headed to England for a year or so.

This Blog is my photography and writings on the yearlong adventure we are on. I hope you enjoy.
Our Trip


  •  19/05/2021 03:03 PM

Faringdon is the local historic market town. Blink and you’ll miss it, it’s tucked away off a busy road that connects Oxford to Swindon. We visit for everyday needs, from supermarkets to doctors and the weekly market. We didn’t choose it, just the general location, but it turns out that it has a fascinating past.

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  •  18/04/2021 03:09 PM

Our favorite walk along the Fernham Woods path and back through the Ringdale Manor.

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  •  27/03/2021 02:20 PM

Walks along The Ridgeway, England's oldest trail.

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  •  16/03/2021 10:23 AM

While in Painswick we took a lot of local walks, including through the churchyard and the mills down by the stream. Here is a bit of history and the pictures of those walks.

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Contact us

  • Little Coxwell, Faringdon, England, United Kingdom

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