Checking in here from Plymouth, England. We are still with Angela and we are having a wonderful time. Her 70 ducks keep us entertained at all points of the day. Angela is currently picking up 12 MORE ducks, 2 MORE geese, and ANOTHER dog! We will have our hands full! The animals do not need much work though. They just need to be let out and put back to bed at night. Feeding time is always interesting and fun. We have to corral all the ducks into the barn and once the food comes out they go crazy!! The sheep are always trying to butt their way into the barn and they try (and have succeeded a few times) to eat all the duck food. There was already a chicken named Brian so Angela named one of the ducks Colleen. Colleen the duck, is always leading a pack of three other ducks and they are always the ones escaping and exploring the garden, she thought it was perfect for her to be named Colleen! Gotta say, it is nice having a duck named after you
Angela lives in a beautiful area. We have Dartmoor national park basically in our back yard. This is a beautiful protected area and is the image of “English countryside”. There are sheep, cows, horses grazing everywhere and it really makes you feel as if you went back in time. We are also a short drive (about seven minutes) to the city. The city is great! Plymouth has HUNDREDS of charity shops. Angela takes us charity store shopping all the time and we always have a great time. So far I bought a scarf and my “Christmas Shoes”. I didn’t have any that matched my Christmas clothes (aka my only niceish clothes I packed!). The University is basically the center of the city. Many things are focused on the university but that means that there are a lot of cheap stores and pubs
Angela tries to take us out and give us a tour often. We have gone to the water front many times and we always see something new. We were able to see the Mayflower steps. Of course, this is where the great United States began… It pretty much was like Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, not much there! But it was still interesting to see where “it” all began. We also went on a wonderful walk in Cornwall. We took a ferry over. It was (or still is, not really sure) owned by a Lord. The whole garden is open for walking and it was beautiful! Not many people think to come to Plymouth for tourism but it is a lovely city and you feel right at home when you are here (might be the fact that it is the first English speaking place we have been to in a really long time but still…)!
What else…Christmas is in full swing here. I keep thinking, wait we still have Thanksgiving! Then I remember we are in England, so I understand why they are already in full blow for Christmas. I’m trying to think of other random facts that I can share…I think I officially decided what colleges to apply to! Wooooo!! It is very strange doing applications again. One, I cannot remember anything such as grades, classes, etc. Mrs. Witkowski and I have had more then a few emails going back and forth! However, technology is amazing because it gives me the ability to do this over seas! Hmmm…started doing push-ups every morning…yup, reminded me of how weak I am. We have had some English specialties. Angela tries to make us something English every day. We have had pasties, bread and butter pudding, shepherds pie, rice pudding (don’t think this is English but I had never had it before) and many other wonderful foods! Aidan and I are FINALLY meeting up in Ireland in about a week. I cannot wait to see him, I am sure we are going to have the best time with him. We get to stay with his Grandparents which I am greatly appreciated of. My whole family surprised me by saying they are all coming up to Switzerland. I still can’t believe it and I am so excited, I am counting down the days until we can all be together again! I think this is about it. Can’t think of any other random facts about me right now.
I hope everyone is doing well, I am thinking about you all here in Europe. Can’t wait to be back in the beautiful NY but right now I am exploring the world!