Remind me why Britain is so great, please!?

(48 Posts)
ContinentalKat Thu 24-May-12 20:40:22

My dh is British, I am not. We've been living over here for 2.5 years now and I am suffering from a bit of homesickness!

I can only see the negative side at the moment, please remind me why Britain is so great!

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WhereYouLeftIt Thu 24-May-12 20:51:23

Temperate climate.
No dangerous wildlife.
Police do not carry guns.
The NHS.
The BBC.

PestoSandalissimos Thu 24-May-12 20:55:46

Chelsea Flower Show
Country pubs
Bluebell woods
No rabies
No wolves or bears
Only 1 poisonous snake (and even that isn't deadly)
Proper cups of tea available everywhere

PestoSandalissimos Thu 24-May-12 20:57:55

Beautiful coastline
Marks & Spencer
Decent public transport

joanofarchitrave Thu 24-May-12 21:00:43

Whereabouts are you living? A couple of days ago i took ds down the towpath on our bikes, and the path was surrounded with Queen Anne's Lace and there were great shocks of mayflowers at every turn. Later DH and I went for a walk on the high hill nearby and passed a great mass of mixed forget-me-nots and bluebells as we went through the woods and gardens. In our garden the roses are full of buds, it's the best year yet for strawberry flowers, and the potato and bean plants make it all look so lush. The apple blossom is gone but a lot of the blossom has set so I'm already looking forward to late summer's apples. I can sit inside and look at all this while listening to Radio 4 documentaries on BBC iplayer, free, and at the weekends I can either enjoy it or head into town to look at treasures looted gathered from the world, free.

The thing is though, I feel like this because Britain is my home and I can do all this and still it's a short drive to see my mum or my sister. Why not tell us about your home - what do you miss?

surroundedbyblondes Thu 24-May-12 21:01:19

Cups of proper tea and good sausages and bacon.
Cheap children's clothes

That's what I miss about it anyway.

sanguinechompa Thu 24-May-12 21:06:49

less racism and more open-mindedness towards those with disabilities

beautiful green countryside

good shopping!

M & S knickers

salt and vinegar crisps

a beautiful language which is hugely figurative and analogical

Sorry to hear you are feeling homesick? Whereabouts are you?


sanguinechompa Thu 24-May-12 21:07:05

Sorry - one question mark too many there

ContinentalKat Thu 24-May-12 21:19:27

I'm in the home counties, a beautiful little town but I really miss Germany!

I think I'm just feeling a bit sorry for myself, because everything here is rubbish, and everything in Germany is fab. Which is, of course, utter nonsense, and I know it. sad

Sorry, but the Chelsea flower show does not make Britain great, but it reminds me that I do like British humor and eccentricity and don't miss German "humor" or whatever passes for that back home

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LoopyLoopsTootTootToots Thu 24-May-12 21:24:55

Things I think I will miss:

TV (especially university challenge, DH will miss all the reality crap)
cheddar cheese
proper milk
proper tea
No touchy feely social conventions
Salad cream
wispa gold
pub gardens
roast dinner

(so, mostly food)

sanguinechompa Thu 24-May-12 21:29:12

Could you put out a call for any German nationals/mums where you live? I find it helps so much if you have just one or two friends from "back home" to whom you can natter!

Failing all else, I guess it is not long before the summer holidays begin. Are you going back home then?

ContinentalKat Thu 24-May-12 21:34:54

Thankfully there are loads of Germans here, and it's nice to have a good old moan every now and then about how the milk / bread / windows / shoes / beds / ... are all wrong here.

Incidentally, milk seems to be wrong everywhere other than at home. Dh wouldn't shut up about the milk being wrong when we were living in Germany!

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ContinentalKat Thu 24-May-12 21:38:07

Oh, and we might be off for a weekend in Germany before the summer hols!

I need a weekend there to put things into perspective again. We went there for Christmas and I couldn't wait to get back home to the UK!

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sanguinechompa Thu 24-May-12 21:46:17

Good that you have support around you!

I live in Belgium where the bread is excellent. Much as I love going home to the UK, I find I just can't eat the bread there anymore and when we do (out of politeness) my stomach swells and I feel horrible! (My sister thinks I am being horribly precious but it is actually true!)

Don't get me started on food in the UK though. I served my dd a snack of baked beans on toast blush when we were holidaying with my family a while back and she spat them out in horror saying it tasted like "pudding". When I sampled them, I could not believe the amount of sugar that had been added to the tin. I'm not sure British parents are aware of it. In Belgium, "haricots verts a la sauce tomate" is just that - with nothing added.

Do miss lovely Welsh lamb though!

It's swings and roundabouts isn't it really?

sanguinechompa Thu 24-May-12 21:46:58

Yes - I no longer feel at home in the UK either - after two weeks I am ready to get back to Belgium!

captainbarnacle Thu 24-May-12 22:01:56

How can milk be wrong?!

ContinentalKat Thu 24-May-12 22:17:02

I'm not sure about the milk, but when we were living in Germany dh wouldn't shut up about the milk being wrong. A lot of my German friends think English milk is wrong. I think they're all nuts

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NicholasTeakozy Thu 24-May-12 22:21:55

The milk's wong because we homogenise it, then pasteurise it. Don't bother with the homogenisation and just filter it, you'll get a much tastier product.

What's good about the UK? Lots of things. South Shropshire, Brewdog, Thornbridge Jaipur IPA, black pudding, Spaghetti Junction, self deprecating sense of humour, London, Brighton, North Devon, West Wales, Scotch Pies, fish and chips and chicken tikka masala. Oh, the best non-league football anywhere.

That's a start.

LoopyLoopsTootTootToots Thu 24-May-12 22:22:25

Pimms and cider

joanofarchitrave Thu 24-May-12 22:25:42

small town in the home counties - hmm, that could be the problem...

out of interest, what's wrong with the beds here? I must say, I feel I've only just got a really comfortable bed, first ever, and I'm 43.

SillyBeardyDaddyman Thu 24-May-12 22:33:31

One of the best things we brits do is import foreign goods. Go to sainsbo and you can buy milka chocolate, Brunswick ham and smoked cheese. Go to aldi/lidl and you can get frikadelen.

These things might make you feel a bit more at home?

SillyBeardyDaddyman Thu 24-May-12 22:37:11

German deli

jollydiane Thu 24-May-12 22:38:13

Our seasons
BBC (especially Radio 4)
Nice cup of tea
The countryside, you are never that far away from the sea or a mountain for some amazing walks.
Comedy Store
Sense of fair play and order (generally)

kleeen Mon 28-May-12 14:48:02

well, as an American considering whether or not to move back to the US from London, I can tell you a few things I would miss:
sense of humour
pubs and being able to bring kids to pubs
countryside drives and walks
free museums
lots of parks
being called love, darling or sweetheart everyday by strangers
normal political politics (as opposed to religious, moral and ethical politics back home)
perfect cup of tea anywhere you go

I'm still not sure where we will end up. Is it possible to live in one country and still raise your kids to be British?

PooPooInMyToes Mon 28-May-12 19:30:04

I'm still not sure where we will end up. Is it possible to live in one country and still raise your kids to be British?

Id like to know the answer to that.

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