Monday, 12 September 2011

Settling in?

Pretty nice looking country!
Well I’m landed and as it sits right now I have a roof over my head. Yesterday was a kind of difficult day towards the end, but it ended well.

There isn’t really all that much to tell right now about where I’m staying. There’s a field with some cows an sheep in it in the middle of town and there’s a pretty big (horse) racetrack at the other end of town.

I learned a bit more about the restaurant (L’enclume) where I’ll be working. It dates back to the 12th century (from the same time of the priory in the town). L’enclume meaning ‘anvil’ in french because where the restaurant is now used to be the blacksmith. In fact, the original anvil is in the restaurant. Hopefully I’ll be able to get more photos of that for you later on.

I am right now staying in the ‘staff house’ which is actually a house in the more residential part of town, but I should be moving into a flat with two of the other girls who work at l’enclume. It’s not that I don’t like the people I’m living with right now, it’s actually the opposite, they’re all really nice! There’s currently myself, a chef (I forgot his name), Vincent (he’s a server and he’s very french), his girlfriend Lindsey and Olla, a polish girl. Like I said, it’s not like I don’t like the people here, but I’m sharing a room (bunk bed, no less) with Olla at the moment and the bathroom with all the previously mentioned people. If you know me, you know my standard when it comes to clean... I think it’ll be easier to keep up with those living in the flat with the other 2 girls as opposed to this group (too many people means too many people not wanting to “clean up other people’s mess”).

But I think the thing that makes the move more final is that there is a shower at the new place. There’s only a bath tub here and I don’t know if I can handle living in a place with only a bath tub for more than a couple of days, forget a whole year.

I should be moving into the new place tomorrow but as far as I know there isn’t an internet connection there yet. I hope we get one soon as it is pretty hard living here without one (the one at the staff house sucks royally, working very occasionally and for short periods of time).

Work starts at 8:30 on Wednesday so hopefully I’ll have something more interesting to say then!


  1. Shelly! So awesome that you made it to England! Love that you're posting your adventure here, it lets me live vicariously through you ;)

    I'll be checking in all the time! Keep us posted :)

    Miss you, lots of love from Ottawa!

  2. I love the look of the English countryside! I hope that you are getting more settled in!
    PS- Thanks for the postcard :D