Weekend Reflections

What a weekend it was! So much happened…so many decisions made which could change our lives forever….but for the good šŸ™‚Ā I am really happy to share some good news with my readers. S’s got a wonderful job offer so we will be relocating soon!! Yayy!! <:o)

Nyways, like one of my friend pointed out to me yesterday…May was a very eventful month for us. It first started off with S’s birthday…and then follwed with allĀ our Visa extensions…without which getting this job would have been pretty difficultĀ but theĀ icing on the cake wasĀ finding a place to set up our new home in Staines.

The chain of events started off on thursday…receiving the offer letter, then our visa documents, submitting his resignation letter and finding a new place….and all this happened in a span of 72 hrs. We wereĀ astonishedĀ to find a new place in justĀ 3 hours. Now the only aspect I am nervous about is the packing and moving. I am sad when I think of leaving MK. I have made some very good friends here…I am used to the place….it is a beautiful city to live in but ocassionaly one does feel lonely.

Milton Keynes is a new city. It was designated as a new town only in 1967. It is one of the most planned city’s in UK. The best thing I like about this city is the foot paths šŸ˜€ where we go for our regular walks. You don’t have the problem of heavy traffic. It’s green, it’s beautiful. MK also has some of the best restaurants…one of our favourites being Nando’s….which I just found out is also in Staines. Double Yayyy <:o) !!!!

Staines is a very good city too. The best thing I like about the place is it’s close proximity to some of the most important cities and tourist spots in UK. Heathrow airport is justĀ 4 miles away, Southall…famous for it’s Indian restaurants and IndianĀ Stores is just 12 miles away…and to top it all…Windsor castle and Eton CollegeĀ areĀ just 8-9 miles away. The Grand Union CanalĀ which branches off from the RiverĀ Thames flows through the city…which gives it beautiful landscape and recreational facilities with some of the best boating places and picnic spots. Laleham village, which was adjudged an ‘Outstainding Neighbourhood’ during Britain in Bloom, 2007 is just a mile away from where we live. The residents and volunteers also hold various outdoor activites…like Fairs, Carnivals, K9 walks and Village Fairs. I just hope these events are open for all and not just for Laleham village residents.

Anyhoo, I think I can confidently say that Staines is a place to be…..even before moving. Just hope I won’t be disappointed once I get there. With riverside restaurants, good shopping areas and it’s close proximity to London…S and I can have a ball šŸ˜€ We love the outdoors. Milton Keynes does have beautful lakes and parks…but we need to get our car out for almost everything. It shouldn’t be the same in Staines. I love walking, going out for drinks and with theĀ High StreetĀ just 20 minutes on foot, I am sure to love it!!!! Hope I’ll make new friends šŸ™‚ like I did in MK.

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Recently Captured :)

Our long weekend will be ending in about 5 hours from now and what a wonderful weekend it was.Ā S, I andĀ couple of our friendsĀ went to Blemheim Palace near Oxford City. Except for the cloudy weather and the elaborateĀ history on the life ofĀ SirĀ Winston Churchill at the Palace,Ā it was excellent. The gardens were beautiful.Ā Apparently, the current resident of the Palace is John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough (No…I didn’t by heart the whole thing…I cut and paste it :D) and how lucky is he to be living in such a beautiful place.

The pictures below were taken in one of the palace gardens’ called theĀ ‘Secret Garden’…sounds mystical doesn’t it? And it is equally beautiful. Two of the pics below…

PS: I thought the pictures looked good in Black & White. If anyone wants to take a look at the coloured ones….let me know šŸ™‚ Hope you guys like ’em.

I will also be posting some pics of Jousting.…sport of the rich and noble šŸ˜€ If you don’t know what I mean…watchĀ A Knight’s Tale starring the late Heath Ledger.Ā So Stay Tuned….!Ā