Whew! That’s done

We are back from our holiday and we have moved into the new flat. The last few weeks have been busy and mostly fun(except for the two moving days). Both of us like the new flat but it is a huge change. Many of you may remember that when we moved to London we planned on staying for two years. That’s changed. We now plan on staying much longer. For many years hopefully. Let’s face it, I still have many pubs to visit.

With this in mind we want to buy a place in the next year or two. So right now we are living in a tiny flat. I mean tiny. The rent is cheaper and that means we can save more for a down payment on a place of our own. Miles and Atticus like having a smaller place since most of the time all of us are in the same room. They will be even more spoiled by the end of this adventure if that’s possible. To make up for the small living space, we now have a little private garden and the boys love that as well. And we can grill again. We haven’t been able to for two years.

Now that I have internet in the new place I decided it’s time to start blogging again. I enjoyed my break but I also missed you guys. I’ll do my best to pop in soon and see what you’ve been up to.

To get back into the swing of things here’s a challenge for you folks. Below is a photo from one of the places we visited on our recent holiday. Any guesses where we went and what’s in the photo?


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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103 Responses to Whew! That’s done

  1. Vishy says:

    Welcome back, TBM! Nice to know that your move went well and you are liking your new flat though it is smaller. It is wonderful that you have a garden in your new place. That picture is quite interesting. Looking forward to finding out the name of that place. Looking forward to also reading your holiday post and seeing the pictures.

  2. Fukushima?!?
    You’re back!!!!!!!!! Hello and welcome, it’s been just awful without you. I even started talking to Jackie C and that Lynda… you can tell how desperate we all were…!
    I think we need some photos of Miles and Atticus cozying up in your new abode 🙂

  3. Welcome back and welcome to your new home – when are we all invited round for a bbq?! Was going to say Rotorua but the trees aren’t right so somewhere “Scandewegian” (!) perhaps?

    • TBM says:

      Not sure I know Rotorua. If that’s in Iceland than you are correct. And we still have to reassemble the bbq. We may need a few beers for that project.

  4. That almost looks like Death Valley so somewhere in Australia?

  5. I think it’s Iceland, and those are hot springs. Am I right?? I really love that shot by the way – it’s very mysterious looking. For some reason, it makes me think a story should be written about it :). On a side note, it’s Sept. 11th, and we had our hottest day of the year yesterday, and today’s not going to be far off. Then by the weekend, the temperature is going to drop drastically :(. So, it’s 7:25 am here right not, and I am sitting outside going through my emails, listening to the bugs and birds for probably the last time this year :(. Oh, how I will miss it!!

  6. okay is this like Ms Loony’s mystery photo? It is obvious that it is Kate and her husband, what’s his name’s back yard, though I think they should do a little landscaping–after all his grandma has a few bucks. btw missed you while you were moving but glad you like your new flat and the “kids” are happy.

  7. niasunset says:

    Welcome back dear TBM, I am glad to hear you again, I missed you 🙂 Good Luck in you new home. This photograph seems to me from Icelan, but I am not sure… Thank you, love, nia

  8. Beth Ann says:

    Looks like hot springs someplace but where ???? Can’t wait for the reveal. Welcome back, by the way. Moving is exhausting but it sounds as if you found the perfect place for the “kids” as well as yourselves. Good on ya. 🙂

  9. welcome back! your new place sounds great: less space to clean and an outdoor area to call your own. nice 🙂 i’d love to see some pictures of the garden.

    • TBM says:

      I do like having less space to clean, but I am finding I have to keep it tidier or I can’t move around much. The garden will be the best part I think. Thanks!

  10. wolke205 says:

    Welcome back 🙂 I have no idea where this could be 😀 Moving is a pain in the butt… but a little private garden is great 🙂

  11. Geoff W says:

    Clearly it’s the Dead Marshes. I mean duh! Glad to hear the move was successful.

  12. Is that Iceland?
    I hope it is – I’m planning a trip there & would love to hear some tips!

    • TBM says:

      When are you going? We only had a couple of days there, but we loved the place. Such a beautiful place and the capital is so calm compared to other capital cities I’ve been to.

      • Looking at going in October, but I don’t know when would be the best time so still looking into it. October looks like a winner because I heard it was a good time for the northern lights…did you get to see them?

      • TBM says:

        We didn’t see them and are thinking of a return trip to see them. I hope you see them and let me know if it’s worthwhile to go back. Dress warm. I was a little chilly and it was August.

  13. bocafrau says:

    Welcome back. Look at it this way – tiny flat = less to clean!!! 🙂 So, it looks like you went somewhere where there are natural hot springs – I’m thinking Iceland or even Eastern Europe (but you were just in Prague, so maybe not.) Can’t wait to find out. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      You’re right: Iceland! and I like the thought–less cleaning. I’m not a huge fan of cleaning. Not by a long shot.

      • bocafrau says:

        Ha, me neither. That’s why I always hesitate when talk about needing a bigger home starts – I’d rather make do with what we have and not worry about keeping up with the Joneses…
        Hope you enjoyed Iceland – one of my husband’s good friend’s is from there and he’s told us many amazing stories. Did you try any of the hard fish???

      • TBM says:

        I didn’t try the hard fish. I’m not much of a fish fan. We did go to a nice fish restaurant and shared some sushi. I need to remember the name of the restaurant in case you go. It was a nice place.

  14. bulldog says:

    Glad you’re back.. missed you…

  15. Caroline says:

    Welcome back, I’m glad the move went well.
    My two cats would have a hard time in asmal apartment what with all that running but if you want a place of your own in London, then it seems reasonable to cut don on the expenses.
    I was thinking Iceland as well.

    • TBM says:

      Att is a 11 and doesn’t run around that much anymore. He’s enjoying the back garden when it isn’t raining. He loves to sit there and watch everything around him. You got it right: Iceland.

  16. adinparadise says:

    Good to see you again, TBM. Glad the move went well. These look like geysers. is it Yellowstone?

  17. poppytump says:

    Hi TBM ! … holiday .. new home .. so much you need to tell us 😉
    Welcome back !

  18. Lynda says:

    My guess? Yellowstone National park in Wyoming, and that steam looks like Old Faithful. Were you here in the states for a part of your trip? If it isn’t, then it is an uncanny resemblance.

    Glad you are back, and getting settled in your new home. 😉

    • TBM says:

      We were in the States for part of our trip: NY for the tennis. On the way back to London we made a two-hour detour to Iceland. They don’t have Old Faithful. Instead they have Strokkur that erupts every 5-10 minutes. Unlike Old Faithful it’s really quick. You must have your camera ready and aimed in the right spot. It took me a few times and even the “best” shot wasn’t that great.

  19. In the photo,
    I see skies of blue,
    I see trees of green,
    Clouds of white, but no red roses:)

    Welcome back TMB!

  20. pattisj says:

    I’m clueless as to where you went. Glad to see you back and all moved in.

    • TBM says:

      I wouldn’t be able to identify the picture if I hadn’t gone. It’s not how I pictured Iceland. Such a rugged beauty and the geyser park was cool, but smaller than I thought it would be. I had Yellowstone in mind, but at least these geysers aren’t that elaborate. Still pretty cool to see.

  21. ilargia64 says:

    Welcome back!!!! I am glad everything went ok….I have never been to Iceland…Sounds really exotic!!!!

  22. Well I’m pretty sure it’s Iceland.. 😀 Welcome back and I am happy you are enjoying your new place. Reminds me of Hot Springs, Arkansas. My Grandad used to go there all the time.

  23. lynnsbooks says:

    Well, I’m too late to guess, everybody beat me already! I thought about just pretending there for a moment!
    Glad to hear everything is going so well.
    Lynn 😀

  24. So glad to hear that you’re settled in your new place. Moving can be such a drag. I hope you enjoy your neighborhood and find lots of cool pubs there. Though it’s too bad you didn’t settle in Walthamstowe! 🙂

  25. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It’s lovely to see you back again and I’m glad the move was okay, the little garden will be lovely, especially if you’re still there next spring and summer. Iceland, what an adventure, you’ll have to show us more 🙂

    • TBM says:

      We are already planning what veggies we want to grow next year. The garden is small so our harvest won’t be huge, but it will be nice to grow some of our own. I’ll do my best to share about Iceland. Too bad our time was short there.

  26. Novroz says:

    Welcome back 🙂
    It’s nice to have a garden…I wish I have one, my turtles love getting their stomach dirty with soil.

    Which part of London are you moving in now? looking forward to know more about Iceland 🙂

  27. My son tells this joke about a class master whose English was not very good. When the students came to school after a long vacation the teacher greeted them like this, “Nice to see your BLOOMING faces.”

    Seeing your smiling face I am tempted to say that.
    Welcome Back.

    One more trivia:
    In the days of tortoise mails, people usually started a letter like this: ” (I am) Well and eager to hear the same”
    In Tamil it sounds crisp , “Nalam. Nalam ariya ava”

    I am well and was eager to hear the same of you.
    Good to have you back.

    • TBM says:

      Blooming faces–I may have to use that. it has a nice feeling to it. I always love your comments since I learn so much. Will pop in on your blog soon, I promise.

  28. Anna says:

    Good to hear from you again! Hopefully you will get to do some grilling before the rainy autumn arrives 😉 The picture could have been from Scandinavia, but it seems it’s from Iceland. Never been there, would love to go!

    • TBM says:

      You’ll love Iceland. but I think you’re a lot like me. You love going places no matter what. Each time is an experience and even when things don’t go according to plan, it’s still fun since I’m in a new place. Will catch up with your blog soon. And it’s been raining for a week!

  29. T.F.Walsh says:

    Welcome back… missed your posts:) I have no idea where the photo is from.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks, Tania. We were in Iceland. In a few days I’ll share more about our trip to the geysers. How’s your book doing and your writing? I’ve missed our chats. Will send you an email soon.

  30. Fergiemoto says:

    Glad the move went well! Welcome back.
    It looks like a whole new chapter opening up for you! Wishing you all the best that it turns out how you want.

  31. Jo Bryant says:

    this is really becoming an adventure for you

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