About Homesick and Heatstruck
This is Homesick and Heatstruck, a blog about coping with my displaced (or misplaced?) existence.
For four-and-a-half years now I have lived in a noisy city in the middle of a desert, 4000 miles away from home. One might think that the pangs of homesickness would wane after a while, but one would be quite wrong. Having grown up in the lush green folds of the Kent countryside, it would be no exaggeration to say that I am finding it a bit tricky to adjust to life in the Middle East…
So, what does it really mean to be a Brit abroad? What are the things an exiled patriot misses most? This blog explores the rabid intensity of my homesickness and nostalgia, discussing critical issues such as the curative benefits of owning a cat, the cultural significance of murder mysteries, how important it is to be able to talk about the weather and why globalisation might be a good thing.
Welcome to Homesick and Heatstruck – the Britain we all know and love viewed through a journalistic long-lens.
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Thank you so much, Eat, Travel, Photograph for nominating Homesick and Heatstruck for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award – it is lovely to be chosen for such a thing, given all the wonderful blogs there are in the wide world of blogging. It is also a great way to discover new blogs. If you haven’t read Eat, Travel, Photograph yet, it’s a delightful blog and well worth a look. Here are the rules for the award and, below, my Seven Interesting Things and Very Inspiring Blogger Nominations.
As other awards do, this one has some rules for whoever accepts it:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2.Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this blog and link to their pages.
5. Notify these bloggers of the nomination and the awards’ requirements.
Things about me…
I read The Lady Magazine; I am getting very good at cryptic crosswords; I love Earl Grey tea (with Marks and Spencer’s biscuits, for dunking purposes); I consider murder mysteries to be high art; I have written a novel called ‘Who Killed Granny Biscuit?’; I can’t wait to retire from teaching secondary school English. Despite the fact that this evidence may suggest otherwise, I am thirty six years old.
Bookface http://bookfacereturns.blogspot.com/ Witty, intelligent book reviews, bang up to date with the publishing industry.
Our Adventure in Croatia http://adventureincroatia.wordpress.com/ Funny, honest and delightfully written account of living abroad.
I Have the Rage http://ihavetherage.wordpress.com/ Always clever, always humorous and always worth reading.
Gonzarro http://gonzarro.wordpress.com/ A Whovian after my own heart, Gonzarro is a new discovery for me: honest, humble and frequently very funny.
Maternal Mayhem http://maternalmayhem.com/ A dark, cynical and ruthlessly truthful account of motherhood: Maternal Mayhem is a new blog and promises to be both reassuring and completely hilarious.
Polysyllabic Profundities http://polysyllabicprofundities.com “Random thoughts with sporadically profound meaning”: a very interesting and entertaining blog. I like the fact that the writer, like me, is clearly in love with words.
The Rebecca Project http://therebeccaproject.com/ A fellow Belle and Sebastian fan, Rebecca describes herself as an “enthusiastic Aussie expat”; her entertaining, unselfconscious blog describes her life in San Francisco – a place I have always wanted to visit (mainly because of Vertigo. And Monk).
Diana Jackson – Muse, Views and Reviews http://dianamj.wordpress.com/ Diana writes about books, inspiration and the art of writing. Well worth a look. Many of her posts transport the reader to the beautiful Channel Islands.
An Attempt to Literally Live off the (Is)land http://livingofftheisland.wordpress.com/ Gorgeous recipes from Guernsey – my new favourite place in the whole world.
Englishman in Italy http://englishmaninitaly.wordpress.com/ Very funny expat blog with a cast of wonderful characters and plenty of local colour.
Writing through the Fog http://writingthroughthefog.com/ Interesting posts and beautiful photographs; mature and professional blog about San Francisco and the wonderful world beyond.
Housewife Down Under http://housewifedownunder.wordpress.com/ A fellow expat; this US citizen writes eloquently about life in Australia. She is, in her own words, “a woman of opinion”.
Storeylines http://www.storeylines.net/ A very personal blog; well written and often very moving. Barbara’s accounts of battling illness are humbling and inspiring.
Clearing Customs http://clearingcustoms.wordpress.com/ Wittily written blog about all things cultural; plenty of food for thought here.
Tired and Stuck http://tiredandstuck.blogspot.com/ Very inspiring stuff. Three intelligent women write about fertility, infertility and how they cope with it all. Sometimes funny and sometimes very moving.