Our first home in England

The first home we lived in after moving to UK was in Deal, a beautiful seaside town which lies on the English Channel. This photo was one of the first ones I took of the Deal Pier. Walking along the beachfront became a daily activity for my daughter and I. On a clear sunny day you can see right across the English Channel to France.

The town is very quiet during the week, and livens up over weekends when the tourists or “DFL’s” (Down from London) come to visit. We soon found out that DFL’s is the local name for those who live in London during the week.

Deal is filled with the most wonderful, polite people. I fell in love with England while living here. My favourite activities were walking along the beach, the narrow streets exploring the little alleyways and charming old churches, and of course having a sunset drink at one of the many restaurants along the beachfront. This area is particularly stunning in summer when there are millions of blooming flowers everywhere.

I would drive around the area exploring when my 10 month old daughter Lily slept in the car. I am amazed almost on a daily basis at how friendly and polite everyone is. Driving here is nothing like driving in South Africa! People actually go out of their way to let you in or help you change lanes, sometimes I actually just laugh when it happens. The narrow roads are also really scary and hilarious at the same time. The first few times I encountered an oncoming vehicle in a road with space for basically just one car, I slowed right down to a stop and screeched as the other car carried on driving at around 30 miles per hour and passed me, I might have even closed my eyes. But it was always fine, there was somehow always juuuust enough space. If not, then they build in little areas where you can pull over slightly. Nowadays I am more used to the narrow roads but still think fondly of those memories when I used to close my eyes and laugh from the experience for most of the way home.

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