A to Z 2021: A Year in “The Old Country”

When I was young the older people in the family used to refer to the United Kingdom as “The Old Country”. This is where their parents or grandparents had left England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the mid 1800s, never to return.

This blog is about my year in England, returning to the land of my ancestors, working in a Midland’s school and living in a small semi-detached house next to a graveyard.

From a mixture of hand written notes, diary extracts and emails to friends in Australia I am compiling the definitive record of the year 2004, when I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of leaving the security of home and embarking on the greatest adventure of my life.

This is my 6th A to Z. Previous titles were:

2016 – A for Argonaut

2017 – Fact or Fiction – Family Stories

2018 – A for Ancestry

2019 – Travels in Our Caravan

2020 – Taking the Hard Road

I look forward to sharing this year’s A to Z with you and also to reading the blogs of the many other contributors in this wonderful month of writing!