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British Isles Friday: Parakeets in the Park

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Parakeets in the ParkOn a beautiful day in May, 2017 my husband and I walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. It’s really not that easy to tell where one ends and the other begins. We were looking for the Peter Pan statue (next week’s post) when we came across a small clearing cluttered with people holding their arms in the air, offering perches for surprisingly green birds fluttering in the air. Parakeets, and so prevalent, and with so many people standing about in their midst I stupidly assumed this must be some sort of birder club gathering. Ding dong me! I didn’t know the birds were wild and the people were just regular folks like us trying to get a better look. 


Doing a little post-trip homework I discovered the parakeets are so abundant in the park—and the inner mile they’re actually considered a bit of a nuisance by some people! I wish I’d known before the trip that all I had to do was bring a slice of apple and I could get the birds to land on me too!

I thought this wom…

10 Ways to Know You're a Brit at Heart

We can't all be British. Yes, some of us love our British telly, are dotty for real football players—especially when they look like David Beckham—and actors like Benedict can grab our Cumberbatch anytime, but that doesn't make us True Brits. True Brits know teddibly, teddibly brilliant British-y things. Like the fact that being married to a prince doesn't mean we call Kate Middleton, Princess Kate. Her Royal Highness is actually a duchess. And William? He's not just a prince, he's a duke. Somehow that's even better than being an ordinary Royal type prince. Don't worry, even True Brits don't know exactly why.

But you might be a Brit at heart if :


You know PG Tips aren't pointers on your golf game.

You know pasties are a kind of pie, not something that would make the Queen blush.

When the flags start waving on the fourth of July, you pour one out for King George.

You know a cock-up is just another way of saying snafu. Unless you're a wanker.

You know minding the GAP won't get you a new pair of chinos.

When your best friend is getting married, you have to throw her a hen party. It's what chicks do.

You know a tosser is an idiot, not the guy in charge of emptying the trash rubbish. He's also a wanker, but never mind.

You know BBC America isn't actually the English Channel.

When it comes to the red, white and blue, you prefer the Union Jack.

You'd never confuse a Londoner with someone from down under.



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Are you a Brit at heart too? Do me a favour and tell me why in the comments section. Ta!
I'm a British passport holding, Green Card carrying, American girl woman.
You'll find this post and more on my love of my home country under the State of Britain



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Revel in your inner Brit at British Isles Friday hosted by Joy Weese Moll


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  1. I know pasty -- and how to pronounce it. But, I learned that from Cornish immigrants to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I learned Hen Parties in England and that you want to be kind of careful what hotel you stay in on a Saturday night to avoid them!

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    1. Yes, I've heard their bachelorette bashes can get a little wild and crazy.

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