As you all know I hail from Co.Cork in Ireland. I moved to London five years ago to study and it feels like just yesterday that I moved over! I’m quite lucky I’m only an hours flight away, but the homesickness still strikes! Lorna from LC’s Closet wrote a similar post which inspired me to write my list of things I miss about home.
I have no idea what’s going on over here but the tea is AWFUL! I’ve even brought over a box of Barrys tea and it stills doesn’t taste right. I can’t tell if it’s the water or the milk. It’s ruining my reputation as an epic tea maker! You can’t bate a cup of tea back home, there’s something about it that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Tea solves all problems!
It broke my heart having to leave my dog Maxie and apparently after I left she was pining for days! Luckily she’s realised I come back every few weeks and she goes mental! Running around the place, crying with joy and licking my face, its hilarious. When I visit I’ll have a mid morning nap on the couch and of course Maxie has to join me (I’m not complaining she keeps my feet warm haha!).
The first few years over here were okay food wise, but then it all went downhill. I’ve turned so fussy and when I’m at home, I‘ll eat everything! 5 years on and I’m still trying to find bread and butter that I like!
The day before I have to leave home, I’ll go out to Supervalue and stock up on Clonakilty sausages, Denny bacon & McCambridge’s soda bread. When I check a bag into the hold I’ll always make sure to bring back a tub of Dairygold butter. Toast with Dairygold butter on it is the most amazing thing ever, it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, just like Irish tea!
The next food related item……..THE HOT DELI COUNTER! They don’t have them in the UK and on the rare chance they do, the food tastes awful. Deli people here can’t make a hot chicken roll like the guys at home, it’s basically an art form back in Ireland.
When I step off the plane in Cork I absolutely LOVE hearing everyone talk. It’s so nice being surrounded by people who sound like me and use the same phrases. In London I have to slow down my speech because people can’t understand me!! Being at home means I can talk away in a fast pace, use some slang phrases and speak in Irish and know I’ll be understood haha!
I couldn’t do this post and not include Mom! You can’t bate an Irish mammy 🙂 She is one of the most amazing people I know. I remember back in the day when I was going through my rebellious phase we didn’t get along. When I moved to London we grew closer and now we’re the best of friends. She makes the best tea & food and knows me better than anyone else. It sucks being away from her, but the daily (some times twice daily) calls make things a bit easier.
I’m going home in 3 weeks for my birthday and I can’t wait!
What home comforts do you guys miss?