Rental Properties

Try looking for a commercial rental which comes with accommodation. It gets frustrating. You end up either looking for a business that comes with a lease or worse still trying to figure out how to buy the property.

What makes it frustrating is getting access to information and advise.

Getting answers to questions everyone has. The agents will refer you to their web site where you wade through what content you can find. But they are not there to give advice, to  answer difficult questions. They do the paper work. The difficult stuff.

It’s never simple and straight forward.  Particularly if you are new to the country.  Generally landlords will ask for six months rent in advance at the very least. Then there is a question of employment and references and credit checks and kids and pets are always a problem.

Bank holidays

It was not possible to miss the fact that there was something to celebrate this morning.

VE Day celebrations in the UK

The flags were out celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe.

Public holidays in the UK

Shop fronts draped with bunting sporting the Union Jack.

Bank holidays in the UK

Drab and neglected pubs, closed for the last couple of months due to the pandemic, transformed overnight. “Lest we forget”. But I do question the sentiments. Are we reflecting on the folly of war or glorifying the sacrifice made by so many?

Climbing roses in England

Despite which it was brilliant weather. Good to be alive.

Early morning walk Emsworth Hampshire

To reflect briefly,  to give thanks and hope our kids have enough sense to avoid the next one.

Victory in Europe day 8th May

The solemnity of the occasion marked by two minutes of silence at 11am. With the RAF and the Red Arrows staging fly pasts across the country and a ceremony being held at the Cenotaph.


Finding work

Finding work in the UK is not difficult as long as you are prepared to take whatever is available.  It’s a lot more difficult trying to decide where to settle and then finding suitable accommodation. It also depends on what sort of work you are looking for.

Most recruiting is done online using electronic scanners to sort through CV’s. So a local format is a good idea.

But I started temping with an Agency and got placed in a temp to permanent role which is pretty standard. There is a lot of staff churn particularly at the minimum wage making it relatively easy to get settled.

Thereafter its simply a question of looking around for something more suitable.