Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Packing up my kitchen (and life here in general)

I normally update this food blog 3 to 4 times a week but this week has been simply impossible. I've hardly had time to eat and sleep and check for important emails, and I am afraid being online is not high on priority at the moment.

We are moving from England to Vancouver, Canada in 2 weeks and it has been extremely hectic with packing, sorting out various logistics matters, and the multiple farewell parties (lunch/coffee/dinner, whatever could be squeezed in) with friends and family. We have been packing non-stop for days to have our belongings shipped tomorrow, after which our schedule is pretty much filled until we leave. I have really enjoyed my time here in England and I will miss this house and especially the garden terribly. But I am also looking forward to living in a beautiful vibrant city with great restaurants and easy access to a sizeable Chinatown.

Things will be unsettled when we first arrive so I am not certain how long it will take for Soy and Pepper to return to regular schedule. I have drafted some articles to be posted over the course of the next month or so, but things might get sporadic for a time. I do read all the comments even if I don't have the time to respond to them individually, so please don't feel that I am ignoring you. It is you, readers, that encourage me to keep this food blog going and to constantly look for new ideas :)

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support and I look forward to being back on regular schedule soon. (Not to mention having my own kitchen again!)

28 comments:

Jules said...

I hope the move goes well.
x

missbliss said...

I've seen and heard lovely things about Vancouver.

Hope it all goes smoothly :)

tamarindandthyme said...

Best of luck! Vancouver is a lovely city with a more laid back attitude than London. And the Chinatown is pretty good. I like Ba Le for their Vietnamese sandwiches!

mycookinghut said...

Ahh.. are you moving there for good? Hope your move goes well.. and I will miss reading your post!!

Dave said...

Good luck with the move! Vancouver is an AMAZING city!!!

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, Vancouver is such a breathtaking location - I'm sure that you will be VERY pleased to live there. Best of luck with moving!! Don't stress!! :0)

Anonymous said...

Good Luck and return to posting whenever you can. I have never had the privilege of traveling outside of the USA and have enjoyed your insights on England and look forward to your insights on Vancouver as well.

Spiceaholic said...

Good luck! We will eagerly await any and all updates!

Aunt LoLo said...

Have fun in Vancouver! Richmond, BC (a suburb of Vancouver) is one of my FAVORITE places to vacation - it's like Hong Kong, but without the humidity!

Sharon said...

Good luck! It sounds like a crazy time, but I'm sure it will pay off once your settled in and comfortable.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Good Luck on the move and hope you settle down well in Vancouver (a place I so wanted to visit!).

noble pig said...

That is a big move ...good luck.

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy Canada. One thing I really need if an Asian community for my grocery needs so I hope you find all that you need and maybe more in Vancouver.

didally said...

Good luck with your move. Do update us!

noobcook said...

I'll miss your posts .. good luck with everything ^^

Mrs Ergül said...

All the best for the move! Things might get hectic now but it will all settle in a matter of time! Take care, enjoy and can't wait to see you back at Soy and Pepper!

MrOrph said...

Best of luck with the move.

We'll be watching for your return.

Lizzie said...

Best of luck with the move!

Anonymous said...

All the best on the move! Welcome to our part of the world! PLENTY of good food, cooking and shopping awaits you! Will have to suffer the bento photo "withdrawals" for a little... but will survive. GOOD LUCK!

Nilmandra said...

Thanks to everyone for the good wishes and kind comments. As crazy as it sounds, it is very heartwarming to see all your messages of support especially with the stress of moving and I am touched :) I've heard nothing but glowing comments about Vancouver all these months so we are really looking forward to a new life there.

Tamarind and Thyme: I'll bear that in mind for Vietnamese sandwiches, thanks!

My Cooking Hut: We'll be there for the next few years anyway. I do have some posts drafted, just not as regular for the next month or so :)

Aunt LoLo: I still remember the excellent dimsum I had in Richmond many years ago. I'm definitely looking forward to the food!

eula said...

Best wishes with your move! I loved Vancouver. I recommend you check out Daiso, a Japanese dollar store.

EAT! said...

Best of luck with your move.

westingsea said...

I don't think I've ever commented here before, but good luck on your move! I really enjoy your blog and I'll miss your bento posts while you're away ;D

Julia said...

Wow, what an exciting move! All the very best with it Nilmandra. I can't wait to hear from you when you get there!

diva said...

oh it's a shame you're moving away from England but i'm sure being in Vancouver will have its fab points as well. I wish you an easy-going move and can't wait for all the foodposts! :) xxx

Nilmandra said...

Eula: There's a Daiso in Vancouver??? *Quickly goes to Google* I'm loving it already! Thanks for telling me!

sidi2u said...

Wow, that's a big move. I did it 7 years ago and was supposed to go to Vancouver, BC. Things changed after my sister decided to stop in Montreal, Qc, so we followed her. Still in Montreal and kinda loving it. Winter is too LONG and COLD and last year we had almost 4 meters of snow.

Nilmandra said...

sidi2u: What a strange twist! I have never been to Montreal, hopefully some day. My best friend is in Toronto and yes she complains about the long winter!

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