About Sat Nav and Cider

I am an American expat, living in the United Kingdom (in the Cotswolds in England, to be more precise) with my husband and two Persian cats. My intent for this blog was to share my experiences of living in the UK and traveling within the UK and abroad. However, this blog has evolved to be much more than that.

As I’ve traveled, my love of photography was reignited. What began as an attempt to chronicle my travels has grown into a daily endeavor. Although I’ve been taking photographs since I was sixteen, I have no formal training in photography. Even so, I think I do a half decent job of it. I take photographs for the love of it, and I like to think it shows. This blog has expanded from its original purpose to include the sharing of some of my better photographs, both past and present.

I hope you enjoy taking all or part of this journey with me.

Oh! And in case you were wondering why the blog is named “Sat Nav and Cider”: Sat Nav (a.k.a. GPS in the US) represents exploration and travel. Cider (a.k.a. hard cider in the US), if done right, is a delicious alcoholic beverage made from apples (but sometimes from pears) widely available in pubs (and grocery stores!) throughout the UK. Enjoying a cider in a pub or among friends associates cider, in my mind, to the entire social experience, including food, drink, and culture.

And one final introduction. I forgot to mention the hubster’s and my constant travel companion, “Abby” the sat nav.

Yes, we named her. She is teaching me how to speak with a British accent, after all. “Tun left. Muj right. Take the motaway. You have reached yau destination.” I’m working on it.

39 Responses to About Sat Nav and Cider

  1. Maryann says:

    Enjoyed the pictures. Definitely not California.

  2. autumninbruges says:

    Hi thanks for stopping by and liking my post 🙂 am gonna take a look at your blog too..

  3. beauzuri says:

    Ciao, just wanted to say ”nice blog! and thank you for liking my post”…

  4. Rich Green says:

    Thanks for liking my The Eyes of a Little Girl post.

  5. I like this. Have a wonderful journey and always have a camera handy! 🙂

  6. Tania Beardsley says:

    Hope you are enjoying being in the UK, it really is a beautful place

  7. Amy says:

    I enjoy your pics and blog so much. I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. 🙂

  8. seekraz says:

    Hello there – I was introduced to you by Gunta from “Movin’ on.” I’ve enjoyed sharing in your travels and beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing as you do. 🙂

  9. Shelly Amour says:

    Loved your big pictures, it’s beautiful 🙂

  10. Vicky says:

    I’ve just done a search for Cleeve Hill and stumbled across your blog.
    Love your photos, some very familiar places 🙂

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  12. philmaxbear says:

    Hi. I really like your blog and there are some lovely photos. You’ve got some more interesting places coming up in your backlog too (I know the feeling about trying to catch up – though my problem is because my typist is lazy sometimes). You’ve given us some ideas of places to visit we haven’t been yet 🙂

  13. That’s a weird SatNav that you have – I don’t understand any of that and not sure that you can have a British accent – there are too many of them but I guess that it is the same in the USA?

    • I always smile when hear the phrase “British accent” from Americans. How many years old is English and how many American? So who says with accent?! 🙂

      • Interesting comments. I’m not a linguist but, if I’m not mistaken, American English and British English share the same lineage. After all, America was colonized by the British so the first Americans were English-speaking Brits. Since the split, our dialects have just evolved differently, as have our accents. America includes the distinct accents of the Northeast, South, Midwest, West Coast, etc, with some northeastern accents sounding closer to a British accent than to other regional accents in the US. Comparatively, English in the UK includes distinct English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish accents. Although the various British accents are distinct, Americans may have difficulty distinguishing them, so I would classify all the regional accents as either American or British. Technically, there may not be a “British accent,” but in the US, people from the UK have got one. Perhaps while I’m in the UK I should distinguish between the accents and say that Abby has an English accent?

  14. notanda says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy travels!

  15. Michelle Holt says:

    Loved your blog about the Olympic Torch – Lydia is my daughter and her smile said it all.
    Great to read someone else’s view point.

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m very glad that you enjoyed the Olympic Torch post. We felt very fortunate that we got to see the torch being carried by your daughter. Her joy was a joy to watch.

  16. Anthony Braybrooke says:

    Hello! Only just found your blog and I’ve found it fascinating to read and catch up with some of your latest posts. I’m from the UK (although currently travelling down under) and your blogs have made me want to travel all over when I return. It’s amazing how little you appreciate things when they’re right on your doorstep, isn’t it? Keep blogging and I’ll keep reading! Nice to meet you! Cheers.

    • Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I’m really happy to read that you’re enjoying my blog posts as I love to share my favorite travel photos and moments. I agree about taking our localities for granted. I’m feeling guilty about all the places I could/should have visited in the States when I had the chance now that I know all it takes is a little planning (and money and time ;)). I hope my posts continue to be worth the visit.

  17. I just want to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. To accept go to http://jimages.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ and finish the process.

  18. Thank you so much for following me! I love your photos and you are such a great writer! I have a hard time making what I write interesting enough for people to read lol! You are very talented and I’m excited to see more of your work 🙂

  19. Marisa says:

    Love your blog and its name. I’m happy to find ex-pat kindred spirits documenting living abroad. Thanks for sharing your adventures and beautiful photos.

  20. Here is another nomination for a blog award (for me it is just an excuse to show magnificent blogs to others … and let people know how much I like their work, so, you do not have to answer 😉 ).
    here is the link: http://mathiaslphotos.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/very-inspirational-blogger-one-lovely-blog-award-blog-of-the-2012-year-award/

  21. Heyjude says:

    Like you I like to travel and take photographs – so I travel very slowly! Love the blog name! Our Sat Nav is called Florence and I’m forever telling her off (don’t be silly I can’t drive down that goat track!) perhaps I need to update her maps 🙂

    I look forward to browsing through your site.

  22. sungjerim says:

    Hello, I am Sümeyye. I am writing from Turkey.
    I liked photos very much and I tried understanding notes under the photos:)
    They are really very beautiful.

  23. Morning! I’ve been looking at some of your past posts and noticed….you haven’t posted in a great while. I hear your voice about the darkness of the North and am hoping you have weathered your mind and spirit through it all. Having lived in the UK and now living in Portland OR area…our weather is so similar. Bucking one’s self up for the many months of winter can be…daunting. There is no need to respond/reply. Just hoping the best for you, hubs and soul-saving cats. Happy Christmas. Raye I’ll be spending about 1 week in Alnwick with besties and then a few days in Morley with girlfriend, Christine, next year 2018 September. Are you still in country? Back to States?
    Oh….I said no reply. Still stands….still wishing, however, my best for all days not just the holidays. R.

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