It’s as if we never left!

We’ve been back in Bermuda for just over two weeks now and it’s as if we never left.


The move went fairly well. A couple of small hurdles with regards to cable, but I have a guy in the attic looking into it as I am writing this, and I will not let him leave until I get my HBO and Showtime channels that I am paying for!

Aside from that, we have really nice landlords. They took us out to dinner the first week we were here, in order to hand over the keys and answer any questions we may have about the property. In meeting them,we found out that our landlady is a Hollis, and that the house we are renting from her is the house she grew up in and the original homestead to the Hollis farm. Our house is named, Harrissii, after the Easter Lily that our land lady’s grandfather farmed.

Mr. Hollis specialized in a type of Bermuda Easter Lily called “The Harrissii”. The late Mr. Hollis’ theory on the origin of the Harrissii lily in Bermuda is that a convict at the Naval Dockyard wrote to a woman by the name of Mrs. Harris, who was related to the convict, to visit Bermuda from Scotland in the late 1700s.”

Here is an interesting article about Malcolm Hollis with some old photos of where our property is located.

On top of this historical connection to the island, we have amazing views of Harrington Sound, the South Shore and the use of a dock on Harrington Sound. In the process of figuring out how to lock up my paddle boards and kayak over there. Will keep you posted.

Every time I go somewhere to inquire about a service, whether it’s cable, our cell phones, TCD, our HSBC accounts, our US Mailboxes account, etc… anything that has to do with taking care of a home or a car, we are already in the system and people just reactivate our accounts. It’s been easier than anticipated and it’s as if we never left.


p.s. Please note I have changed my site address from canadianmamainlondon to canadianmamaontherock.

Took Almost Two Days…


But it was worth it.

Sunday morning Thing 1 drove us to the airport through a small snow storm. No big accumulation, just some snow. Surely the flight would still take off.

We checked our 4 bags, headed through security with each a carry-on and a backpack (yes, we had lots of luggage good thing we were flying business, no charge on luggage). I was randomly picked at security and when they swiped my backpack it set off an alarm. So I got searched and padded pretty good but was cleared for U.S. Customs. No problems there and after about 30 minutes, we emerged into the duty free shop and just walked to our gate. It was about 11:15 am, two hours before our flight and it showed on time.

Well, about 30 minutes later, it was delayed 45 minutes…no problem, we have 3 hours at JFK, we’ll make our Bermuda flight.

Another 30 minutes go by and another 20 minutes was added to our departure…

Then about 45 minutes later I receive an email from AA saying departure 15:00 (we were suppose to leave at 13:15) and arrival at JFK at 17:04. Flight to Bermuda is 17:20!

I got up and went to see the agent who was already talking with another customer traveling through Kennedy and going to Bermuda. They told us we would make it but for both of us it was not our first rodeo, we knew they were lying.

Anyways, long story short, the flight eventually got cancelled. We still don’t know why because other planes were landing and the snow storm had stopped and turned into rain. Very bizarre.

AA booked us on the Monday 7 am Westjet flight connecting in Boston and we got on the 10:20 Delta flight. We were lucky to get our business class seats honored.

Yesterday morning, Thing 1 picked us up at 4:30 am and drove us to airport again. When we checked in at the Westjet counter, plane was delayed to 8 am….but we made it to Boston with 10 minutes to spare before boarding.

We landed in Bermuda and it was a balmy 71 degrees and beautiful sunshine.

One of my floaties, Maria, picked us up. We tested her car’s luggage capacity but everything went in. Turns out I bought the same car she has so it showed us our new car luggage capacity. Maria drove us to Auto Solutions where we picked up our new “Sleek Silver 2018 Hyundai Creta”. After signing some last bit of paperwork and getting instructions from the salesman (while Daddy Cool packed up the car because he just wanted to get the hell out of there), we were on our way.

I then stopped at another one of my floatie’s office (Lorrie), to pick up some summer clothes I had left with her during my last trip to Bermuda. I tried to see her but she was busy working….I’ll catch her later.

Then we drove to the company apartment near Elbow Beach (Pretty nice by the way) and we changed into our shorts and sandals.

After a quick trip to the office I took Peter to show him the house where he told me, “You did real good Mama!”


Views of Harrington Sound from the front back porch.


I realized that we even have vegetable garden beds.


Front of the house.


The new sleek silver chariot and the garage with guest house in the back.

Apparently, our stuff is on the rock and in the process of clearing customs. Looks like we will be moving in on March 1st as planned by MOI. March 1st is also when The One company is coming to install internet/cable for us.

Now, all we have to do before Thursday, is open bank accounts, get cell phones, boost the Bermuda economy by buying everything with a North American plug, confirm and organize delivery of kayak, confirm and organize delivery of my paddle boards and get my National Pool swim membership. I’m not worried. Everything will get done. (I hope?!)

Moving Day!


Well, moving to a hotel down the road for one night so yesterday I started the task of packing. I don’t know what happened, we did not buy any new clothes but somehow, I need to go buy a new suitcase. Did some sweaters reproduce while they were sitting in the drawers? Mystery to me but here I am, I need to add to my morning “to do list”, Go buy suitcase. This will be done after I go to O2 to pay my final bill and close out our account. Therefore, just wanted to let anyone know, if you need to reach us, do it by messenger. It’s the best way. Peter is still accessible via work email since he will still have his work phone.

I will turn on my Montreal cell phone with Wi-Fi whenever I am in a Wi-Fi zone but that will be the extent of it. No roaming.

All that is left to do this morning is put back this flat to the original state when found it in. Meaning, clean all the mirrors, vacuum and dust everything and then get the leopard out of the cupboard and back onto the sofa along with all the other fur blankets…this landlord sure is special. Oh well, on to the next place.


WTF Wednesday, We Rented a Lemon!

Daddy Cool and I have been living in a short term rental since January 6th and it has been bumpy to say the least.

First week we moved in, a leak was coming from our bathroom (don’t know where exactly) and water pouring into the kids bedroom below us. It got fixed by the end of the first week.

Second week, boiler went on the fritz! No hot water and heat for a full day. Contractor was called and he came to fix it.

Third week, the flat above us is doing some work and hammering away. Chunk of plaster and dust come down the chimney. Didn’t think it was a working fireplace but it would seem the chimney is still opened. Didn’t have to call contractor but I had to do some major vacuuming.

In week four, five and six, finally a little rest. Just some light bulbs in chandelier that keep on going out. I changed them yesterday when I noticed I was starting to be a little in the dark.

Monday morning this week, I’m in Belfast, Peter is shaving and pouff, all four lights in the bathroom go out. WTF!!!! He emailed me as I was getting on plane at Dublin airport. I immediately emailed Dee (our property manager), and she called the contractor. He came yesterday, played with the dimmer switch for 30 minutes only to come up with, “Well it looks like you need 4 new light bulbs. Do you have any?”


“I will have to go to store and come back.” He did and changed the light bulbs in the bathroom. They are not the right size but I don’t care, only 3 more days to go until I move our bags to a nice hotel down the road. I want to spend our last night in London in the comforts of a hotel hoping that nothing will happen.

At this moment, I am a little disappointed in my choice of short term rental. For the amount of money I paid for 7 weeks, (£8200 including my £1100 deposit which I better get back in full!) I feel like I rented a dud. Yes, the location was right in terms of parking with our car, closeness to squash club and we knew the neighborhood but man, plumbing and electricity need updating and Wi-Fi doesn’t make it all the way to the bedroom in the back.

When the contractor left yesterday he asked me, “How much longer are you here for?” to which I replied, “We are leaving on Friday afternoon.” He then said with a chuckle, “Well Mrs. Cooper, it’s been nice meeting you but I hope we never meet again.”

I simply replied, “ME TOO!”





Two Weeks To Go!


Daddy Cool and I are off in less than two weeks from today and most of the people that know this ask us, ”You are going to miss London, right?”

Of course I will miss London! London is a beautiful, vibrant city with lots to do but, yes there is a but, it is not perfect. There are things am I going to miss and things I am not going to miss. Here’s a short list:

Top Things I am going to miss about London:

  1. World class museums. London has some of the best museums I have seen and most are free. They do have exhibits that you have to pay for but for 10 to 15 quid these exhibits are worth it. I personally have seen some of the best exhibits in my life in the museums here.
  2. Public transportation. Between the tube, the bus and the overground (trains for suburbs), London has some of the best public transportation in the world. You can get anywhere in this city with public transport. We rarely use the car in the city. Peter uses it to get to squash and that’s it. Otherwise, we have used the ”Green Machine” (our car), for weekend trips and whenever we had to go outside of London. You don’t need a car in London, you can get anywhere with public transport and walking.
  3. Walking. Yes, I will miss walking everywhere. It is a great way to discover a city and Peter and I will miss our walks in Hyde Park. Living by the park we have grown accustom to just go for walks on weekends and sometimes at night. Just to see a different part of the park. It is a lovely park and we understand why so many enjoy it every day.
  4. Groceries. I know, Groceries? Well, according to a UN report, Bermuda has the most expensive groceries in the world. We have a saying on the island, “it’s the Price of Palm Trees!” London has an amazing variety of groceries. Between farmer’s markets, big chain stores and Ocado who will deliver to your door from 5:30 am till midnight…, yeah I think I will miss the grocery options I had in London.
  5. The West End. London is home to some of the best plays and musicals and we have enjoyed many of them in our 5 and 1/2 years here. Let’s not forget, because we lived so close to Royal Albert Hall, we used to go there a lot as well. Yes, we will miss world class entertainment.
  6. Cinemas. One thing that Bermuda does not have is GREAT cinemas. Peter and I have always enjoyed “going to the movies” and I think we will cut back on that once on the Rock. We’ll just have to do like we did when we lived there. As soon as we get off the island, go see a couple movies.
  7. Weekend Getaways. Daddy Cool and I have taken advantage of the fact that when you live here, it’s easy and not that expensive, to get on a plane and go spend a long weekend and explore a foreign land. Now we just plan on being closer to Thing 1 and Thing 2 and see them more often.
  8. My Canadian Women friends that I have met throughout the years. Every Wednesday morning we meet for walks through Regent’s park and we have coffee. These are the same ladies I have my monthly book exchange with. A lovely group of Canadian Expat who have lived all over the globe and always have funny and interesting stories to share. I will miss them.


Top Things I am Not Going to Miss About London- Or Rather, things I am looking forward to.

  1. Grey skies and having to take vitamin D. – Yep I can throw away that supplement, all I will have to do is get out by the pool.
  2. Unfriendly Londoners. Sorry Londoners but you have to be the most unfriendly people I have met in the world. I run in Hyde Park and as a runner, you are suppose to greet the other runners, they are part of your tribe. NOPE! Not in London, they look down or avoid all eye contact. I am convinced that if a fellow runner says hi, he or she is a tourist who brought their sneakers in other to run in the park while on Vacay. We have lived here for 5 1/2 years and the only neighbors we talked to are the French family across the mews from us and the young Italian artist who used to come and borrow garlic. Aside from that, the English folks just look down when they cross you. No eye contact….I am looking forward to the Bermuda way of saying hi to total strangers.
  3. Jet Lag! So much traveling across the pond and I swear, it is getting harder to deal with Jet Lag when I get back and also getting harder to leave Thing 1 and Thing 2 every time we come back. It will be nice to be closer and not have to deal with jet lag when we go back home.
  4. Hard water that destroys your clothes. Washer/Dryer that take 3 hours to do a small load! And here in the short term rental, we have a combi (combination washer dryer), not kidding folks, close to 5 hours for one load.
  5. Light switch outside the bathroom and no plugs in the bathrooms. I really can’t get over that one. While I am on the subject of electricity, BIG FUCKING PLUGS!!!! WTF! surely this is 2018, someone can come up with a smaller version….It will be nice to go back to hydro that I grew up with.
  6. Looking forward to one big fridge with a big freezer!
  7. Looking forward to a real microwave who will make popcorn, truly make the whole bag.
  8. Not much for public transport in Bermuda and yes we will be using our car and scooters more but yeah for scooters! They are fun and heck, the place is so tiny, getting to most places from where we live will take 15 minutes without much traffic.
  9. Looking forward to swimming in the morning at National Pool Stadium.
  10. Looking forward to kayaking the beautiful waters of Bermuda, (already ordered my kayak). Same with paddle boarding…
  11. Looking forward to spending time with my Floaties!
  12. Pretty sure Daddy Cool is looking forward to squash at the BSRA and having a TCD (no not the Transport Control Department but rather The Cooper Drink) after a match. And if you want to know what is in a TCD, you have to come to the BSRA to find out.
  13. And I’m pretty sure, Daddy Cool can’t wait to go golfing more often.


There you have it. London has been great but I guess I am just looking forward to a slower pace lifestyle and less people. Having lived in Bermuda before, I know it is not perfect by any means but I can’t wait to be there and start the next chapter.

The Winner Is…


The Pool House.

I did it! I found a place for us to live for the next three years.

For a day there, it was quite stressful. Last Wednesday morning, before I left to see houses in Bermuda, there were 8 houses for me to view. Wednesday night before going to bed, I received an email from our real estate agent in Bermuda, we were down to 4 properties available. WTF! Four had received serious offers.

Thursday afternoon I flew to Bermuda, stayed with my good friends the Penistons and crossed my fingers it was all going to work out on Friday morning, and I was going to find a place to live. I had to, Thing 1 and one of her girlfriend have tickets to arrive March 5th and stay for a week, and my brother and his wife are coming March 18th to the 30th. The pressure was on.

My favorite one was called Harissii’s (no this is not a typo, this is how it is written on the lease). I had asked the agent to see that one first thing at 9 am so my bestie, Lorrie, dropped me off at the Harrington Sound Primary school where I got picked up by my agent. As soon as I sat in the car the agent said to me, “Harissii’s got an offer last night but not a full one”. My thought, and I probably said it out loud, FUCK!

We drove up Harrington Hundreds rd in Smith’s Parish, took a left on Oleander Hill and kept on driving up to Harissii’s and when we parked in the horseshoe driveway I knew I wanted it. A typical Bermuda cottage, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, nice kitchen, living room and it comes with a guest cottage, a pool and pool house. But what got me are the views of Harrington Sound and the South Shore. I quickly told the agent to make a “full ask” offer. She called the other agent, made the offer and said, “Okay, let’s go see the other ones while we wait to hear.” The other ones did not come even close to Harissii’s.

After all the viewings, she dropped me off into town and said she would call me as soon as she heard. I grabbed coffee and walked over to my bestie’s office where I took a little nap while she worked.

20 minutes later, power nap over, we went to look at cars. She was also buying a new car and she took a test drive with me and my Thing 3 in the back of the car. The Suzuki Baleno is a nice car. It reminded me a lot of my Suzuki Liana but I had my eye on the Hyundai Creta that I had viewed back in October. Lorrie had mentioned to the salesman that we both wanted to buy so he gave us a little deal and we both ordered our cars that are in the warehouse in New Jersey. My Creta should be there and ready to go for us on Feb. 26th.

When I returned from lunch I had received the great news by email that Harissii’s was ours! Woohoo! Yesterday, as I was walking into our temporary flat in London, I received a copy of our lease signed by us and our new landlady, it’s official!

Here are a few pictures of our views.Harissii3

The pool house from the cottage.


Harrington Sound views from my front porch.


And I found out we have dock rights to this dock on Harrington Sound. Excellent, Lorrie took me to PW Marine and I ordered my kayak.

Now that we have an address, I was told yesterday that our shipment would leave the UK and slowly make its way to “De Rock”. The countdown to Feb. 26th (when we land) has begun.


A Temporary Move

Over the weekend the kids helped us move into our short let.

For the next 43 days, the Coopers will be calling 37 Stanhope Gardens, Flat #2, home.

There were not a lot of options for a short term let in our area and Daddy Cool wanted to be close to tube, squash and have lots of street parking. I think I found a good spot for us. Yes, it is eclectic and no we would not live there year round but for now it will do.

Now, while looking at these pictures, please keep in mind that our landlord is a 60 year old male who lives in Capetown, South Africa and uses this flat in the summer.


When we picked up the keys on Saturday, they told us that if we find the leopard offensive we can remove him. Not that it was offensive but it’s just not very practical when he slides off onto you while you are reading. So the leopard has been removed.


Notice the real turtle shell lamps!


This is the study that I can’t use. I am barred from the study. At the moment it is being used as storage for our suitcases.


The little conservatory where we are to eat.


The settee in our bedroom for me to lounge…


The desk that I WILL NOT USE!

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Don’t know who this dude is?


Tiny kitchen/laundry room but it has everything. Well, except for a freezer. The freezer is a rack for the ice cube trays. I have a feeling I will be planning and cooking daily meals.

At the moment,  I am back at 59 Princes Gate Mews and the movers are busy packing our house. I hear a lot of tape being put on boxes as well as singing along to Withney Houston. No joke, Paul the mover seems like a fan.


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