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January 24, 2012


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Glad your looking at this as a fresh start now :-)

I am with you on the driving. I passed my test first time 2 weeks exactly before Bex was born. I drove for about 6 months but like you the overwhelming responsibilty put up a barrier.

Now I know there have been missed things I would have done if I drove and yes looking back that does make me sad. So with that in mind from me, go for it. Of course I may or may not take my own advice (!) but my guys possibly want to move to the Country in the next few years and I kind of would too but it means one (of many)things, yep driving.

I have no doubt your get there before me xxx

Rosie Scribble

You're absolutely right, Ali. There are so many things I would miss out on by not driving, especially when we move and we don't have friends locally to rely on four lifts (which I hate - asking for lifts, not the friends). It will open our options up, that's for sure. And, yes, I will do it. The thought of driving with my daughter in the car is definitely a barrier, but I'll just work harder to overcome that. xxx

If I Could Escape

Ironically, I love the freedom I feel from not having to worry about a car when I'm over there. Over here, you'd be up shit creek without one such is the American lifestlye. Literally. Happy driving!!

Older Single Mum

I meant to say this before Rosie, but I've got a funny feeling that your move will turn out to be almost the best thing that's ever happened to you! And I do know these things sometimes. I shall watch this space acutely and accordingly!

Rosie Scribble

I think it will turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened to us too! I didn't at first. I saw so many obstacles and stresses and things that needed to be sorted out, but now the hard bit is over I'm incredibly excited about this year. So you're right. I wonder how you knew!

Rosie Scribble

I need to move to America, Karen. Then I'd been completely stuck without a car and I'd probably learn how to drive in less than a week. There's a thought! Spare room? x

Jane Alexander

You gotta drive! I was going to suggest the US thing... but then typepad decided to chuck me out on my ear... Just think Porsche... ;)

Midlife Singlemum

I'm following your relocation story with avid interest as I'm always thinking of spending a few years in the UK - too scared to make the move though.


I've thought about learning to drive on and off for years! Don't need a car in London but outside of it, I'm a pain to others but ah imagine the freedom! I'm so scared though. Bailed a test as a teenager then the instructor bailed on me when i was pregnant (scared my waters would break in his car!) Haven't had the nerve since, and mine mirror yours, with a child 'n' all, but have entered competitions to win a car to erm, perhaps get me moving, so do that! Manifest your chances! And of course, me being obsessed with housing, let us know how the move goes (and me, how you do it!) Good luck!


I didn't pass my test till i was 30 and in the end i did an automatic only test. I passed first time and did it within 3 months. Everyone moaned at me for doing automatic but my circumstances changed and i needed a quick pass, being a single mum my son was starting school and there was no way i'd make it to breakfast club and then work for 8.30 every morning and its the best thing i've ever done. Driving auto is easy (i think its safer as you don't have to take your hand off the wheel to change gear) and theres alot of automatic cars around now. Good luck with the new move!

Rosie Scribble

You're right, Jane. I do have to drive. I'm stuck otherwise. The word Porsche in your comment has done it for me. *grabs car keys*

Rosie Scribble

Ooh. You must come and spend a few years in the UK. That's a slightly bigger move than the two of simply relocating to a different county, but you must know so many people here anyway and you'd get used to the weather eventually. :) Hope you do come over. x

Rosie Scribble

It's nerve-racking isn't it. I don't think I'm a natural driver but I hate being so dependant on others. I wish I'd taken it up as a teenager. I'm sure everything is a lot easier to pick up when you're younger! I'll keep you up to date with our move. So many things to consider. I need to write a very long list!

Rosie Scribble

Thanks Sarah. I've been thinking about your comment since yesterday and I really like the idea of learning in an automatic. Perhaps that would be the solution. Like you, it would be difficult to get my daughter to school and me too an early morning meeting without being able to drive. I'm going to give this some serious thought. Thank you! This could be the solution I need!


Just thought i'd mention that the lessons tend to be more expensive than manual but thats because you don't need as many! You don't have to learn clutch control, hill starts etc so it works out costing the same as manual lessons overall but insurance and everything else isn't any different. Let me know how you get on and good luck!

Rosie Scribble

From what I can see it's only a couple of pounds more expensive, which isn't bad at all. And considering how much I've spend already I'd much rather get it all over and done with now. I'll definitely let you know how I get on! Thanks again.

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