Homesickness strikes

I'll preface this by saying that anyone who considers themself an Anglophile, while they might not possess a British passport, is absolutely a Brit at heart. Along these lines, I'm curious to know what (if anything) gives you pangs of homesickness for old Blighty?

I'm working abroad right now and listening to the Gloucestershire vs Surry commentary last week (a disappointing result, I might add), I was hit by an unexpected pang of homesickness, which had me thinking about the memories of all those journies between Burford and Bourton on the Water on chilly Friday evenings in November for a curry and pint.

Caught me a little off-guard, so I'd like to know what is it that makes you miss Britain?


  • So many things, the feeling of walking through history, the air and the lovely feeling of it on one’s face, the people in the villages, the scenery, especially the flowers, the beautiful buildings, the art, sitting outdoors at a pub in Banbury on market day watching the shoppers. Neither least nor last the unbeatable fish and chips.

  • I couldn't agree more - especially the feeling of walking through history (I've certainly gotten that feeling from a few National Trust properties I've visited. There's something wonderful about people watching from a nice village/town pub on a sunny day, and as for the fish and chips, I've certainly been places that do fish WITH chips, but unfortunately not many that do fish AND chips! 😅

  • I'm coming up on 1,000 days since I've been able to visit Britain and it's painful every day. So much that I've actually started consuming a lot less British media because it makes me so sad. It will hit me when I least expect it too - like when I smell or hearing something that I normally only do in Britain. I miss it so much. I cannot wait to go back.

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    And we can't wait until you're back! 1,000 days is far too long for an anglophile to be away from home!

  • Jonathon, I sometimes wonder what we have done to deserve such a friend as you. The UK is always there for you and yours.

  • Living in Texas, I can honestly say that what I miss about England is walking through history every day. History I knew about from school. Kept me rooted in the present while acknowledging the lessons of the past.

    But what I wouldn't give for a plate of bangers and mash and mushy peas...with some malt vinegar.

  • Hello All,

    I,m new here. I came out to America in 1988 and mostly have home home once a year, twice a year in recent years before covid. I miss coming home terribly and often feel i will never see it again. Usually i go to a friends place in the North East, my sister in law near Oldham, friend in Preston, and go on a Ramblers holiday. Presently in South Carolina, but have lived in several States. There is mothing wrong with living here, i just miss England.

    Maybe this will help.

    Hello to everybody and a merry christmas.

  • I now live in Canada and what I miss most is the sense of humour. There are a few Brits in Canada so when I come across them I can have a laugh. I miss the fish and chips and the weather. I grew up on the Isle of Man and it is so pretty there. I miss the sea. Canada is my home and I still think of myself as British and still have an accent after 35 years.

  • I have lived in Canada for 54 years arriving here in 1968 aged 25. Have been back to UK frequently over the years with my family. Love the place having grown up during the Beatles era in Liverpool.

    At Uni 62-66 worked for Taylor Woodrow at Wylfa then Dounreay , second Mersey Tunnel with Alfred McAlpine . The Craique was fierce on those big projects with lots of Irish sayings. I still laugh at them .I could go on for ever. I still keep in close touch with guys I went to school with them to uni with ( Liverpool -Engineering) One in particular was/is a General Contractor now Developer . He has the greatest assortment of jokes , would keep you laughing for weeks .

    I love Canada but still miss North Wales and Lake District. The more so the older I get. Devon and all the West Country. Must close now Cheers

  • Yes, I too have my moments of homesickness after being in Canada for over 76 yrs. I have never been back and now I am too old to travel as I am nearly 96 yrs. of age. I still call myself English and always will. After all, it is my homeland.

  • Hi Pat! Welcome to the forum. I think you're probably the oldest member!

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