Who writes this blog?  

That’s me – Karolyn – hello!

KC Newcastle Harbour

What will I find here?

I started Distant Drumlin to record my expat life in India in 2012 and 2013. When my husband finished his job in Bangalore, we returned home to the UK.  So no more India – you’ve missed the bus.

Bangalore bus

Now I split my time between two places – a farm in Northern Ireland and a flat in London.  My movements between the two are not well-planned; neither is this blog.

If you want something more tightly focused on Northern Ireland, have a look at my other blog – Townlands of Ulster.

So, you may ask, what kind of job allows you to flit across the Irish Sea?  I’ve just taken early retirement.  My work in London was always interesting, but it was the kind of job that took up all the space in my brain.  After a few years of freedom to think about other stuff, life seems richer, and I don’t want to go back to the office.

What is a drumlin?

A drumlin is a small hill, formed by a retreating glacier.  Drumlins are sometimes described as egg-shaped, but I like to think of them as soil-covered giant potatoes.

Distant from what?

Me, because I’ve never settled on the drumlins.

One local musician, Duke Special, captured this in his song “Brixton Leaves”, when he said that his home was a distant drumlin.  Find Duke Special’s wonderful music on www.dukespecial.com.

Can I use your photos?

Karolyn Cooper takes the photos, and writes the text, on the Distant Drumlin blog. If you want to use or copy any of the material on this blog, you need my permission.  Go ahead and ask – I will probably say yes. You can use the contact form on this page.



14 Comments Add yours

  1. Well done with the “About” update 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I’m on a roll now- I’ve got a “Zero to Hero” badge as well.


      1. Woah lady! You’re rockin’ now!


  2. Shmruthi says:

    Hi Karolyn 🙂 Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog! Your pictures here are just brilliant & I’m sure I’m gonna spend a lot of time going through your archives and read about what you thought of India 😉 Looking forward to “following” you here and enjoying pictures of the beautiful Irish country side.. cheers =)


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. I saw something interesting every day in India- I should have started blogging earlier.

      Liked by 1 person

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you!


  4. Cheers for liking my posts about airline meals and Engrish, Karolyn! Have any particularly memorable – for better or worse – airline meals in mind?
    Also, that dosa looks stellar!


  5. Kamila Pala says:

    Hi, nice to meet you! You have very interesting blog and I look forward to reading new post. Bye. Kamila


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you Kamila.


  6. Hey thanks for liking some of my posts. Sounds like you’ve led an interesting life, here’s to keeping it different!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. thegoodshufu says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Karolyn! I love the subtitle of your blog. I so agree that living overseas makes home seem more exotic and ordinary all at once, like the ordinariness becomes exotic in itself. (I write about that a bit in the book, and I was so struck by the experience my first time returning to Boston after Japan.)

    Sending you all my best from Yokohama (where we are now)! Tracy


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I spent some time in Japan when I was based in China, and I’m keen to go back there again. I liked Yokohama – just a little bit less hectic than Tokyo. Now I enjoy reading about Japan, so I will be interested in your book.


  8. ‘Alo from Canada.. I’m off to London in a couple hours and would love to connect there if our schedules can align. Can you drop me a line at info@everydayasia.com? I should have a local # (thanks to my ever so lovely host!).

    Liked by 1 person

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