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Sam Walker's Desert Diaries

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What's it like to actually follow your dreams?Desert Diaries is the brutally honest account of one family's move from the rainy suburbs of Manchester to the scorched wilderness of Arizona.Excitement, frustration, fear, joy, loneliness and scorpions. Quite a lot of scorpions. All life is here.For pi… read more

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Howdy Stranger

June 7th, 2022

23:18

Howdy Stranger

Well...its been a minute and few things have happened.

Time for a catch up!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Also on facebook.com/seeyouinthedesert

The end or the beginning?

February 25th, 2022

13:22

The end or the beginning? 

A week of wild weather, lost lizards and life-changing deliveries.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Also on facebook.com/seeyouinthedesert

Straight shooters and soggy waffles

February 18th, 2022

8:34

Straight Shooters and Soggy Waffles

There's some surprises in store as new politcial ads hit the Valley's screens, plus classroom confusion over …

Diaries from a different desert

February 14th, 2022

14:31

Diaries from a different desert

From the valley to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas via horse shows and rodeos; a fortnight of mighty road trips across the south west.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

FINALLY!

February 4th, 2022

8:01

FINALLY!

At last, after more than two years apart, my dad makes it to the desert!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Also on facebook.com/seeyouinthedesert

A state full of stickers

January 28th, 2022

10:17

A state full of stickers

From homes to cars to gas stations, there's an explosion (and an explaination) of the many stickers (and flags) across the …

Which side are you on?

January 21st, 2022

9:10

Which Side are you on?

A national holiday reveals the widening political divide in the US, and ongoing conspiracy theories around the last election …

The Unwelcome Visitor

January 14th, 2022

7:55

The Unwelcome Visitor

In a not entirely unexpected turn of events, Covid comes a-calling to our family home. 

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New Year, New Desert!

January 7th, 2022

11:43

New Year, New Desert!

Our first visitor in two years gives us a whole new perspective on our new home.

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The $9 Potato

December 24th, 2021

7:54

The $9 potato

We embrace local Christmas tradtions and are introduced to a new reindeer and a very pricey spud.

If you fancy meeting Pedro, here is the link to Donde Esta Santa Claus!

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Old friends in an old city

December 17th, 2021

9:58

Old friends in an old city

More adventures in the Big Apple, including a joyful discovery which brings a bit of British Christmas to the desert.

For …

Reunions and Rememberances

December 10th, 2021

8:32

Reunions and Rememberances

A week in New York City brings joyous reunions and some pre-Christmas magic.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

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What the heck is a panto?

December 3rd, 2021

8:00

What the heck is a panto?

America celebrates "radical generosity" and the locals get confused with talk of pantos. 

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Random acts of kindness and the trouble with leftovers.

November 28th, 2021

11:48

Random acts of kindness and the trouble with leftovers.

Thanksgiving rolls around again, bringing a surfeit of food and surprising acts of kindness. 

Back to school

November 19th, 2021

8:19

Back to school

One week, two visits to two very different schools, one far more surreal than the other,  plus unbelievable questions from the …

Dinner with Coyotes

November 12th, 2021

8:49

Dinner with Coyotes

As the clocks don't change, but do for everyone else, confusion abounds over when to do anything. Plus a luxury dinner with coyotes at some sexy cliffs...

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Illegal pumpkins and confused cowboys

November 5th, 2021

10:27

Illegal pumpkins and confused cowboys

Halloween passes in a glorious haze of facepaint and chocolate and a local has trouble talking to his British …

Children of the corn and funny shaped cake.

October 29th, 2021

10:06

Children of the corn and funny shaped cake.

It's ramping up to Halloween in the Valley, which of course means pig races, getting lost in fields and appreciative zombies.

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Marauding cowboys and the wrong kind of pie.

October 22nd, 2021

9:31

Marauding cowboys and the wrong kind of pie.

A big week in history, both personally and for the city. Plus we discover the connection between  …

The Arizona Big 8

October 15th, 2021

10:14

The Arizona Big 8

We go on holiday up the road and spend a few days in the desert in the company of the Arizona Big 8...  

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Adventures in a different desert

October 8th, 2021

12:49

Adventures in a different desert

A weekend in the hot mess of lights, music, drinks and people that is Las Vegas leads to a surprising outcome in the casino.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio

Terror underneath the towels and too many dogs

October 1st, 2021

9:49

Terror underneath the towels and too many dogs

The week brings unwanted animals of many species...Plus, the two things America is great at, that you don't get anywhere else.

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Saloon nights in inappropriate footwear

September 24th, 2021

8:03

Saloon nights in inappropriate footwear

Cooler breezes, saloon nights and exciting news about flights!

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Not Messin' with Texas and swooning over Weetabix

September 17th, 2021

9:28

Not Messin' with Texas

A visit to the most independent of all the states reveals surprising signs of British influence!

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Giving first aid to a chicken

September 10th, 2021

8:44

Giving first aid to a chicken

A late-night meeting with one of the locals causes some concern. Plus lessons in protecting pets from the desert wildlife.

My new podcast, American Vigilante is out on September 13!

Castles, corn and curiosities

September 3rd, 2021

14:03

Castles, corn and curiosities

We take a trip to the centre of Arizona and make quite the discovery...

Plus, an EXCLUSIVE teaser for my brand new podcast American Vigilante, launching September 13.

Warning: contains …

Trimmin' trees and talkin' funny

August 27th, 2021

9:31

Trimmin' trees and talkin' funny

Two visitors to the house provide vital services we never needed before and whilst talking to a man called Dr Randy, something strange happens in my mouth...

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All kinds of Wild

August 20th, 2021

10:14

All Kinds of Wild

Even after two years in the Valley, it's another weeks of firsts, some exciting, some discomforting. Plus the wild side of desert weather blows into town.

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Terror in trunks!

August 13th, 2021

10:04

Terror in trunks!

Cooler temperatures mean daytime walks for the first time in months, but summer still holds a few dangers up its sleeve (or in its …

Books, bills and extreme DIY

August 6th, 2021

10:18

Books, bills and extreme DIY

As August rolls around, so does the return to school and all the new rituals that entails.  Random cheques arrive and a …

No bears, more rain

July 30th, 2021

7:37

No bears, more rain

Another week of monsoon weather in the valley puts everyone in a good mood. But a shortage of something you may never even use, puts summer fun in jeopardy for many families.

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Staring at the Suns

July 23rd, 2021

8:20

Staring at the Suns

With the sun out of town for the week, all focus has been on the Suns. Confused?  All will be explained. But the sometimes dreary skies have also reflected Sam's mood as another milestone passes.

For …

Wild weather and love-lorn beetles

July 16th, 2021

8:33

Wild weather and love-lorn beetles

We return home from California to face monsoons and haboobs, as well as some gigantic beetles, with just one thing on their minds...

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Road trippin' with the lizard and illegal dogs

July 9th, 2021

9:32

Road trippin' with the lizard and illegal dogs.

We take an impromptu road trip to the coast and discover disappearing beaches and an often overlooked American way of life.

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A baseball cap full of ice

July 2nd, 2021

9:01

A baseball cap full of ice.

As the heat ramps up, the tiniest exertions become huge challenges and a couple of comments make me ponder the …

New York: Old friends, new friends and all the food.

June 25th, 2021

10:19

New York: Old friends, new friends and all the food.

We enjoy family time in our favourite city, just as it springs back into life.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Escaping the heat

June 18th, 2021

8:39

Escaping the heat

We leave the 'historic megadrought" in Arizona behind and head to New York City.

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Spray bottles, spiders and Spam

June 11th, 2021

10:45

Spray bottles, spiders and spam

We head south to Catalina State Park in search of a swim. There's an unusual visitor to the neighbourhood and a discovery about a certain state's cusine.

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Up In The Air AGAIN!

June 4th, 2021

10:26

Up In the Air AGAIN!

A late Christmas present balloon ride gives a whole new perspective of the Sonoran Desert - incuding something we haven't seen …

Up In the Air

May 28th, 2021

11:59

Up In the Air

An escape to Los Angeles for the weekend heralds an exciting return to air travel and glorious renuions with old friends, leading to a …

Not the week we expected

May 21st, 2021

8:37

Not the week we expected

More bumps in the road of ex-pat life in Arizona.   But some great times too. What a week!

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This Is My Family - bonus episode!

May 18th, 2021

45:22
I recently appeared on the wonderful podcast This Is My Family hosted by my friend Tyler Greene and I thought you might like to hear it.   It's a …

'Tis the season.

May 14th, 2021

8:26

'Tis the season

This week marked the start of two major seasons in Phoenix, one more welcome than the other...

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Highs, lows and horror!

May 7th, 2021

12:30

Highs, lows and horror!

A week of joyful trips, pensive moments and much screaming. Just another week in the desert then...

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Extreme Gardening

April 30th, 2021

10:05

Extreme Gardening

Even the most mundane of daily tasks results in some heart-stopping moments. A rain shower brings some confusing emotions...

For …

Out Among The Cacti

April 23rd, 2021

8:00

Out Among The Cacti

The first RV adventure takes us south to Picacho Peak, where we discover a history of gold rush migrants and Civil War battles, …

Mr Brightside AKA The Beast

April 16th, 2021

8:38

Mr Brightside AKA The Beast

There's a new member of the family, who promises to take us away from all of this....

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A week of firsts

April 9th, 2021

13:18

A week of firsts

Recorded at the top of a very windy Shadow Mountain, it's been seven days of discovery in the desert, ranging from new culinary …

Drive-thru hope

April 2nd, 2021

10:24

Drive-thru hope

The midnight vaccine proves to be quite the experience, and it's hotting up in the valley and that includes some people's tempers...

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Clicking refresh for 36 hours

March 26th, 2021

8:08

Clicking refresh for 36 hours

As the vaccine programme rolls out in Arizona, it's a mission to get hold of a jab.  Political responses to horrible …

Fearless Warriors and Furious Lizards

March 19th, 2021

7:42

Fearless Warriors and Furious Lizards

As some of the family head south to learn about the history of Cochise, Sam is left (almost) home alone, locked in a battle of wits with a lizard.

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Spring on the mountain

March 12th, 2021

7:46

Spring on the mountain

Signs of spring appear in the desert and a conversation about British mealtimes confuses the locals.

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Cacti, grapefruit and snakes.

March 5th, 2021

7:41

Cacti, grapefruit and snakes

A chance conversaton on a mountain sparks a history lesson about baseball in the USA.

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Out on the trails

February 26th, 2021

9:31

Out on the trails.

A hike away from the city, uncovers the rich history of a small patch of Arizona and there's tales of animal invasions, Arizona style!

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No more snow, but more snow dogs.

February 19th, 2021

7:34

No more snow, but more snow dogs.

Another week in limbo,  filled with nothing more exciting than trips to buy a drill, is rescued by a new arrival to …

Pensive in the desert

February 12th, 2021

7:13

Pensive in the desert

As another week flashes by with no real change in the world, it's hard not to think about what could have been and what may, or …

Drugs! Guns! (And bottles of sherry)

February 5th, 2021

5:50

Drugs! Guns! (And bottles of sherry)

An unseasonably warm February in Phoenix follows the snow of last month.  Plus, surprises at the chemists.

 For …

Snowfall and Underpants

January 29th, 2021

7:08

Snowfall and underpants

A big day when the first snow in a long time makes an appearance. There's a murkey discovery in the garage and does anyone know what time it is??

 For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Half-holidays and big celebrations

January 22nd, 2021

8:43

Half-holidays and big celebrations

There's a new President in town, an historical holiday and a job offer at a local garden centre.

 For pictures, …

Snakes, spiders and stupid drivers

January 15th, 2021

7:46

Snakes, spiders and stupid drivers

The search for food for a very picky lizard brings us to a reptile nirvana. Driving school uncovers some …

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

January 8th, 2021

8:06

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A glorious break in the snow (with a curry chaser) is somewhat marred by brush with the traffic police and the small …

Hiking cautiously into 2021

December 31st, 2020

7:56

Hiking cautiously into 2021

From nearly-lost dogs to fruitcake confusion, we wave farewell, finally, to 2020!

 For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

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Merry Christmas from the desert!

December 24th, 2020

7:43

Merry Christmas from the desert!

Our second Christmas in the USA is different for so many reasons, but we find joy in blending old family traditions …

Reptile Royalty

December 18th, 2020

8:39

Reptile Royalty

A new member of the family cements our conversion to desert dwellers.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Also on facebook.com/seeyouinthedesert

Car crashes and bloody noses

December 11th, 2020

8:04

Car crashes and bloody noses

Despite the first rain in more than 100 days, the realities of living in a desert start to hit home.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

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A spaceman in the desert

December 4th, 2020

8:21

A Spaceman in the desert.

There's change afoot in Phoenix this week with new roads, purple zebras and astronauts taking lead roles... 

For pictures, …

Thanksgiving for Four.

November 28th, 2020

10:27

Thanksgiving for Four.

An unprecedented Thanksgiving leaves time for experiments with food and a look into an alternative historical viewpoint of an American tradition.

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All creatures lost and found

November 20th, 2020

5:22

All creatures lost and found

A week spent working and walking, with brilliant distractions courtesy of the local Nextdoor group.  A friend and neighbour both have unwanted visitors.

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Election fallout and marshmallow confusion

November 13th, 2020

9:41

Election fallout and marshmallow confusion

Ten days on from the election, the Wild West feels pretty calm and with Thanskgiving around the …

All eyes on the desert.

November 6th, 2020

6:44

All eyes on the desert

Arizona finds itself in the eye of the election storm, which continues to rage days after votes are cast. It's an uncomfortable time to be an immigrant on some occasions but friends (and …

Warm Socks and long lines

October 30th, 2020

8:32

Warm socks and long lines.

As the temperature cools down, the election hots up and a mystery over piles of rubbish is solved.

For pictures, you …

Politics and cheesecake

October 23rd, 2020

6:00

Politics and cheesecake

It’s a week of milestones and we celebrate with enormous portions of pudding! A sticky situation with a politically …

Open roads and broken hearts

October 16th, 2020

10:58

Open roads and broken hearts

A week full of wonderful adventures and very difficult news.

This one is for you Abigail Goswell. x

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Smoke, mirrors and spurious holidays

October 9th, 2020

8:05

Smoke, mirrors and spurious holidays

If a week is a long time in politics, this last week has felt like a century! Plus, a new "holiday" is …

Down the rabbit hole

October 2nd, 2020

10:08

Down the rabbit hole

School is back for the autumn, but the weather has yet to catch up. A trip to the shops take us down an unexpected rabbit …

Q&A Special!

September 29th, 2020

21:46

Q&A Special!

A special bonus epsiode, answering questions you have sent in about everything from politics to food, radio to regrets!

For …

The Rogue Z!

September 25th, 2020

8:30

The Rogue Z!

The small one's operation is a success and a lingustic milestone is reached!

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Unwanted visitors and more healthcare confusion

September 18th, 2020

11:09

Unwanted visitors and more healthcare confusion

A visit to the doctor becomes a massive administrative undertaking and we find an undesirable right on our doorstep!

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Trouble in the neighbourhood

September 11th, 2020

9:30

There's a shock development in the Phoenix summer and trouble in the neighbourhood with night-time knockers!

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Saying hello and goodbye

September 4th, 2020

9:03

The wildlife has been "active" this week, causing a few shocking moments, but it's also the end of an era, which proves to be bittersweet.

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Cool nights and hot dogs.

August 28th, 2020

8:50

After the monsoon FINALLY arrives in Phoenix, we escape, en masse to California for a couple of days of sea, surf and sunburn.

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Dust storms and locked doors

August 21st, 2020

8:09

We witness our first haboob and prepare for the monsoon that never comes. Disaster strikes whilst on a mountain retreat!

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Reaching boiling point.

August 14th, 2020

10:13

Everything, from the weather to working from home reaches a crescendo this week, resulting in an impromptu getaway.

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Say what?!

August 7th, 2020

8:40

Attempts to buy the most simple of items brings home the fact that the United States and Great Britain are indeed, as George Bernard Shaw wrote, two countries separated by a common language!

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Trees and canyons and bears oh my!

July 31st, 2020

10:34

With another extreme heat warning, we escape the city and head into the cool pines of the Mogollon Rim, discovering rather more than we bargained …

Yearning for rain....and gravy

July 24th, 2020

9:24

As Phoenix passes more than 100 days without rain, the whole valley is yearning for the monsoons to start. Despite the heat, a suprising craving for …

It’s time for the second summer.

July 17th, 2020

7:40

The long hot Phoenix summer starts to give way to the long hot second summer. Plus jump jet wasps and badass birdies.  

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Massive trucks, chattering teeth and collapsing ceilings

July 10th, 2020

8:35

As the Arizona summer roars into action, how on earth can you feel cold in 47 degree heat? The pain of a collapsed ceiling is quelled by a massive …

Fried eggs, melted boots and billion dollar teeth

July 3rd, 2020

7:27

The "below average" summer temperatures have alarming consequences and we take a deep breath and dive back into the discombobulating world of the …

More mountains climbed.

June 26th, 2020

8:13

I get checked out by a helicopter on a mountainside and feel very thankful for (socially distant) friends.

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Thundering down Thunderbird

June 18th, 2020

7:50

A new week in the new house, we feel like spies collecting our mail and scratch our heads over poilitical messaging.

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The week that lasted a month.

June 12th, 2020

6:48

We escape the valley for a few days, before continued adventures with trucks and a big problem with a lack of water.

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The worst times, the best people.

June 5th, 2020

12:33

An unbelievable week involving wild claims, violent threats, police escorts and massive trucks.

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Bullies, burgers and lawsuits!

May 29th, 2020

6:03

After a horrible experience with a huge bully, we set off to find solace in a very British way!

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Dry heat and wet flannels

May 22nd, 2020

6:39

A week full of confusing feelings, cold flannels and exciting news!

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Birthdays, bog roll and childhood nightmares come true.

May 15th, 2020

6:39

Birthday week brings adventures with loo roll of all kinds, the first steps out of lockdown and a childhood nightmare happens in real life. Eek!

For …

Socially distant house hunting and very expensive cats

May 8th, 2020

8:50

Moving day is fast approaching and house hunting in lockdown gets tricky.  The cats suddenly become an expensive problem.

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One whole year!

May 5th, 2020

14:48

One whole year!

12 months after taking a leap into the unknown, what does it feel like?

Did all the fears materialise?

What does taking a risk teach …

Week fifty-two: Caged lions, murderous hawks and to floss or not to floss?

May 1st, 2020

7:11

Week fifty-one:  As the heat ramps up to furnace levels, the wildlife springs into action with a gusto! Lockdown starts to take its toll, plus …

Week fifty-one: The sounds of the Sonoran Desert and more snakes alive!

April 24th, 2020

7:19

Week fifty-one:  More mountain-side musings. Plus, three sets of locals are out in force this week, golfers, protesters and snakes!

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Week fifty: Socially distant mountain walks and board games with the dog.

April 17th, 2020

7:15

Week fifty:  Desert Diaries is "live" from a mountainside this week and features stories of bad hair days and board games with the dog.

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Week forty-nine: Amorous lizards and scorpion hunting at night

April 10th, 2020

5:15

Week forty-nine:  Spring arrives in the valley, bringing incredible wildlife to our doorstep. It's hotting up, especially for lizards.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week forty-eight: Golfing, nice nails and garages with a view

April 3rd, 2020

7:35

Week forty-eight:  Exploring the neighbourhood anew, we discover some spectacularly well-housed cars.  Plus we find the link between golf and …

Week forty-seven: Where would I rather be?

March 27th, 2020

8:57

Week forty-seven:  As so many of us are alone, wherever we are, I think about being in a foreign country at a time of crisis and am confused by some Americans' reaction to coronavirus.

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Week forty-six: Self-isolating with crane flies

March 20th, 2020

7:03

Week forty-six:  As Phoenix shuts down for the coronavirus, our neighbours disappear, but insects move in. The reality of being so far away from family hits home.

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Week forty-five: wet, wet, wet, pizza confusion and the coronavirus comes calling.

March 13th, 2020

11:48

Week forty-five:  The whole week is wet, with the humidity of Florida and the rain of Arizona. I'm confused by a random pizza delivery and wonder …

Week forty-four: Speechless in the canyon

March 6th, 2020

9:34

Week forty-four:  We head north to discover snow, volcanos, the historic Route 66 and are dumbstruck by the Grand Canyon.

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Week forty-three: Wild horses, tiny birds and big dramas

February 28th, 2020

9:23

Week forty-three:  Magical desert rides, beautiful garden wildlife and another unbelievably annoying adventure in healthcare.

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Week forty-two: Climbing all kinds of mountains

February 25th, 2020

7:13

Week forty-two:  The big decisions we made cause some anxiety about letting go of the past

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Week forty-one: The Valley turns pink

February 24th, 2020

7:05

Week forty-one:  I am completely discombobulated by the Valentine's frenzy sweeping Phoenix. They do things very diferently here!

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Week forty: Football and fridge magnets

February 21st, 2020

7:24

Week forty:  A shopping trip to a local supermarket reminds me of what we have done and our first Superbowl in America reminds me what a country of contrasts we live in.

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Week thirty-nine: Big decisions and adventures with accents

February 20th, 2020

6:42

Week thirty-nine:  We make two big decisions about the future - eek! I make an hilarious discovery about the most popular British TV shows iin the US.

Week thirty-eight: Shocking weather (!) and terrible TV

February 19th, 2020

7:51

Week thirty-eight:  The local news goes into meltdown over some "weather" and we finally get some American TV channels working.

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Week thirty-seven: Cowboys, outlaws and the White Dove

February 18th, 2020

6:27

Week thirty-seven:  I become Arizona's unofficial royal correspondent and head to the deep south of the state: Tombstone and Bisbee.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week thirty-six: Adventures in Prescott; pine forests and moonscapes.

February 17th, 2020

8:04

Week thirty-six:  We explore the pineforests and moonscapes around the stunning city of Prescott, spend Friday night in a saloon and Dave goes full …

Week thirty-five: A new year in the desert

February 14th, 2020

5:20

Week thirty-five:  We ring in the new year in both London and Phoenix but get distracted by a desert menagerie in our garden!

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Week thirty-four: Our first desert Christmas.

February 13th, 2020

4:33

Week thirty-four:  It's our first Christmas in the desert and isn't quite as we imagined. I cave in and stock up on some British essentials!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter …

Week thirty-three: Back home, but more bad news.

February 12th, 2020

5:12

Week thirty-three:  I arrive back home to a much sparklier Phoenix, but get some more really upsetting news.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week thirty-two: One week: Three states

February 11th, 2020

7:00

Week thirty-two:  I head off on a three-state road trip and discover Trump's America.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week thirty-one: Emergency at 4am!

February 10th, 2020

3:56

Week thirty-one:  We're woken at 4am with an emergency! Once diaster is averted, I take you on a tour of a dine in movie theatre.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week thirty: Taking stock and giving thanks

February 7th, 2020

5:42

Week thirty:  As we host our first ever Thanksgiving with new friends, I take stock of the last six months and share some challenges I haven't mentioned before.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio

Week twenty-nine: Which country am I in?

February 6th, 2020

4:36

Week twenty-nine:  Rain + cloud + cold + lack of sleep = massive confusion and embarrassment in a DIY superstore.

For pictures, you can find me on

Week twenty-eight: Happy days in NYC

February 5th, 2020

5:36

Week twenty-eight:  Giggling in galleries, gawping at celebrities and allllll the food and drink with the best friends: NYC delivers. I get home and realise something I never noticed about Phoenix.

For pictures, you can …

Week twenty-seven: The Wickedest Town in the West

February 4th, 2020

5:00

Week twenty-seven:  We visit the amazing town of Jerome and learn about wine, ghosts and women of the night! We wave goodbye to family and I leave Arizona again!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio

Week twenty-six: Phoenix gets spooky

February 3rd, 2020

5:10

Week twenty-six:  A throwawy tweet about airbrushing on school photos goes viral and we experience our first Halloween in the desert! Spoiler: the …

Week twenty-five: Toad in the what?

January 31st, 2020

5:11

Week twenty-five:  We cook up a British storm and confuse the locals and learn the awful truth about what Phoenix was neary called....Plus a …

Week twenty-four: How to make friends in your forties

January 30th, 2020

4:35

Week twenty-four:  Phoenix starts to cool down, we meet up with a bunch of other Brits and think about the chellenges of making new friends - in our …

Week twenty-three: Snowbirds fly home and adventures in healthcare

January 29th, 2020

4:30

Week twenty-three:  Phoenix gets busy as the snowbirds come to town. The Vice-President pops to my street and we dip our toe in the American Healthcare system!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio

Week twenty-two: Home

January 28th, 2020

4:14

Week twenty-two:  A bitter sweet return home and the the city is full of the detritus of  huge monsoon.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Week twenty-one: Thelma and Louise eat your heart out

January 27th, 2020

6:13

Week twenty-one:  Mum and I keep driving north, through desert, alongside dramatic cliffs and reach a kind of paradise. But all good things must come to an end...

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Week twenty: Up Yours lung cancer!

January 24th, 2020

4:37

Week twenty:  Faced with a dreadful prognosis, we decide not to wait for someone to tell us how long my mum has left to live and decide to go out and …

Week nineteen: I wasn't supposed to be here...

January 23rd, 2020

4:29

Week nineteen: I head to Australia to wait and see how sick my mum is.  Its the second time in my life I hadn't planned to go to Perth, but ended up there....

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio

Week eighteen: I can drive, but have to leave Arizona

January 22nd, 2020

5:40

Week eighteen:  I finally pass my driving test...28 years after taking my first one! Life throws us a curve ball and I need to leave the USA.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter …

Week seventeen: Snakes alive! Horse riding and lost gold

January 21st, 2020

3:44

Week seventeen:  The dog finds us our first live snake! We ride back in time on our first desert trek and learn the legend of lost gold!

For …

Week sixteen: Heartbreak

January 20th, 2020

4:05

Week sixteen:  A devastating week for our family when we get a cruel reminder that with adventure, comes risk.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week fifteen: Discovering the heart of Arizona

January 17th, 2020

6:43

Week fifteen:  We head to Payson, often called the Heart Of Arizona and discover an unique shop - that's for sale!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week fourteen: Unless you really need to, don't get out of the car!

January 16th, 2020

4:18

Week fourteen:  It's already back to school. despite being early August and I learn that unless you really need to, just don't get out of the car.

Week thirteen: La La Land

January 15th, 2020

6:50

Week thirteen:  La La Land.  We nip up the road to Hollywood

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week twelve: Our first monsoon and spy cacti

January 14th, 2020

5:49

Week twelve:  The first monsoon of the season rolls into town and we discover the cacti are spying on us...

For pictures, you can find me on

Week eleven: Black widows CAN jump.

January 13th, 2020

4:21

Week eleven:  Oh no. Just what you don't want to find in your garden part 497.....

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week ten: Podcasts vs scorpions

January 10th, 2020

5:42

Week ten:  Dave invests in a scorpion hunting kit whilst I use the power of podcasts to banish the beasties

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week nine: A new house and a new HORROR!

January 9th, 2020

5:11

Week nine:  Our furniture finally arrives after its epic journey and we move into our new house...where horror awaits!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week eight: Tucson, saguaros and dive in movies

January 8th, 2020

5:11

Week eight:  We drive south on a birthday roadtrip and sample local delicacies, gawp at local flora and enjoy a dive in movie.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week seven: The misters arrive, but so does homesickness...

January 7th, 2020

5:07

Week seven:  The misters arrive, showing that summer is here. The dreaded spectre of homesickness also pays a visit.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week six: Living in an oven and finding joy in the mundane

January 6th, 2020

4:05

Week six:  It's so hot, I feel like a Sunday Roast.  Not eating one, I feel like I am one. And life and housework goes on, but it's fun to find the joy in the mundane.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram …

Week five: Success at adulting and shoe shopping for the dog

January 3rd, 2020

4:38

Week five:  Double success at adulting, starting to feel like we're getting there. Plus, shoe shopping...for the dog.

For pictures, you can find me …

Week four: Aghhhhhhhhh!

January 2nd, 2020

3:50

Week four:  AGHHHHHHH!!  Feeling 17 again, for ALL the wrong reasons......

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

Week three: Overpriced tea and the pets jet in!

January 1st, 2020

5:17

Week three:  We discover the massively overpriced "British section" in our local supermarket.  Enjoy a very generous, but slightly bizarre gesture of hospitality and tell the tale of the pets jetting in!

For pictures, …

Week two: New school, sweating and being Australian

December 31st, 2019

4:02

Week two:  It's hotting up, the girls start school and we have a birthday.  Oh, and everyone thinks we're Australian

For pictures, you can find me on

Week one: Cacti, rain and laptop man

December 30th, 2019

4:44

Week one:  We made it....but only just!

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on twitter @walkersam

So how did we get here? Feeling the fear, but doing it anyway.

December 9th, 2019

12:13

Do you have a crazy dream? Have you done anything about it?

We had one, but didn't act on it for years.

Until we did.

And here is how it all began.

For pictures, you can find me on instagram @samwalkerradio and on

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