Welcome to The Merchants' Tale

In August 2003 Brian and Angela Merchant fulfilled a long-cherished ambition and left behind a happy but ordinary life in the small town of Middletown, Ruralshire, for a 3 year secondment to frontiers of the Wild West in Houston, Texas. This website chronicles their personal journey on both sides of the Pond as seen through the eyes of Angela, a keen observer of the minutiae of daily life. Written with wry humour, often at the expense of her long-suffering husband, and leavened with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, this tale of an enduring marriage is a labour of love and a legacy for their three beautiful daughters. William, Angela's beloved grey tabby (and Brian's nemesis) with whom they were happily reunited in January 2007, seasons the mix with some salty observations of his own.

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