I had someone actually tell me "Cheerio" today as a word for "goodbye." I think I skipped a little in my step in an effort to subtly hide my excitement! I've also heard "ta ta" or "ta ra" both of which are equally good. Oh, and "cheers" when said quickly, i.e. to a bus driver when you are getting off the bus, sounds more like "chairs."
Did I mention already that "rain" in English seems to mean perpetual mist? Well, some proper rain has begun to set in. Apparently, it will be here for about a week, and then go back to just happening occasionally. A wet autumn, but still not as cold as back home, so I don't mind!