In England, Phillips met artistic colleagues with whom he had corresponded, and was introduced to others. These meetings allowed him to perfect his colour printing technique. Phillips lived near his parents’ home in the Cotswolds, where he continued to work at his watercolours and prints. But the children missed their life in Canada, unhappy with a socially restrictive environment, and especially unhappy with a damp and rainy climate. A decision was made to return to Canada, and the family returned to Winnipeg by September of 1925, after another summer holiday at Lake Muskoka.