expat life

My Happy Shiny People

Mothering can be a bitch. They don’t tell you that in the antenatal classes. They leave that bit out, along with stretch marks and wind pain and ruined nethers. They also leave out the hard decisions you need to make throughout your child’s life and the constant pressure to do your very best for these…

Merry Makeover!

It’s time! Kids bundled off Down Under with one gigantic teddy bear and British residency visas. Check. Obligatory tears at the airport in arms of my handsome Englishman. Done.Right on the money pep talk from Air New Zealand aircrew sympathetically saying behind my blubbering cuddle – ‘Just the two of you for Christmas? Excellent! Think…

Dear Diary…

Dear Diary 1984 “It’s hard being a teenager. Some people tell you to grow up and others tell you to stay a child for as long as you can. Your best friend isn’t always your best friend and people you thought you could trust, well you can’t. School is hard too. Everyone’s so bitchy. They’re…

The Back Story – a reminder

As I’m gallavanting around Stratford upon Avon I’m delving into the archives to pull out some of the earliest blog posts I wrote about our story. I hope you enjoy them – ************************************************* Originally posted September 2009 I should probably explain how I ended up on this late OE aged 40 with three children, dog,…

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