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This is my Fantasy

So this is the picture I keep going to. This is my fantasy. My future kitchen isn't exactly like this, mine will have a full window that runs from end to end, but the brushed concrete floor and the timber cupboards with the concrete slab top - that's what my kitchen is going to look like. So I've shown you the fantasy. This is the … [Read More...]

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5 Steps Towards Becoming a Great Expat

Step One: Kick off from your "home country", make your house a home. Fill it with shiny appliances that work, furniture that has been measured and matched, and then forcefully cram it into a dirty old banged up shipping container and push it out to sea for six months. Step Two: Arrive at your new location, realise it works on a completely … [Read More...]

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The Recipe for a Perfect Move

Somewhere in the middle of last week my husband and I became obsessed with coleslaw. Ridculous, I know, but there we were with the recipe book open discussing which cabbage, savoy or chinese, like the world depended on our decision. It was Eid Al … [Read More...]

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Heading Home

If I'm driving to my parents house in the country I often tell people I'm heading "home" for the weekend. While I'm there, in their house, the one I've called my own for years; the one where I celebrated our marriage, and returned with baby, after … [Read More...]

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The Backstabbing World of Working From Home

Working from home means I often walk from room to room while carrying a laptop and wearing noise cancelling headphones. The headphones often feel like I'm entering a vacuum, the modern seashell to an ear. While I sit at my desk in Doha I can … [Read More...]

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Why I’ve Been Taking Pictures of the Back of my Head…

I've been taking photos and video of the back of my head for around 8 months now. It began post chemo when my hair began to thin. Just the odd sneaky shot to see how things were looking back there. Scrutinized and then deleted for fear of being … [Read More...]

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The Expat Home

The children came home to find me sobbing on the couch. "The most amazing thing has just happened" I told them while smiling through the tears. If you happen to have a teen in your house right now you'll know the look they gave me. "Mum's lost … [Read More...]

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Don’t Apologize For The Good Bits

A girlfriend of mine removed her recent family holiday snaps from Facebook. I know this because I wanted to go back and have a second look, I was interested to see whether they'd tagged in the name of exactly where they stayed. The shots were, as … [Read More...]

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Every Expat Parent Knows It…

Born in one country, living in another - the beginning of expat life. My first baby was 11 days old when we made our way to the airport. In those 11 days we'd taken part, like many before us, in the expat version of the Amazing Baby Race. From the … [Read More...]

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Rescue Dogs Are Like a Box Of Chocolates…

When you rescue a dog you can never be too sure about what you're going to get. The beagle, a Texan, came from the Houston Beagle Rescue Association. An organization which appeared (from its website) to have dozens of middle-aged beagles with some … [Read More...]

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Boarding School – Here’s Our Truth

It was April last year when I wrote about our eldest heading to boarding school. The reality had arrived. I couldn't keep pretending it wasn't going to happen. We'd not only said it out loud but we'd paid the deposit (ouch) and it was time to get my … [Read More...]

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The Virtual Expat

I have moved into phase two of my expat and mothering life. No more baby groups or coffee mornings with a toddler at my knee. My children are sometimes out the door as early as seven in the morning to start school. They're pretty much left to their … [Read More...]