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living well

Join me for a Sport Relief Coffee Morning?

8 Comments 13 January 2014

One of the many things the British do well is creative fundraising for charities. It’s a thing they love to do. I usually quietly set up my direct debits to chosen charities, or drop the pound coins into rattling buckets at the entrance to the grocery store, or sponsor a school child on a walk […]

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Boldly go into this New Year

8 Comments 31 December 2013

I have rarely spent New Years Eve at a party or out in the cold watching fireworks over a big city. One year we hosted a 12-course meal for our family, stretching across midnight with a course of sparkling drink as the clock struck 12. It was fun, but kind of hard work. I would […]

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Stress-free Christmas?

3 Comments 27 December 2013

So, we’re on the other side of another Christmas (and if you’re in Britain or a Commonwealth country, Boxing Day as well). Where did you celebrate the holiday, at home or away? Or, if you’re an expat, which home? I was at home, my home in Britain, that is. I have mixed feelings about Christmas. […]

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Expat Health Insurance & US Healthcare Reform: What Are You Entitled To?

No Comments 18 December 2013

An interesting topic keeping us Americans overseas up to date on what the US Healthcare reform will mean for us. This post has been contributed to The American Resident. In 2010 President Obama and the United States Congress enacted the most far reaching act of reform to US healthcare in a generation. The Patient Protection […]

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food

Nigella’s addiction

16 Comments 10 December 2013

Cheeky title, isn’t it? In honour of Nigella Lawson’s strength for escaping and standing up to her emotionally abusive ex-husband, I am celebrating with her amazing Sweet and Salty Crunchy Nut Bars. These are from NIGELLA KITCHEN by Nigella Lawson. She said of these bars:  “I fear it is the kitchen equivalent to crack cocaine.” […]

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family+home+garden

My Christmas list, should you be wondering…

5 Comments 06 December 2013

I have some ideas for you. I think I am one of those Hard to Buy Presents for people. I don’t collect anything, I am particular about my style (both personal and home) and I don’t like a lot of Things cluttering up the house. I always tell people my favourite presents are the ones […]

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Ten points of emigrating: what to do?

1 Comment 28 November 2013

This is a nicely succinct list of ten points written for The American Resident, useful for anyone interested in becoming an expat. If you’re still interested after reading this post, please have a further look around this site to read more about the longterm expat life, for example, try the category: Expat Life.  * * […]

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Perfect Christmas Present for Teen Girls

18 Comments 25 November 2013

Vouchers for iTunes or Miss Selfridge are so last year. What do many teen girls really want? They want to look amazing. They try on each others’ clothes, they experiment with makeup, they take photos of each other in poses they’ve copied from Vogue. All as part of the great journey towards discovering which angle, […]

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Everyone should have one good photo

14 Comments 15 November 2013

Every photo, whether touched up or not is only ever one split second of you. You’re always changing, moving, blushing, growing, ageing, sighing, laughing, and blinking. Take a lot of photos. Choose the right one. Keep it. Put it on display or tuck it in an envelope to pull out every now and then to […]

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Love London? Love Camden

2 Comments 11 November 2013

One of the best parts about living overseas is having great places near you for your family and friends to see when they come to stay. Camden in North London is one of my favourite areas of one of my favourite cities. It’s an area I’d love to take my visitors to if we have […]

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Morning Walk in the Yellow Woods

3 Comments 26 October 2013

  Leaves papier mache the path, after autumn rain passed by in the night.

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Not even a lollipop lady

11 Comments 04 October 2013

Just before I sat down to draft this I caught the odd light in my dining room caused by the reflection of the sun off the yellow neon of a police car on the other side of the hedge in front of my house. I live at the end of the village opposite a small […]

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writing

Perils of expats writing fiction

10 Comments 19 September 2013

Unless you’re a very new expat and the unexpected phrases in your host country clang in your ear every time you hear them, it is a challenge for a long-term expat living in a country with the same language as their home country to create accurate fiction. I was reminded of this the other day […]

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writing

I know, but

No Comments 18 September 2013

I love the American flag and I love cats. I also love Tex Mex and I love daffodils but I don’t feel the need to combine them in any way. Then again, by mixing two completely different ideas you can sometime create the most interesting concepts, break new ground, and shift paradigms. (So long as […]

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Lighting up your life

1 Comment 03 September 2013

Did you know there’s an art to lighting your home? That’s right, a bulb hanging from the ceiling is only the beginning. I know. At those words some of you are nodding enthusiastically, some of you are opening a new tab for Pinterest and some of you are slumping in your chairs at the pressure […]

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When you have children

4 Comments 03 September 2013

Summer is a pause button, a moment of time like a sigh or a cat’s stretch. Or, softly pooling water in a wide bend on the river, gentle swirls holding a leaf in place under a dappled ray of afternoon sun. And then school again and time speeds up, back to normal. The current catches […]

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