Last Friday I celebrated my 40th birthday and had the absolute best time ever. I received numerous messages on social media telling me how lucky I was, and it was very tempting to say things like “I feel so lucky” or “I count my lucky stars every night” etc. However the more I thought about it the more I realised it’s not a question of luck.… Read more
In January 2014 I took up the challenge to read 52 books in the year. I really wasn’t sure I’d manage to do it but I’ve always been a book worm and I missed reading, I was also sick and fed up of evenings spent scrolling through social media whilst half watching the TV.… Read more
I saw in 2015 in London, all set for another year in the lovely neighbourhood we’d been living in for the previous 4 years. Then one short year later I waved goodbye to 2015 on a beach in Mauritius. Talk about a change!
2015 was a massive year for us. We made the first decision to leave London.… Read more
If you follow me on social media you will know that Franglaise Family has now moved on from London….to Mauritius! It’s a move that was in the pipeline for most of last year and kept me very busy, which explains why this blog has been so quiet for such a long time – sorry!… Read more
To my darling L,
You are 9 years old today, so I want to try and put some feelings and thoughts into words. You are old enough to read and understand this now (far more than on your 7th birthday or on your 8th birthday), but I think it is something that will make sense to you more as you get older.… Read more
It’s nearly 6 o’clock in the morning, I’m sitting on my terrace, listening to the sounds of the birds as they call out their morning song to each other. But today I’m a lot sadder listening to them and looking around me at our beautiful view. Because just half an hour ago Hubs and I got up early to wave you both off to the airport, Mum and Dad.… Read more
On the 11th September 2001 I was pulling into the car park of ED, the discount supermarket where I did some of my shopping in France, when I heard the DJ interrupt the music on the radio to announce that an aeroplane had crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York.… Read more
To my darling C,
It is your 3rd birthday today and I wanted to mark this day with an open letter, like I did last year and the year before. This letter won’t mean much to you now but I’m hoping that it’s something you will enjoy reading when you are older, and I know I like looking back on these letters and remembering how you were at different stages.… Read more
It was about 6 o’clock in the evening and for once the news was on. My 8 year old daughter was sitting next to me, and she watched with me as families in Budapest tried desperately to get on to a train.
“What’s going on?” she asked me. “Why won’t they let them get on the train?… Read more
For those who read this blog frequently you will have noticed the extreme lack of blogging this year, that would be because my life has been ridiculously busy dealing with decisions we have made.… Read more