My name is Louise and I’m married to Charlie. We have three children; Stanley (6), Wilfred (4), and Mabel (1). All three children were born in Dubai, where we lived as an expat family for 9 years in total.
We really did live in the middle of the desert – and it wasn’t unusual to look out of the boys’ bedroom window and see camels making their way across the desert dunes. My children learnt to swim in luxurious hotel pools, while I laid back and watched on sunloungers. It was wonderful and we were very happy.
But in September 2017, it all changed. Motivated mainly by what was best for the kids in the long run (that big expat worry that just never goes away), we made a snap decision to move back to the UK. Those glimpses of camels were replaced by fields of cows and sheep on the way to school, those weekends lounging around five-star pools were replaced by adventures building dens deep in the woods, and those flip-flops were replaced by five pairs of muddy wellington boots lined up by the back door.
As far as this blog goes, I launched it as a UK blog back in 2014 (as I always had a sneaky suspicion that we’d be back before too long), which means most of my lovely readers are on UK shores too. This has made it feel quite seamless and natural as the blog (and my social media feed) change from sandy scenes to leafy, green scenes – and it feels like it’s exactly where we were meant to be all along.
I’d love it if you could join me, as we find our new normal as a family in the UK countryside. And I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.
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