31.12.15

one day - on this last day!

a few years ago I came across this song.



Every time I hear it around this time of the year, the lyrics challenge me (again) and I'm provoked. I find myself 'daring' myself again to make the new year that is upon me be different.

to step out of my comfort zone and start 'really living' life.  To stop being an 'ingrate' and open my heart and mind to new things and new ways.   because it is the perfect opportunity to start over.  To "live life and do life better".

What does that mean anyway??   I don't really know what that looks like and I'm not going to figure it out in this one post.  Impossible!!

2015 has been a 'trying' year. so much happened.  of course you all know about my many moves from house to house.  Having our passports stolen while we were on vacation.  Getting news of my sister giving birth to a precious little girl, only to get news 12 hours later that she had passed on.  

I have no list of resolutions for 2016.  Because by the 5th day of january I would have forgotten and failed.  I will however just make a promise to myself - to do life better.

To laugh.  to love.  and to remember that I am here for a reason!

Counting down the hours now...................


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feeling nostalgic...............and a little homesick on this 2nd last day of the year.

29.12.15

last Monday of 2015

there are days when I can't believe that I live here, in this vibrant, exciting, full of history city.

And I'm thankful!




It's been an eventful year to say the least. So many things happened and it is a shame that my time here in London can be distinctly remembered in 6 month segments!  with all the moves it feels like I've been here forever!

But how does that saying go......every cloud has a silver lining!!  And I will always look for the positive, because it's there.


It is!!

hugs..........

24.12.15

its the night before Christmas.......

and we are back at home.


 It was only a short trip to Cologne.  We like to make sure we are back under our own roof for Christmas and all the traditions that come with it.   Lazy night, maybe a little baking, maybe a movie.

Either way we are back home.

Cologne was festive.  crowded and oh so lovely.  We even managed to travel to Dusseldorf.







Happy Christmas Eve


20.12.15

counting down in Germany

so we made it!  Our schengen visa's were granted and we've finally made it to Germany.


If you've followed me on my blogs you will know that I have this love/hate relationship with my passport and the need to apply for visa's.  You will also remember that 3 years ago our application for a visa was denied.  I was disappointed but I've learnt to see the bigger picture.

Anyway we are finally in Cologne and it's great. It's the festive season so the city is buzzing.



If there is anything that fascinates me the most about any place that I am lucky to visit, it's the history.  As I get on the hop-on/hop-off bus and ride through the city and listen to the commentary, I'm always fascinated by the history and the connections each city, country has with another.


We're pacing ourselves - there's different things to do and I have to make sure that there is something for everyone.

Thank goodness for the Christmas markets!


18.12.15

and we are down to seven



so the kids are finally out of school and have been since Wednesday.

we did some last minute shopping yesterday for those last minute gifts for each other.  funny how I always say i'll do it better next year but it never happens!
Although I must say "i have fallen in love with shopping online!!"  It is the absolute best and such an easy way to go about shopping.  the only downside is waiting for the delivery.  Because those delivery windows could be like 5 to 6 hours.  I guess you can't have it all!!

Well with only one week left till Christmas.  I'm looking forward to it...

tis the season.........................






16.12.15

10 days till Christmas


Today I had a Christmas Ornament exchange with some women who have become good friends.  we're all from different parts of the world but there are many things that bring us together.

And the festive, holiday season is one of those things. We went to Harrods for afternoon tea.

this little guy was too cute to eat!!



I gifted an ornament that went to a Japanese mom and tonight she sent me a picture showing me that it has found it's place on her tree. (the bright red ornament)


we had a lovely time, eating scones, mince pies and drinking tea. (very English if you ask me!!)





15.12.15

Monday mornings aren't so bad

so last Friday I got my student number.
And I'm excited.  I think its about time that I learnt a little more than point and shoot!!
This will be an interesting journey......

It's the last week of school for the kids before we're out on a break.  Actually it will be a short week.  Even now we have o say bye to few friends and it's always a sad time.  but on the bright side of it we have friends in different parts of the world again.

Have a great week!




10.12.15

corner view ~ holiday

tis the season……………..for paperwork and applications for visa!!
It’s a blessing and a curse.  We love to travel but the hassle of paperwork just to get a visa, Ugh it’s annoying, but unavoidable.
It’s so true when they say, not all passports are equal.  I have this love hate relationship with mine.
Wish us luck….we’re trying to get to Germany again.  My fingers are crossed!!

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19.11.15

corner view ~ leaves

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it’s windy here.  We’re feeling the effects of Barney, the latest storm to hit the UK.  Although it’s windy, it’s not cold.  Well not that cold anyway!!

The Brits have recently just started naming the storms that pass through here, like the US have always done.  it’s interesting to hear the different opinions about naming their storms.

They certainly have a different kind of humor…..it’s funny and interesting all at the same time!!

my son on the other hand is happy to be able to call these storms by name……….

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13.11.15

corner view ~ joy

right now….joy is moving houses!!

I know that sounds a little strange but I (actually we, my family) we wanted to move houses.  There is work involved but when you’re motivated to do something – you’ll do it.

It’s been a week now in our new house.  We’re still making it our home…but that will come.  I am sure of it!!

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15.10.15

corner view ~ in my corner

today in my corner it was …..

Art @ The Wallace Collection.

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Gardenia Tea at the Museum Cafe

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and Friends. (Grade 11 moms outing)

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It really was a lovely way to spend a cold London day.

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12.10.15

happiness is….

I hope you had a lovely weekend.

Mine was awesome.  It was busy, but awesome. swimming classes, piano for my daughter and drums for my son.  A world cup Rugby game and meeting up with friends from Kazakhstan.

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It’s the simple things really and being in the moment that make me happy.

Have a lovely week.

8.10.15

I am a Fan!

and my husband and kids would probably say a crazy one at that.

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Well my wait is almost over. the fan zones are great and the coverage on TV has been awesome, But I'm guessing the atmosphere at the stadium this weekend will be just over the top, and I’m going to be a part of it.  I can’t wait!!!

I couldn’t get tickets to watch my team – The New Zealand All Blacks, but I’ve watched them just go about their business, with their eye on the prize.

This weekend it’s Australia Vs Wales and we’re a house divided for this one.  I’m going for Wales and my husband is going for Australia. 

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But it’s going to be fun and an unreal experience!

Let's Go Wales - it was no 'fluke' that you beat England and now to finish at the top of the 'pool of death'. 

#RWC15 #Wallabies #Wales #twickenham

7.10.15

right now in my corner view ~ missing home

there are days and times that I wish I didn’t live so far away from home.

Don’t get me wrong I love my life.  But, there are days that I feel that I’m making sacrifices.  Especially when it comes to having my kids experience the traditions that I grew up with.

Last weekend was one of them back at home.  My cousin paid bride price and like all families do we helped.  Either by cash, shells or just turning up and making yourself useful – cooking, and serving those who came to help.

I’ve posted before about Bride Price.  I’ve shared what’s good and what’s bad about it – but it is still a tradition and we do and like most things we hold onto what is good and get rid off or change what is bad.

Here are some pictures of my mum and siblings taking our contribution to help my cousin pay his bride price.

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4.9.15

the little things…

hooray for Fridays!

After a week of cooking meals, I don’t usually cook on Friday! – we either have left overs or my husband gets us all out of the house and we go have dinner somewhere on the high road.

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It’s been a good week.  The kids went back to to school and are happy to be back.  I’m also happy that they are back at school.  They were ready really and so was I.

I hope you’ve had a good week. 

It’s September already and Summer may officially be over!

Happy Weekend.

3.9.15

corner view–celebrations

hibiscusI’m so thankful for corner view.  there is just something about it that I really appreciate. it’s been going for a couple of years now  and I really enjoy it.  I’ve not been here every Wednesday but I’ve met some wonderful people, real people who have invited me into their little corner and it’s a beautiful thing.

What do I love about it?…….well maybe it’s the fact the it proves to me the power of technology, or how all those that participate can be scattered all over the world yet feel so connected by a single chosen theme…..it’s amazing.

Today (well yesterday) I choose to celebrate our oneness, our diversity and our connections. I believe it’s sharing like this that brings people, communities, villages and cultures together.

Now that’s worth celebrating isn’t it!!  It’s good to be back and I looking forward to more corner viewing!

Also a very happy and special birthday wish to our dear host – Francesca!  You’ve been a great host and I hope you find someone to carry on CV..

25.8.15

mono monday

Thailand Sunday 002[14]a week ago we were in Thailand.  What can I say, I love that place and it really is a second home to us. 

Anyway it was last week that this beautiful city experienced something that just doesn’t happen there – they are peaceful people. 

Well their peace was rocked.  Someone placed a bomb at a very popular Shrine – not just popular to tourists but the locals and set it off.  It made me sit back and realize again how fragile and fleeting life is.  My kids and I walked past there the day before.

So much in this world is changing.

take care of you.

(this photo above is the intersection at which the bomb went off.  - to your left is where the shrine is)

30.7.15

corner view ~ twilight

this weeks theme is ‘twilight’ and mines a day late.

photos below are of a trip we took in April to the Jurassic Coastline.  I didn’t know that this place is where some of the scenes from the children’s Adventure Series “Famous Five” by Enid Blyton are.

I used to read those books.

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27.7.15

monochrome monday…

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these are the days…..

#forevergrateful  #London  #thankful

Happy Monday, happy week.

weekends are for……

riding the tube, being tourists, getting stuck in traffic…

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but above all – enjoying London.

I hope your weekend was a good one too.