Whenever I am asked if I want something brought over from England I reply instantly with Branston Pickle. That's it. Since coming to the Netherlands in 2000 my expat care package has shrunk dramatically. Here's why. The Effect of Culture Shock When I first moved to the Netherlands I imported just about everything and anything… Continue reading Expat Life: Why My Care Packages From ‘Home’ Shrank
Does this title ring any bells with you? If you are superstitious about magpies then asking, "hello Mr Magpie, how's your wife?" will be something that you do on a regular basis. In fact, every time you see a lonesome magpie. One Magpie Bad, Two or More Good I was cycling with my eldest back… Continue reading A British Superstition: Hello Mr Magpie, How’s Your Wife?
Do you prefer to be called mama or papa, like the Dutch use, or the terms in your native language? In my English case, this would be mummy. A Bilingual Household I speak English to my sons. The idea was always that they would then speak English back to me. It's an ongoing battle experiment. However,… Continue reading I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy
Cornwall in England has been a popular family holiday destination of ours over the years. For my Dutch family the Cornish coastline may as well have been Mars. Before Cornwall, cliffs and rock pools really were alien landscapes to them. Cliffs As we stood atop the cliffs at Land's End my husband marvelled at the… Continue reading Rock Pools and Cliffs? Not Around Here!
I'd been living here about eight years when the realisation snuck on me, and quite frankly took me by surprise; suddenly the Netherlands felt like home. Heading back to England these days, seventeen years after leaving, feels like walking back into a house I once lived in. It has an air of familiarity, but it's… Continue reading Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home
If I surrendered my British passport tomorrow these ten British traits would live on.
It's been (purposely) a long time since I wrote a blog post with the word Brexit headlining in it. I had been hoping Brexit would fade away and die the death it deserves to have. But it hasn't. So what is it like now as a Brit in the EU, 19 months after the referendum… Continue reading Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On