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Days Out UK, family, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire

Sunday saw us have our first family day out in Yorkshire since returning to the UK after an eight year absence. As the final celebration for my daughter’s 7th birthday, we went to a pre-booked lunch at Billy Bob’s Parlour – an American themed diner nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. As it was en-route, we decided to combine our day trip with a visit to Bolton Abbey. Today was a weird mix of a British and American culture on a family day out in Yorkshire.

Sunday Family Fun Day

We set off at about 09.00am. Unfortunately due to road works, the main route to Skipton from us was shut and we ended up having to make a detour through the village and farm fields. Despite this taking extra time, I love these kind of detours. Continue reading “An English and American Day Out in Yorkshire”

Goodbye-for-now
Blogging, Immigration, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Goodbye For Now | Making Moves

It’s time to face the facts and say goodbye. After planning our move to the UK for what feels like forever but it’s really only been about four months, I finally feel like things are coming together.

With 11 days until we get on the plane, life is crazy hectic.

I feel like I am neglecting my blog, but the reality is that I just don’t have the time or the energy to sit and write a proper blog post.

A quick update on how the girls are coping

Continue reading “Goodbye For Now | Making Moves”

for-whatever-life-chux-at-you
Our Relocation Journey, Reviews

Whatever Life Chux At You

In just over three weeks time, we will be getting on a plane and flying off to start our new life in the UK. It’s crazy that we’re already counting the days now. 6 months ago, this wasn’t even on the cards for us, but I am at that stage now when I can’t wait to leave.

It’s not that I want to leave South Africa, or Africa as a whole at all. It’s more about the fact that I am excited to get to the UK now and to start our new life there. Unfortunately though, circumstances what they are, I am still here. My husband left 3 weeks ago, and it’s been tough without him. Really tough.

People keep asking me, “Are you ready? Are you packed? Is everything sorted?”  Continue reading “Whatever Life Chux At You”

why-i-chose-wise-eye-reading-academy
education, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Why I Chose Wise Eye Reading Academy

When we decided to make the move to the UK, I was filled with huge anxiety. The main trigger for this, at the top of my quite extensive list, is helping the girls to adjust to their new lives as we make them move across the world to a place they’ve never been. One of the biggest issues I know they are going to face is with their schooling. That is why I contacted our local Wise Eye Reading Academy.

What Did I Want To Achieve? Why is their reading ability so important to me?

Children in South Africa go to Grade One when they are six-years-old turning seven, or later. Children in the UK go to Grade One the September after they turn four! Now, I am not a teacher, I have not thoroughly compared the curriculum between the two countries educational systems. I am just a mom who is filled with anxiety as I stress and worry about how I can best help my children to ‘catch-up’ as much as they can before we get to the UK. Continue reading “Why I Chose Wise Eye Reading Academy”

I-Was-There-To-Say-Goodbye
family, Immigration, marriage, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

I Was There To Say Goodbye

I spent the last two weeks before the long Easter weekend back in my hometown of Kadoma, in Zimbabwe. It was a very bittersweet trip. Not only was I going to just go and be with my family, but I was also on a mission. A mission to tie up loose ends, to settle unsettled affairs and to sell stuff we had left behind when we moved from Zimbabwe to South Africa. I was there to say goodbye.

For those of you who have just stumbled upon my blog, we are in the process of relocation from South Africa back to the UK. We are Africans by birth, but spent over 10 years in the UK which is where we met. After we married we moved back to Africa, but now it’s time to say goodbye again. And it’s breaking my heart. Continue reading “I Was There To Say Goodbye”

Essential Personal Documentation
education, Immigration, marriage, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

Essential Personal Documentation

Living in South Africa, or anywhere really, having your family’s paperwork in order at all times, is essential! There are some essential personal documentation that you want to ensure are always in your possession and current!

Why?

Well, simply, you never know what you will need until you need it. You don’t want to be caught out in the situation where you need something urgently and then it takes Home Affairs MONTHS (or years) to get you the one piece of paper you require? Holidays have been ruined and cancelled, huge amounts of money have been forfeited, and family functions devastated because people book their holidays in advance without checking to make sure they have all the required paperwork. It’s not just people living in SA trying to get out, but holiday makers trying to get in as well! Continue reading “Essential Personal Documentation”