What a difference a decade makes

Ten years ago today I said good-bye to my family and friends and boarded a plane for the Holy Land. I was about to embark on a journey of life, of discovery, of fear, loathing and love. Ten years on, 3 children, 3 conflicts, 3 homes and a lot poorer I can honestly say that…

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The Great Escape

When I left Israel at the end of July, I left  sirens and explosions, booms and rattling windows. Now I am back. The sirens have stopped, normal life resumes. I lived in a bubble for 5 weeks, little or no news, only sporadic social media use, a promise to myself not to read the hate or get…

Where ever I lay my hat?

It's a big year chez nous, 2014.  It's the year that husband turns 40, it's the year that no. 1 son starts school, it's the year that we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and it is 10 years this year since I moved to this sometimes not-so holy Holy Land.  How did that happen?  Where did…

Wake me up when September ends

After almost 2 weeks in the UK, husband arrived to spend the last week with us.  He kept asking, 'how does England look to you'.  My answer was always the same, 'green'.  Israel is now shrouded in heat haze with dusty roads and fields, sandy and burnt, so England was like a lush paradise in…

Looks like we made it

Note to self: do not get on a budget airline with a 5 year old and two almost 3 year olds again unless you are a) desperate b) guaranteed two rows of seats c) drunk/on prozac and with a ready supply of top ups for a 6 hour flight.  Actually make that 8 hours if…

Sentimental Journey

Today is Father’s Day in the UK and it would be a bit remiss of me not to dedicate today’s ramblings to my Pops.  This year Pops is celebrating his 75th birthday which I can hardly get my head around so I’ve no idea how he is taking it.  He is blessed so far with…

Si Si San Miguel

When I think of expats I think white vests strained over burnt bellies sipping San Miguel in an English caff in the Costa Del Sol. Definitely not the reality of the millions living away from their birth country for most expats. These days so many Brits seem to be intent on leaving Britain with its rain and…

Jiggety Jog

As the plane touches down in Israel, especially if you fly with Israel's airline, the passengers applaud.  The first time I heard it was the first time I visited in Israel way back in the late 90's and I figured I'd missed something - we were about to crash and the pilot had saved us?…

Homeward Bound

Youth is a state of mind.  I know you know that but it's taken me a while to see it.  It doesn't matter how you look (although it helps), it doesn't matter if you are married, single, divorced, have kids, not have kids.  Its all in your head, or maybe just mine. You may not…

The White White Snow of Home

If you’re an ex pat or if you just like a bit of self-pity every now and then, I have a brilliant way to really wallow in your homesickness/sadness.  It involves downloading Google Earth and re-visiting your previous homes, schools, work places.  In fact anywhere that brings back happy memories.  If you really want to…