Why I moved to the UK

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A younger child free me

My mother is Welsh and my father South African, I spent 19 amazing years in Cape Town, South Africa, the place that will be forever home yet I doubt I will ever live there again. I flew over to the UK at the tender age of 16 as I had been invited to train full-time at a well respected Judo Dojo in Edinburgh, I had some success on what was at the time my future plan but needed to return to South Africa when I was 19 when my father passed away suddenly. This gave me a lot of time to reflect, I had had the chance to live in two different countries and I realised that as much as I loved South Africa in terms of work and school the UK offered better opportunities at the time as well as my mother and brother living in the UK it seemed like the best choice.

As I said the UK does have some great opportunities if you are willing to work and work hard at that. I was lucky enough to achieve my degree in the UK, something that would of been a lot harder in South Africa (and a lot more expensive), the rand is also very weak and the UK's hourly rate is the same as South Africa's daily rate which is why a lot of hard working South Africa's come on working holidays for two years, save up and return home with enough to put a deposit on a house or start their own business.


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Dancing in Nice while there on a working holiday a few years back


When I returned to the UK I went back up to Edinburgh for a year before deciding to do some more travelling. I really recommend trying out a working holiday, especially if you don't have any kids yet as it's the perfect way to see the world and make friends at the same time and I really enjoyed working in Amsterdam, Nice and the West Coast of Scotland. I had some amazing memories, made friends for life and also fitted in a lot of travelling before heading back to the UK and down to Cornwall. Some how I ended back in Wales, just outside of Cardiff and with two children (how did that happen?). I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to move around, visit some incredible places and do some less than ordinary things like taking a cargo ship from Cape Town to the UK.


Mr A and I in a Cafe in Bristol



After all of this I am very content with were my life is right now but I am also glad that I explored the world before having children and now I enjoy taking them along for the ride as well and seeing things through the eyes of a 4yr old has been very exciting.

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Street Style Sunday - Denim Dress



As I have said before it can be pretty hard to find dresses that are post-pregnancy and feeding appropriate but when I came across this simple denim style dress from Zara I thought it would be perfect for a casual summer look, paired up with some gold slip-ons also from Zara and my black Paul Costello bag. John has also recently picked up a Beams Plus summer jacket and shirt and paired it up with Edwin Jeans and Clarks YMC loafers.



As we have been so busy this past month, going away a few times and lots of day trips to London, it's been important to be fairly practical as there has been a lot of long hours on our feet but still wanting to remain stylish, so for summer it's all about loafers, espadrilles and sandals and it's great to wear them while we can as the UK summer is always too short for my liking.


I would love you to come and join in with Street Style Sunday and share anything fashion related.




Saturday Kitchen



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I've been getting to grips with my new Le Creuset pot from House of Fraser, this classic french casserole pot is amazing, beautifully made and looks very stylish in any kitchen and I honestly don't think there is anything better than veggies slow cooked in one of these and there is something very comforting and rustic about it.

I have been craving spinach lately so when I came across a hotpot recipe in Waitress Harvest book I thought i'd do an inspired version of it and it came out better than I thought and was hit with all the family. It's so simple yet tasty and full of goodness plus protein from the chickpeas.


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 Spinach, Chick Pea and Potato Hotpot

Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
1 1/2 tsp ras el hanout spice blend
400g Chickpeas drained and rinsed
100g fresh baby spinach
500g charlotte potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
1 vegetable stockcube in 300ml water
15g butter

1. Preheat oven to 180c or gas mark 4
2. Heat a little oil in a pan and fry the onions until soft.
3. Put 2/3 of the potatoes into the pot plus all the other ingredients, including the spices and mix together
4. Scatter the remaining potatoes on top and brush with butter
5. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour until the potatoes are golden and crisp.
6. Serve up and top with some feta cheese

Really easy and simple




Thanks to House of Fraser for gifting me with my Le Creuset

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