By way of introduction

It’s been a long while since I have sat down to write anything beyond a shopping list and I have to admit it feels good. This is not the first blog that I have started but all my previous musings have been specific to a particular job (teaching) or location (Putney in London, then the Caribbean) so I thought I would start something that I can take with me wherever I go and where I can write about anything that happens to cross my mind at any given time.

I’ve named the blog “Moose Tracks” because my husband’s nickname for me, for a reason I truly cannot remember, is “Mama Moose”. If I could remember why I’d like to think it would make a good story!

Presently, my husband and I find ourselves in Barbados, West Indies, where we have been for almost four years now. Since we left London in August 2013, we have moved house three times, adopted a crazy dog and produced two gorgeous girls. We have traveled extensively and spent endless hours in the sea and under the sun. We consider ourselves enormously fortunate to live in the Caribbean and to have been afforded amazing opportunities that we have embraced wholeheartedly.

This is not going to be a parenting blog, but there will certainly be some posts related to child-rearing, with all its joys and challenges. I will also be writing about ex-pat life as well as simple everyday life here in Barbados, and may even attempt to get philosophical at some point! Because we love to travel, there may be the odd post on destinations we have visited or are yet to visit. I am open to suggestions and look forward to meeting any writing challenges anyone might like to set for me.

When writing about the family, I will refer to my husband by his name, Adam, but to protect their privacy I will name the girls “Squeak” (the toddler) and “Beanie” (the baby).

And so, with introductions and explanations covered, let the blogging begin!

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