Reluctant Memsahib

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Reluctant Memsahib
The diary of wife, mother and failed domestic goddess in Africa
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  • Bushwhackers 2 weeks ago The Serengeti is soft, veiled like a new bride in a lacy haze, worn so low that it’s not until we tip to land that I see the airstrip, a length of dust, bone white and straight as it cuts through newgreen plains. I tumble out of the plane, the only passenger, as royalty, wings […]
  • Winging my Way 2 months ago I arrived on a glorious winter’s evening; the sky was blue but last night’s snow was still on the ground, ice-white and cold. My team and I are straggled around the globe – Ant in East Africa, two of my children, as I landed in Ireland, headed back to London via Dubai and the third […]
  • Gaps. Again. 2 months ago And then almost as soon as it begun, it’s over. Christmas. Decorations are packed away; fairy lights taken down and hastily wound so that they will be a bugger to unpick next December. And the children begin to leave. I dread their going in the same way I dreaded the return to boarding school...
  • Homecomings 3 months ago As I write my now university-going Hat is winging her way home for the Christmas holidays –  London – Amsterdam – Dar es Salaam and tomorrow a flight to the Outpost. She will be followed at the weekend by her older siblings. And then we will be a fullfatfive and life will be glorious and...
  • Back Again ... 3 months ago Back in the Outpost. Who’d have thought? As much has changed as has stayed the same. You still can’t get a cappuccino, a head of highlights or a pedicure. But you can buy butter, water is shunted down the pipes and out of taps more frequently and there are more like me. Expat wives. A […]

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Abigail Duplussis
18:08 PM November 12, 2014

Excellent writing. You are teaching us and sharing your world and thoughts, thank you. Teaching is a wonderful calling. Jesus taught people in His parables. It is wonderful your daughter has chosen to teach, she will bless people and it will return to bless her.

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