Friends & Family Archive

The Role of the Koumbara

In a few weeks time, I will be one of the 3 Koumbaras at my sister-in-law’s wedding.  In Greece, being asked to be the Koumbara is held in similar high regard to being the Maid of Honour or Bridesmaid in an English wedding.  Traditionally, the Koumbara is often also the same person who will be Godmother to the couple’s ...Read More

Miscarriage Never Really Leaves You

My last miscarriage was in January 2013 and for the most part, I have moved on.  Although, as much as it does not hurt me to speak out loud about miscarriage anymore; nor does the memory have the ability to completely floor me when it pops into my mind, it is still always there. ...Read More

The Reality of Working from Home during the Summer Holidays

I’ll just work from home in the mornings and do fun stuff in the afternoons, I thought to myself when I decided not to take August off. My job is so flexible, it won’t be stressful at all!  I added. I can hear you seasoned summer school holiday-ers laughing all the way from ...Read More

And, that was that

Just a few weeks ago, I walked my son to and from his reception year at school for the very last time. THE LAST TIME. He is still yet to turn 5.  An August born baby, he is the youngest in his year and will turn 5 a week before he enters Year 1, ...Read More

The Last Time… maybe

‘Bollocks’ I thought to myself as the Greek God(zilla) called up to me for the fourth time that morning. I lifted my head slowly up from the mascara stained pillow beneath it, and tried to focus my vision on the powder pink clock just out of arms reach away. 8.30am. I took a ...Read More

As Good As It Gets

When you are a young child, you talk about what you would like to be when you grow up. You dream big – astronaut, writer, doctor, fireman, landscape gardener, gymnast, politician, deep-sea diver, rock star, teacher, Queen of your own country; or perhaps even all of the above… *coughs* As you enter your ...Read More

The Rules of Wine Club

The first rule of Wine Club is that only people in Wine Club can talk about Wine Club.  Blogging about it is ok, so long as we do not disclose the location of the premises or the names of its members.  This *may* be because Wine Club *may* be masquerading as Book Club ...Read More

A Weekend in Tarragona

I went to Spain a couple of weeks ago for a child-free/husband-free weekend away to celebrate my sister-in-law’s upcoming nuptials. The Greek God(zilla) was at home with the solo parenting gig, which is code for moving into his parents house for the weekend.  Solo parenting for my husband usually involves a visit to his mum’s, ...Read More

The Barbecue King Loses His Crown

The pressure all got too much for the self professed Barbecue King when he delivered a feast of distinctly average proportions this weekend. The first sign that the Greek God(zilla) might be slightly off his game was when he returned home from the supermarket shop with only half of the food items I was expecting. This is actually ...Read More

5 Reasons to Love Greek Easter Sunday

It will take more than a little bit of rain to scupper the Greek Easter barbecue planned for this afternoon. Not even the heavy rain that is forecast for today can dampen the Greek God(zilla)’s spirits when it comes to putting lamb on the spit. It will not be the first time ...Read More