Meet English mom Nathalie living in the countryside of England
What kind of house do you live in, are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you all terribly miss …?
We live in house which dates from the 1930s. When we moved in, the property was in need of renovation so we spent best part of my pregnancy breaking walls, just praying the baby wouldn't come early. Living in a house is a definite bonus, we have squirrels and foxes at the end of the garden in winter and we always try to grow a vegetable patch in spring (I say try because our harvest so far has being meager).
What's it like to raise a child in your town?
The town we live in is in a very green area where there is plenty of parks and gardens. And because we are not too far from the countryside, there are a lot of pet farms. That is a real bonus when you have children. We also live by the river Thames, which is always full of activities and festivals of all kinds.
Can you tell us a funny story, quote or remark one of your daughter recently made or happened?
My daughter is being brought up bilingual and that in itself always brings a smile to my face because she would often use grammatical shortcuts in a very Jean-Claude Van Damme kind of ways. Also, she's at the age where words aren't exactly established and today for example she asked for 'the skin' of the bread to be taken out of her sandwich.
What do you do with all the projects your daugther makes at home or in school?
I saw some time ago in Living etc magazine a poster made up of size down reproduction of children’s painting. It sounded like a great idea and eventually, that's what I'll try to do with all the art work that I have so far...
How do they prefer to spend their leisure time?
We are really into swimming at the moment and it's amazing how quickly children learn. Most of all, being outdoors really suits us as a family so we always try to make the most of walks and activities.
What kind of books or information do you use for cooking?
I use books & internet recipes as guidelines but I like to add my personal input in the dishes I cook. I love baking and my daughter absolutely loves playing little helper and most of all, licking the bowl.
Are their pets in your household?
We have a cat by proxy: our neighbors' cat literally lives in our garden and my daughter actually think it's hers. But he's got a bit of personality disorder and I've learned to my expenses to keep away from the claws!
How do you prepare for a trip, any useful tips?