My name is Annie West, Annie Mary West. I am married to Andy West, an English Gentleman – yes they exist but they come heavily disguised. We live in Georgia with our three amazing daughters; nine year old Niamhy, serene, cheerful and diplomatic; eight year old Jojo, enthusiastic, sensitive and incredibly entertaining; and five year old Imogen, feminine, sociable and a whirlwind. Our family is completed by Goldie Hawn, a five year old ugly yellow labrador husky mix (the ugliness is only skin deep) and Bruce Willis a three year old Catahoula Leopard dog with a heart of gold and a few issues about imaginary intruders… With three young children and two dogs in the house all I can say is that when we replace our incredibly impractical cream carpets I want Georgia clay colored carpets please….
I was born in the UK – just. By the time I was seven weeks old, my family had relocated to Uganda. As a family, we did not return permenantly to the UK until I was 18 although I went to an English boarding school at 11. Did we have midnight feasts? Yes. Did the school look like Hogwarts? Without the magic – yes. Was it fun? NO, CHILDREN DO NOT BELONG IN INSTITUTIONS…Though my children seem hellbent on sending me back into one 90% of the time. I have clearer memories of the dormitories in the school than I do of my bedroom at home – that is just wrong.
So here I am, an English woman living in the South, half the time I can’t decide whether it’s weird here or if it’s only weird because I am an ‘alien’. I’m pretty sure it’s the former…
I also blog at www.lessgutsmoreglory.wordpress.com