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Sam, Katy, and Noggs in Africa


Looking backwards, looking forwards


A month ago my mother passed away, and in a month from now I am getting married. It’s starting to get slowly warmer and lighter here. In the background of all this change in my life, the season are starting to change in South Africa. The scared coral trees are flowering and the sun birds are feeding from them.


My mum was this blog’s biggest fan and we loved reading her comments to our posts. Sam and I are so sad that she won’t be able to be here for our wedding. I know she was so proud of us and that she would have enjoyed seeing what we do. My mum will be missed, not only next month, but always. The photo below was taken in March 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.



We are busy getting ready for the wedding and for our guests arriving.

Sam’s very talented sister and mother are designing African themed wedding jewellery to go with my dress! If you would like to see Chloe’s work or buy any her pieces please click here or visit her facebook group. Here are some of their ideas in progress:


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Yesterday we went on a big wedding shopping spree and bought lots of decorations and booze.  We also bought mopane worms which our guests will be strongly encouraged / bullied into trying! Here’s Sam with armfuls of Amarula:




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Back to Blighty

Believe it or not, the PhD is finally officially over! I recently went back to England to visit family, and I also fit in My PhD graduation and some 30th birthday celebrations while I was at it. I looked an absolute tool in the ridiculous outfit they make you wear at graduation – isn’t the hat bad enough without sticking a pompom on top? But it was worth it if it means I’m done at last!


Thanks everyone for all your help along the way. Katy’s turn next!


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The whole family got together to point and laugh.


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Russell was glad to finally get rid of me.


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Durham: windy

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In Bradford my dad decorated his lounge in his usual crazy style to celebrate my birthday, graduating, and getting married next month.


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Birthday cakes are for losers. How about a birthday watermelon with fireworks sticking out of it?

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My sister and my mum came with me on a Cornish pasty making course in Falmouth as a birthday present.