Just over a year after starting my blog and knowing better what direction it is going I realised that I need to update who I am. And for that I need to start with my parents.
My parents are British, but married young and moved to Canada where my brother and I were born. After a few years in Canada, they moved to the US, where I spent my childhood. Because my parents are British, at home we had a slightly different cultural upbringing compared to my US friends. This made my brother and I conscience of not being North American.
When we were teens we moved with my mother to the UK. I thought this would be returning to my “roots” and would feel like I was “home”. It did not. My brother and I had strong US accents and we didn’t feel British. (I realise now that it was probably just part of growing up and being a teenager!)
I studied for a while in the UK then got a job back in the US. I worked for two years, then it was time to move on. My father was working in Chile and invited me to come and see the country. I travelled to Chile, and (how embarrassing) expected something like the bus ride Kathleen Turner took in “Romancing the Stone”. Chile was far from that. It felt like a mix of Mexico with France.
And I fell in love. My husband and I started our relationship with lots of looks and an English/Spanish dictionary! When we realised that we were serious, we travelled to the UK so he could meet my family and understand my cultural background. We spent almost three years in in the UK where my oldest daughter was born. We then came back to Chile, where later my second daughter was born.
l am still a bad speller, but now I can spell bad in two languages. Always seen as the girl from somewhere else, I tried to adopted the country I was in and call it home. Now it is so obvious that I am a “gringa” I don’t have to try…and not trying is making Chile my home.
I live near La Serena in the Elqui Valley on my father’s farm with my husband and two daughters. With both daughters at school all day I am ready to get serous about spinning and fibre crafts. All sorts of ideas and dreams about teaching and selling woolly crafts.