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From Indonesia to Spain. One woman's journey.
Hello, I'm Lottie
When I was young, I couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to be a nun or a ballet dancer. Around the age of 12 I developed large bosoms and a hefty backside which put paid to the ballet dancer dream. No one wants to see a fat girl in a tutu. The fact that I couldn't dance anyway was by the by. My other dream, that of being a nun, was shattered the day that I sat next to one on a train. She was the grumpiest soul that I have ever met. My fantasy of a life spent doing good deeds, lost in prayer and contemplation flew straight out of the train window and I have never looked back. In hindsight it was a blessing in disguise.
It was time for a radical re-think. I've done many things over the years, and had many different jobs, but my greatest and happiest acheivement is being the mother of 5 children. I am enormously proud of them, and my step-daughter Izzy who came into my life, along with her father 5 years ago.
Almost 3 years ago I turned my life upside down and moved to Indonesia. The first six months of my sojourn in Jakarta were spent hovering over a squat toilet. An unfortunate side effect of my delicate Anglo/Dutch constitution getting to grips with new food, humid tropical climate, and the myriad alien pathogens of my new environment.
Our two year stay in Indonesia was a happy time and overall a great experience. But all good things must come to an end and so when Pete's work contract finished, rather than move back to London we decided instead to set up a new home in rural Spain. In October 2013 we relocated from Jakarta to Andalucia. It is here amongst the olive groves that I write The Rioja Diaries and also my new blog, Gumboots and Goats, a 'mommy' blog with a difference.
I'm never happier than when I'm working on projects with Pete. Photography, painting and making short films are some of the things that we love doing together. We make a pretty good team.
I started to write a blog shortly after we arrived in Indonesia and have since written articles for expat websites and magazines.
Links to both my Wordpress blogs can be found on my about.me site and at the bottom of this page.