ABOUT

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‘Our Family plus a friend’s son, at Ironman SA, 2015: Front row left: Chiara, Joe & Davide’

I wasn’t always a city child. I grew up, largely barefoot, in Keurboomstrand. Back then, no-one knew where Keurbooms was (except about 35 holiday makers from Pretoria). I guess in today’s world of Kumon, OT and stroke correction swimming lessons, you could say I was home-schooled until Grade 1. My mom worked from home and somehow found time for stories and dress up. The beach was our backyard…But at heart, I am a city girl.

After Rotary Exchange in Belgium, four years at UCT and a stint in London and Rome, I followed my university sweetheart (now husband) to Johannesburg in 2003. This is where my mom grew up and lived in the forties, fifties and sixties and I somehow feel at home in the concrete jungle that is modern-day Jozi.

I started blogging about my surreal experiences as a “lady of leisure” in Sandton, in 2009. I now blog about parenting, being married to a Mamil, travel, being a tourist in Joburg, exercise and weight-loss and whatever else strikes me as ironic or interesting.

Here’s what I like: romance languages, history and heritage, décor and design, tennis, the Daily Maverick, rooftop restaurants, Michael Lewis. My favourite children’s book is “Eloise”, about a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Chiara is nearly six and Joe will be four later in the year. I do worry about being a role-model to my daughter, especially, as a stay-at-home mom. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I am still in denial. But I do dream of one day re-entering the workplace and once more becoming an active participant in the economy – not just as a shopper. But first things first, and, for now, Economics II is calling.

Natalie

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10 comments

  1. greetings Natalie!
    i'm still working in Sandton and would love to have coffee some time 🙂 lost your number when my phone was affirmatively appropriated. cool that you're writing a blog. just got to check out the kiddie flight entry as my eyes are very heavy 🙂 time for bed…

  2. Nats…perhaps I'm bored, perhaps I'm not, but was very curious when Sylvia mentioned your blog. Here I am, so captivated by your writing, perhaps relating as a lady of leisure. It's so beautifully and thoughtfully written. Very real, love it! Cand's

  3. Love it!  What a way to put it.  I think I'm going to steal this idea and explain that I'm somewhere in between mommying, blogging, starting a business and studying because people keep asking and it's mission to explain it all!  But motherhood does kind of take up your every waking moment for a while…

  4. Wow, Leisl! You have alot on your plate. I can sort of relate to mommying to one child, blogging and starting a very small business, but studying as well? That is just insane. Respect!

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