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Why this site ?

We created this site to share information with our family and friends in South Africa and England after relocating to England during 2000. This site is definitely a work in progress as we learn how to create web pages. All the family members are working on individual web pages going forward.

Our history in England

We arrived in England during 2000 to a completely new experience where a lot of things we took for granted weren't quite the same. Simple things like opening a bank account or getting any kind of credit wasn't quite as easy as in South Africa. We decided to move to Milton Keynes, a city we soon discovered was the butt end of a lot of jokes in England. Milton Keynes is famous for two main reasons namely roundabouts and concrete cows. The city is unique in England in that it is fairly modern designed around a grid system with a lot of roundabouts (circles for those in South Africa). Most other cities and towns in England grew organically while Milton Keynes is designed on a grid system with defined areas. A lot of people in England say that Milton Keynes have no soul. We enjoyed Milton Keynes though because it is similar to South African cities which also tend to be more modern and well planned. As an example Milton Keynes doesn't have a "High Street" where all the most important shops are it has a shopping mall. If you wan't to learn more about Milton Keynes click on the link in Places of interest on the left.

We moved to Kent near Maidstone during 2002 after Etienne's company merged with a company in Kent. Kent is often referred to as the bread basket of England due to all the farming. The home we live in now could not be any more different to the home we lived in Milton Keynes. The house in Milton Keynes was a modern house where our current house is more than 300 years old. We are very happy in Kent enjoying the rural setting and settling into the community finding a wonderful school for Natasha and becoming members of the Baptist church in picturesque Headcorn.