It’s all change in Mari’s World, again!

thomas oana me and the grandkids

Never a dull moment in Mari’s World, as I approach my first year of ‘Back to work‘ I am also preparing for even bigger changes within my household which are equally exciting and frightening at the same time.

Over the summer, Tommy got in touch and said he would like to come and work in England, it was time for him to spread his wings and deepen his knowledge in the catering trade. Tommy has been a chef since he left school and is very good at what he does but he wants to be better. He wants to work under some of Britain’s top chefs and gain all he can from them, a big ambition and one I am fully ready to support.

thomas struffi starter

He arrived at the end of October, had an interview, landed the job and has been working ever since with great prospects of promotion on the horizon.

Of course, Tommy coming to live and work in England also entails bringing his partner, and mother of his two children – my grandkids – along too.

Fantastic news, it’s like the dream I have been waiting for since I arrived back in the UK in 2004 is suddenly about to come true, or half of it at least as Megan will still be in Italy.

I have yearned with all my heart to have my family around me for so long, to be able to watch them grow and develop into wonderful people, to be able to help out when I can, to be able to get to know the grandkids on a personal level, a continuous level. Family means so much to me and I am over the moon that finally I will have them close by.

However, this also means a huge range of tasks and hurdles to overcome to ensure the transition is a peaceful and positive one and that is where the scary bit comes in to play.

To start off with they are going to come and stay with us. We are fortunate to have a 4 bedroom house and can comfortably put them up but, an extra 4 bodies in the house full time is bound to be noticeable and change the routine we have become so accustomed to, my head is spinning with ways to make this as seamless as possible allowing space for everyone, wish me luck!

Evan and Sophie

Evan will be 5 in January and this means he should have started reception at school this year. Our school at the top of the road is full and he will have to go on a waiting list but in the meantime I need to get him into a school so he doesn’t miss out too much and I have also got to start teaching him English so he can understand his teachers. A mammoth task that I can’t wait to start but frightens me a bit at the enormity.

Sophie is 3 in October and should start nursery this year which will be fantastic for her. She can meet and make friends, start to learn English and become accustomed to our teaching. I am hoping this won’t be so difficult as I think our nursery may have a few places available, please keep your fingers crossed xx

Oana, their mother will be here too and together I am hoping we can make this work for all of them.

The dream is to be able to move into their own place, for them both to work and enjoy life here in the UK, please cross your fingers with me that this next step in our lives works out well.

Mari x



  1. September 27, 2016 / 10:54 AM

    Such an exciting time for you Mari, I am so pleased you are getting your son and his family over here to live. I pray his job goes well and they all settle in. Mich x

    • September 29, 2016 / 6:11 PM

      Thanks Mich, it is very exciting and with a bit of luck we can manage this really well. x

  2. September 28, 2016 / 9:18 PM

    Good luck with it all Mari, I know you can do this together, and whilst I am sure it will be a little testing at times getting used to having that many people in the house, it will be wonderful too! :) You will be amazed at how quickly children learn English at that young age. I had some non-English speakers in my class last year, and fully immersed they were fluent in 6 months! :) x

    • September 29, 2016 / 6:11 PM

      That’s really good to know about picking up the language and I do agree with you that they pick it up so quickly.

  3. September 29, 2016 / 4:55 PM

    It really is the start of a very big new chapter, Mari. So delighted you will have your family – love will keep you through the stressy bits!

    • September 29, 2016 / 6:10 PM

      Thank you Trish, I have every finger crossed that we can do this :)

  4. October 24, 2016 / 9:43 PM

    I am just catching up on my reading- wonderful news, I’m so glad you’ll have full family immersion- what a wonderful introduction to the UK.

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