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I’m a tea-drinking, book-loving, gadget-girl, who writes about working & living in Zurich.
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July 2018

My creation

The summer has flown by with lots of changes. We had a flying visit from my Aunt Sharon, all the way from Canada. Followed by Patrick’s 7th Birthday family celebrations, with a football theme 🙂 Then we had lots of end of term events to enjoy, football afternoon, theatre production. And then finally Patrick left Kindergarten and Markus finished his second year of school.

The boys and I went camping with Kate and Chris and their families (lots of fun and rain and small excited boys) and then I came back and flew to Wroclaw to train my new team. Now it’s time for a family holiday of 2 weeks – we just need to decide where to go!

May 2018

My creation

It’s been a while since my last update. Big thanks to the fantastic Les Dundas for helping me migrate my website to wordpress! Expect more updates on a hopefully more regular monthly basis.

In other news – I had a birthday, I went to Berlin with the Witches (& Amit the wizard), we had the first paddle of the summer  and the first ice-cream.

December 2016

2016 has been a year of change – Patrick left nursery and started Kindergarten, Markus left Kindergarten and started school, Alan started a new job as Head of IT at Educa and I clocked 10 years at Credit Suisse and increased to 90%. At work we won silver for best Learning Technology Team (at the Learning Technology awards), which was a great honour.

Thanks to all our visitors this year – Sal, Mags, Chris&Drew, my parents. In the summer we had a fab 2 weeks touring Ireland, and then in the autumn holidays a week in the UK (Peak District & London).

As is our advent tradition, we took the steam train into the forest to find Santa and we all ran the Silvesterlauf though the old town.

We are looking forward to a two week Christmas break in ZĂĽrich, with my university friend Jane and family arriving on Boxing Day for a visit.
Wishing all our friends and family a relaxing festive season and a peaceful start to 2017.

July 2016

has been full of celebrations! My parents came to stay and we did several day trips and went to stay on a farm for a weekend! Alan celebrated his birthday with a rocket cake and space theme and I celebrated my 10 years anniversary at Credit Suisse!

May 2016

2016 is whizzing past already and we have had lots of guests! Sal came in January and was very happy to see the snow. Chris and Drew came in the Easter holidays and hit a heatwave. Mags came in May and it rained. I just celebrated a lovely Birthday and we ran away to the circus!

December 2015

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It’s been a busy year. Alan wrote his third book, about Agile Financial Management. Markus started losing his baby teeth (4 so far) and Patrick enjoyed watching the world “bumper ball” aka Rugby! I took over leadership of a group of eLearning Advisors and entered a steep learning curve about technology based learning.

We went for our very first family ski trip in March and Markus mastered the mountain! During the summer, Kate came to Zurich with her boys and we enjoyed week in the sun – at the lake, at the pool, travelling with steam train… They left and we then went to Minorca for a week at the pool and on the beach 🙂 

The year has ended with three of my favourite advent routines – an icy swim 111m across the Limmat river (Helen), steam train trip to the forest to meet Santa (all of us) and the Christmas run through the old town (Markus and Helen). It was a very good year 🙂

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May 2015

Spring has sprung in ZĂĽrich, with summer sunshine one minute, torrential rain the next. We have been enjoying playing in parks, going to a farm and generally coming out of hibernation. Alan has his head down, writing his third book, whilst Helen moves job internally on 5th May.

March 2015

2015 has started well with the normal routines of work and childcare. We have just been on our first family skiing holiday in Malbun, Liechtenstein.

Markus took to the slopes like a champ, Patrick enjoyed sledging with Alan and amazingly I remembered how to parallel turn after more than 20 years break from skiing! We have been bitten by the skiing bug 🙂

December 2014

2014 has been full of friends, family and new challenges. Alan got his first book published, graduated his MBA with distinction and started writing his second book. Markus finished at nursery and started kindergarten. Patrick got used to going to nursery without his brother. I worked on a huge project at work, got promoted and ran the New York Marathon with Best Mate Sal!

Our summer holiday took place in Italy and France. The Palmer family’s big news was to welcome Kate’s sons to the family Peak District weekend in March and then to celebrate their official adoption in November in Manchester. We had visits from Mags in Feb, Sal in Sept, Chris & Lydia in September and Mum & Dad in December. It was a very good year 🙂
Click here for our year in pictures… (only 16 of them!)


January 2014

We had a lovely Christmas celebration with my sister. Alan and I even escaped to our favourite hotel in Luzern for an overnight stay, while my sister heroically looked after the boys at home. Got to celebrate 13 wonderful years of marriage somehow!

Since then there has been much January induced decluttering throughout the flat and a new bookcase in the boys’ room.

Alan is in the final throes of his MBA, just one more study weekend to go. I am currently enjoying a long weekend in Manchester. My big challenge in 2014 is running the New York City Marathon on 2nd November!

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December 2013

We have had a lovely, but busy 2013! Alan has been busy with his MBA studies and I am doing 40 personal challenges in this significant year!

Markus and Patrick are at a great age and play well together most of the time! They love “reading books” and are fascinated by our iphones / tablets / laptops.

We have had lots of visitors and have been on several trips, including a weekend on a farm in the black forest and a week in Vienna in the autumn. The year ended with advent  & christmas visits from my family.

Click here for our year in pictures… (only 16 of them!)

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