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(Me and Nicholas…second week in Moscow)

Here we stand again, ready to say goodbye to an old journey and getting ourselves ready for the next one. I can not believe how quick two years have gone by and that we have been calling Moscow, Russia, home for these two years.

I really am looking forward to the new adventure that is England, but like with Russia, I am also wondering if this is the right thing to do. Are we ready for what life will throw at us once over there? Will Chris be happy in his new position? Will the kiddies fit in easily? Will I be able to make it “home”? Is the business plans and goals that I have set myself realistic and will it take off? Is this the best for us or will it just be easier to return home to South Africa? All these questions, no doubt, will be answered very soon and I know that I do not need to worry about a thing….I have two gorgeous kids and I am married to Prince Charming and no matter what happens…WE will be fine.


(St. Christopher in front of St. Basil Cathedral, Red Square)

So I guess that all I want to say is that this will be my last posting from Moscow and the next one will be from my new table in a new country with new stars in my eyes and new hopes and dreams.

(Allegra..our little Russian Doll)

Unfortunately at the moment, one pot cooking and NO baking is all I can offer and this last few days here will be Two Minute Noodles, Pizza and a take-away here and there. I am so ready to start cooking and baking and as soon as we have settled in our new surrounding, the kitchen will again be filled with mostly wonderful  aromas ;)….and my favourite time of the year is just around the corner…Christmas…and it will be a merry one.  ♥ ♥ ♥


(Sunset threw our kitchen window)

About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

3 responses »

  1. What a beautiful family and the life you’re living! I think it’s about the coolest thing that could be! What wonderful experiences for the children…xoxo Ally

  2. Hello Nel!
    Wow! What a fantastic adventure you’re embarking on. I bet England will be fabulous!

    Thinking of you,
    Melissa Placzek

    • Hi Melissa 🙂
      We are loving it here. Again just the fact that everything is so much more familiar makes it 1000 times better than Moscow.
      We are slowly getting into the things here and house hunting, school hunting and car hunting is in the order of the day.
      Hope to settle more permanently soon and then life will be GREAT!!!



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