Where's home for you?
Home for me is my beloved Wales. It's green, it's wild, it's...wet. If I close my eyes and try to picture one of my earliest memories; I see my little 4 year old legs, trudging up a mountain path with rivers of rainwater running from my waterproof trousers and funneling into my little brown boots.
What languages do you speak?
My first language is Welsh. Many people ask me if it's similar to English.
What do you think?
What brings you to Warsaw and what was your journey to get here?
One day my husband came home from his office in Cardiff, as he'd done so for the past 22 years, and asked to have a word with me. He sat me down and said "I'm thinking of trying for a job in Poland". And honestly, I think I would have been less surprised if he'd said "I'm having an affair with your brother!"
Who have you got at school here?
I have Eiry in Y3, she has an obsession with nuclear bombs at the moment and Gwen is in Reception and cuddles me so much I have a permanently cricked neck.
Any other children?
Two is enough. Mine have a very low attention span and can easily do 6 or 7 activities before lunch time. I found the Summer holidays absolutely exhausting and on the first day back at school I did a little dance outside the gates beside the guards.
I can't be trusted with pets.
How did you get involved in the PTA?
I offered to bake a cake. Unfortunately, it was disgusting as I couldn't read the polish packaging on any of the ingredients. I may have used potato flour, to this day I have no idea.
What do you do with the PTA?
Help with sports day, welcome parents to coffee mornings, help with lost property and bake. I bake a lot!
Best thing about volunteering with the PTA?
Bringing baked goods to an event but eating someone else's!
What would you say to somebody thinking about volunteering for the PTA?
It's a great opportunity to feel part of a community here. You find your tribe.
What's your favourite thing to do with your family in Warsaw?
Going out for meals. I love takings our girls out to restaurants here and I used to hate doing it in the UK. Polish restaurants are so child friendly.
What's the funniest thing that's happened to you here in Warsaw?
I went for a swim at Wodny Park with both girls during our early days here in Poland. We arrived early and were the only ones showering before our swim. We spent hours at the pool and when it was time to leave the 3 of us returned to the ladies shower room, stripped naked and got shampooing. A few moments later 3 men walked in. It was in fact the men's showers, turns out that understanding basic polish signs is very useful!