Alpine Mummy

A new life in the middle of nowhere



City lawyer, making the most of my maternity leave living in a chalet in a tiny village in the Alps and blogging about the funny (and not so funny) bits. Walks and fresh air are now the order of the day – bye bye smog, hello mountains…

Believe it or not (and many people who know me do not in fact believe it) I am a solicitor in a rather large City law firm in London.  I spend my days (or I did until recently) advising companies on how not to get sued, and assisting those companies who have been sued (hopefully because they have not followed, rather than followed, my advice…).  I wore suits and shirts, drank cappuccinos in Starbucks and spent hours commuting to and from the City and West London (and many more hours moaning about commuting).

All that changed when I became pregnant for the second time and me and Alpine Papa decided to spend my maternity leave in a chalet in a tiny village in the Alps.  I now wear denim cut-offs and old vest-tops, drink cold cups of tea (Alpine Girl always manages to need changing/feeding/amusing every time I make a cuppa – it’s a skill she has been honing), and spend hours walking in the mountains with my beautiful children.  It’s all a bit of a shock to the system, and I’m still getting used to it, but so far so good!

I now have two children – Alpine Boy is 3 and a half and Alpine Girl is just over 3 months.  Alpine Papa is French and has just given up the life of a lawyer to work as an estate agent here in the Alps (mainly so he can go ski-ing every weekend in the winter I think).  This blog is about our new life here in the middle of nowhere, and about me getting used to being a stay-at-home mum-of-two rather than a City high-flier.  Not sure how long the blog will last (I was never very good at Dear Diary when I was younger…) and I’m sure it won’t be that interesting, but here goes!

Author: Alpine Mummy

Now an ex-City lawyer, I gave up London life 'just for a year' to spend my maternity leave in a tiny village in the French Alps. Nearly three years later Alpine Family is still here - the legal career is gone but we're living the dream (most of the time) and skiing and hiking our way through life. Walks and fresh air are now the order of the day - bye bye smog, hello mountains...

7 thoughts on “Me…

  1. I made it through all the posts you’ve written thus far! Love your voice. How long is maternity leave for you? Clearly it’s longer than in the U.S., where it’s anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.


    • aw thank you, you made my evening! We can take up to a year for maternity leave in the UK (mainly unpaid, unless your employer choses to pay you). Wow, 6-12 weeks, I don’t think I could cope with that, I’d be a liability if I went back to work so soon!


  2. So jealous of your new life! What a great way to spend your maternity leave. I hope your adventure is wonderful and I look forward to reading more posts!


    • haha, let’s see what it’s like stuck in the middle of nowhere in cold and grey November – I’m not sure people will be quite so jealous then…! Thanks for the comment, that’s really lovely!


  3. I am always so pleased and inspired to read of people who have changed their lives. Loving this.


  4. Enjoyed reading your blog! Keep it up.


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