About Me





I have been writing at Collage of Life for five years and over
that time I have met the most wonderful people...in the written word and in person.
The natural way of things, when we connect, is to tell a little bit about ourselves.
So here goes...

In a nutshell
I am a self-imposed Chieftess 
and expat wife to a nomadic husband,

mother to four independent children 
and one well travelled dog. 
A woman who bravely moved to new lands 
to create a life for her family 
while trying to keep her wits about her. 

In my 50th decade I travel between 
Australia and America to keep tabs on my clan. 
Our chief domicile is Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
where I write amidst the mango trees about expat life 
on my blogs, Collage of Life and Expat Diary Viet Nam.
Our secondary domicile is Tahilla Farm, 
an antique farmhouse, with views to a mountain
in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.


You can find me on my blogs. 
If you are lucky, I might have my wits about me, 
it depends on the weather and the moon. 
A Chieftess can be fickle like that, 
it is one of the joys of her imaginary world.

As you can see...
I believe laughter is the best medicine.
Laughing mostly at myself,
I think taking oneself to seriously, 
can be exhausting.

I am an expat...otherwise defined as 
a travelling spouse and mother.
I have four children who call me 'Mom' and 'Mum'.
My travelling partner in this crazy life is Mr. H.

Some of us are American by birth, 
some are Australian by birth.
We call both countries home in addition to 
New Zealand, England and Vietnam.
We have a family dog who travels with us.
Like her mistress, she is starting to feel her age.
Her name is Tika.

We live in  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 in a mango coloured house amidst mango trees 
and a pack of noisy night frogs and other 
curious creatures of the tropics.
We call our home Chateau Mango.

When the tropical heat and monsoon season sweeps in, 
we escape to the fresh mountain air at Tahilla Farm, 
an antique farmhouse dating back to 1790
which we are tenderly bringing into the 21st century. 
Tahilla Farm sits down a dirt road in the 
Monadnock mountain ranges of New Hampshire, USA.

While in both places, we keep track of our children
who are living between Australia and America.
They keep us very busy.

A little something about me.
I have a personal goal to travel 
to 50 countries in my lifetime.
I am currently at 43 and counting.
I reckon that will keep us busy too.

I also write at  Expat Diary: Vietnam (here). 
If you are thinking of travelling to Vietnam, 
you just might find something to guide you.


If you would like to connect, 
you can also find me ...
Twitter 
Instagram


With that, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart
for reading along. If you would like to drop me a line, 
I would love to hear from you...
Email:
jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com


Warm wishes from Vietnam...
Jeanne xx

25 comments:

  1. Oh Jeanne, I love this about me page. I do so enjoy learning more about YOU. I enjoy everyone of your beautiful blogs, you were what inspired me and showed me that I could write on more than one!

    I look forward to each and every post!

    Come to my blog if you have a free minute, I have tagged you and if you have the time I know I as well as many others would love to know the answers to some of my questions for you.

    Have a great night, Elizabeth

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  2. Oh, bravo!
    I could also add that you are as charming in real life as you are on each of your beautiful blogs. Yes you are.

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  3. Beautifully written Jeanne, a true reflection of your beautiful and generous self.

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  4. This is THE best About Me page I have read! Now we are even more sure that you are beautiful inside and out.

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  5. Beautiful About Me Jeanne. I will now have a pop into your other blogs.
    Carmel
    x

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  6. Jeanne, I love every one of your movies. So funny you referred to it as your shop around the corner - I immediately knew you also like Meg Ryan movies. I've got You've Got Mail nearly memorized, as my daughter and I have watched it so often. I have two more of my favorite movies to add to your list, since we have so many in common: Notting Hill and Arthur. There are lines in Arthur that I've quoted for years, especially the one where he says that not all drunks are poets -- some are just drunks. SO TRUE!

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  7. Superb! Love all your blogs. Whichever way or wherever you go, I'll be there.

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  8. Can you please make it all one blog?!!!
    Following on Tumblr and Pinterest as well!!!
    Loved this page and loved getting to know you better! Julienne xxx

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  9. It is always a pleasure to read what you write Jeanne and love the difference in all your lovely blogs - they brighten my day - always entertaining and interesting!

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  10. Well done, very well written. I don't know how you manage with everything, you are obviously well organised.

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  11. Hi Jeanne – fascinating! Brilliant! Well done on writing this. I'm a bit out of breath just reading it – I though I was crazy with three blogs, two websites, two online shops, etc. :) Anyway, I look forward to exploring all your blogs. Thanks again for stopping by.

    Georgianna

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  12. Hello Jeanne
    Another peep into who you are - thank you for answering some of those questions!
    I just love your way with words and whether you have several blogs or just one - I will read what you write!
    I resonate with who you are.
    I'm not an expat but a born NZer however, a huge part of me is in France with my daughter and granddaughters and their way of life in the french countryside.
    Another part of me is very much in England - I love the 'Country Life' way of life and could easily settle there as you did and become very English!!
    Continue being who you are Jeanne, you do it so well, you're a natural communicator!
    I'm looking forward to the next part of your journey - Vietnam - but are they ready for you?!!
    love
    Shane

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  13. Oh, my gorgeous Fairy Blogmother! This is the page I have been patiently waiting for and it delivered in spades. Bravo. What a task to condense your varied and peripatetic life so well. I must admit, though, I would love you to combine your blogs. I think you could do it brilliantly! J x

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  14. I second Jane and Julienne! Your writing is so wonderful, but it's so difficult keeping track of everyone's blogs! If you collated all your blogs into one beautiful site, then we could then read EVERYTHING you wrote, rather than just catching snippets. We don't need to follow the Dewey system here darling. You can have a blog that covers every subject imaginable - from 'antiques' to 'Vietnam'.

    PS - Love your photos - as I always do. The New York ones made me long to go back...

    Janelle xx

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  15. Dear Jeanne,
    Beautifully done and now we all know !! I usually look at Collage of Life as it's about you and your family and what you do on a daily basis which I enjoy. Also, I find it hard enough to comment on the blogs that I follow and who leave me comments so, it wouold br a bit difficult to read and comment on all of your blogs !!
    I think that you should follow your heart and do what you will with your blogs. They are yours to do with as you please. I would never deem to tell or advise you on that.
    Even though you will be going to Vietnam, we will still be able to read all about it and how you are settling in. Looking forward to keeping our blogging friendship alive Jeanne. Much love. XXXX

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  16. Well..you all are just the most fabulous ladies...I thank you sincerely! I am slowly getting around to writing you all, hang in there, I am coming. :) Thank you!!

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  17. dear jeanne...
    so happy to read this and although i thought you were incredible before... i feel more so now... the big move coming... wow... cant wait to follow you in this,.... so happy you shared with all of us... bravo.. xx

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  18. I think it is perfect! I think you explained everything beautifully it a most entertaining fashion. You are a woman for all seasons. Bonnie

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  19. Lovely page! Thank you for sharing:-)

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  20. I've read some absolute shocker About Me's, this is not one of them!
    Millie xx

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  21. Just goes to show was fascinating, complex, talented and interesting people middle-aged women are! Whatever method you choose to express yourself in Jeanne...I'm there...a dedicated follower!

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  22. This is a lovely 'about me' page. Thank you for sharing a little bit about you with us.

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  23. Your 'about me' page is perfect.

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  24. You have an absolutely charming blog. Such creativity, joie de vivre, energy! I'm so glad I've found you through my facebook friends. I can't wait to spend time here getting to know you and enjoying such lovely words and pictures.

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  25. Jeanne…thank you for your precious email…you cannot imagine how much it meant to me. Now that I'm seeing all of these people that truly love you and your blogs as much as I do…PLEASE tell us more! This is fascinating…and so very real…that's the best part of it all!

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few paragraphs, no matter. If you would like to write to me directly, I would love to hear from you... jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

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