Meet Colleen Black

Following our blog post introducing Angela, we thought we would introduce Colleen. She started Splash Clean in 2010 whilst living in the Alresford area.  She has been working remotely from South Africa for 4 years, before moving to Zambia last year.

Read her completely unbiased opinion on why you should join Splash Clean, and find out more about how she spends her time.

Why would you encourage someone to join the team? I have seen the positive impact, time and time again that our work schedules offer. There are not many opportunities available where you can work for just 2 or 3 hours in a location that suits you, at a flexible time that suits your lifestyle. Also, how many companies do you know of run by a Mrs Brown and a Mrs Black?!

Where is your favourite spot for a cup of tea/coffee? Unfortunately my nearest coffee shop here in Zambia is a 35 minute drive along dirt and very pot holed roads! Bit different to when I lived in Alresford. So my favourite spot is now my veranda, with coffee beans that are grown, harvested & roasted 1 hour from where I am living.

Where exactly do you live? I grew up in South Africa, but as I have a British passport, I lived in England for 10 years, during which time I started Splash Clean and became obsessed with The Archers. In 2013 I moved back to South Africa, but decided to keep the business going. In 2018, my husband’s work brought us to Zambia, so we are currently expats. I work remotely from my veranda in Zambia, dealing mainly with all payroll and invoicing.

What do you do in your spare time?  I keep myself occupied at home with gardening, birdwatching, reading, researching travel plans! I also share about our expat life and sustainable living on Life Lived Simply.

Do you have a favourite walk in Alresford/Winchester? I used to regularly walk along the River Arle and Drove Lane, such a beautiful spot.

What is your favourite podcast/book? Favourite podcast is The Archers, without a doubt. Too many books to mention, but a recent one was At Home by Bill Bryson, and I am currently reading The Africa House by Christina Lamb.

What is your best tip for keeping your home clean or organised? Put everything where it belongs, straight away; it is much easier to maintain a tidy home. Tidy House, Tidy Mind.


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