About me

Hi! I started this blog yonks ago as a way to cheer up the other Navy wives on my (then) fiances ship. It’s kind of taken off since then really! 

Follow me here, or on Twitter, @OliveOylNW, or like my Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Oliveoylnavywife

Fast forward a few years- me and Popeye are married with two mad toddlers, who I have dubbed “Sweet Pea” and “Sproglet” and our Westie. 

I’m learning about the super-duper-mega-fun-not-stressful-at-all time that is keeping tyrannical small people alive, clean and fed whilst being married to a sailor who keeps (inconveniently) deploying.

Basically my blog is a space for me to talk about the real life stuff that happens when you are a Royal Navy Wife.

Its other aim is to bring some reassurance to other military wives that they are not completely loopy, or it might just serve as concrete evidence that I am the one round the bend, and every other military wife is a pillar of strenth and sanity. So it could go either way.

Real life wise- My background is in Psychology. Now at times (oh the irony) I feel I may be losing my mind in this strange world of navy-wifedom. I wanted a professionals opinion and unfortunately I talk to myself, so its kinda a cyclical problem.

Well thats enough “about” stuff. I think.



7 thoughts on “About me

  1. Well done you – as an ex-navy wife (No that not right) as the wife of an ex – Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy member (Still married after 36 years) I think your idea is fantastic. I have to say I found RN wives much more supportive than over here in Australia, but it may be down to the tyranny of distance in the vast continent. It is always good to know that the tradition continues and it is particularity important to let others know that taking the opportunity to demonstrate the odd streak of insanity is what keeps a navy wife sane in the long run.
    Keep it up

    1. Hi Olve,

      I love this. So cute. I have been going mad on the web seeking some advice on military life and wives. I too have a very active two year old. I have been married 3 years. I am 28 yrs old and my husband is 27. He has a master’s degree and has worked in the corporate world for 6 years. He has always been a “wild thang”. I know this because we’ve spent 11 years as best friends. I just really wan to know what this life is going to be like for my family; especially my son and I. and I would also really love to understand is will the transition be worth it?

  2. Hi Olive!

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog – I’ve been desperately scouring the internet trying to find out what it’s like to be a navy wife (the RN site is the vaguest) and your posts are just what I needed.

    And make for some hilarious, embarrassing laugh-out-loud-in-the-library moments 😛

    Can’t wait to read more 😀 x

  3. Hi Olive 🙂

    I just wanted to say thank you for making me giggle this evening whilst nodding away with understanding and empathy. Your blog has entertained me over recent weeks whilst my hubby has been away and will most definitely keep me going during his up and coming long deployment. Thank you for being so open about your feelings, heartfelt and humorous, and something I’m sure all us navy and military wives can relate to. Take care and keep blogging!

    Em X

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