It’s official – we are going!


The big dream of slow glorious travel, drinking in the riches the smells and the sounds, being together, learning all the time, enjoying the lack of obligation and routine…….its all going to happen. VERY SOON.

We haven’t been mucking around. We’ve renovated and sold a house, moved house three times, had four children in three different schools, had a few family holidays…..not to mention we had a lovely new baby boy.

But now, there is work to be done

Chris, who can do clever things like use spreadsheets, has been organising and prioritising our list of THINGS TO DO.

Apart from all the boring usual things like save money, get immunised, buy plane tickets; we have a few other things to do of note

The trickiest is:

  • Build a wheelchair that can go hiking, sit in restaurants, fold small, with a removable seat that can go in cars and planes and on the back of elephants. It needs to be waterproof, unbreakable, reparable from easily available materials, attractive (except to thieves) and cheap.

No worries.

Probably the most time consuming is this innocuous sounding one:

  • plan home education

We have so many thoughts and ideas about schooling, education, learning and inclusion. This is our big opportunity to direct and nurture the process free from all the restraints and stresses of the system and the bureaucracy that we are escaping. Its not a task we are taking on lightly.

the most fun one is going to be

  • have a massive party for Chris’ 40th

Of course there are things in the list we are not likely to accomplish before departure, like:

  • train children to look after their own things and eat nicely .

But, we live in hope….

And there’s also the small matter of:

  • getting strong and healthy post horror pregnancy and C-section.

Now all we need is for Air Asia to have another sale!

Any other must-do preparation tasks?

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3 Responses to It’s official – we are going!

  1. Amy October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    We left before we had planned to as circumstances made it the right time. We realized that so much of what we’d been concerned about never happened, but other things that we’d never even anticipated did. If you want any help with the home ed side of things, let me know. I’m getting used to it after 5 years, though there are always new challenges.

    By the way, if you work out how to get the kids to look after their stuff and eat nicely, can you let me know?

  2. admin October 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Lol! wouldn’t it be nice. At least when we travel they’ll have way less stuff to mess up!

    Thanks for the offer, we are looking at a Charlotte Mason-esque approach at the moment, I’ll let you know how we go.

  3. Susan, Mum to Molly January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Love your list of requirements for the wheelchair!

    Did you suceed??

    Hope its also grow-able…

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