Posted in Living in France, General

Just because you travel, doesn’t mean you don’t accumulate more stuff!

Travelling with your family and pets is great fun, but it means that you have to be selective with what you take with you and carry around. For us it means what we can get into our car. Well it is supposed to be, but somehow we just keep adding more things!

When we left the UK for our trip we had the car (Meriva), two kids, two adults and one quite large dog. It was tough deciding what to bring and what to store, but we did it. Maybe looking back we only had our eyes on the short term as we did not know how long we were going to be away and the fact it was summer and we would be doing lots of stuff outside.

That was 18 months ago, still away and now we have so much more stuff and still only the Meriva!

Some of the things we have picked up on the way:

  1. 1 x extra dog (very big and weighing about 45kg!)
  2. 75kg free weights
  3. Pogo stick
  4. 1 adult bike
  5. 1 x childs bike
  6. 1 x toddler bike
  7. 1 x rug
  8. Toy horses, cars and a garage
  9. Christmas lights
  10. A childs desk
  11. 2 x dining chairs

So, our last move came after our long term house sitting assignment ended and we moved about 4 hours away to a rented house for a bit to contemplate what our next adventure would be. This time we sent 4 x boxes of toys and books by delivery van and just about managed to get everyone and thing in though it was a squeeze!

We did buy a roof bag.

No matter where you are or what you live in sometimes you just end up with stuff! We are pretty lucky that my parents in the UK store our things at their home – though this is sometimes not that helpful. The kids (mainly my 9 year old) know that they can ask for something to be brought over on a visit with the promise that it will be for something to be sent back. Usually nothing goes back and we have everything here!

It may seem a random set of things, and looking at the list I can see we might look a bit crazy, but there are reasons for some of the purchases. The desk and chairs are for my daughter and husband to do their work on. They were bought, (and will be returned) at the local charity recycling store when we leave. The bikes have been great, and we have a bike rack now.

The weights, whilst not essentials are for our my husband mainly who likes to keep fit and it is cheaper than joining a gym wherever we go. Despite being heavy they don’t actually take up much space, we can always sell them if we need to.

The extra dog. Not really in our plans, didn’t really need one but was the right thing to do for us (adopted from lesamisdesanimaux.com) Yes, it has made the travel a bit more of a squeeze, yes we have had to change what we do, and yes she can be challenging when she jumps the fence but what we get is so much more.

Who knows where we will be off to next, but it will be with a full car and happy people.

Posted in General

Happy New Year

Today is the first day of a new decade. It’s the 2020’s – how did it get to that? So much has changed over the last year never mind the last 20 or 30 years.

I am not a great one for resolutions, but this year I am hoping to do things that will push me creatively and make me challenge myself.

I already home school my kids and it has been a steep learning curve, but one that is immensely rewarding. I am hoping that we can continue to learn together and have fun at the same time.

On a more personal note, there are things I would like to do this year that I have not been able to do before.

  • I would like to learn how to draw using computer packages as I find them so inspiring and full of opportunity, even for a beginner.
  • I would like to write a kids book, even if it is just for my kids!
  • Get better (again) at running, and try and sort out my posture as it could be better.

So, not many things maybe but things that I hope to be able to achieve, or have fun trying.