About

Hi!  Welcome aboard!

You know those days when you wake up and decide you’ve had enough and want to leave your 9 to 5, buy hens and move rural France? We had one of them.  It was a bit scary.

It was seven years ago.  The hens slowly progressed to sheep, the sheep slowly progressed to a campervan. The campervan went and took off with us in it for a year to Morocco and Serbia and other places that we had not hitherto known the capital or currency of.

Along this unpredictable path I realised I was a little bit obsessed with languages and elephants, my husband learnt how to make mighty fine goats’ cheese, and our three children figured out how to become bilingual.  Our hens and sheep remain but our stick insects have died and been replaced by a kitten.

We set up this blog with the initial aim of letting friends and family know where we were, but it’s been great and rewarding and super interesting connecting with other wanderlusting or elephant-obsessed souls like yourself.  We have now found our way back to France and are working out what being “home” is all about.   And what comes next…..

Are you ……

 

  • Planning a trip to a particular country and need some advice?
  • moving abroad to live? or
  • wanting to take your brood out of school for a while to travel or you are interested in alternative schooling in general? or
  • feeling the urge to have an adventure, like squeezing your family into a small moveable box for a year with no known destination? or
  • interested in language teaching or learning ? or
  • a sucker for an easy recipe (husband is a baker)?

Or do you just fancy having an adventure from your sofa, because that way you can put on the kettle and make a nice cup of tea if it all goes tits up?

There is no underestimating a good cup of tea.

"The most dangerous risk if all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later"
“The best thing in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen and the memories you’ve made along the way.”

We have met more interesting people in these past few years than would comfortably fit into a small country.  It’s been inspirational, it’s been fun, it’s been unforgettable.  Thank you.  We hope to connect with more of you this year.

22 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi … I’m soo looking forward to reading about your campervan adventures!!

  2. Hi Karin and Adam, thanks for following. xxx

  3. Hello dear new friends !!! I’ve just received a failure notice from my mails to you… so i think that I have not the good address ! You can find our mail address on our blog : http://www.tant-a.org, thanks to send us a message to be able to keep in touch ! Was really a pleasure to meet you. Tout de bon à vous et à bientôt… en Tunisie !?

    1. A pleasure likewise for us :). Good luck with the workshops and Christmas markets, and maybe see you in January, à bientôt x

  4. Hi, what a lovely family you are! I just discovered your trip and would like to put your link on my website xpatxpert.com to show families like you it IS very possible to get of the beaten track. The lessons children take from travelling with you, they will never forget and will last forever. Good luck!! PS My website doesn’t get a whole lot of hits, I just started really making something of it, before it only had one page, I also use WordPress by the way. And how are you doing now, is everything ok? And WHERE are you now? All the best of luck, Karen (www.xpatxpert.com

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for visiting. We are in Morocco at the moment. Good luck with your venture.

  5. Hi, I’d be keen to write a story on your travels/life in the campervan. Can you send me an email so I can get back to you with my contact details to discuss? Your adventures sound very interesting.

    1. Don’t have your email address:)

  6. Sorry, my email is jbreslin@sundaypost.com

    Thanks

  7. Superb all, just loving all the info and adventures, good work done by all XxxX

    1. Cheers Jan, nice of you to comment :). Next time hopefully it won’t be such a flying visit home to Scotland and we can maybe catch up – for a bit longer than last time x

  8. we miss you guys and think of you often

    emy, ollie, kendley and ollie send you their love

    sincerely,

    ryan

    1. You sound like you are having an amazing adventure, and remember when you get to France to look us up. Bummer about the car, but you handled it well xxx

  9. Hi, I just wanted to take a moment to say hello and to say that I am enjoying your blog very much. I also wanted to let you that I have added your blog to my Roadschooling Blogroll that is located via my facebook Roadschool page. Please feel free to come check us out and join in the conversation 🙂

    http://tinyurl.com/roadschoolingfamiliesblogs
    https://www.facebook.com/RoadschoolingFamilies

    1. Hello, thanks for your message :). And happy roadschooling x

  10. Fantastic, we are looking at doing exactly the same, can’t wait to read everything,.

    1. Hi Sarah. Good luck! The blog might give you 8 years worth of mistakes to avoid (although didn’t start blogging for years)!! It’s been a wonderful, not always easy but always memorable, experience. 🙂

  11. Happy to be on board.xx

    1. About time, you old computer dinosaur 😉 xxxx

  12. Hi Family, I glad to meet you here in Morocco it was great time with you, Thank you again for share nice moment here with me in Merzouga desert Sahara, Here my website 😉 http://www.moroccolinetours.com/, If some bady need information, welcome.

    Ali

    1. Hi Ali! You put us to shame, with English your FOURTH language! Thanmirt. The desert trip you took us on was BRILLIANT, a really special memory. Katie especially still talks about you a lot and she has the rug you gave her in her bedroom. Best wishes :). One day we might get back to see you.

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