The Autumn Equinox (around the 23rd September) is a time of balance, where the hours of day light and night are equal in length. The Sun has positioned itself exactly above the equator between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. When you live a lot of the year in hot sunshine and subtle season changes it […]Read More What to do with all those Autumn Nature Treasures?
Our journey started out by trying to save enough money after being on maternity to survive long term on one wage. So over the last few years we have become kings at budgeting and saving money in every way possible. We set up spreadsheet after spreadsheet, collected receipts, set up new saving accounts and money […]Read More How We Saved Money and Started Budgeting
Bin Dive #1 We visited a large supermarket chain at 8pm on a Wednesday to find a nice old lady already rummaging through the bins. We loitered patiently in the car park waiting for our turn. After she had already taken three carrier bags full of fruit & veg we still were able to take […]Read More Our First Week of Bin Diving for Van Food
In our pretend parenting book there is no such thing as a bad word, it’s all about how you use it. Swear words are a funny thing, accidentally utter one in front of Grandma and everyone shrinks back in horror like you have unleashed a real life weapon. But what harm does it actually cause […]Read More Why We Don’t Mind Our Children Using Swear Words
As a family we pretty much went from one extreme to the other whilst trying out different methods for learning to swim. When our first child was born, we were surrounded by beautiful images in the birthing centre of floating babies photographed in water attending swimming ‘lessons’ from only a few months old. We fell […]Read More Our Toddler Swimming Lesson Fail!!
The main barrier to our Campervan travels before we set off was worry about money. Could we find ways to make money for survival on the road as we travelled? Would we have enough money for our family to live? What is a realistic travel budget? We saw lots of information online about solo travellers […]Read More 10 Euro a Day Family Travel Budget
Our (Ever So Glamorous) Campervan Toilet, Porta Potti Qube 345. Available to buy for £63.99 from Amazon.co.uk (including free UK delivery). Everyone ALWAYS wants to know about the toilet situation on board. When we first moved into our van we had no facilities and used our old nappy bucket with a lid as a toilet. […]Read More Our Campervan Toilet, Porta Potti Qube 345
The Oxford Dictionary offers the definition of the word ‘curriculum’ as the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college. Have you ever wondered what this word means? Where does it come from? Who creates a curriculum? Why do we need one? When I first asked myself this question, I thought I […]Read More What is a Curriculum Anyway?
Ingredients: 175g (or about 2 mugs) Risotto Rice 1 Onion 1 Clove of Garlic Half a Courgette 25g (or a handful) of Grated Parmigiano Stock Cube Water Salt, Pepper or a Pinch of Paprika for Seasoning. (Serves 3-4) Boil the Kettle. Fry the chopped onion, garlic and courgette for a few minutes until tender over […]Read More Vanfood – Budget Italian Risotto
We travelled from Brindisi in Italy to Igoumenitsa on the North Greece mainland coast with Grimaldi Lines. The crossing took eight hours, we opted for daytime setting off at 1.00pm as it was slightly cheaper but they do offer an over night. Our one-way tickets cost: €280.00 For 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog and […]Read More Ferry Crossing from Italy to Greece, with Grimaldi Lines.