Renting the House

Had the first of the two rental agents in today (Hayward & White, of Banbury) and they’ve suggested we may be able to get a good price monthly for the house. It will more than cover the mortgage and will help build up a buffer when we return. Next agent coming next week. We’ll probably […]

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House rental Part II

Next agent came along (Finders Keepers of Banbury too) and they’ve suggested we may be able to get a reasonable amount of money for the house (if you’re wondering, it’s a four bedroom stone built house looking over a green in Deddington). It will definitely cover the mortgage and leave us with money left over […]

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Flights

We’ve chosen our route to be: London-Vancouver-Fiji-Sydney-Auckland-Singapore-Nairobi-London – all in 12 months, starting around 1st August this year. When we called around flight agents (TravelBag, Trailfinders, Airline Network) today it appears that although it’s possible, it’s going to be pretty expensive because of two things – (1) we’re doing a bit of a backtrack to […]

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School

Sarah and I went to see the head at school today – to talk about taking Charlotte away from school for the year. Because we’re effectively moving out of the UK for a year, then we don’t have to fulfill any legal obligations about providing education (amazing what you can learn about the subject from […]

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Our RTW Route

Now that we know that our first country to visit will be Canada, it’s time to start researching what we can do as a family in Canada for a month. Having brought the Rough Guide (interesting – last time we travelled RTW we used Lonely Planet almost everywhere, but this time when comparing the two, […]

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More about educating the children

Since we started looking for home education resources, we’ve come across loads of information. One of the really useful sites is the Government’s own site which contains the Schemes of Work used in primary schools. Although they aren’t compulsory for teachers to use, it has become more common for teachers to base their whole plan […]

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The House goes on the web

Having chosen our rental agents, Finders Keepers, they’ve now posted our house up for rent on the Internet. (Got money and clean feet? Take a look at Finders Keepers). They were fast workers – they only took the photo’s yesterday, and today they’ve put it online – must be using some blogger software! Anyway, they […]

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Work

Today was the day when my boss told my department I’m leaving to go around the world. Although I won’t be leaving work until the end of June, we are going through a departmental reorganisation and so it made sense to tell everybody now, so that somebody could be hired to replace me, and leave […]

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Canada

Started to research what we intend to do, and where we should go in Canada. We’ll be flying into Vancouver early August (when the whole place will be heeeeeaaaaaaving with visitors). Although we’ve found lots of information about travelling around Canada, we’ve found little that gives hints or good ideas for Canada with children. Anyway, […]

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WeightWatchers

Wonder why we’d be mad enough to give up a (promising) career, nice house and fast car for a backpack and a peripatetic lifestyle? Well, one of the principle reasons has to be related to my diet – and it’s remarkably unsuccessful influence on my waistline. Compare: ¬†And now – badly in need of a […]

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Technology on the road

Today’s dilemma – if we’re going to be taking technology on the road with us, what kind? With our aim to ensure that Charlotte continues her education, and stays in touch with family, friends and school while we’re away, our aim is to take a laptop computer, along with a digital camera and a digital […]

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The shopping begins

This weekend was the first S-Day – Shopping – having looked around London last weekend, and browsed through Ellis Brigham, Snow+Rock, Field & Trek, Blacks, and a few other smaller stores, we had a good idea of the kind of gear we wanted to get first. The key item is of course the rucksack. These […]

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Making people jealous

Over the last few weeks, since it was announced at work that I’m leaving to go on our little family trip, I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting lots of jealous remarks. Along the lines of “I wish I could do what you’re doing”. Of course, the obvious answer is “You can”. Because, lets face it, […]

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Vancouver with Kids

We’ve been reading the guidebooks, and using the web for our research, and are starting to build up a good picture of what’s where, and what we want to do. Today I came across a brilliant web site, called FindFamilyFun, which is absolutely brilliant. It’s full of fun things to do with the children in […]

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Book it

Finally done it – booked the tickets. We are now the proud owners of tickets to fly around the world (GULP!). Having handed in my notice, put our house up for rent and arranged to take Charlotte from school for a year, it made me nervous that we didn’t actually have a flight out of […]

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Cameras (road-kit)

Having sooo nearly decided on the Nikon 5700, with it’s amazing zoom and resolution, I started thinking and reviewing what I’m looking for a digital camera to do. What we want is something to take our photo’s on this trip, that are good enough to be enlarged a bit, and that are likely to be […]

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