Family Travel, unschooling, yurt life

Heart-thumpingly, fringe-snippingly exciting

23 June, 2015

We are off! We have 15 minutes to go; Tim is making last minute coffees, the girls are bouncing around in the corner simultaneously wrestling and playing Mummies and Daddies (this involves Ramona giving birth to Juno over and over again) and I am doing a sneaky little blog. These sum up our priorities EXACTLY.

We are facing down a 12 hour flight to Thailand, the start of a three month trip that involves frolicking with elephants in Chiang Mai, touring about the UK with our friends and family and then a whizz through San Fran. HOORAY!

We have packed down our little yurt and said cheerio to all our beautiful friends in the Coromandel, for when we get back to New Zealand in September we are going to be moving onto our new land! ARGH!

*reins in the exclamation marks*

I am generally excited about everything right now, this is obvious in how short my fringe is getting- I’ve come to understand that when I am buzzing out a little I tend to gravitate to the mirror and cut my hair.

Here are somethings I am weeing my pants about:

Happy Hair Workshops in Bristol and London
THESE ARE HAPPENING! SO cool! They are open events, everyone is invited, I will be talking through the world of giving up shampoo and toxins and covering other Hippyshake kind of stuff. I did the last New Zealand one of these a few weeks ago, 75 people came and we had an absolute BLAST. So much fun. Please do come! Find the Bristol event here and the London event here.  

 Camp Bestival
One of the funnest weekend in our family’s life was when we took Juno and Ramona to Camp Bestival just before taking off around Europe in our campervan. There is incredible music, stack loads of creativity, an enormous arts and crafts tent; just this weird little universe of families all letting loose together.  I saw a sign there that year, scrawled by a mum, “Families who festival together stay together” – it makes up in truth what it lacks in rhyme.

Partying in the meadows of a castle, with the tunes of musical legends beating down around you, while the children are being entertained by a Picasso inspired style Puppet Show. Nothing beats it. Let me know if you are going so we can hang out…

Annie here has the full download- everything you need to know and here is the Camp Bestival site itself.cb

Staying in super spesh places
We have booked loads of our accommodation through Air BNB for the first time ever. It has been really cool being able to tailor make our wants/ needs and then hit search and discover loads of unique places to stay. In Thailand we are staying at someone’s apartment in Bangkok, next door to an Elephant sanctuary in Mae Wang amongst other places. (It’s possible- but I’m not entirely sure- that if you sign up using this link that I get points… try it and see, it will be like giving me a virtual high five…)

It sort of feels like for the next three months we are going to join that tribe of digital nomads, families blowing on the breeze, lives made possible by the Internet.

Here is a little conversation I had with Juno this morning:

Last, but not least (cos GOSH that would be offensive!) SEEING OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
About 7 million of my friends have had babies while we have been away, so of course, I CAN NOT WAIT to meet these new souls. And my nephews and niece have grown up into giants so I need to do some serious playing of Hide and Seek and Ninja Mermaids and stuff with them. I get the tingles when I think about crunching all these people I love up!

HOORAY! Right, Tim has turned the car around, we are really, really DOING THIS… think I still have time for one more snip of the fringe though…

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  • Kiran 23 June, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Yay! What an exciting few months you have ahead. Enjoy every moment – as I know you all will xx

  • jane 23 June, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Whoa!!! have an awesome trip guys!!! Camp bestival…I nearly went there, it looks totally like heaven on earth! have a great time and go the workshops Lucy!!! Jane xxxxx

  • Sonya Cisco 23 June, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Yay – see you at Camp Bestival x

    • Liz 24 June, 2015 at 7:16 am

      See you there too! 🙂

  • Lisi 24 June, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Aw! Sounds so exciting! The most excitement I’m having these days is waiting for the Tesco order to turn up (will I have any substitutes? Will they be on time? Nail biting stuff!)
    You really should find time to slink down to Totnes in Devon when in the UK… Not a million miles from Bristol (ish) but you’d love the big no poo movement there. Along with the huge attachment parenting / free parenting/ home schooling. It’s practically a whole town of free thinkers.
    Maybe a no poo workshop could be arranged?

  • Liz 24 June, 2015 at 7:12 am

    We are going to Camp Bestival! Would be great to hang out ! 😀

  • Emma 24 June, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Ooh, how exciting! I love airbnb, we use it all the time. We’re not going to Bestival but we are going to Port Eliot. It will be our first festival as a family so I’m really looking forward to it.

  • Janine Fowler 27 June, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Sorry but your post has been upstaged by THE WORLD’S CUTEST LITTLE GIRL OMGGGGG!!!!!!!!

    Not the cutest little boy, naturally, because he is mine.

    Saving to show him when he wakes up.

    Congrats & mad jealousy on your exciting journey!

  • ThaliaKR 5 July, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Yay yay yay! What a lovely post and so many great things to look forward to.

    We are HUGE fans of Airbnb, and offset our months of travel each year by letting our house with them when we’re away. Everyone who owns a house should do it – even if it’s just for three weeks over the summer holidays. Everyone’s a winner!

    • Lucy 6 July, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Oh, wow, really? So cool, didnt know you did that! We think we will do this with our yurt in our new place too 😀 😀