Harry Potter Studio Tour – London

HarryPotterStudioTours

Everyone in our family is a HUGE Harry Potter fan. We’ve all read the books (Oscar our youngest is reading them now) we’ve all listened to Stephen Fry read the audio books, and we’ve all seen the movies many times. A visit to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London has been top of our bucket list for a long time, so recently we made the kid’s dreams come true, and it was AMAZING!

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Thoughts on our Return to London…

London

Wow! It’s been a loooong time between posts. I’m not sure if we have been super busy, or super chilled or a little of both really, but this one is a long time coming. We spent 6 weeks in South West London in the coolest housesit and I’m only just getting around to blogging about it now. I even snuck in a quick return to Oz for a wedding recently, so you might say there’s been a lot going on!

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UKBA – Doing their best to keep Simon OUT

UKBA

Yes, I think that the UK Border Agency is in kahootz with my Mum – One wants to keep us out of the UK, the other wants us to stay in Australia  (hi Mum!).  When we first hatched this plan to sell everything we own and take the kids on the Global Adventure of a lifetime, we expected that our first destination outside of Australia would be London. Continue reading

Our Travel History – Europe

When Simon and I lived in London from 1998 – 2002, (before the children) we had the extremely good fortune to be able to do lots of European Travel. We marveled at how easy and affordable European travel was from London compared to Australia, and we joined the backpack brigade as soon as possible. I’ve been digging through old photo’s of our travels, and want to share a snippet of the places and experiences that we had. These are the days when our wanderlust began… Continue reading

Our Travel History – Great Britain

Tower Bridge, London UK

Tower Bridge, London UK

When I was in my 3rd year of University (1997), studying to be a teacher, job offerings here in my home city Adelaide were scant to say the least. I had one more year to go, and the Lecturers made no secret of the fact that our best chances for employment after graduation were in remote country locations or overseas. At that time, I had also been dating Simon for about two years. I am extremely lucky to hold dual passports for Australia and the United Kingdom (thanks Mum!) so plans to travel to England went from “Considering travel one day” to “I’m going!” Continue reading

So What’s The Plan?

I'm Running Away and Joining the Circus

The night that Simon and I discussed selling the business, we had a long talk about the direction we wanted to take our family. We discussed the parts of our lifestyle that we wanted to change, and the dream that we had for our future. It sounded a little like this… Continue reading

Turning Dreams into Action

The decision to make some major changes in our lives happened quite quickly, but the feelings that lead to that decision had been bubbling around for quite a while, let me explain…

As mentioned in previous posts, I did own a Custom Cupcake and Cake Bakery. It was a lovely little business, and I’m really proud of what we achieved. But, I also discovered that all of the stress that comes with owning a small business is not for me. Luckily for us, the business sold very quickly, within just 3 months.

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