Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginnings End….Seneca

I find myself sat in front of the computer screen at 9am on a Sunday morning. In the background the low pitched rumble of kids and dogs…cereal packets rustling, television humming and an imminent fight ensuing over which channel to pick. From the corner of my eye I see removals boxes a small reminder that we are once again on the move.

A year ago we packed up our lives in the UK for what we hoped would be the perfect solution to the constant rush that was London life. The plan was to open a bar and café in a little town in Central Portugal, give our children a slower pace of life, more freedom and nurture the values the Portuguese hold above all-family, friends and community. I am pleased to say we accomplished all of the above and so much more. We were welcomed with open arms by the Portuguese and considered family almost immediately. We were taught about traditions and encouraged to participate at every opportunity. The Portuguese enjoyment of life is infectious. They indulge in all the things we are told to enjoy in moderation -food, wine, coffee, cake, music…2 hr lunch breaks are the norm! Everything shuts-the bank, the council, the post office…EVERYTHING! As idyllic as all of this sounds we were unable to make the business work financially and once again we find ourselves in a place of excitement and uncertainty-for lack of a better word ALIVE…tingling, inspired, determined and ready to move forward. We have decided to sell all we have, to let go of our material possessions, to buy a motorhome and to travel the world with our 3 children and trusty Portuguese ‘street dog’, Alfie.

 We plan to volunteer wherever we land…helping everyday people with things they need doing in exchange for experiencing their way of life. It’s hard to put into words the emotions I feel whilst typing these words…of course, we can’t just ‘up and go’ so we plan to base ourselves in the UK for the next year to save some money for fuel, insurance and emergencies. We plan to start our volunteer projects there…weekend, half-term and longer school holiday projects and just as soon as our travel fund allows we will set off on our adventure. I invite you to come along for what promises to be an unforgettable journey.

Until next time….


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Lesley de Villiers says:

    Just like we know and love you guys.. ever onwards and upwards. Good luck with your new venture. You definitely have the personality, grit and perseverance to make this a success. What a wonderful opportunity for you and the kids

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement, Lesley…will be sure to put Cape Town on the list xxx


  2. Paulo says:

    Good luck for your new journey. Great idea to write these chronics. We already miss you. The children say hi


    1. Muito obrigada Paulo e familia…até proxima verão…we miss all of you too xxx


  3. Sharoz says:


    I have just started reading your blog & remember you from school runs (The Grange & New Haw ), what a shame I never got to know you, but it was so nice to see such a happy face during the school runs! Good luck with all your adventures , it’s absolutely amazing ! My daughter Giselle says that you were her favourite assistant teacher:)


    1. Hi, thanks so much for your lovely message and for taking the time to read the blog. I remember us passing on the school run most days…you were on your way back to the car and I was running in -usually with 5 or 6 kids in tow 😁 Please tell Giselle ‘Mrs Binny’ sends lots of love xxx


  4. I just heard you guys on the This Week in Travel podcast. Good luck on your trip!

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    1. Thanks so much! After a year and a half of living in our caravan we’re finally 4 weeks away from setting off 😁


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