Calgary, Canada

Next day the first thing we did was to go and find the kids friend Benjamin. He is from Venezuela and we have now known him since last summer.
We sneaked around to his house and saw him feeding his dog……the kids ran, he saw us, ran in, came back out again and ran to us. Oh the joy!!! We all jumped and screamed and his mum came out as well. Happy days again!
So kids playing we needed to sort out the haul out. Got a slot the next day so all happened very quick. Had a new crane driver so we were a bit nervous, don’t want to drop the boat now, do we…..

Boat on the hard we had to learn to live with no use of toilet, so always dashing over to the portaloos. Uugghhh! Some days good, most days awful….
Had to climb up the ladder, high, so always watching over Alice. No wind, extremely hot…
Then Chloe turned up, happy days again for Alice. Play, play and play….
The boys had sleep over around Benjamin, two nights in a row, needless to say they were shattered. Then a new girl on the block turned up, Noa. More kids, more fun….
Rock hopping, swimming and having fun whilst me and Chris cleaned and packed. Some days we had no rain and some days it poured. One day the dingy was full of rainwater….well come on, get the shampoo, wash in rainwater and use it as a pool. Fantastic!
All to soon it was time to go and leave Benjamin behind again…
As now we were heading for Calgary, Canada. A house sitt for a parrot, cockatiel and a budgie. Oh and two fish. We were very lucky to get the sitt as mostly people want just couples or singles but certainly not kids. This family has 4 children so it was perfect.
Went to Panama City first to pick up my passport and off to the hotel for the day to Houston for another night and finally Calgary.
We met the family over next 6 hours as they were frantically packing and cleaning. It was chaos. We were tired and tried to take all the instructions in, bird feed, what to do and don’t etc. Finally they left and we sorted the beds out and crashed….

Next morning it was a case of finding your way around house, what’s where and took a walk down the road. Not a lot, houses and parks and the beautiful nose hill park. A huge vast expans of prairies and hills and when you climb up the top you can see the rockie mountains and how wide spread Calgary really is.
This is now in August so it was warm and of course with summer comes what??? My other pet hate….mozzies. Oh bloody no. Our first picnic effort we did lasted all 20 min as we are bombarded by them.
The first effort to find a food shop was a joke. We walked 4-5 miles, 6 km and found Safeway supermarket. We had no use of car as we were reassured that we don’t need a car…..hmmmmm.
Come to pay, card didn’t work. Couldn’t phone the bank, somebody lent their mobile phone but no luck. Suddenly a man steps forward and offers to pay for our shopping. What!! Seriously? How outstanding. And gave us a lift back. What an amazing person and our first taste of how friendly Canada is. We did pay him back the next day.
We soon realised that taking the bus to the shop was going to get expensive so we voiced our concern and luckily we got to use their car. What a difference that makes. We could join the library, go swimming and get to the cinema. Also wine proved to be expensive, how would I survive? I’m not really a beer drinker but soon found out that Costco liquor store was a good place. Happy days.

Took the bus in to Calgary city, a very small area of high rise buildings and parks. Stevens avenue is for pedestrians and a bit like Covent Garden in London. Just walked around and then needed a toilet. Well, McDonald’s will do and buy couple of coffees as well. As we came out of the toilet and Charlie has realised that they get nothing, we had sandwiches with us, he shouted” it’s the worst day off my life” …..
The lady who worked there stopped and started asking why. Well, Charlie pours his heart out, lady took a pity on them and gave them free ice creams. Needless to say it was happy days again!

In the evenings we sat with chris on the porch at the front in the high evening sun with a glas of wine. Past zooms couple of boys….so I told mine to chase them and we’ll see if they want to play. After a. Our,e of minutes we hear laughter from across the road. Then Charlie ran over and said they met these awesome boys and their mum is a flight attendant. We had been invited over as Charlie told them I used to fly as well. So off we went and met the mum and her friend. What a hoot, great people, great night and friends ever since, thank you!
We also had couple of other kids popping in and a sleep over came crashing on us….yeah sure….does your parents know where you are tonight???
So they have made some great friend, the house is always full of kids, the basement a great place for play as we don’t hear them at all.

James was flying on his own to London to see his friend and we had booked the ticket few weeks earlier. The day was drawing closer me dreading it and James exited. He was going for nearly 4 weeks although chris was joining him for the last week.
On the day we took him to the airport and I was allowed to take him to the gate. Wouldn’t happened in London… the end James was very upset, I’m trying to be brave and off he went, disappearing in to the plane. Omg, what have I done? My heart was ripped and I stood at the window looking at the pilots making sure they bloody well will be doing their job properly. They had the most precious person onboard…..and off he went….

San Andre islands April-June 2016


So we moved on very quickly once we got in anchor. That afternoon we said buy to everybody and prepared the boat for a short hop to portobello the next day. I saw a beautiful weather window from Panama to San Andre and we needed to get ready and check out.
The next day we left, heart banging, at the worry to sail again after so many months….but all went well.
Checked out and stocked up the last few bits, checked the weather again and off to bed.
Early up the following morning and so our 32h sail started. Caught a fish, cero within minutes to everybody’s joy as we missed eating fish in America. We had a beautiful sail that day and night although 2/3 children were sea sick. James, as usual 5 times and Alice 7 times. Belivie me, perfect wind and under meter waives. None of them will be sailors, maybe Charlie….

We arrived in San Andre Saturday morning to absolutely stunning coloured water, the islands are known for 7 different shades of green, blue and turquoise. Only 3 other boats in anchor, perfect!
Checked in and went for a wonder to find something to eat and crashed!
We delayed our Easter holidays so we were in for some fun for few weeks. Got internet sorted, hired golf carts and took a tour around the island, swam in the beautiful sea, the favourite swing came out again and walked to other beaches north of the island.
We also met a man who was a teacher and who came to the boat for few hours each week to teach some Spanish…..still none the wiser. I just spout on in my basic, crappy Spanish and people understand me!

Other issues was pressing us, my passport. I had 3 months left And nearest Finnish embassies were either in Washington, D.C. States, Mexico City or Lima, Peru . Hmmmmmm. Checking ticket prices, hotel etc and finally settled on Peru, for 3 days, on my own…..exiting but slightly worried for chris, in anchor with 3 kids….

Well, off I went. As the plane took off it felt like my heart was being ripped out. The natural instinct is not to leave your kids, or for few hours or few days nearby maybe, not an a hop to South America , far, far away. Well, got over that feeling pretty quick. Loved strolling around panama airport on my own, something to eat and then Peru. I have always had a big dream to be able to go to Peru and this was it. Shame without the family and only 3 days but I was determined to fit in as much as possible.
Landed past midnight to a pre booked taxi and straight to the hotel. And then I was feasting to have access to high speed internet, the joy of that and watching tv. Fell asleep 3 am….

The next day appointment went fine, fingerprinted, paperwork and a chat in Finnish. Where do we send the passport? Well, can’t do San Andre but Panama has a consulate….
Walked around the neighbourhood and down to the sea. Totally weird to be on my own, like I had lost my apron and felt naked. No kids to fuss about or distract, sipping a coffee, yes a coffee and gazing at the sea. Beautiful!

The next day I went for a tour of Lima city. Lima, or Rimar as it was called is the second largest city built in desert after Cairo. It never rains there, just raw mist in winter. They get their water from 3 rivers from the Andes and that get collected in big cistern under the city.
The city has 43 different districts, with 43 different mayors, all with different taxes and laws, totally messy.

Barranco area is arty and green, Isidro area most expensive and tidy and Chocorollo very poor, with lots of unfinished houses and shanty buildings, low taxes, Parrakash, full of fossils….
Minimum wage is $300/ month.
There is 20.000 archeological sites in Peru, 300 sites in Lima and 40% in Pachacaman, an hour drive outside the city.
The inca period was very short and before incas there was wari people who ruled for a long time.
The centre of Lima has beautiful yellow painted buildings left over from the Spanish conquistadors, old churches and a famous church with catacombs underneath with lots of bones and low ceilings…..dark and musty smell……

Lunch was spent on my own again, feels funny to sit in a restaurant and people watch without being interrupted by children and I had the dish of the day which was marinated sea urchin…….sounded disgusting but I was up for something different. It was delicious and totally blew me away!

The afternoon I was booked to the Pachacaman tour for this relatively new dig site. They have found vast areas of buildings and roads that are thousands of years old. The artifacts are hemp shoes, bowls, blankets with the most amazing colours on it, deathmasks, totem poles to name but few….totally mind blowing. And I was one lucky girl indeed to see some of this amazing Peru and culture. One day I will be back but with hubby and kids.

Before I knew it was time to fly back to San Andre and find out if kids are still alive and all was good in camp moody Finn. Ditched the school for the time I was away and payed for a day in the hotel across the anchorage with a big pool and lunch and snacks included…. Not bad.
So that journey done we went back to normal again with school, swimming but also borrowed a training kite surfing kite and the boys loved it. We had a go as well and it seems to be a lot of good fun. So the next few weeks when the wind picked up we had them training with it. James is well into it, Charlie lost interest a bit but I think he will love it when they can finally go on a proper board and go crazy!

Our friends Colin and Ann sailed in one morning from Panama so it was party again.
James got braces sorted out as its so cheap in San Andre just to sort his front teeth out, lisping away but totally cool with it. In South America it’s in and cool to have braces. Great stuff.
We also went to an island just outside the anchorage where you can swim with the manta rays. What an amazing feel to see these animals close by and to touch them, they feel so soft and the best part is that the Rays can come and go as they please, no captivity or prisoners in pools! Beautiful!

Alice also had her birthday there with a frozen cake and a day at the hotel, presents included princess dress, barbies, hand bags, stickers etc.

Then I lost our debit card, or I left it in the bloody atm so we had no access to money. Lucky our friends Steph and Stewart from sailing yacht Matador came to our rescue so we didn’t have to see hunger or to beg on the streets….
Brexit kicked in, the feeling was great……yes, it will be a long road but hopefully a good one!

So now we had to sort out where to go as the boat needed to come out of the water for few months in Panama . We enrolled in trusted house sitters and started looking for a long term house/ pet sitt. Wow, what a world. So many places……but we needed something where we did not have to pay stupid money to fly to. Ideally Costa Rica or Mexico but as it was, we got one in Calgary. Great stuff. Now we needed to get back down to Panama. But the weather was not going to be our friend this time….days went by and it was blowing a whoolie, boats dragging and tempers rising as we had paid for the tickets and really needed to get a move on….
Finally I saw a weather window of 3 days, let the sea calm down and go.
This trip was rougher as closer to wind sailing, James sick once, Charlie once but Alice didn’t stop for the whole journey. Not until we saw land on the horizon and she got a little sugar in form of a lollipop.The thunder and lightning was raging around us and the raw water pump wasn’t working properly so we had to use the engine on a tick over trying to beat the darkness that was surrounding us…..but no. It got dark, the moon came up, few clouds and in we motored slooowly to Linton bay. Checking for other boats and anchored at the back of the pack. Jeez, it felt good to be safely in a bay, everybody feeling great and just crashing out again. Good night!

P.s we cought 6 fish.
And our hermit crabs we had as our pet in San Andre got back to their home before we left.

America 2016


So we carried on with nice things like cinemas, ice creams, museums and playing in the icy water of the Atlantic. Went to a gun show, used the library a lot and played around in different parks. All while I also carried on schooling the kids on my own while Chris carried on with the flying.
Then we made plans for half term and good friends of our, Kathy and Chris with Toby, James best friend would come over and see us. It would be a surprise for our kids. But before that we moved house once more. Only around the corner with plenty of beds and bigger garden.
Oh, the joy when there was a knock on the door one afternoon and outside was a big cardboard box….and out popped Toby. They couldn’t believe it! It was screaming and jumping, repeating his name over and over again….fantastic! And off they disappeared in the garden.

Had great couple of days with them, Chris took the boys to space center while we girls went shopping. Perfect.
Of course the time came and they had to leave…..the sorrow and tears, for all of us…only to then also find out that a very good friend of ours had died in Uk….and we couldn’t afford to go to the funeral.

Chris passed his flying test, whoop whoop and that’s when we went out to celebrate. The only time we did go out…and now he was a commercial pilot, how amazing…
Our stay in St. Augustine was coming to a end, went to alligator farm, met up with a friend and her kids for the last time, the cleaning and packing started. We ended up with 9 bags in the car plus 3 body boards and kids squeezed on top of it all. Good byes were said to Ann, the rental lady next door who became a good friend to us and our drive to Miami started.

Our journey to Panama went well and we came back to a very tidy and clean boat. Alice friend Chloe and her parents came over to welcome us back and it was nice to feel the heat and humidity of Panama again. Unpacking 9 bags was a nightmare and the boys horrendously big neuff guns took up so much space in the boat.
Then it was back to reality, to fix the bloody generator, school and anything else that was playing up. Chloe was over a lot to play and we also met THE Eric Bauhaus who writes sailing books and who’s book about San Blas sailing you wouldn’t be without! A very nice guy and his daughter came over and played as well.
More shopping, few beach days, more kids around which was great and they all played around on our or Roberto’s boat. Chris carried on slaving over the beast that wouldn’t start and when it did decide to start it didn’t give out electricity, aaarrrggghhhh!

Anyway, all done finally and it was time to take the scary leap from marina and get back to anchor…
to trust the anchor, to feel the boat again…lovely.x

san Augustine- America Christmas 2015


Our flight from panama to Miami went very well, little did we know what a hassel we would have with the car rental. We were passed from one car rental to another until we finally found out that we had booked with Alamo. We were told somebody else but that was just the start….
As it was payed for with my card they had me as a main driver but we had booked a second driver. No? Just one driver. Ok we want second driver. Can’t do it or we can but they were asking stupid money. Ok, change the main driver to Chris. Can’t do it. Honestly, 4 hours later we gave up. Got the car, upgraded as we moaned about it and off we went into Miami rush hour traffic me in the driving seat. What a lovely feeling, driving after such a long time. As it was late we drove for a couple hours and had a night in a hotel.
Next day we arrived in San Augustine which was to be our home for the next 10 weeks. So exiting. We had rented a 2 bed apartment on the beach on Anastasia Island, tv in each room and a heated pool. As the date was 16.12 and Christmas near with no presents yet we thought that doing the shop online would be the thing to do….oh no, that went wrong as well. Amazon lost our shopping, don’t ask how and the other few things we wanted couldn’t be delivered in time….so Chris had to do few trips to shops over the next few days but of course the selection was poor.
Anyway, Chris started his flying lessons and Christmas came with presents and the full English roast dinner. Champagne and pool, hot and relaxing, perfect.
We joined the library as well before Christmas and we met this lovely woman called Madeline, that whole thing was the next thing that ended in disaster…
Got talking to her and her daughter, little Aria at the library and I mentioned that the rent was so expensive…no problem, she said. I can rent my other half of the house out at a very cheap price, just around the corner, come and have a look. Ok, why not. So off we went and the house was perfect, a bit messy but she said it will be all ok for January. Well why not. Aria played with Alice, trampoline and tree house. So child friendly, local area, other kids, perfect! Or so we thought, didn’t know she was bonkers! So we moved in there on New Years Eve and had a fantastic new year with her and Aria at the beach. Great firework display that went on for 30min. music and dance.
All settled, Chris back flying, school started and I don’t know where it all went wrong. Anything I said she took it the wrong way around, never mind, let’s ignore that. Charlie’s birthday was coming up so ordering the cake, buying more presents and told Madeline to invite few people around. It turned out to be a great party, another 6-7 kids, all got on very well, music, games and in the evening the glow sticks. So simple and perfect. Very happy for Charlie.
So the next few days it got worse, Chris said she must be bipolar and googled it in and she fit the bill. She was scary, never knew which way the conversation would go, I started to worry about opening my mouth which takes a lot as I talk for the world but this was not worth it. I tried to keep calm, not get drawn in to another argument but when she called Alice bratty that was it for me. We drove to the flight school that evening, me crying the whole way, kids upset and said to Chris that we got to get out. That night she unplugged the wifi.
Following morning we went out to all rental places but had no much luck. Eventually from one number to another we got hold of Ann, our angel who had a place until end of January. Great, we’ll take it. Closer to down town on Vilano beach. So went back and mad Madeline had now locked the door. Jeez, what now? Lucky she is stupid enough to leave the back door unlocked. Went in and she came flying down the stairs and told us to get out. She had taken the boys bed away from upstairs and cleared our stuff from the bathroom. We had payed the months rent, no hope to get that back. Chris went to the police station only to find out she had been there already….they did the crazy sign, all they could do. So we packed everything within the hour, everything in the car and left. Great feeling being out but sad that we didn’t have chance to say goodbye to Aria and Alice was upset. Madelines mother lived there as well and she never came out from her bedroom because she was scared, very sad. Lovely lady. As I went upstairs to tell her we are leaving I cried. Scared for her…shame it ended like that as it could have been just a hoot, I still can’t badmouth her to much as when she was nice she was super company. Who know, sick or just plain mad, we will never know!

So we arrived to Vilano beach into a 2 bed house, upstairs for the boys, tv in every room and a very nice area. And so the next chapter of our life started. Much more settled.

Portobello, black Christ festival- October 2015

So off we sailed to portobello again a day before James birthday. Met up with a lovely couple called Margie and Peter, Peter being like Peter Pan. Totally amazing with kids! Oh the stories and things he comes up with. Love them dearly.
So the black Christ festival is about everybody coming to portobello to ask for forgiveness of the black Christ. There is a legend to it, check it out but basically people, mostly criminals walk and crawl from far to show remorse for their sins. Knees are bloody, as they are crawling, somebody might drip hot candle wax on the person as they crawl to really make it painful, some cry, pray and some really do some good shows of all of it….some is genuine, some fake but it’s all a bit of a carnival feeling to it. The colour is purple so we made an effort to wear that. It was busy and interesting and glad we made the effort. Learnt a lot of history, legend and had fun as well.
This day is the same day as James birthday, bless him, so it was also all about cake, presents and fun.
Back to Linton and then our last trip of the season to San blas.
Back to all the usual places but the wind was changing direction again ready for the dry season to start and hurricane season officially over. So our usually nice, calm spots was now open to waives and with the last heavy down pours of rain a lot of rubbish was washed to shore, yak!
Sat at Green island and didn’t leave the boat for 5 days as so rough, rainy and cold. Yes, I’m a wimp! A slightest feel of chill and I wrap up and moan…..
Had other few boats around us so nice to have company in case things got difficult which it did on the 5th day as we woke up and we realised that we were dragging. Duh! After 5 days, can’t be but yes. So re anchor and re anchor again. Another boat dragged as well and ended up on the reef wich was awful to watch but nothing we could do at that moment as the rain came down side ways and the wind blew 45 knt. Lucky all over in a short time and then Chris to the rescue with a dinghy half full of water.
Another boat came in and ended up on the reef 3 times trying to anchor so it wasn’t an easy time.
But we had some good company, dinner parties and a laugh.
So it was time to say goodbye to San blas and head back yet again to Linton and lucky we did….
As we were there in anchor and I will never forget that day. The day is called Black Friday as in America you can buy everything but not pay tax on it. It’s also my mums birthday. We also found out that the loan we wanted didn’t go through, the generator packed up again AND the main engine died…..I mean WHAT??? I just cried, and cried. Looked like a frog. So disappointed that our America trip was not happening, can’t charge, can’t go anywhere, how much is it all going to cost etc….
We were pushed into the marina by couple of dinghys to plug into a borrowed generator and started to check out how bad everything was, bloody swans!
As it was, the engine wasn’t to bad, just the water pump but the generator was a bit more. Oh well, we decided to go to states anyway after we counted, re checked the finances and decided we can do it. So booked tickets, Christmas in America and all happy days, for a moment. Moody Finn was put to sleep yet again and off we went.
And what an adventure we have had here. Totally loved being in a house, drive a car, music, Internet and so many choices in food shopping. The use of library, cinema trips and museums but more of that later….

Panama, San blas (August-December) -2015

So back we came to our darling boat, with the luggage and a food shop you wouldn’t belivie. We restocked everything and the job to find a home to all the food and stuff from UK was a marathon job that took 24h. I hate bags lying around a small, cramped place so it has to get done now, preferably yesterday. Knackered from Heath and jet lag, washed out so it was only a matter of time before somebody got ill. The first one was of course Chris. Upset tummy, like really bad, he had his own toilet to use… be then followed by Charlie who was puking his brains up, to then me with upset tummy, to Alice puking and finally James with upset tummy. What a palaver…..
Got the boat ship shaped again after all that and rewarded us with a pizza night in the rainforest. Fab, Heather, the lady have a house in the middle of the rainforest with a proper wood burning oven and as we drove through we saw howler monkeys. Beautiful. The pizzas were thin and crispy, just the way I like it and the kids had a go at it as well.
I then did a last stock up trip to sabanitas, a bus journey of 1 1/2h. Me and kids. What could go wrong? Everything! It started to rain so all windows closed and it got very hot….followed by all three children puking, baby wipes, nappy sacks, water….it was awful. Can’t take them anywhere, sick in buses, sick on the boat….luckily they are all pro pukers so no mess! Phew!
So ready to go to San blas again, should have known something great was in store for us again as the now fixed generator was a bit slow, engine smoked a bit much and batteries not holding charge as good as they should…..but off we went back to Chichime. Our little outboard that had given us a little trouble decided to die, oh well, take the big one. No….didn’t want to live either….so here we are, between a lot of little beautiful islands and no working engine for the dinghy. So we had to row everywhere. At least the boys learnt to do it. But from there onwards we had to choose carefully where to anchor so we were close enough to land. So we visited many places, snorkelled, picked sea urchins and sand dollars and eventually we were back at green island. Our days there were spent barbecuing, burning our sorted rubbish, walking around and finding treasure, watching the hummingbirds and hermit crabs. Funny things, hermit crabs. They change shell as they need a bigger one but we saw the super modern one who was strutting his stuff very proudly….his shell was a plastic coke bottle cap. So funny!
After 4 weeks back to Isla Linton. Stock up on food and catching up with friend.
We also had a very nasty incident with a dog. On our way with a lot of other people for another pizza night and Alice and her friend Chloe run ahead. The next thing James is running and screaming that a dog bit Alice……ok, ok, let’s not panic. Holy shit, the dog had grabbed her around her neck where the marks were visibly showing, no blood drawn but Alice was hysterical, of course. The dog is Chloe’s family but is being looked after on the yard by the yard manager. He doesn’t like cuddles so we think she went over to give a cuddle, she knows the dog, we know the dog so why did she do it? Followed her friend? Anyway we were lucky beyond belief, we informed what happened but the dog still goes around free…..just thinking of it gives me absolute fright!

We then sailed to portobello again to see the black Christ festival. Interesting as it’s the patron saint for criminals…..

Summer -2015 in uk

We stayed for 7 weeks in Europe around various houses, locations and countries. We moved house 6 times and it was hard work. A big thank you to everybody who put up with this gypsie family, not easy as 5 of us….
First we stayed around Amanda and Clive, good friend and Alice’s godparents. It was a busy time catching up, hair and dental appointments and our first Sunday roast since we left Colombia! We also went to legoland with Amanda and thankfully she had saved some vouchers as I have no idea how people can afford it. Stupidly expensive but a great day and as everybody is in school the place was quite empty. Bonus for homeschoolers!
We then moved to Susan’s in Chorleywood for a week, black horse pub around the corner and the village day where we saw a lot of friends and people from school. To then end up around Louisa’s for a bbq and the boys for a sleepover cross the road around Kathys….happy days! We also went to willows farm, one of my favourite places for a day out and thanks to Mel who gave me vouchers I got in a lot cheaper. UK felt very expensive after a year in Colombia and the prises are just crazy.
We then moved over to Mike and Hazels, parents to our friend Simon where I re packed for me and the kids to go to Finland for 2 weeks. Haven’t been there for 3 years so looking forward to it.
A busy time there trying to see a lot of relatives, cousins and friends. The weather was great, water tasted nice, a fun engament party with food from heaven and saw my cousins Kim and Lotta.stayed up three nights, of catching up, laughing and drinking…needless to say I looked a bit worn out after that. Enjoyed the sauna where Alice’s comment was” it’s a very nice bbq!”and just sitting with mum in the end of the day with a glas of wine and a chat. The time went far to fast and I could have stayed there another couple of weeks. Anyway, time to pack again and back to UK. But only for one night as now we were all heading to Bournemouth to meet Ineke and Mike, our sailing friends we met in Colombia. Stayed there for 6 days but between that we went all the way down to Jurassic coast to meet up with James best friend from school, Calum who lives now in Abu Dhabi. They were so happy to see each other. We looked for fossils, had a bbq and explored the area with them. Very interesting, to see how people holiday in a cold Britain…..hellbent on sitting on a pebbled beach with the wind blowing and water freezing cold…..again the two days went fast and time to head back to Mike and Inekes. Sitting in the garden, drinking wine, going for long forest walks and picking blueberries. It was also James friend Toby’s birthday coming up so Chris drove halfway home to meet Toby and his dad Chris and the boys to be together for a birthday treat.
We stayed another night and then back up to Chorleywood and Mike and Hazels place for 3 days AND pack up again and this time we moved to Kathys and house, so you can imagine the late nights, war games and I padding that was going on…not us, the boys, Toby and Alice!!!
So the days rolled on, met Tamla for a bbq and Charlie for a sleepover with his friend Alfie, the boys had couple of days of football camp,met up with Helen and Archie,Tim and Kate with their two boys. And then we moved again, for the last time to Tamlas house. They went on holiday, we fed the animals,happy days.
I also took the kids in to London for a day to Buckingham palace. What an amazing place. So beautiful and well organised. Would definitely go again! Saw the banquet room which is just huge to beautiful staircases and ceilings…..
And then it was all over, back to packing again but this time for Panama. We were looking forward to go. Absolutely knackered but we had had some fun! Sure!
So sayonara London and hola Panama!