Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top


My daughter has been obsessed with the planets and in particular Jupiter for a very long time. So when we got to go to London and visit the natural history museum it really was the Cherry On Top to see her meet Jupiter ‘face-to-face’. It was a special moment in an already fabulous trip to our capital as she reached out and touched the picture and just stood there in silence, still for just a few moments (a rarity for her as she’s normally charging around like a maniac).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Details 

I’m a bit late with the Details weekly photo challenge but I really love this picture I took of my first strawberry that had grown in the garden. It looks so new and perfect! And of course the details are fabulous – not bad for an iPhone picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up


Look up to fractured skies

The History Of Abandoned Farms In the Scottish Highlands — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Photographer Rob Clamp is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. These images are from his project ‘Celtic Exodus And Empty Landscapes‘. To see Rob’s portfolio click on any image. The Scottish Highlands today remain to be one of the least densely populated areas in Europe, but three […]

via The History Of Abandoned Farms In the Scottish Highlands — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites


Opposites: In Reflection

Glamping at Hoddom Castle

The beautiful Hoddom Castle near The fabulously named Ecclefechan. We were very happy to see a stunning rainbow produced by one of the few upsides of British weather – a lot of rain and a brief amount of sun. 

I’ll do a longer more informative post soon on the camping facilities here, I just wanted to share this beautiful rainbow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Partners



Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve


Curving frame to another world 

How to Plan for a Long Trip


On researching how to plan a long term travel itinerary I came across some advice which said to get some big white boards (I can’t remember the reference now as it was a while ago, so many apologies for the absence of a link to the advice). Being a visual person this idea really appealed to me so I’ve gone and set up a ‘travel wall’ in my kitchen. I sourced some big white boards from Rymans (about £10 each although they are probably available cheaper elsewhere to be honest). One of these is half pin board/half white board.

I’ve then attached these large maps of the places where I’m spending a good 3 months so I can visualise my route through and where the various attractions are that I want to visit. I wrote a post on the maps and where to find them previously so take a gander as they are a mega resource for anyone interested in travel or education etc and they’re available in very high resolution, meaning a large print can be done (also a fab teacher’s resource).

It’s also given Aria a great visualisation of these places I keep talking about and next week I’m going to get her her own little white board as she loves doodling on them. Since taking this picture I’ve filled up 2 of the boards with to-do lists and packing lists and no doubt the 3rd will fill up fast too. It’s really cemented in my head now as something ‘real’ that we’re actually going to do next year so a great idea that I fully recommend.

World Maps: In Detail


The larger maps shown here are A1 but could have been printed even larger, the smaller maps are A3

When finding maps to plan my 2 years travelling I came across a fabulous resource for travellers, anyone home educating or for anyone at all really: Please take a look at ‘On the World Map’ for incredibly detailed, very large, printable maps of any country in the world. You can also view train line maps, political maps, time-zone maps, and many more. I’ve just printed some really large scale maps of China and Japan with rail line maps of each country too. I can now plot my routes in great detail. Resolutions are about 4000 x 5000 so if you have the printer you can get some very large maps printed.