23 October 2014


One of the biggest encouragements to us, as we look at living on the road throughout New Zealand, is meeting families who have done it.

Not just for 6 or 12 months but 10 - 15 years: raising children, cooking, cleaning, earning a living, educating their own etc.

These are the folks whose lives are more than just a proof of concept - they are the pillars of travelling (and staying sane) success.


These are the people we want to share their stories, right here; so others can be inspired to move towards their dreams too.


Just last weekend we had the privilege of a chance meeting with Sharyn at the Original Gypsy Fair.  Actually everything seemed a little co-incidental.  

Our only plans were to check out the Summerset in the Vines Fair but instead all turned up at the Gypsy Fair at the same time (the family was split between activities in 2 different towns; and had said 'no' to a third).  We casually glanced at the house buses/trucks for sale board and noted down 2 to check out later, then went off to look around together (aka play 'chase the children').  

Atlas got talking to a carver and bought a beautiful bone celtic cross necklace, in part as the carver's work generally reminded him of that which his grandfather, that he lost this year, had crafted.  While chatting away the carver recommended we talk to the lady from Pilgrim Threads as she had travelled with 6 children; so off we stomped.  Yes, SIX CHILDREN.

Then we discovered that one of the buses for sale was hers.  She was full of anecdotes and stories of her family's lifestyle that drew me closer to believing we could do this.   We even went back the next day just to talk to her again.

Beyond the technical aspects of what one will travel in, are the equally important or (to me) more important facets of everyday family life that knowing about lessens the potentially traumatic transition from a static home to one on wheels.

We also learnt that the glass-blower had travelled Australia for 13 years with their family so we called in there too, but just to ask if they would share their story.


So please folks, share your stories.  You don't know how much they support, encourage and inspire other's dreams.  Dreams that at times seem very out of reach.  

If you know of a family who have or are travelling please share this opportunity with them too.


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Image credit: The Press online

09 October 2014

Main play pool with lap pool in the background


Life has been rushing by so fast lately that we needed to check-out from our daily life and re-connect.

Atlas decided that meant a once-in-a-blue-moon visit to Ocean Spa on Marine Parade in Napier; and thankfully the day was warm enough not to think we were totally crazy.


Toddler pool


One of the pools and the 2 spas are heated but the toddler pool, play pool and lap pools are not.  Slightly unfortunate about the toddler pool, because small children feel the cold really fast and could do with a warm pool whatever the weather.

Needless to say we stuck mainly to the heated lounging pool and the spas.


Lounging pool with low pressure water spouts


Castor and Pollux relished the opportunity to learn to swim a bit more, and there was no holding Kita back.  He is a natural-born water baby.  At one stage a life-guard offered the boys flutter boards to practise with, which they appreciated. 

Vega on the other hand got tired of mooching around in the water and prefered to stretch out on a deck chair soaking up the mild sun.


Spa pools


Your admission fee gets you access to all the above pools, as well as the steam and the sauna.  There are a few bbq tables, pool-side chairs, and grassed areas to use.  They do have private spas and a gym on site at an extra charge.

The changing facilities are spartan but clean and sufficient; and they have 2 family rooms as well.

Parking is a bit of a problem with most being 2 hours and the carpark (hidden) behind the facility on the beach side just 3 hours.  You can get a 20-minute pass out to move your vehicle but it is a bit of a pain keeping an eye on the time with only a small clock visible outside in the whole complex.



For the record this activity did not meet our usual budget of $5 per head and falls into the special treats category.

Hawke's Bay
02 October 2014

Some of the other shots we hurriedly took upon leaving Taniwha for the day were too good not to show you, so here is a second post indulging a mama's pride in what her family can do (except of course you are seeing these at a very low dpi and sadly they don't look as crisp).








Hawke's Bay