Photos of recently enjoyed things // Sun Worshipers

Hi Friends, 

Did you know it has been the hottest summer on record in the UK for 40 years! Honestly, it's nothing compared to the NYC summer of my past (gosh how I miss those warm sweaty nights!). We've been spending as much time outdoors as possible. Though, this week we have a lot of special recording happening for Sailing Soon on some new and exciting partnerships all of which is indoors. Here's some sunny photos from recent days. 

Little and little little, hoping for some peace. 

I will always be a mountain girl (grew up in mountains of upstate New York) but golly these UK views do take my breath away sometimes. 

The phone didn't actually work, but she couldn't help having a play. 

Then I (unsuccessfully) tried to explain to this tech savvy girl about a time before cell phones....she didn't believe me.  

Did any of you UK loves catch the screening of La Traviata by the Royal Opera? It was stunning, though I forgot to tell G that someone always dies at the end of an opera so a fountain of tears were had at the end haha. Also - there's SO much happening this summer in the Square at the Brighton Marina, all free, and all fun. Highly recommend checking it all out! 

#Brighton 

Homeschool day at the rock pools. Girl could spend hours just hanging out here.

Laundry day...on a boat...

More homeschool at the cafe. It will be a change this whole homeschool anywhere thing when the cold winters and short days come. 

Hope you have a lovely weekend friends! We'll be hitting you up next week with a new Episode. 

First Bus to Anywhere.

Hello Friends! 

How was your weekend? This weekend we officially returned our keys for our old flat which feels like a dream. Still waiting out for our deposit which will truly close that chapter of our life as renters. After dropping off the keys Wilson asked since we had an all day family bus pass if we wanted to go on an adventure, which the answer always is *YES*. When I asked where he said where ever the next bus took us, so finding the nearest bus stop we jumped on and headed out of Brighton to somewhere we've never been. 

She wanted a dog. We want a dog. A dog will be adopted once we pay off our boat debt for sure. 

She wanted a dog. We want a dog. A dog will be adopted once we pay off our boat debt for sure. 

In all honesty we weren't on the bus long, maybe 20 mins before having the urge to jump off. Seeing a sign for a park pointed up a winding road in a much less populated little town seemed promising. Our instincts didn't let us down we found a cute (and kinda large park) with a wonderful shady forest path running around it. I'm just realizing now I have no idea of the park or really the name of the place we were in (which would have been good to share here haha!) but anyway the place to remain nameless was lovely. I'm a sucker for some fresh forest air and being there's not many real forests in the south-east of the UK this little park worked. 

Little lady set to fort building while we took a sunny break in a field watching the trees blow in the wind and the clouds pass by. With our busy work, school, and video schedules moments like these are few and far between which makes them feel like a dream. We pretty much had the entire place to ourselves too which is rare in such a populated country. 

After forts were built, naps were had, and myself (Kirby) getting a poo'd on my FACE by a bird (thing like this always manage to happen to me) we pulled ourselves from the little forest paradise for more adventure. 

We happened upon a sign for the UK largest second-hand shop...um YES please. Emmaus, as it's called, is actually a really cool place and so "us". The large grounds have a treasure trove of used goods all stored in a huge warehouse-like building. I wanted to bring so many needle point sheets and vintage wares home (but didn't as you know, no space on a boat!) and the larger grounds are stunning with art installments and a really affordable cafe. When we got home I looked the charity up to learn more about it and understood right away why the space has such a magical vibe, because they are doing magical work making the world a better place by ending homelessness. 

More about the charity from their website: Emmaus Communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment. Companions, as residents are known, work full time collecting and reselling donated furniture. This work supports the Community financially and enables residents to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need.

Emmaus is a secular movement with 350 communities and groups spanning 37 countries, with 25 Communities in the UK. Each Community aims to become self-supporting, with any surplus donated to others in need.

After some ice cream from the cafe and a second quick walk around the grounds we jumped on the next bus back towards home satisfied. from our ays adventures. While I know these sorts of adventures won't happen often with the current to do list we have on the boat it felt good to get out and about for a few hours and clear our minds. To learn more about this great location visit their website: http://www.emmausbrighton.co.uk/

Pictures of recently enjoyed things // The move

Happy photo accidents when making YouTube videos - a real "behind the scenes" haha.

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Home schooling on a box, on the floor, cause moving day was the day after. G wasn't too amused. 

The gardens in Brighton are to die for. Really wonderful to take breather taking it all in. 

New Nitro Coffee + Meal Planning = a mum's idea of a break. 

In the year we have lived here more and more of this pier has fallen into the sea. It will be gone eventually. I kinda love it though - like a glance at the past. 

We took a quick break to visit the Paddle at the Pier festival this weekend. It was pretty great all nautical themed I'm looking forward to it next year. 

Last morning in a "home on land", I don't know why I love documenting mornings...

This lady. She's my rock, who helps me move single handedly and feeds me good food, good coffee, and a kind ear when life feels heavy. Love ya L. 

The joy items can bring. This sheet I shared my first hours with my husband on in France four years ago. This hat, I hate to think summer will end and it will have to hibernate for months on end. 

We took a celebratory trip to the beach after moving in and unpacking rather quickly. 

My little water baby. She announced how she was officially a water baby now that she lives on a boat. Too cute. Hope your week has been great friends! 

-Kirby

On moving...

Last night we settled into Indian food we had delivered to the marina (yes in case you were wondering you can get food delivered to boats in Brighton!). It's our little tradition, every first night in a new home we order Indian food to celebrate and fill our empty tummies after a long day of moving. 

Though this time it was different. We were sitting not in our own home. And we discussed how this is possibly our last "first night" in a new home for years to come if everything goes to plan. We settled on if we are staying somewhere for more than a month the tradition will continue. It's a grey area when your home can move with you right haha? 

We have had so many moves over the past 5 years. NYC to LA back to NYC to LONDON and man did we live all over that city. Renting as anywhere was incredibly expensive and in the UK as laws are set up to protect the landlord we came across some shady characters along the way. We're happy to be out of it all. Thankful to be out of it all. A privilege we know many people our age may never be lucky enough to have with the way the world is heading. We are thankful. So damn thankful.

(Buried in stuff, don't worry it's better organised now and just a temp fix for a couple weeks until her room is ready to more into.)

(Buried in stuff, don't worry it's better organised now and just a temp fix for a couple weeks until her room is ready to more into.)

All renovations have been put on hold as we settle into our new home, though I'm anxious to get G's room in a "livable" state as it's currently tapped off from the rest of the boat waiting for us to again grind down the fiberglass. There's a few things I want to remember from this time period.

Firstly, how excited G is to take her first shower in the shared marina bathrooms, they say it's the simple things right? Well, she's got that perfected.

Secondly, how easy it was to move into the boat. I was concerned when we moved our belonging that we had too much, that we would weigh the boat down and really just not fit in. Neither of these things happened. In fact, there are so many strange little areas to stuff storage that we haven't even come close to using it all. There's more space to spread out and once we're done renovating G's room and the storage room we'll be living very comfortably, enough so I can see us easily fitting a new puppy and baby into this space when the time is right. 

Lastly, I want to remember the transition out of chaos into a bit more calm and simplicity. Now that the big "step" of moving is over that we've spent the last year planning for it's added so much more brain space to just be. We've given up a lot in this move, proper running water and electricity (both will be installed later this month), floor space, privacy, an oven and fridge (both again coming later) but we've gained so damn much: financial and physical freedom, more mind space, and most importantly the simplicity to focus on what matters the most, love both within our own family and with the world around us. 

 

Our next chapter is finally here guys and I'm so happy. And you can't beat this new back yard.