3 Weeks Living Aboard

We're currently three weeks in living abroad. It has been a transition, but honestly, one we were so prepared for so not much has shocked me. We're still in the mist of refitting G's berth which means she's still in the saloon. We still haven't had the water system nor the electrics installed, and when it rains it's like a dance getting all the buckets in the right places for our old leaky windows which hopefully will be fixed come late August. It's all what we asked for moving into a boat knowing there was a massive list of repairs to make it comfortable to still be done! But, repairs are taking a LOT longer than we predicted. 

I would be lying though if I didn't tell you I'm starting to get a bit anxious to get all our "category one" things done from our survey which will only get started once we're living comfortably and dry inside. Once we complete the category one things we'll be able to hit the water, learn how to sail and treat this home like the boat she actually is! But being anxious to "get a move" on is in my general nature, patience has totally been a lesson I've needed to learn in this lifetime. I reach one goal (like purchasing the boat) and I'm roaring to get onto the next. But, as a friend kindly pointed out to me this week, nothing rarely goes to plan and there's no point forcing it, learning to enjoy the journey is what it's about. 

So, it's looking like August we'll be done with the huge refit pieces and able to move onto the sailing related repairs and maybe, just maybe, take this big girl back out into the sea a few times this fall. Work is also busy now with me heading out to Greece later this week with a handful of other bloggers anyhow so all in due time right? 

One of the most incredible things so far about living in the marina though I have to say is the community, one that's mostly forming around G. It's like moving into the marina she instantly gained a whole huge community of aunts and uncles. It's incredible how people here have embraced her. They spend time with her, take her randomly out for walks and icecream,  drop her off surprises at the boat and just, in general, bask her in attention and affection she never experienced when we lived on land. If there's anything that makes it all worth putting up with the stressors living in a floating home it's this that it makes it worth it all. The levels of relationship she's getting to experience the feeling of worth being built up in her are worth every moment. I wake up so thankful every day for the souls that stop over and talk to her even for a few mins when passing because they are playing such a huge role in her life and they don't even know it. 

When you make a big life change like committing to a life on the water there will always be these types of things that will add dimensions to your life for better and sometimes worse, and it's these wonderful little surprise that life is all about right? 

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