Sovereign Hill: In which we go for the gold!

September 9, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

The good news: We struck gold! The bad news: Elisha got caught bribing a police officer. In other news: the younger two bought the leather hats they’ve been shopping for […]

Warrnambool, Australia: Southern Right Whales!

September 1, 2013 in Australia, Oceania

Logan’s Beach, along the coast at Warrnambool, at the end of the Great Ocean Road, is known as the “whale nursery.” Every year, between July and September, female Southern Right […]

Home Sweet Drysdale

August 24, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

It’s been a week since we arrived in Drysdale and checked into our housesit. It’s only our second one, so it still feels a bit odd to me to roll […]

Road Schooling: A snap shot

August 20, 2013 in Education

Yesterday was our first day of a new school year for our family. Of course what that means, exactly, is hard to define for anyone not “us” because we are […]

Sydney Opera House: a date with La Traviata

August 13, 2013 in Australia, Oceania, Travelogue

The sun is rising, molten pink, behind the Opera House this morning. I’ve watched a lot of sunrises, but this has to be one of my favourite backdrops. We’ve seen […]

Travel is ruining my kids

July 9, 2013 in Education, Inspiration

Travel is ruining my kids. And me, for that matter. It’s true.  All of our well meaning efforts for a broad education, liberal experiences in the “real world,” and our […]

Ezra’s 11th Birthday

July 8, 2013 in New Zealand, Travelogue

Today is my baby’s eleventh birthday. Although, in truth, I don’t know if Ezra was ever a baby. Even though he’s the baby he’s one of those kids that came out […]

The Brotherhood of Traveling Children: On friendships

June 27, 2013 in blog, Education

We are asked, on occasion, what we “do” about the social needs of our children. Granted, the question has never been asked by anyone who’s actually met our children.  Spend […]

Of Burns, Boys and Bleh

June 5, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania, Travelogue

It has been a week of mishaps.  It started on the eve of our anniversary, when I scalded my arm.  It was dumb, really. We were parked at an angle […]

Crossing the Cook Strait: Notes from the end of the world

May 31, 2013 in New Zealand, Oceania

I have no fingernails left. They’ve worn off along with the outer layer of the spoon I’ve been sanding. I’m carving it from a little piece of driftwood that I […]