I was quite surprised as to how often I’ve been asked by readers, friends and family what we eat on our journey. I guess, it’s part of trying to imagine what our every day life looks like. The quickest answer to the latter is quite easy.
On the one hand like any other full time mum’s schedule and very similar to our life in Sydney: Brekky around 9 am is followed by our morning outing which can be anything from a walk, playground, beach (alas those summer days!), museum or other fun activity. If it needs to be something practical like doing the groceries, we make it as much fun and involvement for the kids as we can. In the end,helping and participating in grown up life is one of the most exciting things for them. After lunch the kids have a nap which, in summer is followed by another outdoors activity. Since the 4 pm sunset has kicked in here in the UK, we tend to stay cozy and devote the pre-dinner time to arts and crafts, reading, legos and the like. After dinner and once the kids are in bed, my husband and I get a moment to kick back, read a book, talk, play cards, catch up on blog posts, do some work or, simply, hit the hay. Living in tune with nature is one of the things I really love about this life. We always know what the weather is up to,when it’s full moon or what time it is, although both our watches broke the day we left Australia. Interesting, hey!
On the other hand, life is very different. Our space is much more humble. It takes me 5 minutes to clean the van, maybe 15 minutes for a super detailed one. We are much more aware of our footprint and even our two year old is aware that water and gas are limited resources, and the holding tank can only hold so much. When we don’t like it at one place, we move on to another, constantly living new adventures and meeting new people. Also, we have become much closer as a family, simply by sharing so much time and so little space together. Often we laugh when we find ourselves cuddled together outside or at someone’s place, even if there actually is more space to spread out. It’s a habit, I guess.
One way to keep ourselves healthy throughout this crazy adventure is by taking the time and love it takes to create deliciously healthy meals. Above and below a selection of last week’s menu. Recipes on request (Leave a comment.). Note: We don’t have an oven in the van, so whenever there is one at a friend’s place, I take over the kitchen and they watch and wait in delight. I have found that a lovingly home cooked meal is one of the best presence you can give friends to thank them for letting you stay at their’s.