Homeward Bound

Well, today we crossed the English channel back onto UK soil and in a few days (after the car has had a service and MOT) we will start to make our way back ‘home’. This is an interesting concept for us as we sold our house before we left and so the caravan really has been our only home for the past year. We are returning to the same area, although we will set up home in a different street and a different town. And we all have very mixed emotions about it. In so many ways we don’t want our current life to change: we have loved having the time to explore places, to learn about and experience different cultures, foods and ways of life, and above all to do it together as a family. It has been an incredible, unforgettable experience and one which has changed us in ways we have only just begun to understand. And yet we are ready for something different, for new challenges and for the next chapter of our lives to begin. One of the things we are most looking forward to is seeing family and friends again after such a long time apart. And the girls can’t wait to open the storage container and have access to all their toys again!

However, the girls and I will only be letting our feet touch the ground temporarily. As well as the excitement of moving into a new home, we will be preparing to set off on another adventure. At the end of September we will be jetting off to start the American leg of our trip: six weeks visiting family and friends, firstly in New York and then Denver, Colorado. We are soooooo excited!

But before then we have much to do…a house to clean, a storage container to empty, cars to get serviced and MOT’d, a wedding to attend, friends and family to catch up with, school places to apply for and uniform to buy…I think we will be busy!

I’m sure many of you will have noticed that I am way behind with the blog and I am sorry that I haven’t been able to keep up over the last six weeks or so. When we keep moving on all the time as we have recently, there is no time to take stock and write about the places we have just been. I still have so many interesting places to share with you and will try to catch up on these over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, thank you all so much for reading the blog and coming with us on this adventure! I hope you have enjoyed being along for the ride and maybe you have learnt a few things too. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to those of you who have left comments or sent me messages saying you were enjoying reading it – at times you really have kept me going and spurred me on. To everyone else, I know that you have been out there because I could see the website stats, so thank you for following our story too – I have enjoyed sharing our journey with you all. But I think I would’ve done it even if no-one had been reading it. ‘Own Your Days’ will forever be a record of our adventure and the places we have been.

Own Your Days Home PageWhat started out as a travelogue for family and friends has picked up additional followers along the way and every day our blog posts are read by people from around the world, looking for inspiration or information about some of the places we have visited and the things we have done. I am happy that what we have documented is proving useful to others.

It has taken hard work and commitment to keep the blog going throughout the year and I am proud of myself for achieving it. I am a fairly private person and am not always the first to come forward with my ideas or opinions, so it has been quite something for me to share my writing so publicly. I will probably keep posting every now and then about places we visit in the UK, so I would be delighted if you stayed along for that. And, well, who knows what we will do next…?