not like we planned…..

but it is what it is!!  we are still stuck in Italy!!

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We got word on our passports last night – they are being worked on back in Papua New Guinea (because we don’t have an embassy or Consulate) here in Rome so there is no other way around it – except to get new passports issued from home, Papua New Guinea.  Apparently to get an emergency travel document both the country your leaving and the country your entering have to agree that you can travel into a country with ‘a piece of paper’.  We had some ‘red tape’ issues so we’re going the long route.  Which is getting new passports done for us.

It’s unfortunate – because we’ve had such a lovely time here in Rome, Florence and Pompeii and Naples.  But what happened to us has left a bad taste. 

It’s so easy to sit in our hotel room and feel sorry for ourselves……..but there is a lot still out there to explore, so that is what we are going to do!!

Explore More!!


Friday’s Fave Five ~ # 4


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I can’t believe it’s Friday already….WOW!

Well last week I mentioned we’d be away for the week and well we’ve spent it in Roma, Italy.  it really is such an old city and so much history.  It really does take you back and there really is a lot to appreciate.

it’s been a fun, we’ve been busy exploring and taking it all in and eating.  Eating a lot and drinking a lot of cappuccino's!!  Thanks Susanne for hosting Fave Five.

Anyway so here are my highlights………….

1.  Thankful that we are safe.  Our bags got stolen with all the stuff in them.  I’m not so upset about our stuff being taken but am upset that they took our passports too.  This is a tricky one but I am remaining positive about the situation.  We spent hours filing a report and then today we spent at the US Embassy and on the phones trying to get emergency travel documents. – no fun but like I said, at least we are safe.


the Italian police crest (which is also the military)

2.  Dinner with friends.- After a stressful day we were able to have dinner with some lovely friends who we met Bangkok when we lived there.  They now live in Rome and we were able to spend some time with them.  We are blessed to call them friends.

3.  Seeing ‘masterpieces’!..This week in Rome we visited the St Peter’s Basilica and saw Michelangelo the painters work in the Sistine Chapel.  We were also able to see “David” – Michael Angelo the Sculptor great work, in Florence.   I only learnt about these pieces in art, read books about Michael Angelo but then to see his work in person just blew my mind away!

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censored version of David

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the pieta that sits in St Peter’s Basilica.

we were not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel.

4.  Visiting the Coliseum. Listening to the tour guide talk about the activities of the  Coliseum you can’t help but feel how brutal and barbaric it all was.  But in reality it was built for more than just the Gladiator fights.  It also showed Rome’s and great architecture.


5. enjoying the cappuccino's, gelato and of course pizza and pasta!  my kids are in carb heaven, and I am loving the coffee.

I hope you all had a great week too!!


Friday’s Fave Five # 3

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It’s that time of the week.  A time to reflect, a time to be grateful and to give thanks. 

This week has gone by quickly, Maybe because I was busy.  Funny how that is that when we are in motion, the days go faster.  But fast or slow there are those things that just make me happy.  Happy in my heart.

1. Exploring London with friends.  new friends.  16 of us got together and visited the local brewery. It was interesting and just a whole lot of fun to do with others.


2.  Curious kids.  This week my kids where busy with their Science fair project.  I love it when they are curious.  This is what my son wrote for me when I asked him to explain to me what a hypothesis is..

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my kids demonstrating and explaining their projects.


3.  Half term break.  It’s only a week but a break from schedules and routines is not a bad thing.  And even better we’re out of here for the week.  Looking forward to a quick getaway.

4. phone calls.  They are short and sweet, because it’s expensive to call home (Papua New Guinea), but anytime that I am able to speak to my sisters, mum, nieces and nephews it makes me happy.

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with my siblings

5.  And because it’s Valentines Eve I’m forever thankful for my husband.  Here is a photo of the first time we traveled together as girlfriend and boyfriend.  16 years on we’re still travelling together, with kids in tow.. Grateful for the many adventures we’re having!

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Happy Friday everyone.  Play along with Fave Five and thanks to Susanne for hosting.


corner view ~ love in my corner

With Valentines Day just around the corner – everywhere I turn there’s hearts and flowers and chocolates.

These 2 pictures are from my high street …. for sure ‘love is in the air’!


And at home…… well Love Remains.

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I read this list once (actually I read it every now and then) because I like the reminders.  Here’s just one of them…

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don’t save it for a special occasion.

For more love around the world – start with Francesca.  And thanks for playing along with this theme!!


Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, and hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.


Friday’s Fave Five ~ # 2

Hooray for Fridays!!

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This has been a tough week.  There are times that things happen that you really just can’t understand why, and no matter how many ways you ask the question….there is just no answer.

Despite the sad news from home, there where things that lifted my spirit and my heart this week.  And for that I am grateful. 

1.  Family.  During a time of loss, family is so very important.  I’m thankful I come from a large family and so I know that my sister is being taken care of.  Being loved, being distracted and that there are people there for her.  Of course I wish I was at home with her right now but I just can’t be. 


my sister who lost her baby this week carrying my niece. – she’ll make a great mom I know.

2.  Breakfast with a group of mums.  This week a class parent for my 10th grader got us together for a Valentine breakfast.  We also played a game where we had to buy 5 gifts under 3 pounds each to give to five random people.  Our gifts where fun, practical, cheeky and delicious.  It was good for my soul to be there with them.


3. Information. Sharing information.  By this I mean,  by spending time with other moms who also have kids in grade 10 and are the age of 15, 16years old – sharing information is so important.  Information on what’s happening at school, where the kids are hanging out, what their doing when they get together out of school and on and on and on.  I learnt a few things yesterday about our kids and different styles of parenting.  And whenever you can share information about parenting, it’s a good thing.

4. Snow.  I have to be honest here – I miss the snow.  Not the cold that comes with it but having white flakes fall from the sky, that’s magical!!  This week we had a little snow.  Just enough to cover the ground and cars, but also enough to appreciate winter and that white blanket covering.

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5.  Lastly for # 5….flowers.  No matter what kind of a day I’m having, (or week ) for that matter flowers always cheer me up and put a smile on my face.


Susanne @ Living to Tell the Story hosts FFF.  Check her blog out and others who do FFF.

Happy weekend everyone. 


sending them to school everyday

have your kids ever asked why they have to go to school?

Mine have a couple of times, not often but a couple of times.  Sometimes I answer them the long round-a-bout way….saying because you need to so you can get a job and yada, yada, yada.  And then there are other times when I say to them -  just be thankful you can go!!

Anyway yesterday my 5th grader participated in the “Take your Child to Work Day’.  I know this usually happens around April, but the school decided to do it early.  And so she went with her Dad

_MG_0106She observed the Engineers mostly,  and admin staff, document controllers, finance staff and really everyone else who works in the office.  She asked questioned, and noted which learner profile and attitudes would be required for a job in that particular office/environment.

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asking questions

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putting her mark

I think it’s a great idea!  And whenever you can show your kids connections and make that link for them from “classroom to the real world”, you do it.

I’m really appreciating the school that we choose for my kids with the PYP, MYP and IB program.  And not only do I like it but most importantly my kids are enjoying it and thriving.

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I think it was too early for her, and she hates photos!!


corner view ~ poem (or Poet)

To have a way with words is a skill….


And for today’s corner view, I thought I’d share about someone who is referred to as a “Literary Genius – the one and only William Shakespeare.  I am corner viewing from his corner of the world!!


Growing up and reading his poems, sonnets, plays and quotes were boring.  Who am I kidding, I was in year 8 and poetry was not ‘cool’.  But such is life, as you grow up you have a better appreciation of Art.

My favorite play that we read in school – Taming of the Shrew.  I also enjoyed “Merchant of Venice” and of course “Romeo and Juliet”.

Here are some photo’s of where Shakespeare’s plays are performed today. The Minack Theatre – a world famous open-air theatre. The story of how and Who built the theatre is as interesting as the place, a worthy read if your interested.  click here 

We went in winter so there where no plays scheduled but there’s many in Summer.  It’s on my to do list!!

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The plays performed are engraved into the seats. – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” was the first performed in 1932.

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and a view looking up to all the seats available to the public.

And finally I have to leave you with a quote – so many famous ones but today I choose this one:

All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. (As You Like it – Shakespeare)

Thanks to  Joanne and Ibabe for the theme.  And as always Francesca you’re an awesome host.  For more views start with these lovelies!


Corner View is a weekly gathering - each Wednesday - created by Jane of Spain Daily, and hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme.


it’s turning out to be one of those weeks…

Well after a month of ‘curing’ my house, we got that “notice.”

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A Notice from our landlords that they want to sell their property and so I (we) are on the move again,  Searching for that perfect house!!

Is there any such thing really as the perfect house? 

I don’t think so but we have a checklist or wishlist rather, and the aim is to tick off as many of the boxes as we can…

So here we are again…..looking and searching

Not fun, but has to be done!!

Wish me luck.

monochrome Monday

there are days when I ask ‘why’ a lot.

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Today was one of those days.  Yesterday morning, I got news that my sister had given birth to a baby girl.  Before I went to bed, I got another message that she had lost her precious little princess.

I didn’t get all the details except that my sister is heartbroken.  She’s the youngest of us all in a family of 6 and it breaks my heart, that she’s not able to rejoice in her new status as mummy. 

Why…..I guess that can’t be answered now.

It’s times like this that I wish I was closer to my siblings.

feeling sad……