Thursday, May 22, 2008


This week Amanda, Rebecca & Josh went to Stonehenge for a visit - I expected some expensive touristy site but actually it wasn't too bad and we enjoyed our afternoon. There weren't many people there - it certainly helps being able to go to these places during the week and out of 'tourist season'.
Josh is listening to the audio tour at Stonehenge

On a personal note: Lionel didn't come to Stonehenge with us because he had some interviews - no job as yet, so keep praying!
Rebecca has joined a swimming club - swimming 3x a week in Basingstoke, she really enjoyed getting back into the pool and is with a nice group of kids.
Rebecca also loved the youth group at church and is making some friends.
Josh is getting on well and we are waiting for the cricket season to get him involved in a club.
Amanda has started schooling the kids (going well but waiting for our shipped stuff to arrive).

Life here is going well and we are looking forward to seeing Steve sometime in the next couple of weeks!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Some photos so far...

Josh in the London Eye looking out over the Thames River

Rebecca & Josh looking over the Thames River towards the London Eye, from Waterloo Bridge

Lionel, Rebecca & Josh walking down a country road to our favourite little country pub this far - 'Watership Down Inn' in Freefolk, Hampshire

Saturday, May 10, 2008


It has been a week of getting ourselves sorted out for life in England - house hunting, car buying etc.
As you have already read we have found ourselves a house in Chineham, Basingstoke, and are looking forward to moving in on the 14th.
Finding accommodation for the week between leaving London and moving into the house was a bit more stressful - we spent many hours on the phone looking for something and finally ended up with a B&B out in the Hampshire countryside for 3nights and a hotel for 4nights. The B&B was great with huge lawns and a rural outlook. We made use of the lawns with some games of cricket and some fresh air. However it has been quite hot (and unusally humid) and so not too much running around was done!

Today (Saturday) we have been car hunting and have bought ourselves a Peugeot (I will have to wait until Josh is with me to give any more details than that!)

We are looking forward to moving into our house as that will give us some more stability and we will begin to feel more settled (we are a bit sick of living out of suitcases).

Josh has just told me that the car is a Peugeot 307 station wagon and Rebecca adds that it has a sun roof!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Our first week in London

Our first week in London was amazing. It took us a few days to get over the tiredness and we were pleased when we finally stopped waking in the early hours of the morning.
Lionel has had initial interviews with some employment agencies and some were more helpful than others, but he had a couple of really positive ones.
Lionel had a big day on Tuesday with interviews and so the kids and I did a bit more sight seeing. We went to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard where we had a view from the side but not very interesting for the kids and the squash of crowds was a bit overwhelming for them. Much better was seeing the horse guards and trying to make the guard smile (no he still hasn't!)
We then headed through St James Park where we sat down and enjoyed our lunch in the sun - we were sitting on the nice sun chairs until we realised you had to pay for the privilege! Next we went to the Aquarium which was great and we really enjoyed seeing the varieties of fish from around the world.

The day before we had all done the real tourist thing with a trip around the city on an open topped double decker bus, a river cruise and a trip on the London Eye. We loved the London Eye trip and the view over the city, the bus trip gave us a good overall view of all the tourist sites and the river cruise was great - we will come in to London again and take a boat down the river to Greenwich.

We took a trip out to Basingstoke last Saturday to have a look at some houses to rent and God has really gone before us in the hunt for a house - we move into a 4 bedroom house on 14th May in Chineham, Basingstoke. The section is your typical postage stamp size but having a 4th bedroom is a bonus and we also have a living room and separate dining room (so plenty of room for visitors!!!)
Once we move in and get our own internet connection we will be emailing more often.

Friday, May 2, 2008


We have arrived!

After a great time in Western Australia with Richard, Suzen, Katie & James we made the very long flight to London. During the qantas flight we had some sleep, some food and lots of movies to watch and games to play. We were very tired when we arrived in London at 5.30am on April 30th but we managed to get the tube from Heathrow to our apartment in Barons Court with no problems.

We are enjoying the space of a 3 bedroom apartment and it is only 1minute to walk to the tube station. We are on the Picadilly Line which is very handy for everything we want to do and we are getting very good at getting through the ticket barriers and making it onto the right train (just one wee whoops today when I took us in the wrong direction).

Thursday we ventured into the Science museum - what an amazing place! We spent about 2 1/2 hours there but need to go back many more times to see everything! Josh's favourite area was the ships where they had lots of huge models of ships through the years.

Friday (today) we are having a quiet day while Lionel heads into central London for his first two interviews with agents. (He looked very smart in his suit!)

We are getting used to being on the other side of the world to our friends and family, but miss them all!