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A New Era

October 8, 2022

Its been almost ten years since we returned from South America. Ten years of living and working in London, moving home, sharing our lives with our amazing dog, Silke, who sadly passed earlier this year.

We are ten years older, maybe a bit wiser and a bit more battered.   I (finally, Sarah would say) retired from rugby at the end of the last season on a high as my team managed to come second in our division, unfortunately just losing in the playoff final and better still, my vets team triumphed once again going  undefeated. (I’ll leave the reader to guess which is the vets team).

It feels like a time of change for us and we have made the big decision to sell up and take some time out to travel again. We feel that our time living in the heart of London has come to an end and that when we eventually return home it will be to somewhere with a lot more green space. If the horrors of covid have taught us anything, it is that those ties to the city for work aren’t as important as they once were.

We have now left our jobs, packed up our home, tidied up any loose ends and are ready to head out into the world again for our next adventure.

Our plans are, for the time-being, mainly focussed around Europe and we started by heading to France where we have arranged an apartment in Chamonix in the Alps for two months.  With the car full to bursting (we have definitely packed too much!) and the channel tunnel booked, we headed for Folkstone, the start of our drive to Chamonix, which is right on the Swiss border about an hour’s drive from Geneva.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Rowena Williams permalink
    October 8, 2022 8:10 pm

    A big hello to you both

    I was so surprised & excited to see these emails again!

    Firstly though I just want to say how sorry I was to hear that Silkie passed away earlier in the year, such sad news I had no idea.

    It’s not often I’m lost for words, I had to read the first email twice! I have seen the stunning pictures that Sarah has posted on Facebook, but never did I expect this news!

    I hope you both have a fantastic time and I am looking forward to seeing & hearing about what come next.

    Safe travels

    Lots of love

    Row xx

  2. Frans Degrande permalink
    October 8, 2022 8:21 pm

    Dear Mark and Sarah,
    We are Martine and Frans travelling with the MAN truck you putted on your website te sell. We met in Dawson City and at the border with Canada where it was raining very much.
    Very good to hear you both again!
    Have a great stay in Chamonix. Enjoy.
    Stay safe and healthy.
    Hugs to both of you.

    • October 9, 2022 7:04 pm

      Hi Martine and Frans,

      It’s great to hear from you, we remember you well. Dawson City seems like a long time ago now ! We hope you are both well and enjoying life. Perhaps one day we will meet again on our travels.

  3. James permalink
    October 8, 2022 8:35 pm

    long time no see amigos! good luck on the new adventures!!

  4. Michael McKee permalink
    October 9, 2022 6:47 pm

    Great to see the blog back guys!

  5. October 10, 2022 7:52 am

    Enjoy this new chapter! it seems to be starting off pretty well. Merv and Sarah. (moglander)

  6. Paul Baxter permalink
    November 3, 2022 9:16 am

    Hey Mark, I’ve been meaning to check back in to see if you’d started the new blog entries and last night I had a dream that I was speaking to you and mentioned this and you said ‘oh, I’ve just started them!’, so I came on this morning to find that you have! Just read the first one but will come back on later and keep up to date. Glad to see you’re up and away. Appreciate the pics and maps as they really add depth to the blog as well, one might feel like they aren’t sitting at a desk in rainy Scotland for a moment! Hope you and the Mrs are well and that you’re having a well-deserved great time.

    • November 5, 2022 9:19 am

      Hi Paul, Good to have you on board. Hope everything is good with you. Hopefully we can pop by sometime next year when we are travelling in a camper.

      • Paul Baxter permalink
        November 8, 2022 10:22 am

        That would be great!

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