Today I was looking for a hat… a summer hat for Markus. And since my research takes time I thought to write a post about some of our discoveries, without which we couldn’t survive!!
First. Our Markus is good in “sweaty feet”, “wet sweaty head” and more “desirable” skills :)…
Here in London the weather is not as hot as it was in Portugal, I still remember his wet car seat and how I had to learn some tricks to keep my son fresh and comfortable. One of most important strategies to keep him fresh is to choose the right footwear and clothing. Normally this means as natural as possible: wool, cotton, silk or bamboo fabrics, but not always and it’s proven by ergo baby! We had a carrier made from 100% polyester and we were super happy with it (the father adds: that was very much due to the 3D mesh they use)!
Other things we can’t survive without:
Sterntaler or Pickapooh: both are super cool producers of hats and allrounders. First I found Pickapooh and bought a sun hat that protects from UV and has an excellent sun protection for eyes, face, ears and neck. And it was super duper hat that we used all 6 months in Portugal. After it I got one Sterntaler hat from a friend and I fell in love with it! It also had UV protection and it was from Pure Colour collection so it had a strong basic colour that can save your kid when he gets is lost in shopping – yes, it happened to me, I lost Markus during my shopping and the colour helped my to spot him much faster. And in the winter time I came back to Pickapooh and bought helmet. And even if Portuguese winters are not so cold, still this helmet saved our lives because of the rain. It was made from natural wool so it kept balanced temperature next to Markus head and he was protected from the wind as well.
In terms of quality and design there is no big difference between Sterntaler and Pickapooh products so it depends on what you are looking for, budget and probably which one of them you have closer to your living place.
While we were living in Portugal we were dealing with Markus and his super powers to be sweating and wet all the time. For this there was only one solution – MERINO WOOL. It was the times when we used only two colours because of Green-Rose, it’s a small company in Lithuania and they have weird way of visual communication (colours and even fabrics are different on their page then in reality and they also have different assortment in the shop and online) and I never understood the way how they take pictures of their products in a way that you just can´t see (black skirt in a black background). But still, each time when I go to Lithuania I go straight to the Green-Rose shop to buy wool trousers for Markus (all the time the same colours because they are light and regulates his body temperature and price is affordable! Even now when we live in London and Markus is sweating less he is using trousers at home and pyjama at night that are made from bamboo and cotton. The quality of pyjama is not the best because it ages very fast but it keeps my son warm when he kicks his blanket away and cools him down when he is covering himself too much.
I found super comfortable socks that Markus is using all the time since we are in London. Again is a German company named Hirsch Natur. We have 3 pairs of thin knit socks and 1 pair of medium knit that we use as home shoes. It s completely enough because I don´t need to wash them each day. It s natural wool so during the night socks are resting and next morning they are ready for long walks with Markus! Best thing for sweaty feet and for London weather as well.
When Markus started to walk we needed more then socks but still not a heavy shoes and definitely something fresh because of the Portuguese weather… It took time to find something that made me happy. But I found it Pediped Original… They are super flexible and protecting the feet but are not to heavy! They have super cool sales all over the year and no worries that is USA, they are sending from nearest shop so it’s no extra costs for European customers. Of course later we needed more than one pair especially that our Markus is walking a lot and destroying shoes as his mother, so we are alternating with Clarks shoes and with sandals with wool socks, he loves it. Next thing we will try will be Pediped’s Flex Adventure sandals!
We like to go outside and be not affected by weather, so we bought rain clothes for Markus, but hmmm… It was the last time I saved on Markus outfit because I chose less expensive and I’m a bit disappointed with our Regatta rain suit, because after 1 hour of walk in the rain Markus was wet. My friend said to try Reima products because all her 4 children are growing with them!
I think for know it s all..if one day I will remember something I will add 😉
Last week started with some good news: I now have some students to work with! I’m very excited to start my career as an art tutor in London. And please wish me luck because it has already been some time that I wasn´t working, so I do need support to feel self-confidence!
During the week Markus had the experience of trying chalk eggs and make some drawing in the bathroom and outside! I was in love with those eggs!! They are comfortable to grab and to use for toddlers, also the funny shape makes all the process more entertaining.
In the end Rodrigo had a didgeridoo moment in Musical Beacons by Sound Castle. He was invited to share some secrets of the didgeridoo with some nice families in the center. For Rodrigo it was an opportunity to get back to what he loves to do with the didgeridoo and families and also to get to meet more people involved in the same kind of work.
We are in London already for 2 months and 12 days… We already have a flat, a bank account, the national insurance number and the rest of small things that was in our “must have in London” list. Rodrigo started his studies and is already sweating at his tasks, he also got a job as a steward at the school so sometimes he has the opportunity to play a very important role in events!
But this post is not about that… It’s about how expensive it is to have kid in London and HOW TO FIND CHILDCARE FOR HIM….
So, there are mainly two ways. One is hard and takes time, the other is easier but also takes time 😉 because I am sure you want to choose best place that fits all yours and your kid’s needs.
Speak with your friends, neighbours, all the people who have or had kids, look in newspapers and job’s advertisements, etc… Maybe one day you will find someone…
Or use second way:
Got to childcare.uk.com and just sign in… here you can find nannies, childminders, babysitters, family support and etc… in shortly, everything you need!!! Using this platform I understood what are the differences between nannies, nurseries and childminders… and I choose the latter.
Childminders vs Nurseries. Childminders can have only 6 kids at once, it’s a smaller group of kids and much closer to the concept “home to home” and easy to adapt for kids that spend all their time with moms (Markus case). Childminders are also more flexible with times… you can find a childminder that receives kids at any time even on the night and nurseries normally have strict schedule and finishing quite early in the day (one close to our house finishes at 3pm).
Childminders vs Nannies. As previously said, childminder can have 6 or less kids. Ok, maybe some childminders doesn’t have more kids at a certain moment, so your kid will be the only one but in normal conditions kids are playing in small groups and can have some fun all the time. With a nanny the kid is alone unless she goes to playing groups or playing grounds but still for me is not the same.
So, each family can find something that fulfils their needs. We choose childminder.
The second step is to visit all childminders around our house! As much as I can!! Because I want to see what are the opportunities and choose place that fits our needs best!!!
5 Markus´s challenges:
More challenges just to come!!!
We are on the move to London. The next weeks will be crazy for The Walkabout Family!
We left the house in Portugal, now we came to Vilnius to spend some time with Terese’s family, after I’m still going some days to Portugal for Sonópolis and then we meet in London!
Yesterday we spent almost all day in roads, airplanes and airports and it was really cool to see Markus’ new insterests. Just one month ago we was flying to Cabo Verde and he didn’t seem so interested in the details like this time.
The time to move to London is approaching quite fast so we have been saying our goodbyes to Portugal! Let us share with you some images of this process…
Since we came from Cabo Verde, we’ve been closing chapters and preparing the new one. We moved to a house in a great place called Vilar de Mouros. It’s a small village in the north of Portugal that became famous because of the oldest portuguese music summer festival. My uncle allowed us to stay at his house for some time to save some money on rent and this has been our base for these times.
The place where we was keeping our things to sell was robbed a second time and now we left a sign on the door asking our friends not to break nothing more as there was nothing important left inside. We found ouselves throwing away a lot of things and always thinking about the amount of stuff we keep for “one day to be used in something nice”.
The days in Vilar have been spent between enjoying the portuguese sun before moving to London, visiting around showing the surroundings to Markus and Terese, working on the papers for the school, looking for ways to fund our stay in London and even though I almost don’t have any more tools and resources for working in the didgeridoos I couldn’t resist to work on a project I had unfinished.
There is still a lot to happen to us in the next weeks and those times are a delicious challenge to us as a family. We are grateful to be living this oportunity to follow our dreams.
So, The Walkabout Family is about to enter a big adventure and we might become a bit out of contact!
In the next thirty days a lot will happen in our lives… Moving to London is a big challenge for us in this moment so we are focusing all our energy in that change.
But other things will happen in the meantime: we are moving out of our house to cut down some expenses, we are going to take our work to Cabo Verde for some days and besides all this Rodrigo still has some tasks for the school application at Guildhall.
We will spend the next days packing, moving, traveling, performing, teaching, experiencing Cabo Verde and the new relationships that will be created, and most of all taking care of the family.
This said, please be patient if we take some time answering some emails, publishing posts or answering our phones. We will try to come back to normal connection around May 14th.
Thank you for your comprehension!
We were busy sorting our things, treasures and objects that we would like to keep but we also enjoy to “release” and make someone else happy as we were when we had those things! We are starting our new journey and allowing that new path to bring new things that we will be collecting… and maybe.. who knows? Maybe after some years we will be giving them also 😉
Last days Rodrigo was working 24 hours per day and that made him stay in bed for all easter period (don’t worry now he is much better)… so our Easter was small picnic in the Famalicão park with 2+1 Easter’s eggs! But I was lucky enough to have Rodrigo at home so I could give time to myself to my new passion and make 3 new pants for Markus!
Pants patterns I took from Dana made it. You can see on the pictures above how it looks on Markus.
Rodrigo is again on track and adding more stuff for new owners 😉 I am in deep sickness for sewing (here is my new victim from Max California) and Markus is rising his new teeth and messing up with everything in the house!
We still have 10 days to stay in Famalicão and so many things to finish!!! A bit panic but still happy and excited to move on!
Wish us luck, we deserve it!!!
Happy Easter!!! And hard eggs!