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oops

WE’RE BACK!!!!!

No we didn't fall off the end of the world. We are in Serbia and having a great time. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

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New Zealand Truck

Drydock

So here we are, still, hanging out with patient Al and Anita.  They keep assuring us we are not wearing out our welcome but we are not sure if they are just being nice.  We are working on our truck through the New Zealand winter.  Maybe not the smartest.  Right now as the wind is howling and the rain is pelting the outside of the truck I sit here at the computer and write this post.  The drydock do-over of the truck is infectious and when we aren’t working on the truck we might be working on the website.  We hope to take some nice photos before we load her on the ship to send her back to Europe/Africa.  We will post them and you can oooooh and aaaaaah at how pretty she looks and you might even say, “thank God they finally learned how to do that bit right.

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New Zealand

Lizzy Embarks On Her Own Adventures

The family has now dispersed just a little bit more. We came into Wellington three weeks ago to send off another young adult of ours to the other side of the world. Lizzy flew away on Easter Sunday to go to Texas. In Texas she will go to the wedding reception of a very dear friend, Jessica and hang out with her brother, Sam and his wife, Jenna. The plan is that she stays in the states for a month and then comes back downunder to go to patisserie school in Melbourne, Australia. The school starts in July so there is plenty f time for diversions. I am privy to information that Sam and Jenna have plans to lure her into spending more time with them in Texas.

Very proud of our lovely oldest daughter but very sad to say goodbye at the airport. Unsure when the family will all be on the same continent.

This is definitely the greatest sorrow of having a nomadic family.

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New Zealand

Riverside Community and Music Festival

We arrived in Motueka and pulled the truck onto a field at Riverside Community in Lower Motuere. Really nice people here. Riverside is probably the oldest intentional community in New Zealand, being started by Methodist pacifists in 1941 and now operating as a multi-faith community on 500+ acres.

Last weekend was the Riverside Music Festival. Apart from our family volunteering to help out (Debbie and TJ made icecream and served food, I cooked a vegan curry) we also managed to take a little video on the day . . . thus . . a short (2.5 minute video of festival highlights)

http://youtu.be/rljPv-8qdqQ

We are parked next to some awesome people including the very acrobatic Twisty Twinz and their husbands. Both families had their first babies within a few weeks of each other and they both have house trucks . ..  so these are our neighbours.

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Living New Zealand

Working at a vineyard

Started working at the Waipara Hills Vineyard yesterday as a ‘seasonal worker’. We are trying something new. Me and Andrew are working at the vineyard while TJ ( who now wants to be called Tim Tam now) and Hannah ( who now wants to be called Gwennie) are across the street at the camp in our truck studying and playing and looking after each other. All quite fun right now. If it continues it will be nice as we can get some money put away. It is quite fun working side by side with Andrew in the field with Czechs and Malaysians and Germans and a nice Samoan man. I expect we will be thinking many profound thoughts, that We will be sure to blog. as We learn our job better and stop concentrating so much on pruning the grape vines. It is less physically demanding than apple picking but requires more thought at this stage. It is quite embarrassing that several times I have caught myself talking to the grape vines. Right now, my ankles are a bit sore from squatting down all day and I am busting with pride that my 2 youngest girls did so well. We wouldn’t be able to both be at the vineyard if Hannah and TJ, oops Tim Tam and Gwennie weren’t such awesome young ladies who look at difficulties and challenges as adventures with excitement and joy. So if you see some nice ‘Waipara Hills‘ or ‘Mud House‘ wine think of us when you drink it.

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Roadschooling

Roadschooling. We know it works but can we prove it?

Abigail went to Transylvania, Romania to research the prevalence of bats and the myth of Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula.”

Roadschooling is the only way we can travel and educate our kids at the same time. A lot of people ask about entrance into university when the kids get older and we finally had the chance to prove it.

When Abigail applied to study at the Polytech (Community College), the teacher wanted more substantial proof that she had not been sitting on a couch watching episodes of South Park for the last few years of her roadschooling. So I sent her a letter . . . Here is the main section.

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In the past 4 years, Abigail has visited many countries in which she took advantage of learning opportunities, cultural immersion, language training, historical studies, etc. She learned from experts in the countries and from daily schooling activities as well as completing directed projects assigned to her by her parents.

Highlights of these recent educational experiences are as follows:

– Abigail studied ancient Chinese history at the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.

– Abigail studied history and archeology in Turkey at the ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum as well as the ancient cities of Troy and Olympos. While there she read Turkish literature (Portrait of a Turkish Family, Birds Without Wings, etc) as well as ancient Greek mythology.
 
– Abigail gained computer skills and social media experience through web design and blogging, becoming the “Webmistress” of our family’s travel blog http://jonesberries.com
 
– She studied pottery making in Safi, Morocco and spent time with Saharawis (a nomadic tribe) in the Sahara Desert.
 
– She studied war history at Gallipoli, Turkey, in particular the New Zealand impact as part of the ANZAC offensive.
 
– She completed catering and food hygiene training at Freakstock Festival, Germany and Sir Toby’s Hostel, Czech Republic
 
– She studied historical religious locations including educational visits through the Pura Besakih Temple (Hindu) in Indonesia, the Blue Mosque (Muslim), and the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.
 
– She studied East/West European reunification at the Berlin Wall, Germany and took a Jewish history tour of Budapest, Hungary (she had already visited Auschwitz-Dachau Nazi camp in Poland as a child).
 
– Abigail has studied nutrition and is familiar with vegetarian, vegan and raw food diets. In 2010 she climbed the Atlas mountains in North Africa with her baggage on a donkey to attend a Rainbow Festival.
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– In Lisbon, she studied the impact of Portugal on the world through maritime exploration. Her text book was “The Worlds First Global Village”.
 
– She has gained agricultural experience in shearing sheep, handling pigs, milking cows, as well as from gardening projects in New Zealand and olive harvesting in Portugal.
 
– She acted in a commercial for a New York production company to launch an American literacy project called Know How 2 Go It can be viewed online at http://www.knowhow2go.org/
 
– Abigail went to Transylvania, Romania to research the prevalence of bats and the myth of Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula.
 

– She studied ancient Egyptian history at the museum at Cairo and on location at the Giza pyramids under the tutelage of Ibrahim Morgan, historian and Egyptologist. Of special interest was King Tut, who was about the same age as Abigail and, like Abigail, had ear plugs.

 
– At Lake Ohrid, Macedonia, Abigail researched the ancient cave churches and the early monasticism that produced the Cyrillic alphabet. 
 
– She studied the art and scientific inventions of Leonardi Di Vinci at Venice, Italy. 
 

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In Spain, Abigail studied the surrealist art of Salvador Dali at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figures, and the works of Pablo Picasso in Barcelona. She studied the architectural achievements of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain, in particular the Sagrada Familia.
 
– In 2012, Abigail completed a 5 month modern apprenticeship in hospitality and tourism in Prague, Czech Republic under Matthias and Carrie Schwender, owners of Sir Toby’s Hostel
 
– She gained experience in bookkeeping, accounting and budgeting both at the hostels and with social enterprise projects.
 
– She has learned the crafts of pottery, sewing, knitting, spinning wool, crochet, and clothing modification. She also learned the art of piercing and tattooing from Portugal’s first and leading tattoo artist, Paulo Matos.
 
– She studied alternative building methods through participating in the construction of straw-bale houses, geodesic domes, yurts and helping to construct a self-build motorhome from an empty truck shell. 
 
Abigail has just turned 17 years old and has become a capable, reliable, hard-working, young adult. She has now been to over 40 countries and gets on fabulously with people from any culture. We are very proud of her and expect her to excel in whatever she puts her mind to. 
 
Abigail has suffered from Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 7 but that has not stopped her adventurous spirit or her nomadic exploits. She always wanted to sky-dive, a desire that was fulfilled last year when she jumped out of a plane in Queenstown. I call her the world’s most adventurous diabetic.
 
I understand her education has not been normal, at least for the past 4 years, but we believe it was exceptional and productive and has helped shape Abigail into the spectacular and individual person she is today.
 
I will be happy to send more information if needed.
 
Sincerely
 
Andrew Jones
(Father of Abigail)
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ONE YEAR LATER:
 
That letter was written a year ago. Here’s how things worked out:
 
– The teacher decided the course was too easy for Abigail and insisted she take something more challenging. Which she did.
 
– In her year at University, Abigail completed the course at the top of her class in hospitality and tourism.
 
– She accepted a position at a 4.5 star hotel in Wellington, New Zealand. Within a few weeks, she was the head barista of the cafe. Over the past few months, she has bombarded the hotel with new ideas and has been asked to rewrite the menu. She serves coffee to the Prime Minister, the All Blacks rugby team, and the cast of The Hobbit.
 
– Abigial is loving life, considering further studies in cultural anthropology but is wondering if university is necessary to complete her education when she could teach herself.
 
– Three weeks ago, Abigail turned 18. She agrees with us that road schooling is awesome.
 
 
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Portugal

Getting a haircut in Portugal

Portugal really is one of our favourite countries. Silves is one of those old, historic, windy-narrow-cobblestone-roads kind of city that makes a great experience. One of my fondest memories is getting my haircut as my Christmas gift. We were really broke but we all had 5 Euros each to get a present.My present was an awesome haircut.

The barber was eldery and quite arthritic which was awkward to watch. But what an amazing barber!!! He took nearly an hour. It was great. And of course the photo turned out well also.

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oops

Big REVAMP weekend

Nothing to do with the bats we saw in Transylvania but rather with the fact that this weekend Hannah (who is now 15) is working with me (Andrew) to REVAMP the Jonesberries blog.

We plan to get rid of the 3 year old theme and install a new one that is more responsive to mobile devices. Lots of work but it will be a fun day.

Excuse the mess . . .

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New Zealand

Hawkes Bay

Its apple picking season so we are at Hawkes Bay getting jobs for the people in our crew. Time to make a little bit of money. We are staying with Jack and Lynne in Taradale, near Napier, who has a carpet cleaning business.

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New Zealand

Organic River Festival

We are headed over to the Organic River Festival. Its our first time at this “holistic” festival and I think we will have a good time here. Not sure about the wifi situation there so we might pop off the grid again for a few days.