Our Visitors have arrived!

Who would have imagined that three of our visitors would have arrived at out house all in the one week! But that is exactly what happened and yes we are all excited!

We would like to welcome Flat Oreo who has travelled all the way from Virginia in the USA to stay with us. Flat Oreo arrived on our doorstep on Monday the 18th of July. The very first day Flat Oreo arrived we were about to leave to go out so Flat Oreo joined us on our trip. The weather was cold and the wind chilly, so we did not get to go outside much. Here is a picture of Flat Oreo with Phinee and Nik upon first arrival.

Flat Oreo did manage to get out of the car once on our trip, Just quick enough so that we could take a picture with Phinee and Mt Wellington in the background. Can you see the snow ontop of it? We love to go there in winter and have fun making snowmen and having snow ball fights!

Just as we were getting used to having Flat Oreo around, we would also like to extend a warm welcome to Flat Jo and Roaming Rexy who both arrived on Thursday the 21st of July 2011. Flat Jo has travelled all the way from Illinios, USA, while Roaming Rexy has travelled from the West Midlands in England to stay with us. They both have started to settle in and are looking forward to being about to get out and about. But with so much bad weather since their arrivals, Flat Oreo, Flat Jo and Roaming Rexy have been trying to keep out the rain and acclimatise to our part of the world over the last few days. Thankfully the forecast for the next few days is looking better, so we are hoping to be able to get out and about real soon!

Here are Flat Jo and Roaming Rexy getting to know the girls!

The journey continues….

Flat Nik has Taken off!

Well Flat Nik has also managed to grab a first class trip to the USA via Australia Post. She will be stopping off at Denison, Texas as well as Elgin, Illinios. Flat Nik is looking forward to her adventures. Just like her Flat Sister, Flat Phinee she has taken a map of our State, Tasmania, with her for her host family and also a letter explaining all her favourite things.

Flat Nik wanted to know if she would be able to eat her favourite foods when she got over to the USA. She was worried they would not have Pizza! I assured her that I am sure she will be able to grab some pizza somewhere on her travels!

Don’t forget to write home Flat Nik and send lots of photos!

 

Flat Phinee is on her way to Sweden and the USA

Flat Phinee is now all tucked up in her airmail envelopes and headed for Höör, Sweden and also Virginia, USA. She has taken with her a map of Tasmania for her host families and also written a letter about herself and her favorite things.

Flat Phinee had this to say before her departure!

It was a little weird in the beginning when I was told I had to become three Flat Phinee’s but now I am used to the idea! I just can’t wait to arrive at my destinations and meet my host families. I wonder if I have to learn to speak another language in order to communicate with my new host families and the people they interact with?!?! I am also not sure where in America the state of Virginia is, Do you know?

Well Flat Phinee I guess you will just have to wait until you land at your new destinations to find out if you need to learn another language, but if you look at the map of America below, you should be able to work out where Virginia is!

Our Flat Adventures Begin!

We have had some wonderful offers for the girls to go on Flat Travel Adventures all over the world that we have had to create multiple Flat Nik’s and Flat Phinee’s to explore the globe. In fact we have created three Flat Nik’s and three Flat Phinee’s.

The girls also want to explore Australia, so we have created the Flat Sisters (A photo of Flat Phinee and Flat Nik Together). As a pair they will be travelling all around Australia and reporting back to us their adventures along the way. So keep your eyes open for their Flat Adventures over the coming wees, months and year!

We are going on an adventure! – Watchout world here we come!

Well our studies are about to get a little more interesting. For quite some time now we have been looking at a way to introduce our children to the big wide world, beyond our own little garden and comfort zone. We would love to just up and travel around Australia, around the world in fact, but life is just not that easy. We are busy trying to save for those wonderful airline tickets we need to be able to go across the world and visit places like Singapore, New Zealand, Poland, UK and more. Our goal is 2019, which will be our 20th Wedding anniversary year.

Unfortunately our rate of savings towards this endevour have started to dwindle due to the ever increasing demands of daily life. Every time we turn around, their seems to be another thing we will need to be paying for – such as increased food costs, rising electricity charges, sky rocketing petrol prices and a carbon tax, in the near future if Julia Gillard gets her way!

Anyway, even with all these increasing costs of living, we have managed to find a way for the children to get to see the sights of the world, have fun, learn about different people, where they live and experience their cultures. It’s called Flat Travel and means that for just the price of a normal letter, they can fly first class around the world to any destination. All we need is a willing friend able to look after them when they land in their mailbox and who is also happy to show them around and take them to visit the many sights where they live, write about it and take loads of photo’s of our Flat daughter/s enjoying their holidays!

The children will be able to befriend a family, explore local customs, learn about news worthy issues where they are ‘hosted’ and also check out things such as the landscape, weather, food and so much more related to where they visit, what a wonderful learning experience!. Both Flat Phinee and Flat Nik are very excited about their upcoming adventures. First stop of the world travel for Flat Phinee is Sweden and Flat Nik will be going to the USA.

Here are some places Flat Phinee and Flat Nik would love to Visit!

Flat Niks dream itinerary of Places to Visit!

  • UK
  • Singapore
  • Big Australia (can you tell we live on Little Australia!?!)
  • Nanny and David’s House
  • Nanny and Poppy’s House
  • My God Mother’s
  • My God Father’s
  • Egypt
  • China, plus anywhere else I can go!

Flat Phinee’s dream itinerary of Places to Visit!

  • Poland (especially Bialystok!)
  • Every state and territory in Australia
  • Europe
  • UK
  • Alaska

So we thank those of you who are hosting our flat travellers for letting them stay with you. we can’t wait to see lots of photos of what Flat Phinee and Flat Nik are up too on their holidays, plus we can’t wait to read all about their adventures.

And to everyone else if you ever wish to have a Flat travel adventure in Tasmania, let us know!

**The idea of flat travel is based on a series of books about a boy named ‘Flat Stanley’. The story starts with Stanley Lambchop being accidentally flattened by a falling bulletin board. Stanley quickly establishes that being flat has it advantages such as being able to fit inside an envelope and be posted anywhere around the world.