Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs

4 books in series
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Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoir Series Book 1) Summary

Is the glass half-empty or half full? Sometimes life influences our view and alters our perception. In 1997, life changing events almost destroyed me. At my lowest point, and just in time, I met Nigel. He helped me to discover how a positive attitude can change everything.

I decided not to squander any more of my time or energy on undeserving people. This new positive approach helped me to perceive my glass as half-full, with my aim being to achieve a happy and healthy life for my family. Together, we lived life to the fullest.

In 2008, with good times ahead of us, my glass was half-full. As a family, we made the biggest and most difficult decision of our lives; part of our family would immigrate to Australia. We lived the Australian dream, embracing the adventure until adversity came to test us. A sequence of life changing events including a close family bereavement, PTSD following a road rage car accident, and the shock of losing the roots to our Australian adventure as a result of the Brisbane floods tested us on many levels. Glass Half Full follows our journey.

Find out what it takes to survive with the odds stacked against you. Do you fight back, and if so, at what cost physically and emotionally? Could we maintain our positivity and family values against the odds?

©2015 Sarah Jane Butfield (P)2015 Sarah Jane Butfield
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  • Book 1

    • Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoir Series Book 1)

    • By: Sarah Jane Butfield
    • Narrated by: Sandra Garston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Is the glass half-empty or half full? Sometimes life influences our view and alters our perception. In 1997, life changing events almost destroyed me. At my lowest point, and just in time, I met Nigel. He helped me to discover how a positive attitude can change everything.In 2008, with good times ahead of us, my glass was half-full. As a family, we made the biggest and most difficult decision of our lives; part of our family would immigrate to Australia. We lived the Australian dream, embracing adventure until adversity came to test us.

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 2

    • Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente

    • Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Series Book 2
    • By: Sarah Jane Butfield
    • Narrated by: Sandra Garston
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The title says it all: what we have and where we are. This travel memoir, the sequel to Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure, follows our French exploits as we endeavor to rebuild our lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia. Our goal, or hope for the immediate future, is to focus positively on the present so that we can start a new, optimistic future back in Europe. Our main aim is to be nearer to the children, leaving the dark clouds of the challenges we faced in Australia as a distant memory. Journey with us as we arrive in rural South West France; enjoy my reflections, thoughts, and observations about my family, our new surroundings, and our lifestyle. Follow the journey of my writing career and how we start our renovation project while managing our convoluted family life. Once again, we will laugh, cry, and enjoy life to the fullest with a generous helping of positive spin thrown in for good measure.

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    • 2 dogs and a suitcase

    • By Janet on 17-12-15

    Regular price: £15.49

  • Book 3

    • Our Frugal Summer in Charente: An Expat's Kitchen Garden Journal

    • Sarah Jane's Travel Memoir Series, Book 3
    • By: Sarah Jane Butfield
    • Narrated by: Sandra Garston
    • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Meet Sarah Jane, a woman with a reputation for culinary catastrophe, who tries to keep her family fed in challenging circumstances in rural France. Frugal living was not part of the plan when they arrived from Australia to undertake the renovation of a quaint cottage in the Charente. However, when life threw them a curveball, the challenge was set: How to survive in France with very little money and two Australian cattle dogs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • food and travel info ramblings

    • By andrea on 30-06-16

    Regular price: £6.59

  • Book 4

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