Monday, January 24, 2011

A-Ah-A-hem. Cough. Ack. Ack. The Post Where She Clears Her Throat and (Finally) Says Something (in Bullet Points)

Bullet point #1
The five of us went on a summer camping holiday. In a rather roomy tent. With a trailer. And the dog. For the purposes of melodrama, it rained for ten days and ten nights (or more accurately, seven days and we came home on day nine).



Bullet point #2
Even when camping and surrounded by wading pools of puddles, the youngest does things in her very own sparkly shoe style.



Bullet point #3
Less successful was the youngest’s approach to fishing: yelling encouragement at dinner. Dinner was not encouraged.



Bullet point #4
When it wasn’t raining and there was a break in the weather...



...there was a crazy hairdo wind...



...perfect for kite flying.



Bullet point #5
Much creativity was required to keep morale on the straight and narrow. When we weren’t making coal mines out of Jenga games for coal miners made from sticks – oh, best not ask – there were trips to wet beaches with impressive cliffs.



And adrenaline highs from jumping off impressive cliffs.



And many more adrenaline highs, (and one exuberantly queasy response), to those spinny-around, playground, whirlygig whatsits.



Bullet point #6
Typical of every summer holiday in recent memory, there was a classic car meet and the kids and I looked convincingly impressed and rivoted, peering in at windows and under bonnets and surveying engines. But secretly we were busy finding faces...







Bullet point #7
There is nothing like a great dollop of perspective for making the best of a rainy camping holiday. Night in and night out, I lay snug in my sleeping bag, drowning out the din of Rainstorm-on-Tent, tuned in to ABC radio. Aghast at the flooding horrors up north (and now all over Victoria) and overseas, humbled by nature’s forces, worried for friends, hyper-aware of the tenuous nature of life as we know it.

The subsequent crafty, bloggy, money-raising ingenuity and generosity has been nothing short of INSPIRED. If you haven’t already indulged in exuberant bidding or giveaway entering, there is yet time. Were you in the market, for instance, for Colin, you still have until 9pm tonight (Melbourne time) to place your bid. Be warned, I am a shocking bidder. It’s all compulsion, no restraint. Best make yours a good bid, because I am rearranging my 2011 yarn-buying budget and the plan of attack is always to come in at the very last second...

Bullet point #8
At another wet and drizzly beach I found a fortuitous heart.

36 comments:

Michelle said...

Love all the car faces. As hard as camping in the rain can be, I bet the kids have come home with wonderful memories that they wull have forever.

Jodie said...

Despite the rain, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I love camping - I think it really takes you back to basics.

P.S love the car faces!

Lola Nova said...

I have enjoyed your bullet pointed tale and it's so nice to hear from you!
Goodness, sounds like a soggy time, still a good holiday I hope.
I too have had poor luck yelling at dinner.

JoeyNomad said...

I love the car faces so much, the second from the top is genius. I'm sure the kids had a blast - those holidays are the ones you remember! I remember the holiday when I was 9 and we all nearly drowned in a hail storm on an Irish lake in a boat best. Memories are made of this stuff!

PS The word verification is SHIPpan. UNCANNY.

flowerpress said...

Good to have you back Ms Myrtle, I've been missing you!
Sorry to hear about the wet camping, I know how hard that is! Luckily our wet holiday week was indoors. x

Fer said...

Bullet point #9. Great to see you back Mrs!! Glad to see you survived the break. ♥

Mel said...

Bullet point #2.1 the smallest is wearing a jumper! Well done! Hey. it's summer but that's cool, she's wearing one.

So so excited to click on to reader and see "Myrtle & Eunice (1)" You were away too long btw. Don't do that again hear?

p.s I am glad you had a good break even though it was a tad damp.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh yippee, a heart in a stone, ahhh, what fun you had in all that rain. Giggles at the car engine face, i'd do that too. Welcome back, odd socks & all, love Posie

Mary said...

Welcome back Lovey. Are you coming to play with us on Thurs night? (written while wrestling with tantrum throwing 5yrold sigh..)

mel @ loved said...

Rain or shine camping is the best! I love the car faces, way more fun than actually caring about all those souped up, pride & joy cars..welcome home!

Andi said...

Missed you!
xx

Kylie said...

You guys always have something to talk about in the locker room! Talk about adventure... were the seas high? I'm very dazzled by all the silver linings. Glad you had fun despite the rain :) Kx

Stomper Girl said...

We went on a beach holiday during that very wet week and I kept thanking my stars that we weren't camping. You are very brave. Or something. The car faces and heart of stone are fantastic too.

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh how I've missed this.
I'm super impressed you ( and the little bloke) managed to survive the cliff leaping ( would do a mothers nerves I imagine)
ANd well YOU!!! TOO much. lucky Colin is not the type to get a big head.
And well I have plans of my own, um what are you favourite colours?
xo

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Are you sure you weren't camping on an English beach ? That shot of the youngest , in a damp jacket and on a playground whirlygig , somehow makes me think of on the North Sea .
(The third "found" face is my favourite .)

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Camping in the rain = hell. big brownie points for lasting 9 days! Busy is still asking to sleep in a tent and Chef still holding me to the promise I made. bugger.

I do see faces everywhere like you but I mostly see hearts everywhere.

good to have you back. I misswed your ramblings. xx

sophie said...

#2 my favourite hands down! Those socks and shoes - that's a blog post in itself! Glad you had a happy albeit damp holiday!

Sue said...

Love the rock heart! The camping trip sounds like ours when we went to Mallacoota, beautiful for one week and then the next week it poured rain everyday. It even flooded our tent and one of the bags with the clothes in it!

trash said...

So that is how to get through these things! I shall be hunting for faces during all future boring family adventures out (these obviously equate to ones not involving fabric or yarn shops!).

Nikki said...

It'll be a holiday the kids will remember fondly, I'm sure. NOthing like 9 days in a tent in the rain to bring the family together...?

Whatever - lovely to have you back in town.

Alison said...

Thanks for the tip about looking for faces in classic cars - do you think it will work on veteran motor bikes as well?

m.e (Cathie) said...

loving
. sparkly shoes
. windy hairdo
. goosebumps inducing cliff jumping
. heart rocks
and that you scored Colin.

Missed your posts Mrs T

Sandrine said...

Only you,could turn a wet camping holiday into such a great adventure!Glad to have you back x

mrs smith said...

May I commend you on those supreme turd-polishing abilities you have there. 10 days rain camping with the Smiths would've just been more turd than polish.

Your posts are always beautiful and poignant, apologies for lowering the tone. Great to see you back on the blog list.

G.

tea with lucy said...

missed your musings. welcome home lovely.

nothing like a camping trip to make you appreciate coming home to a clean dry sand free bed!

xo

silverpebble said...

Ey up. Welcome back! It sounds as though you had a good one, despite the damp. Favourite pictures:

@ Children flinging themselves off cliff
@ Vintage car smileys
@ Twinkle toes

Do you know if it's to late to offer someting for auction? I'm going to try to investigate.

Liesl said...

All credit to you lady for sticking out the camping-in-the-rain situation for so long. You have my admiration! Mind you, there is every chance that you did not put the tent fly on upside down, thereby funneling water into your accomodation (like I may or may not have done on a previous holiday).

june at noon said...

--Glad the trip was nice despite the rain.

--Glad you're safe and dry now.

--You are way more creative than I to survive such a trip.

--Love the car faces.

--Love the rock heart.

-- :)

mel @ loved said...

me again, love those cliff shots. I've sent a little award your way...

peppermintpatcher said...

For all the misery that the weather may have brought I see nothing but joy in every photo.

Kate said...

Welcome home (to your dry one and to this little place on the internet that we all do so love to visit). Love the look of it all, not so much the camping in the rain bit. I hope this year is such a happy one for you and the fam.X

Bianca said...

inspired magnificence,loving the action shots, and the heart? beauty abounds. Looks like you had fun!

xB

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Fabulous foties of your fabulous family!

Too much excellence all in the one space.

Cheers,
AJ

Bonnie said...

I love the smiles! That is so fun! Also, the heart in the rock...what a great find!!

Megan said...

Hahah I love that your youngest was yelling at dinner. Excellent! The car faces are great too, I went tree face hunting on my holiday, just as fun :)

Sally said...

Loving all the faces that you found. Loving that heart in the rock too... how totally amazing.