Sunday, October 9, 2011

Been Camping...



Straight up, I’ll admit I took my hot water bottle, (which was consolation for one of us) after I forgot the coffee-gizmo-maker-thing.

Contrary to the image above, we were mighty lucky with the weather. When it did arrive, it arrived with emphasis. But only long enough to create an authentic (damp) camping experience. Three hours later, the kidlets were asleep and the Mr and I, out by the campfire, reading by moonlight and head torch.

It’s years since I’ve experienced the Grampians and we all loved it. The campsite nigh on deserted, our kids rambled and explored and turned into Wild Things and for five days no one insisted on any kid showering policy.



Between us, we spotted three deer, one echidna, two bearded dragons, a bazillion skinks and a zillion beetles, some suspected Wedge Tail Eagles and a few (fleetingly) collectable worms.



We hung out with the local emus, cockatoos and kookaburras and the kids constructed their very own camouflaged ‘hides’, in order to spy on kangaroos unobserved.



Those roos must see it all.



The Spring wildflowers were glorious.



The dancing ‘flowy’ and ‘fairy’.



Warming fires a constant.



The food simple and delicious



and SELF COOK!!!



The frisbee forgotten with the coffee-gizmo-maker-thing, I found a lid.



I tell you, that lid works a treat.



(now packed permanently with the tent).

We checked out a couple of waterfalls.



We took a wrong turn.

We stumbled across a giant, morose, (scary), koala.



Elly, my dear Dutch friend, my co-explorer of Australia’s east coast and fellow-discoverer of over-sized Aussie icons, these pics are for YOU.



(We think wildlife park entry is via the koala’s bottom).

Now we’re back and bathed and sweet-smelling and mostly unpacked and ready-ish for the new school term, tomorrow.

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PS. HELLO to fellow camper, Katy from Sydney, who introduced herself after recognising me via knitwear blog posts(!).

PPS. Spot the stag...

41 comments:

Becky said...

I love the Grampians and would love to spend more time there. It really is a beautiful spot.

Love the 'hides' too!

flowerpress said...

Yay, that's my sort of holiday, though a bit colder maybe than I like.
No wonder the koala's looking a bit grim (or is that the bottom entry!)
I agree the hides are inspired!

Squiggly Rainbow said...

gorgeous! wow - and a stag!

Cass said...

Looks like you had a great time. I love those kangaroo camouflage gizmos

Pirate said...

What a great post! But ... the picture of your little 'flowy' and 'fairy' ... *GLORIOUS*. Honestly, that is worthy of being enlarged into a poster.

There is nothing that warms your heart more than seeing pure joy in a young child's face. :-)

You are so blessed. :-)

mel @ loved said...

Fantastic! Looks like a beautiful, peaceful spot. Nothing much beats camping, especially with a camp fire...x

Sandrine said...

Good stuff!:) Wishing you a great T4! x

Tania said...

I loved reading your camping experience. We just came back from a week of camping also. Unfortunately it was no fires where we were. Very few showers too I might add. But camping is such a great thing for bringing the family together.

Naturally Carol said...

Glad to see that you packed your sense of humour too! I wonder whether those kangaroos had at least a little snigger at those bright green 'hides'..they probably said to themselves..'those kids have a hide, coming here and parking in our field!'. Very scarey Koala though..I wonder who made him..and kept him like that.

Magic Bean said...

Almost makes me want to go and camp. Almost. Ax

trudi@maudeandme said...

That sounds and looks like a great holiday!

Vic said...

That Koala is bloody terrifying! I mean, yeah it's big & everything, but it's the eyes that have freaked me the hell out!

Kylie said...

What a wonderful holiday! I LOVE the camouflaged ‘hides’..! How fabulous :) Kx

p.s. that koala! >•<

Michelle said...

Sounds like the perfect week. Had a giggle at walking through the koala's bottom.

Megan.K. said...

I've never been to thee grampians, but this post makes me think I should be putting it on my list. What a fun adventure you guys had.
x

Suse said...

Is your campfire receptacle a washing machine drum? Very clever. We had one of those camping once at Bright; it was brilliant.

Love the flowy dancer :)

silverpebble said...

Looks like a stupendous holiday to me.

Bearded dragons you say? Were they in ZZ Top?

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh welcome back Tania! What an utterly terrific holiday. You really make the camping experience look attractive. Love your funny tales and gorgeous pictures to illustrate. The kangaroo hide-outs are genius and the kangaroos look seriously unphased. Good thinking with the lid come frisbee, brilliant! Something about that koala reminds me of that creepy movie The Wicker man, strange.
The last photo is superb too! xo

Mary said...

hehe, I started reading, ooh Grampians, next thought was there better be a pic of a hilariously woeful looking Koala coming up, woohoo, thankyou, I love tacky big stuff!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I iz wimp, I don't like mud and damp and cold - good thing I can't go camping with you.

Seem to suit the lot of you right down to the muddy ground though!!

Flowy Fairies are the new thing.

They should patent those hides.

That koala is a)scary, b)look like he has gas and therefore c)not sure you want to go near his backend.

teddybearswednesday said...

Now that sounds and looks like the perfect holiday.
Not only was there an echidna, kangaroos, frisbee time, and all the other wildlife but a BIG or Giant thing with an entry via it's bottom. the mark of any true perfect holiday.
xoox
PS I mean this seriously as I have a dream to travel australia visting all the Big things.
PPS seriously.
PPPS Phew, i was beginning to get worried.

Hayley Egan said...

I would recognise you too! I would LOVE to recognise you on a camping trip in the Grampians...

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I still haven't summoned the guts to take the little fellas camping, I'd love to go again, it's been far too long...don't think our two man tent would cut the mustard now though.
Wonder what those kangaroos were thinking...

Thea said...

Love the kids' kangaroo 'hides' too. And yes, that koala is scarey but I think camping in general is scarey. Looks like you've created another wonderful memory for your kiddies. x

june at noon said...

Well, that sounds pretty fabulous.

ZippyZippy said...

All looks very familiar, we are in Horsham. And, we drive past the Koala a lot and have never stopped and looked in his bottom! Our next weekend up there is in Nov, better stop on the way through and check the bottom.
The Koala has had some improvements over the years and I must say, he looks better than he used to.
Looks like you all had a fab time.
Jacqueline

Fer said...

Ha! We've got the old washing machine bowl-cum-firepot too! They work like a charm don't they!

I haven't been to the Grampians in yonks either, but I always remember it being good fun.

Tas said...

That koala stares at every time we have a road trip to Melbourne. Hard to explain to the kids that it is friendly with that look!

Otherwise it looks like a fantastic adventure. I have had friends who got rained out of their camp after 2 days and had to drive 5 hours home so I am glad that the weather held for you all :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That wasn't camping ... that was Glamping ! You remembered the foil for the baked potatoes and the torches and everything !!
And you had fairies .... yes , seriously upmarket .
(w.verification is affire )

Nycole said...

:-) we were up there grand final weekend (not a good w/e for camping, but luckily we weren't) - but aren't the wildflowers beautiful? And we even saw snow up the top of Mt William.
Guessing you had to drive the long way around to McKenzie falls - did you see the wall of yarn at the Wartook general store?

Stomper Girl said...

Gorgeous photos! I must take my boys camping one day, it's just neither of us know what to do and I'm scared of living wild without proper toiliets!

Michelle said...

Wow -- that looks like so much fun!

Katie said...

Hello to you too Tania. It was nice to meet you. I am glad that the foot of your Child Number Two recovered enough for you to get out on some adventures. I am also glad that we missed the bad weather, however short lived - after 4 days of wind and rain on Kangaroo Island I would not have been happy to encounter any more. Overall, it looks like you had a great time on your plot up the back.

Umatji said...

aah, lid - an excellent game! looks like you had a grand time. we have so enjoyed getting back into camping. mind you - living here in a house seems to involve dirt in camping sort of crevices - but that could be the children insisting on adding dirt to everything as a sort of affectionate way of making their mark. snort.

heather said...

you're making me want to give camping a try. i mean, camping with family. with children. with potatoes. and lids. and whatever else we remember to bring. next year i hope.

Kelley said...

ok. I just stumbled onto your blog from your excellent "floozy" experience at whipup. I have never seen a herd of kangaroos. of course, the only kangaroos I have seen are in a zoo. being in the US I see lots of deer. lots. of. deer.
looks like a great trip!

quirky granola girl said...

still trying to compute "camping" and "kangaroo watching" in the same sentence. we get songbirds, deer, squirrels and far too many raccoons, but, sadly, no kangaroo.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh that is so funny, it's exactly how my husband patrols in Afghanistan, with a giant green mat to conceal him!!
I didn't know we had a Big Koala in Australia, thanks for sharing.
Love it when bloggers find you in the wild, it has happened to me, via my easy to spot in a crowd children!! Love Posie

Sally said...

A penny for one of the kangaroo's thoughts of your children's very own camouflaged ‘hides’. Too funny.
Oh yeah - and camping without coffee = hell!

heather said...

this made me want to tell you. we are planning to adopt a wallaby from a breeder/rancher in washington state. can you believe that? it's my husband. he met one and couldn't stop thinking about adopting one ever since that one meeting over a year ago. our little guy's been born and will be ready to come on over to colorado in february. ha. also~i came to your blog today because i had this dream of you, and a quilt you made. and it had a feature that i am inspired by! thanks! knitting around the edges of a sewn quilt. so funny~ but i keep thinking of it and it is blowing my mind. in that fun frivolous way.

K said...

Again, you hardly need another commenter - I can only make your numbers if I answer each and every whisper anyone sends me, which is cheating if you are into numbers. Lovely trip. Nicely captured. Puzzled roos may be my fave. Happy children ARE my fave.