Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Potted Version (As Opposed to the Extended, Post-Holiday, Slide Night Kind)



Yesterday evening we arrived home, stinky and grimy after ten days of camping and I’m estimating the hosing down and cleaning and packing away a No-Less-Than-Three-Stage Operation.

Worth every single wash load.

An absolute privilege, the hanging about in a stunningly beautiful environment,



serenaded from dawn to dusk by an orchestral movement of bellbirds.

There were some kid dynamics to navigate but there was oh, so much more, to mark a fabulous holiday with some blooming excellent people.



Holiday Happenings In No Particular Order...

1. The Middle’s glee at getting close enough to one of the many camp Lace Monitors to have it whip him painfully in the neck with its tail.

2. The pickling of this kid (and, well, every other kid, because they rarely stood on dry land) in a seawater/freshwater brine.



3. The not entirely covert camp kitchen ransacking by Nigel and Doug and Nigel and Doug and Nigel and Doug the Brush-tailed Possums. The realisation that Nigel, (or possibly Doug), is partial to a jar of peanut butter.

4. The discovery of some local residents:





nb. The current, post-holiday BCC (Bug Carcass Count), after emptying two of the Middle Kid’s pockets, stands at six. Please know the Middle Kid only ever collects bits of dead bug and this magnificent (breathing) specimen is, no doubt, still pootling about on some branch-let.

5. The breakfast consumption of some freshly-fished residents:



6. The search for the resident Red-bellied Black Snake at the shower block proved fruitless. Who knows where he was – lurking behind a loo, no doubt. But we found his stunningly elegant brother:



7. Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, there was jumping into water from height as opposed to jumping into tree from height.



8. Expeditions were mounted:



9. HMAS Sinkable was launched:



(unless one weighs no more than a sprite, things tend to get wet. Entertainingly so, for those onshore).

10. Fires were crafted:



11. Things were cooked on sticks:



12. The very beginnings of a late-night, 500 card game addiction initiated.

13. Australia Day was acknowledged:



14. There is actual evidence that I was there too, waving at you from inside a bubble:



15. A start was made on the Epic Blanket,



(mostly over the nine hour, each-way car journey),



and that the ends, yet to be woven in and bemoaned, are currently coming along quite photogenically.



Weird to think that it’s back to the school routine in not too many ticks of the clock.

42 comments:

One Flew Over said...

It all sounds (and looks) so wonderful!

The blanket is going to be breathtaking when done x

Cindy said...

Looks like a great break before the back to school. What a divine spot!
I love the look of the blannket, my ripple has been slowed since summer. Someone was recommending weaving in the ends as you go by crocheting over them???

flowerpress said...

Ten days camping in a national park, cards, wildlife, water, fishing, craft... Yay! We did a bit of that and it was heaven.
(ps. that smallest kid is looking a bit grown up!)

mel @ loved said...

Looks like your camping trip was magic! Gorgeous pictures of everything & you epic blanket is really beautiful. Two more sleeps till routine must kick in again, a mixture of dread & excitement filling the air round here..x

Sarah said...

Ohhh wonderful!!!!

My type of holiday - just not the organising, packing and unpacking bit...

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

Looks like a fantastic vacation! Beautiful photos.
x Katherine

Linda said...

What stunning photos and such an amazing holiday! Your blanket is gorgeous.

aracne said...

Terrific pictures, what a beautiful country you live in. The time passed with our family is always the best, and it makes nice memories in the future.

Copper Patch said...

Wow! I hope the bubble never bursts, especially since you're in it and I'd hate for you to fall and hurt yourself.
What a wonderful jaunt. I hope is an indication of your year to come :-)
Ab

trudi@maudeandme said...

Those photos are sensational.I'm in awe. And thanks for the camp spot link. We are always looking for recommended national park camping spots. We camped at Blowering Dam this year.Lots of swimming and crocheting was done too.
It was only for 5 days and I'm sure I did 10 loads of washing on return!

Kylie said...

WoW! You guys really did it live and real! :)
Glad a great time was had by all.
We're already back at school and I've had my day(s) of wandering around an empty house feeling lost ;)
Hope your transition goes smoothly. Kx

Tanya said...

Aside from that snake, that all looks really, sigh, delightful

melissa said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos. Make me feel like I was there with you.

Sounds likes a wonderful holiday was had by all of you - hope the back to school days go smoothly.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The perfect holiday . You all look so free ! I'd love to have your photos on a continuous loop to play till June .
And what this post has finally explained is how you manage to craft twice as fast as anyone else . The reflections in the bubbles reveal the truth .... there's two of you .

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

that picture of you in the bubble is my fave photo of the year so far! which I know its only January but I look at a lot of photos.
awesome holidays. xx

Janet said...

That looks absolutely delightful (except for our friend the black snake - one day I'll learn not to be so paranoid about them). That rock hole looks amazing. Hopefully the glow will last well into the year - camping can be like that I find.

Heleen Groot said...

Thanks Tania. You've made my day with your pictures (well, aided by the story a little of course :0). It is minus 4 C here with snow, so I really loved it!

Magic Bean said...

Best bubble picture ever! Happy New Year to you, Ax

A Peppermint Penguin said...

1. if you took all the pictures, I want to come to Slide Show Night.

2. you seem to have acquired an extra kid

3. those photos are so beautiful I could weep.

4. waving back.

Kirsty said...

That there looks like the makings of an absolutely never-to-be-forgotten type of affair. Hooray for that & hooray for the 18 hours on the hook too. It's a beauty. xxx

Suse said...

Wooo, looks magnificent and just what you all needed. x

Cinnamon said...

A holiday the kids will not forget soon I bet! It looks like it was a fantastic time, but I won't lie, the snake gives me the heebie jeebies (shudder). The ends on the blanket however....chuckle, chuckle.

silverpebble said...

That looks like an absolutely epic holiday. Loving the exotic wildlife report. DO possums look like mousey bears?

Ali Honey said...

That's a wonderful photographic record. The 2 girls looking at each other is my favourite.

Michelle said...

I'm going to ignore the fact you included a photo of a SNAKE and just enjoy the other photos. Beautiful. Isn't it a lovely part of the world?

I miss being a kid.

I think I need to schedule a holiday down the coast (in non-camping accoms) soon.

Andi said...

What an amazing journey ... captured in some AMAZING photographs. Stunning!! xx

Trudy said...

You write a damn good post girl!!

the textured leaf said...

Your photos are soooo good, especially the rainbow of blanket ends hanging, waiting.
But the absolute best for me is that bubble shot!
I mean how on earth?
Spose ill have to find my own bubble and try it...

Wishing you well for the back to school routine, x

june at noon said...

Sounds, looks so fantastic! Glad you had a great time, and even found some bugs to satisfy that strange bug-loving nature of yours. :)

Duyvken said...

Looks like bliss!

teddybearswednesday said...

sounds like a most spectacular time. Most deserved and needed.
xo
PS is no one else excited by the damper cooking photo? One thing is for sure you guys know how to camp, damper on a stick is essential.
PPS glad you looked after Nigel and Doug

Fer said...

Awesome.

Tas said...

Seriously- he made it to the water?

Applauding your photos. Beautiful.

Loz and Dinny said...

Bliss. Bet your house now smells like a campfire to keep the post holiday memories alive. Love a spot of getting away from it all!

Beck said...

Hey there lovely one! Long time no see/hear! Your summer exploits look amazing, what a lot of ace memories you have made these holidays. Loving the bugs, the blankie but not so much the ..you know..snaky thing. Shuddering now...xo

Stomper Girl said...

Wow. Just WOW! Snakes and octopi? Fantastic. Your blanket is lovely and I also adore the bubble wave pic. I'm a bit of a 500 fan so it's GAME ON! for next Sewjourn, okay?

Susan said...

Oh what lovely photos! My favorite is the two little ones smiling at each other by the rustic window. Adorable!

The Librarians said...

Looks and sounds heavenly. We are just back from a camping trip top, and already planning our next one. I think you had better luck with the weather though.

Posie Patchwork said...

OH new blanket love, envy, admiration over here, neato!!
Just read through your last couple of posts, oh honey bee, why do schools do this, tell you to be silent, they are all about saving face & wishing bullying didn't happen. My 4 are lucky but i see it happen to others & think, why is the bully so rarely apprehended, or the parents, the bullee is still the one who cops it, from all sides, so unfair.
Just watching my fair dose of passive ABC3 in the torrential rain with my children indoors, there are SO many shows on bullying, why do people still do it when they are so clearly disliked by others, media, hell, Lady GaGa!! I wish bullies could have a big 'i'm a loser' stamp on their head & get a dose of their own medicine.
Now that is off my chest, your holiday looked like a blast. I had to drive almost 4000km with my 4 children solo, as my husband is away overseas, but well worth the effort. Back to school tomorrow, my darling eldest hasn't seen a uniform, book, test or packed lunch in 8 weeks!! Love Posie

quirky granola girl said...

gorgeous photos of your trip! thank you for sharing your stories of lizards and bugs and snakes and octopi. and your epic blanket is fantastic.

rosa p. said...

LOVE this blanket!

rosa.

Sally said...

What a brilliant holiday. Adore your photos as always... especially you waving in the bubbles. Fantastic. You're an inspiration.
Beautiful ripple blanket too. Will you be sewing in the ends as you go?