Tears, goodbyes & sangas for dinner

Well, we made it to Broken Hill! Yes there were tears, and some very sad goodbyes, but after a later than desired start, we arrived at the BH Racecourse around 6pm to claim our $15 per night unpowered site… mainly because that was all that was left.  A very popular stopover, with very cheap prices, this place is just crawling with caravans and camper trailers!

Our quick & easy 5 minute set up made getting dinner for the girls a breeze.  Especially when dinner consists of this:


Unfortunately, I didn’t have the foresight to actually keep some meat out for dinner, so cheese sandwiches for dinner it was – Billie doesn’t like tomato (got it kiddo after the 10th time!).

The girls are now tucked up in bed, so we’re sussing out the options for tomorrow (and burning through our data too as it turns out!) but it will not be long before I join them for an early night too!  It hasn’t really sunk in yet and I’m sure it will start to feel real soon, and in spite of the sad farewells and tears, it’s good to get the first day done and out of the way!


Have you been to Broken Hill? What are the must-sees and highlights?

The day of reckoning

So today we spent most of the afternoon preparing and packing for our departure tomorrow.  After family photos at the Homestead in the morning, we ran around sorting out some last minute things before getting stuck into getting organised.
14163753_10155188926296808_1916941948_o 14152085_10155188926136808_748539946_o14139156_10155188926351808_1868677809_oA final cull of all the non-essential stuff was done, yielding a nice little pile of clothes, books and other crap that had been accumulating in the short time we’ve been in the van.  14191293_10155188924896808_1431834732_o

A few friends dropped by to say farewell, including Miss A’s childcare teacher BreeBree who was so excited to see her! Miss A will really miss Bree whilst we’re away!

With everything packed and loaded and a final family dinner spent with the G-Fam, it was time to run the rig over the weigh-bridge! The day of reckoning was here and we would know whether or not we’d have to commence a major cull of our gear!

When we first picked up the van, we weighed it to double check that the Tare weight on the plate was accurate – unfortunately it was – at 2750kg – which was a lot heavier than we anticipated.   Plus, with recent modifications and extras added to the Colorado, the ute was definitely heavier than we expected as well so we have been particularly mindful of our weight whilst packing so we don’t exceed our combined weight limit of 6000kg.  The whole weight thing with the car and the van has been a very interesting learning curve – who would have known that I’d now know about things such as ATM (Aggregate Trailer Mass), GCM (Gross Combined Mass), Tare and Payload weights!

The topic of weight is always a hot topic on caravanning forums and pages with horror stories of accidents occurring where insurance companies won’t pay out, married with those who take a more blasé approach and don’t really care what and how much they are carrying. It wasn’t really rocket surgery to know that we needed to do all that we could do to keep the weight of our van and ute under the requirements. To the point that three weeks ago we were seriously contemplating buying a Landcruiser to ensure we had the capacity to do what we wanted to do.  In the end, we compromised and have left all the camping gear behind and bought a new alloy bulbar to replace our steel one (saving 35kg). Sadly (much to Corey’s dismay), we took the side steps and roof racks off the ute to save us an extra 40kg!

So to say that there was an air of anticipation as we rolled the car and then the van onto the pad was an understatement… but after a nervous pause, were relieved to see the total come in at 5960kg! Woohoo! We are under the weight limit! Unfortunately the light above the display kept throwing out the focus on the picture below, but it was a relief to see us on track and not starting out too heavy!14164157_10155188926071808_1003861555_oThe rest of the evening has been spent packing away meat into the freezer and doing one final pass through cupboards to see what else I could live without… a couple of torches, a few items of the girls’ clothing plus 2 more books have made it onto the discard pile – thank goodness for the kindle!

And now it’s time for sleep, for tomorrow we start our big adventure!

Did you know how complicated the whole weight thing was when it comes to towing a caravan? Can anyone guess where our first stop tomorrow will be?

T-minus 1 week and counting

I have just come back from a writing conference today and am so tired that my eyes are bugging out of my head! But I couldn’t go to bed without acknowledging this fast approaching, life-altering deadline!

With my to-do list (that is over 2 pages long) MIA, tomorrow is set to be a busy day trying to remember everything I have to get done!! But first, I sleep! G’night. 

Have you got a busy day planned for tomorrow too? Fess up, do you now have ‘It’s the final countdown’ stuck in your head? 

The highs and lows

It’s so nice to see the end of what has been a massive week! Emotional, exhausting and finally over, I’m looking forward to turning my mind towards our impending departure date and crossing off the items on my growing to do list over the next two weeks!

To recap (coz I’m too tired to elaborate):

A sick daughter to kick off what was a challenging week juggling working mum and motherhood…

A busy working week culminating in many farewells and a few tears…

An excited birthday girl who enjoyed three birthday cakes (including my attempt)…

And a sad goodbye to these two:

I am really going to miss these faces…

Tomorrow is the start of a brand new week… Let the excitement and anticipation begin.

Has your week been filled with challenges or has it been easy and calm? Any excitement or anticipation building for you in the coming weeks?

Dodging the curveballs

Do you ever find that you desperately wish for a calm and easy week and get pounded with the week from hell where the universe conspires against you?  Yup, that’s me this week!

It’s the last week of work for both Corey and I which makes it just under 3 weeks before we head off!! Time seems to have come around very quickly!!  Monday and Tuesday have now come and gone leaving three more working days to go. Only three more days??? Eek!

Corey is fortunate in that he is able to head into work, climb into his truck, work his long day, park up, finish and come home.  He has been working ridiculously hours doing a long and tiring job.  And he’s just as exhausted as I am, but at the end of the day, he can walk away knowing that he’s done everything he needs to do to hand it over to the next guy.

Not me… I’m madly scrambling to get all the knowledge out of my head and down into a format that will hopefully be useful to my team and the new person who will replace me!

I knew that this last week would be busy – there is so much going on and I wanted to make sure that everything is in order before I leave… but of course that’s when the curve balls start rolling in.  And roll in they are…

Bam! Miss B suddenly develops a raging fever and ear infection in the wee hours of Monday morning. Ka-Pow! I drove over a screw on my way to the doctor and got a puncture in my tyre.  Slam! The things I thought would take me a small amount of time are seemingly taking forever.  Boom! The dreaded call from child care comes, aforementioned fever is back and Miss B has to be picked up. Crunch! Handovers have had to be re-jigged and meetings scheduled on the kitchen table in the caravan just to get it all done in time. Sniff! Then I remember that I’m leaving and the melancholy sets in – sadly all the projects and things that I’ve been working on the past few years will come to fruition without my involvement and the industry I love will continue to develop without my contribution.

I know that there is only so much I can do and life at work will go on without me, but I just want to make sure that I leave things in the best possible way and all these extra challenges are testing the limits today!  Of course I know that things will only get better from here – after all, we’re about to head on the trip of a lifetime – but a clear run to finish the job the way I’d planned to would make all the difference in letting go and being able to move on to the next phase.


Does the universe throw challenges your way during those times when you really need calm and clarity the most?   How do you manage the conflicting emotions that arise as you close one chapter and transition into a new one?

Dreams in the making

Hi!!! Remember me? I used to write random stuff here quite frequently once upon a time!

One day soon I shall address all of that and why I’ve been AWOL, but today I felt compelled to write (thank god, it’s coming back!). I knew that it would eventually, but for a little while I wasn’t sure.  Sometimes you have to trust that the universe is just going to provide, don’t you?  I’ve subscribed to that philosophy my whole life.  When things have gone wrong and life has been challenging, I have simply put it out there and trusted that everything was going to be ok.  And the majority of the time, it has been.

The news is well and truly out now about our plans to head off on a trip around Australia. Well, to those around us it has… to those of you here, SURPRISE!

*makes big announcement*

Yup, you read that right.  We are about to embark on a 14 month trip around Australia!  14 months in a caravan with the hubby and two little ladies, taking in the best that our country has to offer!

That’s also 14 months to rejuvenate, reconnect, and recreate the life that we want to live.  A life that makes us happy and fulfilled and free.

It’s exciting, there is no question of that, but tonight I came to realise that it also requires a massive amount of trust.  Trust in ourselves, trust in each other, and trust that whatever happens between now and whenever we will will end up in the place that we’re meant to be, doing the thing that we’re supposed to be doing.

Pretty deep for a Thursday night yeah?

Tonight I headed off to a BBQ meet and greet down at Apex Park – a local caravan park – to meet with Adele, Wayne (and their girls) from Caravanning with Kids.  These guys are making their way through Mildura as they head up to the red centre.  I’d been following them on Facebook and Insta for a few months since we embarked on our research back in January and this evening we were able to meet in person.  In between dealing with tired and cranky kids (mine) and Adele and Wayne playing host with other guests, we got to have some really great conversation about a whole range of things and it confirmed for me that we’ve made the right decision.

Sometimes, there are moments in your life when you can just feel that you’re on the cusp of something.  Something that is good and positive.  I have no idea yet what it is yet but I feel ready for it and trust that things are going to be ok – in fact, better than ok! 180 reversal on my state of mind six months ago for sure!

And it’s nice to be feeling something positive again.  Well, that and the mild feeling of panic that’s looming due to the fact that I’ve got approximately a month left before we leave to get my shite together and be ready for it!

Cue mad panic… Here’s what our next month or so is looking like:

  • 32 more sleeps
  • 11 more days of work
  • 5 more weekends
  • 72 items still left to be done on my To Do list
  • 4 more items to sell
  • 560kg of weight we have available to put all of our worldly possessions into our car & van
  • 2 beloved bulldogs to transport to their temporary home with our awesome breeders
  • 10 people living in one house (and technically Corey’s dad’s old caravan)
  • 1,000,000 thoughts going through my brain at any given moment
  • 5.5 hours of sleep that I’m averaging at the moment

There’s a lot going on and a lot more to do. But tonight I realised that we’re on the cusp of dreams being realised – and that’s pretty damn exciting!

Oh, PS. Given I haven’t had my act together enough to do a big launch post, here’s a gratuitous picture of our new caravan!

cropped-13835456_10155097291896808_1161143840_o.jpgWhat dreams are you chasing at the moment?  Any exciting plans that have the potential to be a turning point in your life?


Two Sentences Tuesday #38


Climbing into bed that night, she remembered that the Australian Open was on TV and as she tuned in to see how Hewitt was progressing, she was thrilled to see his trademark in action as he closed in on the second set.

Perhaps in the face of retirement, she mused, our very own #fistypumper can pull one more rabbit out of his hat!

Photo: Nardia | a life like ours)