Sunday, July 28, 2013

an invitation, a broken blog and a great big fat thank you...x


An invitation - please see above and please come.

An opportunity to win a copy of my book - please see my last post.

A broken blog - for some unknown reason, the last 158 comments on my last blog post didn't show up on the blog. I have no idea why. I have written to blogger and await their reply. I feel a bit sick.

In the meantime, please write your giveaway entries on this post here.

But not all is lost, I have all the emails that go with your missing entries secured safely in my inbox.

We'll draw the two winners from ALL the entries, on the blog and in my inbox, next Thursday 1st August.

And finally, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the kindest, most heart warming and generous comments on the giveaway post. You have made me laugh (farmer Bren centre-fold), you have made me cry (I'm seriously such a sook lately) and you have completely blown me away. I feel super lucky and thrilled to have you all in my life.

Love Kate xx

98 comments:

  1. Hi Kate, OMG, would love to win a copy of your book. Super big congrats on it and hoping for success and accolades in your future. Love Reges. xx

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  2. From Helen by email;

    I hope you receive this message as I couldn't see a comment section at the end of your post so am using the reply button instead. Love your blog and the Vantastic book that looks amazing and really interesting. I would love a copy if I'm lucky enough.

    Thanks and keep up the creative and good work.

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  3. From Marijke by email;

    Hello Kate, congratulations on finishing your book, it looks vantastic! We have a caravan (in the shed) and need to read and read again your book, just to pretend we are travelling in it. I love your story telling, imagination, real food and your homely family life, best wishes Marijke

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  4. From Marlene by email;

    I would love, love, love a copy, thank you very much! I know how good a caravan experience is, so it would be fab to see how you and your family have enjoyed your off days!

    Marlene
    aka Ouma Miaau

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  5. How wonderful to have an Aussie van book!! I'm very excited, thank you :-)
    Emma

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  6. Oh Kate I love, love, love your book and I've only just seen the photos you've shown us on your post. Are you beside yourself, squeal ing happy, clapping, jump up and down excited? Jeez, I would be...it looks awesome!!!

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  7. Probably comment overload! Congratulations on your book...looks fantastic!

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  8. Your comments box made blogger explode with all the Vantastic love! Xx

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  9. I Can't wait for me postman to deliver your book. My husband surprised me by preordering it. Wahoo

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  10. * oops that should mean mr postman!

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  11. Your book looks wonderful- what an adventure.
    Congratulations!

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  12. How did I miss your last post! WOW, it's finally happening, your book in the book stores. You must be so unbelievably happy, relieved and tentative all mixed up in one. I do wish you every success and look forward to seeing the final product after your months and months of hard work. I'd love my name to be included for a chance to win a copy of your book. Thanks ever so much.
    Anne xx

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  13. If there was any chance at all, I would be there. Make merry and be proud. xxx

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  14. maybe we crashed you...'cause that's how much we want the book!
    But if all else fails, Exclusive Books should have it by mid-August for us South Africans.

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  15. It looks wonderful! I do wish I have a copy. Greetings from Galicia, Spain from a follower since your vantastic adventure :)

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  16. The book looks terrific...can hardly wait to get my hands on it!

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  17. I love the peeks at your book. I would love to win a signed copy.

    Linda
    bengalcatlover10@yahoo.com

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  18. Your book looks fantastic. I'd love to be entered into your competition.

    Leanne xx

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  19. I would love the chance to win this book and relive your journey. Looks great from the photos shown. Good on you for taking the chance and doing it.

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  20. Congratulations! The book looks amazing, can't wait to flick through it!
    -Shannon

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  21. oooh please include me in the draw! I love the look of your book - such a unique idea!

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  22. yes please I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this amazing new book! I love everything you do!

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  23. Oh I am sure it will be awesome, just as each of your blog posts is awesome! Please enter me in the draw.

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  24. Wooo!! Your book looks super gorgeous! Well done Kate. xx

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  25. So excited for you Kate. Can't wait to be able to sit down and have a good read of your book. Enjoy the launch.

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  26. Kate, I so excited for you~ big congrats!
    Cannot wait to read this beauty.

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  27. How exciting! Can't wait to read it! Well done Kate :)

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  28. Kate! The book looks amazing!!! So happy for you and the fam! star author indeed!!!

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  29. Congratulations on the upcoming publication of what looks to be a brillant book - very much looking forward to getting my hands on a copy, one way or another. Super cute that the girls are practicing their signatures! I would definitley like a signed copy

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  30. I absolutely would love to win a copy of your book!
    It looks devine! But it wouldn't actually be for me,It would be for my bestie who has the biggest love of retro caravans!

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  31. I would love to win your book as I am such a fan of your blog. We have a property in southern highlands NSW with a retro caravan waiting to be done up by me and my hubbie and three girls similar age to yours.
    Congratulations on all of this whilst running your farm, crafting and looking after your family - I am in awe
    Lucy

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  32. I would love your book. Such an inspiration - beautiful!

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  33. I have just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I will definitely become one of your regular readers! Congratulations on the book, it looks amazing!

    I have also just started a blog of my own and I would love any feedback or advice you could give me! :)

    http://rowdyfairy.blogspot.com.au/

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  34. The book looks amazing Kate...Your book will be well loved in Harriet our 1964 bond wood caravan!! we will try and come to the book launch xxx

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  35. I remember back when you started this little blogging adventure. When I first starting following you I think you had about 30 or so other followers. We did the washcloth swap and I was the lucky recipient of your beautiful washcloths, I still have them, unused, I just couldn't bring myself to use them! So amazing that you've come so far and managed to get so much out of it (and I don't just mean a book deal!) It's been so long since I've commented here or on any blog for that matter but I just wanted to say congratulations Kate, I love it when fabulous things happen to fabulous people. Selina xx

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  36. Your whole book journey has been amazing to watch. I look forward to seeing it in the stores too. Hope your techno issues can be sorted out soon :)

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  37. This entry is for Naomi Scouller whose internet is broken.

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  38. OOH Kate pick me pick me! I love the look of your book and would love to have an actual CREATION by you to hold in my hands as well as your amazing blog to enjoy. I really love your balance of lovely writing and gorgeous photos, and am blown away by your hands-on creative ability too. Congrats on your book, you deserve every success :)Michelle

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  39. I am in. Hope I win, else I shall have to buy the book .. Congrats Kate! Finally your book is ready for launch! Such a big achievement!!

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  40. When my first son was born I started reading blogs to pass the time and fill the many hours without adult company. Yours was one of the first I found and started following religiously. I loved the wonderfully captured images of your farm, your crafting and gorgeous family - and I loved the honesty of your words as you shared yourself so truly. As you travelled around this amazingly diverse country I lived vicariously through your posts and shared the dream of such an adventure with my husband. Oh, how amazing it would be!

    Last Friday our second son was born and I continue to find your blog inspiring and heartwarming. I would love to win a copy of your book - a physical reminder of the dream and passion you live your life with, something to share with my family as we grow our own dreams and create our own adventures.

    Thank you for always sharing so generously of yourself, Kate. Congratulations on the book!!!

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  41. Hi Kate, wow what a big journey you have been on with your book. Can't wait to read it!

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  42. How will the world remember the first few decades of the Internet, I wonder some days when things just evaporate into the Milky Way. Congratulations on your book-what a superb accomplishment.

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  43. To Kate

    Thought something was odd when trying to post my comment, so here goes again.....
    Congratulations on what is a amazing achievement, noice one! My family of 4 are about to
    embark on our first camping trip these upcoming sept school hols as a trial run for a longer trip
    next year, so your gorgeous book would be a wonderful inspiration for us.

    Kind Regards
    Natalie Smolarek

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  44. Hi Kate
    sorry I'm new to leaving comments on blogs but I'd love to enter your vantastic giveaway. We've done many trips - both big & small- in our van with our 4 kiddies and I love anything to do with van-travels. I would just love to curl up with your book and a good cuppa on a rainy day. I love love love your blog & instagram pics. It's all good - keep it coming!

    Thank you

    Kim Baxter

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  45. Dear All I have really enjoyed reading you blog and loved your road trip around Australia. Not being able to travel as I am a carer for my lovely other half the next best thing is to read about other peoples' travels! Well done for sharing yours.
    Sarah Jones. x

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  46. hello kate, congratulations on your book. i wish you all the best for the launch and i can't wait to take a closer look! xevie

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  47. so thats why... anyway thanks for the love you are sharing and for the beauty you bring to our life.
    all the best
    Idit

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  48. Hey Kate,
    I am so so happy for you. This book looks just fantastic.
    I ordered a copy as soon as it was announced we could pre order.
    loads of love from us, xxxJennie.

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  49. I'm so in love with all your previews of your book, and also the bunting you've made - oh how I'd love to have a stash of fabrics like that! I'll be buying your book anyway (it's on my Christmas list) but hey, you've gotta be in it to win it!

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  50. Kate,

    I am a silent follower of yours and have been for quite some time now. I love everything you talk about; the ups and downs no matter what. Congratulations on finishing your book. I would be honored to receive your book. Thanks for sharing you and your family with all of us.

    Hugs, Tamara

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  51. Congratulations on your beautiful book! My husband and I have a little teardrop camper that we love to bits. She is a bit worse for wear at the moment though -we dragged her across The Nullarbor twice and broke her a bit :( I would love a copy of your book to re-inspire us to fix her up, dust off the retro red and white interior and hit the road again.
    p.s - aside from the competition for your book - I love your blog. Wonderful photography, beautiful scenery of where you live and your incredible talent of knitting and sewing for your family.

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  52. Congratulation to you Kate and your beautiful family:) Would love to win this book but hey it kind of doesn't matter cause I will buy it... I am super excited...can't wait to get my hands on it

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  53. Well done. What an amazing achievement. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  54. Congratulations. What a fantastic achievement and how fab it must feel to hold the book in your hands after all that work. Have a wonderful book launch.

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  55. Where do lost comments go ? How odd . Still congratulations again . It must be wonderful to see that long journey of words and photos in print at last . Well done !

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  56. I would absolutely love to win a copy of your book. At present we are on the road around Australia and i have been reading your past blog on your trip as we go. At present we are in Port Lincoln and are about to head off across the Nullabor. Congratulations.

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  57. I love your gorgeous blog and I would love a copy of your gorgeous book. Congratulations, what an exciting time for you and your family.

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  58. Not sure if my comment was lost or not so will post again. Big congratulations on the book and can't wait to read it!

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  59. Hi Kate! Congratulations on the book - I soooooo can't wait to buy a copy (and to win a signed copy as well would be fantastic!). We too are a travelling family - currently in Broome (which is heaven!) and l loved reading all about your trip while we were planning ours! I have a very clever mum who crotched some beautiful bunting for our camper which I just love! Anyway - love your blog - have been missing it on the road at times we won't don't have much internet reception! We are unfortunately cutting our trip short having been offered a dream job to manage a mango, avocado, lime and passion fruit farm in Mareeba in Far North QLD, so at this point in time we are trying to soak up every minute of our last four weeks on the road - 13 weeks all up just isn't long enough!!! Anyway - this turned into a bit of a novel - just wanted to say love what you do and please keep on doing it!!!

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  60. Would love to win your book, it looks fantastic! Or should I say vantastic! Thanks for the opportunity and congratulations.

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  61. How delightful to have a vantastic book!! My dream is to own a van and head off, at a whim, to who-knows-where.....sigh! Can't wait for that day.......in the meantime, a drool over your book is a great substitute!! Congratulations and thanks for the opportunity. Cheers, Meredithe.

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  62. Congratulations Kate. Your book looks scrum my! I found your blog when you were in the middle of your big adventure and so enjoy reading about your lovely family so many miles away! Love penny L in Dorset England

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  63. Hi-

    I have been happily reading your blog and would love to win a copy of your book! If I don't win, I will definitely purchase. Congrats on your terrific achievement!

    -wendi

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  64. Wonderful news about your book, I've been following your blog for a few months now and I love your posts, I look forward to reading your daily adventures. You're very inspiration, your book looks amazing. Congrats on finishing your book!!

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  65. Congratulations on your book! I would love to win a copy for my partner who is dreaming up a van to hitch to our 1968 Morris Major ;) very inspiring! Thank you for the chance to win x

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  66. Oh yay for new books, especially first books!
    When I was small my family used to go caravaning a lot. We didn't own a caravan, my parents would hire one. My super best favourite childhood holiday was travelling around the mainland for four weeks in a campervan.
    I'm excited to see your book in the shops very soon.

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  67. It has been my dream to travel around in a van, meeting new people and sharing adventures. You and your family blow me away with your creativity, kindness, and passion for living- I love reading your blog, and I would love to win a copy of your book! Congratulations, and love from the woods of Connecticut!

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  68. Congratulations, the book looks awesome! I'd love to take a road trip around Australia. Maybe I could use the book to entice my man onto the road...

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  69. Congratulations Kate! The book looks great and i'm sure all of your hard work has paid off. It must feel amazing to hold it in your hands! Best wishes for the launch on the 10th ... I'm sure you'll do a great job! Ally. (ps - we are planning our own trip around Aus, inspired in part by you guys! Many many thanks! xx)

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  70. Yay, the book! So exciting!!!
    Hope your launch is heaps of fun Kate, a great achievement :-)
    Susie xxx

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  71. Congratulations on your book, it looks beautiful! Xo

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  72. Well done Kate, for not giving up when it got scary and crazy busy and for seeing your vision come to fruition. Can't wait to hold the book in our hands and be inspired. Fiona Claire x

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  73. Wish I could be there Kate.


    Lorraine

    (by email)

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  74. I would love to win a copy of your book. It looks so beautiful. I dream about owning and restoring a retro caravan. Good luck with your book launch! Elaina xo

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  75. What a Vantastic party it'll be! Daylesford is one of my favourite places! I'd love an oportunity to win your book!

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  76. What a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious achievement! (Love your blog).

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  77. Would love to win a copy - what a perfect gift for my recently retired parents who just bought a caravan and are already planning their 'grey nomad' trips around Australia. Congratulations on your book - I'm predicting HUGE success.

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  78. Such a lovely-looking book! I would love one for myself - even though I can think of plenty of people who would love it as a gift! Congratulations!

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  79. Hi Kate,
    Congrats on your first book (which I'd love to win)
    and all the best for the launch at The Rex.
    I really enjoy your blog, thanks

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  80. Awww, frustrating! Sorry to hear of your blog woes. I hope blogger can get it sorted out. Maybe you had such an outstanding response you overloaded the comments? ;)
    Would LOVE love love to win a copy :D

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  81. Congratulations, i would love to win a copy! x

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  82. Wow! Congratulations Kate on the birth of VANTASTIC - I'm sure it is excitement to infinity for you and the family.

    Christine x

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  83. I would love to be entered to win your book. Thank you and Congratulations!!!

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  84. Congratulations Kate on the birth of your first book. I can't wait to get a copy and ooohh and aaaahh over the beautiful photos you always take. We have just returned from our maiden voyage in our new/old caravan, a month in Central Australia, we loved it and are planning our next adventure.

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  85. Yay. Big congrats. Would love to win a copy. x

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  86. Love the book :) not how I thought it would be but in a good way! Congratulations and thanks for the daily inspiration.

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  87. I've been away from blog land for a little while, but am so excited for you that you have a new book! Well done! Hope everyone buys it!

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  88. Wonderful - I can't wait to get my hands on VANTASTIC - one way or another!

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  89. Hello Kate,

    Your book looks beautiful and I am so excited for it!

    I would absolutely love to win a copy but if that doesn't pan out, I will still be buying a copy (or two!) as my sister is always away with her family in her caravan; and she would adore this book! My mum and I have recently got into "glamping" so it's all very exciting!

    Have a fantastic day,

    Kate xx

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  90. Love it - Perfect Fathers Day gift for my husband who has just finished fixing up our new 1979 orange Millard for our family holidays!

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  91. I first discovered your blog when you were travelling around Western Australia. I can still remember how much I looked forward to each new post (& still do). I guess from then on I was hooked! Would love to win a copy of your book, it looks lovely.

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  92. Oh I'm not too late I hope! I so look forward to reading your book :) We live in central Vic and bought our 1977 Franklin, "Frankie", in December. We're in the middle of doing her up and I love reading about others and their dinky loved caravans. I especially love hearing of young families taking adventures in them too (our kidlets are aged 5yrs - 9mths old). I would love to meet up on the road one day!

    Many congratulations to you on a labour of love seen through!

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  93. I can feel the wind in my hair as the kids run along the beach. My hubby is setting up the van on the shore. I reach for my knitting and smile. Life is so full... Look forwards to read your book. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us...

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  94. Wonderful - I can't wait to get my hands on VANTASTIC, love from Brazil.

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  95. Look forwards to read your book. I wish you good luck.
    Love from Greece

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  96. Hi Kate. I've just stumbled across your blog! My husband, I and four boys have just bought a camper van and Id love to be inspired by your book!
    Briony

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  97. Hi Kate. I just found your blog through Pip at Meet Me at Mike's, and perfect timing! Last weekend we took our first camping trip in our new-to-us '74 Trillium caravan. I'll be looking for a copy of your book here in Vancouver, for sure!

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Thanks so much for stopping by...

I do read every single comment you leave and appreciate it very much, but I should let you know that I can be a wee bit on the useless side when replying to comments, that's just me, everyday life sometimes gets in the way....so I'll apologise now, just in case.

Kate XX

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