Saturday, January 1, 2011


Coincidentally the last Critical Mass of 2010 fell on New Years' Eve, so yesterday we spent the last afternoon of 2010 decorating our bikes and making them look oh so fancy.

Then in the early evening we gathered with all the other decorated bikes and their riders and pets, behind the main street for our turn to ride in the New Year's Eve Parade.

There were the usual tractors, fire engines, motor bikes, brass bands and us. That's me and Pepper on the far left.

That's us again when we saw Bren and Jazzy in the crowd.

And there is Miss Indi on her yarn bombed bike.

Miss Jazzy refused to be in the parade for fear that she would miss out on the lollies lots of the floats throw out into the crowed as they pass by.

Miss Pepper did so well on her bike riding three circuits in all, but I have to say that her steering leaves a lot to be desired.

It was such great fun and quite emotional riding our bikes through the main street of our town being cheered on by thousands of people.

Later we partied on at Meg's and for the first time in forever, the five of us were together and awake counting down to the new year, hugging and kissing and waving sparklers around. We were at a party until after midnight!!!!!!

So lovely people, on this first day of our planet's 2011 circle around the sun (thanks Dad!), I wish you health and happiness and love and creativity and inspiration and passion and satisfaction and many, many completed projects.

What did you get up to? Hope you had fun.

Have a great one. XX

Eeeeeeeeeeeeekk, our caravan adventure is happening THIS YEAR!!!!!!


  1. Speaking of happy, your posts always make me smile Kate. I look forward to your posts. Happy New Year. We had a fab night with friends and got so close to being up at midnight. Not quite. Maybe I'll be old enough next year to stay up lol. Bur our game of celebrity head after 4 cocktails was a lot of fun.

  2. Hip Hip Hooray!!!
    2011 you'll be caravaning my way!!!

    Sounds like you had a marvellous new year's eve - I on the other hand had to ask Dave to wake me up a couple of minutes before midnight and then couldn't even keep my eyes open for the ten minutes that the fireworks go for on the telle. Pathetic!

  3. That last photo of Miss Pepper on her bike is too cute! Happy New Year! I hope its all you wish for and more.

  4. Happy New Year Kate to you and your family. How exciting that your caravan adventure begins this year. We stayed up past midgnight watching all the fireworks go off around our home which were so loud that even Isabelle was scared along with our 2 dogs. I had to let Tess come and sit inside with me on the couch as she didnt like it one little bit, poor doggie. The parade looks like lots of fun for you all.

  5. Wow! That's a great one! Wish I could have seen that - looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Love the yarn bombing especially :) You doodle in yarn, Kate - you have your own sensory colour explosions going on methinks ;) Best wishes for a wonderful creative year to you and all your beautiful family Kate :) Kx

  6. What you wish for your readers, Kate, I wish for you and Bren and your darling daughters.
    I love you all.
    P.S. After I split firewood all afternoon, I was asleep by 9:30 p.m. Fancy being outpartied by darling Miss Petter.

  7. I can't WAIT for your caravan adventures to begin! I'll be with you in spirit, whether you want me or not. :p

    Fabulous way to ring in a new year; yarn, bikes & lots of smiles.

  8. Happy New Year to you all. The girls must have loved partying till midnight. The bikes looked fantastic in the parade. I bet they had fun decorating them. Did Jazzy get some lollies as hoped for?

  9. Happy 1.1.11
    We were on the road - under the stars and moon at midnight last night. Together, but not where I would have prefered to be:(
    Your new years souds like lots more fun.

  10. That looks like so much fun!!!!
    Happy New Year to you all!XX

    (i would love a blue/white dress for Greta! She's only 4 1/2 , but would probably need a size 6 - shes big around the middle!

    Will wait till we are over there - moving in 3 weeks!)x

  11. LOVE the yarn bombed bike.
    Looks like you had a great night.
    We lasted until ll:30 when the tired tantrums hit and we had to go home.
    But we did have a gorgeous time at Budges (whose family are also having a caravan adventure this year) and with lovely old friends and their families.
    Happy new year to you guys.
    Andi x

  12. I love the yarn bombed bike!!! Looks like you had a great time and well done for staying out past the pumpkin hour :-) We all went to Cairns for the day and had a lovely lunch in a nice restaurant then climbed back up the hill to bed. Us oldies need our beauty sleep ;-)

    Happy New Year to you all and all the best for 2011.
    PS When does your caravan holiday start and are you coming up our way??

  13. Darling Kate wishing you and your gorgeous family every skerrick of health, happiness and prosperity that life can muster for You and Your hard working wonderful family in 2011 and forever!
    HUGE HUGS, Cherie xoxoxoxoxo.

  14. HAPPY New year special Kate!!
    It's so exciting for your caravan adventure is this year, I can't wait to see what you guy get up to. I also look forward to see your other adventures both creative and otherwise non caravan related.
    thanks for making 2010 so great, and i hope 2011 is a superb year for you xo

  15. Happy New Year to you and your cheeky monkeys. Hope 2011 brings love, laughs and fabulous surprises.
    Ab xx

  16. How much fun & colour!! I guess you got a work out & children have shocking steering skills until it's actually up to them, they work your arms!! Happy New Year, love Posie

  17. Che bello! Quanto ve la godete! E che bel caldo ci deve essere lì.

  18. WOW!! I love a yarn bombed bike loos like you guys rocked the parade with your awesomeness well done :)

  19. Happy New Year Kate! Hope you all recovered well today after partying last night, how fun! Love all the parade photo's, what a fun & happy night it was. I'm so pooped tonight, can't wait to get into bed and finish my book. Hope to see you & the pups next week! xo

  20. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    We just slept, which was extremely nice. :-)

  21. What a way to end the year. I see tha the movement is gaining momentum. good stuff. happy new year. xox

  22. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  23. your new year welcome story made me feel a bit teary miss kate. how lucky to live in such a cool town. gorgeous photos as usual and i love the yarn bombed bike. i loved the link to your dads place too. what a lovely man he must be. happy new year to you and yours and rock on to caravan adventures and gypsies

  24. oh so fun!! Happy new year =))

  25. Kate the rager, hooray for the party girl! Every good wish to you for 2011, year of the caravan. I do hope you have a copy of Alison Lester's picture book about going around Australia (is it called 'Are we there yet? Can't remember).

  26. Looks like you had a great time! Wishing you all a happy, healthy and wealthy 2011.
    Jak x

  27. How perfectly wonderful. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

  28. Hi kate , yay for critical mass!
    I have been enjoying your lovely eggs several times a week, they are so yummy :)

  29. Hey wonderful Kate what a powerful way to bring in the New Year... Your girls look like they are having the most uplifting of times. We had a beautiful evening of swimming & BBQing with a large gathering of friends new & old at our local beach at the National Park. I really look forward to reading your posts this year, you are always an inspiration.
    Hope Mother Earth turns on some much kinder weather for you & Farmer Bren this year.

  30. What a blast....Your girls are so cute..Excited to see what the new year has in store for you :)

  31. What a blast....Your girls are so cute..Excited to see what the new year has in store for you :)

  32. I saw your phot on dandelions blog and thought to myself. why don't i have a tutu. pepper looks SO CUTE!!

    looks like ti was a great night. we love sparklers here and any occasion calls for them. happy new year my friend. xx

  33. If your caravan adventures are heading to SA. We'd love it if you set yourselves up in our back yard for a few days along the way :D I'm sure the kids would amuse each other, might stop my lot fighting for a few days at least;)

  34. Happy New Year Kate and family. Love your yarn bombed bikes. Totally awesome.

    I'm so excited for your big adventure this year. Oh wow, is it going to be incredible huh?

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