Monday, August 22, 2011

Traveling West.

Time passes.

Kilometers are driven.

Paths are walked.

Waterfalls and creeks and rock pools are discovered and leaped into and cooled off in and enjoyed.

We are getting braver.

One of us wants to be a climber when she grows up. Some of us have learnt to jump without testing the water. All of us love the feeling of the waterfall pounding the back of your neck.

I have lost track of time.

I cannot tell you how long we have been on the road, what day it is or what time it is back home.

I do not miss home. I do miss some of my special people sometimes.

For some reason bad news from home devastates me while good news seems dreamy and far away.

Mostly we eat cereal and sandwiches and barbecues. Apples and carrots and Vegemite crackers for snacks.

We have been bitten by one million bitey things. I was stung by a bee on the bum in the NT/WA quarantine station.

We love our Frankie Blue caravan. She really feels like home. I love the mixy-matchy sheets we cover up with at night. I am so pleased I made the effort to sew them up before we left.

We wear skirts and shorts and singlets and thongs and hats.

It is hot aired and bright blue skied every day.

We cannot imagine the cold, wintry, wet Daylesford days.

The girls are up and down and around and around. We have sticker charts for good behaviour on the caravan fridge and rewards are coming. They are happiest when we are busy and doing and learning, so we try to be. I think farmer Bren sometimes questions the wisdom of traveling half way around Australia with four girls.

Decisions are made. Sometimes changed, sometimes kept.

We have time.

We are heading West.


ps. We are on The Design Files today. Yippee!!


  1. Beautifully written Kate - so precious - such a special time - love to you and yours - blessings and more safe - wonderful - memory making travels my friend! Rach xx

  2. YAY for braver , yay for more time, YAY for loosing track of time , YAS for waterfalls, freedom and sun!
    And YAY for a gorgeous post!
    PS is that a TURTLE Bren's touching in the water? !

  3. Your days sound so carefree and happy Kate...I long for a piece of that. Keep making wonderful memories and sharing them with us :)

  4. i love road tripping in australia! your posts are giving me some serious wanderlust. xx

  5. Oh god, my last comment was full or booboos
    Meant YAY for getting braver and YAY ( not YAS) for waterfalls

  6. Love it! So refreshing and relaxing...

  7. Beautiful post Kate.
    I also keep fogetting to tell you my trick for mozzie bites. A neat drop of lavender oil does an amazing job of easing the itch & inflammation.
    You're making us very jealous. We're looking at going to Far north Qld to visit my folks. Just need us another caravan.
    Take care you lot. xx

  8. Great to hear you are losing track of time - that's what it should all be about. I bet farmer bren does question himself at times - traveling around the country with 4 girls :/
    Have a great week!

  9. serious case of jealousy down here in Tasmania.

    cheers Kate

  10. You sound so relaxed Kate.
    I love the photo of you and Indi floating.

    (I'll be emailing you soon I hope!)xx

  11. I am so enjoying sharing your travel/journey/adventure ... I don't always comment, but I do always read and delight!

  12. I'd rather a bee on the bum than one in my bonnet any day!!

    Happy that you are all so happy, dear Kate.


  13. So glad that you checked in to let is know that you are travelling well. I was wondering where you were :)

  14. This was a very uplifting post, it actually made me feel relaxed even surrounded by 5 baskets of laundry to fold. How I wish these five baskets would turn into 5 items each for the next six months.You are living the dream, I say!!!

  15. What a glorious post. I am just loving every minute of your adventure, following you on your journey from the other side of the world. You make me think of packing the car, locking the doors and taking off!


  16. wow your trip in now in my google reader. we are planning for 6 months away also... not oz though and I am now realising how wonderful it can be.

    looking forward to your posts
    have a wonderful journey

  17. Oh i thought i missed some posts, but it's been a week, yay, was Darwin all that you imagined??
    I was stung by a wasp in Katherine, it bloody hurt, plus i had no shame in my husband pulling my pants down to check at the service station (i was pregnant, the end of my dignity anyway).
    So many grottos to discover in WA, enjoy, soak it up, very unlikely you'll go to many of these places again.
    I often wonder how my husband & son cope with we 4 ladies, they are just used to it i guess, they don't know any better. Enjoy the Indian Ocean, it's my favourite, almost extra salty or something, weird sunsets & sunrises, almost upsidedown, it's fun. Love Posie

  18. yay! west is best!

    the kimberly is so hauntingly beautiful and magic. will you be doing the gibb? not with frankie blue i guess! check out some bradshaw rock art if you can. and el questro.

    you capture life on the road so beautifully kate.


  19. unforgettable memories being built in your wandering patchwork home..

  20. I feel like I am on the road re-living my own trip over to the west and I am enjoying the details seen through your eyes. Happy travels x

  21. Ooo I love this post Kate. It describes exactly what I would imagine life on the road up North to be like. The idea of blue skies, warm air and rockpools and waterfalls sounds totally wonderful. I would so love to be on your adventure :o) xo

  22. I love this post. I love what you are doing. It's so inspiring, and I wonder one day if I'll have the courage to do the same. Your kids are so very lucky!

  23. Wish I was dawdling along behind you Darlings! Sounds like you're in travelling mode Kate and allowing what ever happens to happen. Huge Hugs All. ♥♥♥♥♥

  24. Wow-weee, just discovered your blog & you are living my dream! Got a little wave of homesickness but can't wait to read more. Say hi to my lovely Perth when you make it there, she's a beauty! :)

  25. Loving your travel journal, tis warming up here but those summery days sound delicious.

  26. Thanks for sharing your travels. Enjoy reading your blog updates and seeing the photos.

  27. Lovely post, this is what travelling's all about - leaving our comfort zone and being open to new adventures. The best thing is being able to go where you want, when you want. Bities are all part of it too!

  28. my word verification is UNDIES!! ( ...its the small things...)

    I often wonder about Bren and how he is coping with all that girliness, he will be due some serious man time when it is possible. Perhaps one of those weekend male bonding camps where men go into the bush and paint each others faces and get stinky and dirty and end up hugging and crying? No, that would be shite.

    Perhaps a weekend of "fishing" with Chef and his mates... more Brens thing ... getting dirty, complaining about there wives but then also at the same time realising how bloody awesome they are and how bloody lucky they are to have us, plus the other "fun"....what happens at fishcamp stays at fishcamp...

    Ohhh to not know what day it is... I dream of this.
    Missed your blogposts. x

  29. Fantastic post!!
    I really want to experience what you are doing, the live in the moment type of feeling, not knowing what day it is, just going where you want when you want, magic!!
    Just to get away from the day to day crap and the fuss and clutter of home life, doing the minimalistic living for a while, showing the kids that there is more to life than Xbox and electrical equipment, that would be absolutely awesome.

  30. I love that you've lost all sense of time, how perfect! Thank goodness for sticker charts, I hope they work well for you, we've just recently started one up for the little guy & he's really responding well (most of the time)...x

  31. how fantastic that the tyranny of time has lost it's grip on you.
    That photo wiht the pink twirly skirt looks amazing. Is that some seriously beautiful infinity edge pool behind?

  32. I know that timeless feeling..once when on hols with my parents we did 3 weeks from Canberra to Adelaide and round the Vic coast and back to Canberra, the other was coming up here to Qld to live..we took a few weeks to get here. Loved reading this and your last post this morning..just like being a fly on the wall...and now we're going west..can't wait!

  33. This is so lovely. I have just started reading your blog, and I really look forward to getting another snippet of your long holiday. Keep having fun- ps it is not very cold anymore here in the goldfields, it is getting sunny, and the grass is growing very fast and I'm getting hayfever- Can only mean spring is on it's way!

  34. So lovely to read that all is going well. I love how you have this new rhythm in your life. Great pics :) Kx



  36. Dont tell me. Its Bren who's the untested water jumper? It cant be you! Can it? x

  37. I couldn't agree more with what #teddybearswednesday said previously. She summed it all up nicley... and YAY!

  38. Well actually, it's been sunny and lovely in Daylesford too, so naahh!!! :) Beautiful post lovely, so glad it is all going swimmingly (pun intended). Beautiful family, that's worked so hard deserves a beautiful holiday.
    Miss you, Mwwwaahhh!
    Ps- big ups for the design files gig, awesome ;)

  39. Awesome post. I admire your spirit to just pick up and take off with your family. There is nothing more important. None of you will ever forget this time together. Your children will never forget how of took this time to be with them, not work, not friends, but with them, and you are really WITH them. More people should be brave enough to do this. I wish I had been!

  40. YAY for travelling west!
    Welcome to WA! (I'm sure that bee flew over from the NT side of the border)

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