Saturday, October 29, 2011

Road tripping.

Sometimes I wonder if I should have been keeping a proper travel blog.  A blog where I write about where we've been, what the indigenous name for it is, how many miles above sea level, what it is famous for and what we did there. Then I could have our trip all neatly and tidily categorised. Then we could read it back and have a proper record of this journey.

But on the road I am constantly hearing people talk about how far behind they are in their travel blogs and I know for certain that would have been me. I'd probably be stuck somewhere back at Uluru. And I wouldn't want to miss a detail and it would feel like homework and I'd be stressed.

Instead I've got this strange all over the place blog. Part travel, part personal, part craft, part food, part anything else I feel inspired to write about at the time.

There are certainly bits I've skipped over, but so much happens in one day on the road. So many miles, so many thoughts, so many plans, so many observations.

Just for fun here's a little summary of the past few days...

On Thursday morning we watched Piccolo's new born dolphin cub at Monkey Mia. It was born over night and I'm not sure there is anything cuter than a tiny little dolphin. Wowee!! Not too sure about the every 7-10 minute breast feeds though. That poor Mama dolphin.

We also watched Puck, another dolphin, struggle to understand why she was not the centre of attention for once and try to win it back with all manner of tricks.

And then, later on that morning we packed up and left Monkey Mia and the best caravan spot EVER!! It was not easy I tell you.

We spent that night at Denham, at the western most caravan park in Australia (WINDY!!) and caught up with lots of friends for handstands and later on for drinks.

On the way out on Friday we visited Shell beach. Like the name suggests, Shell beach is covered with tiny white shells. Its about four meters deep with them

We dug around in them, made piles of them, sorted through them and threw them in the air and into the water.

I wish I could share with you the tinkling sound they made as they hit the water. I loved that sound.

And then we visited the stromatolites.

At The Billabong road house where we ate our lunch, we looked at hundreds of photos of tattoos and I decided I don't think I want one any more. I don't know exactly what it was but something about them just made me feel like I do not need to belong to that club. I might change my mind. Who knows.

In Geraldton it was SUPER WINDY and apart from a bit of play ground play, we sheltered in the caravan and played clapping games, watched movies and thanked goodness we have a van and not a tent.

Also in Geraldton Farmer Bren was voted best plaiter in the family!!

I know!!

And I finally got my Textured Leaf dress. (Please excuse the caravan mess).

This dress arrived at Carnarvon post office long before we had passed through there. My Tassy friend Jo tried to pick it up unsuccessfully and then a few days later Fiona got lucky and brought it south with her. Yay! I adore it Wendy, thank you. xx

So there you have it. A couple of days on the road. Some of it anyway. Of course in this time food was prepared and eaten, miles and miles and miles were driven, podcasts were listened to, conversations had, games played, decisions made, music played, books read, a ukulele strummed, crocheted ends sewn in, photos taken............................................................................................................................................

Happy travels. x


  1. I just LOVE that I get to follow your journey!!
    And that SOOOOO does look like the best caravan spot in the world! Imagine waking up to that every day.
    What a gorgeous country we live in.
    x S

  2. Good times for sure... and a baby dolphin. Awww. How lucky are you to be there to see a newborn dolphin. I'm getting all clucky just thinking about it.

  3. I'm so glad you all enjoyed Shell Beach!!

    And I love that clapping photo!!

    While you're in Geraldton check out the 'Finches Nest' - someone told me its the largest quilting store in the Southern Hemisphere (although let me say, it is so much more than a Quilting store - I'm not much of a quilter but even I was drooling in this wonderful shop!)

    And the war memorial - each gull represents a fallen soldier/sailor (I forget which) from a specific battle - it's one of the most beautiful memorials i've ever seen - would be a great pattern for something crafty, now I think of it!!

  4. You saw a baby dolphin?! So jealous! The photos are gorgeous. Hope to catch up down the road. xo

  5. Lovely photos again, I feel like I'm having a journey through the middle and upper parts of Australia with you. Great dress! Awwww such a cute baby Dolphin.

    Kylie xxx

  6. a travel blog with all those details wouldn't be you.

    Ha! So Bren is responsible for all those neat plaits. Nice one.

  7. oh my goodness! you are HERE! In little ol' Geraldton!!!! Yes it is windy and today you'll see the Clippers arrive from their race round the world and the biggest cruise ship come into port as well! Sue :)

  8. p.s. 1 WELCOME!!!!!
    P.s. 2 i will email you!
    sue :)

  9. Your dress is beautiful! Your blog alone is a wonderful journal Kate, the last thing you want on a trip like this is to stress yourself out over keeping a log of everything, happy travlin'!

  10. Your blog is just perfect Kate. As a perfect mix of it all ... and the best part is, we get to travel with you. Love all your photos - and the baby dolphin, how gorgeous. I think you may have made the best decision re the tattoo. I think those photos of body parts a bit creepy too! cheers Wendy

  11. What can I say, your blog and posts are wonderful. I am so enjoying travelling with you. You are getting closer to the part of the world I grew up in, east of Perth about 150 miles in the central wheatbelt district.
    I love the dolphin photos, just gorgeous.
    Anne xx

  12. You lucky lucky duckies, seeing Piccolo's baby!!! Very envious!! so cute!! The van looks quite tidy to me, LOL!

  13. Gorgeous memories Kate - I think you've got all the important bits of a travel journey there :) LOVE that dress. Kx

  14. Kate, Kate, Kate, your holiday blog is just perfect, full of thoughts, feelings, memories and great photos. Things like indiginenous names and metres above sea level you can always look up in a book when you get home.

  15. Just read hubby this post and he laughed as we rememebr Geraldton well.Arent all the trees that have grown weird from the wind funny to see?Oh and I love how you do your blog xx

  16. I'm sure your images and blog posts will later trigger memories later. When I was 12 my family did a road trip from Hobart to Noosa and back, this seemed forever in a small Mitsubishi van with the 5 of us kids, especially as we are Tasmanian! But to this day images, place names, certain foods or a song can trigger an avalanche of subconsciously kept memories.

  17. Your blog is a bit like life, really. A bit of this , a bit of that. I wouldn't swap it for anything! Love your textured leaf dress!

  18. To be honest Kate, it is your voice through the blog that keeps me coming back - not necessarily what you write about in terms of travel, craft, etc. but your thoughts and personality. Saying that, I think we will be having a holiday in WA next year for sure!

    I am absolutely loving your photos. The ones in this post are amazing - I keep looking at them and thinking I wonder which shutter speed, lens, etc. Maybe it should be a bit of a photography blog as well.


  19. I love your blog because it is written so well, and the photos are amazing. It takes me away for a little while and reminds me of when I was a kid on holidays, I can almost hear the roar of the waves and smell the salt water!
    Your blog does not need to fit into any particular category. It is a life blog, and that's what I love about it! It is your personality, your family and your life, just as mine is too. I would hate to be put into a box and not be able to write about whatever I feel, that's what it's all about isn't it?
    Anyway, just keep on doing what you're doing, it's working!
    Rach x

  20. Oh Kate, I wouldn't over-think where your blog is taking you. You're doing a beautiful job, sharing the joys of travelling this huge country of ours just so well. I feel like I'm there with you. So forget the labels and keep on keeping on, my friend! J x Thanks so much for your gorgeous comment about my Dad.

  21. Loving this version of the travel blog .
    But today I adore that dress - my mum had sheets in this fabric I swear!!

  22. I for one love that you have shared your journey's been fun!
    Totally loving that dress :)

  23. Gorgeous dress, good one :) FABULOUS post Darling, Thank YOU! I can see it all, smel;l it too plus hear the tinkling of the shells. Your writing is so descriptive and your pics are amazing So very grateful you take the time to post. ♥♥♥♥♥

  24. You have all of these AMAZING photos to remember where you have been...and your thoughts and feelings recorded to remember how it felt to be there...perfect!

  25. I think you do just fine at capturing the best bits of a journey and dont need to know where youve been specifically by date.
    The memories will come and go over the years and those are the most important pieces I think.

    You look lovely and tanned, Kate!
    Cool, I actually sent something ahead of time for once, hah. What caravan mess?... is that a deflated balloon? What fun you must be having.

    My daughter is one of those people who attracts dolphins somehow, never known anything like it.


  26. I love your stories on travel, life and love of your family:) I think that you have put enough on here to look back on. Love that dad with the big hands can plait hair - the Dad here can do it here too (but does it back the front or upside down - odd, but he still does it:)

  27. Beautiful baby dolphin! I found you through instagram and I'm so glad! Your photos of Oz are just gorgeous. I might not be there for the moment but I still think it's the most beautiful country!

  28. Blogs capture moments, and your moments are all so special and gorgeous, I don't think it matters which category you fall into. Love the dress, and the mess.

  29. I love your dress!

    And how gorgeous is this country we live in? Seriously!

    Lucky, lucky you!

  30. I love your way of sharing your journey - neat categorisation is not all it's cracked up to be... I'm reminded of the "baby" book I was given to fill in with our little/big girl, with all the spaces to fill in the dates of the "important" firsts... except they weren't always the important ones to us... keeping our own memories and records of things like the first time she rolled her "r's" or her first made up song or joke, or the amazing, funny, sometimes heartbreaking things she says has been better for us.
    PS thank you for your lovely blog posts, and sorry I so rarely get around to commenting xo

  31. i'm so jealous, i want to go to monkey mia so badly! gosh you guys are having the adventure of alifetime :)

  32. Opened up my new copy of Artful Blogging and I found your article. I have been envying your road trip the whole way.

  33. loving that green dress. loving seeing this wonderful state through your eyes. loving revisiting all these special places. loving that you're loving it all too.


    (you're making a cracking pace now!! you'll be down here in no time. will email you details.)

  34. Your travel log system is just fine. Your photos and stories are just inspiring.

  35. hello lovely Kate, thought about you today and remembered it is your birthday tomorrow.
    loving your wonderful stories and pics of your gorgeous family.
    wishing you all the very best for your big one.
    sending you the squishiest of hugs...always ♥

  36. I used to want a tattoo when I was younger, I'm pretty glad now I didn't get one, and definitely glad I didn't get the one I wanted then. I've just seen a couple of white ink tattoos on Pinterest though that look less harsh than the black which make me think maybe one day...

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