Sunday, November 6, 2011

Six things & a winner.

(The fanciest caravan park bathroom so far in Mandalay in Busselton).

Hello!!  Firstly, an enormous thank you for all your beautiful birthday texts, emails, twitters and comments. Every single one read and appreciated and loved. xx

(Birthday me.)
(Birthday lunch.)
(Busselton pier).

Secondly, I had the best birthday ever! It was the type of day where I remembered it was my birthday all day long.

We woke up and had birthday cuddles in bed. We ate K shaped pancakes, I opened prezzies and unwrapped cards. I chatted on the phone and got sung to and serenaded with the ukulele. We ate lunch on the water, made birthday speeches and cheersed with bubbles. We walked to the end of Busselton jetty and back. We made and ate delicious pizzas for dinner. I blew out the candles of a caravan baked chocolate cake. We watched a few episodes of Modern Family before bed. And I wore my birthday tiara all day long!! A very happy birthday indeed.

Thirdly. The green magazine giveaway. In the tradition of road trip giveaways, the camp site number chose the winner. In this case it seemed most fitting for the guests to decide. I am so very, very lucky that my parents flew over to join us on the road for my birthday week and their site number is three.

So number three it is. Comment number three is Miss Gourmet Girlfriend Ruth!! Hooray!!

Hugest congratulations Ruth. I hope you love your two year subscription to green magazine and find it endlessly inspiring.

Fourthly, I have another great giveaway coming up very soon so watch this space.

(Yarn bombed chair in front of Margaret River Wool shop.)

Fifthly, we are loving the south west but are freeeeeeeeeezing. Its so nice after many months of red dirt and sand to be surrounded by green and trees. Its also great to be able to access things we have missed on the road like organic food, wool shops and good coffee.

(Gorgeous chair and my minestrone lunch at Samudra in Dunsborough).

Sixthly, the first few days of my forties have been great. Beautiful food, lovely places, great company, inspiring conversation. I am feeling very blessed indeed.

Thanks so much for traveling with me.

See ya! xx


  1. Were you disappointed with the wool shop in MR? I don't know what I expected but it wasn't that. It just seemed a bit too regular retail for me. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

    The weather hasn't been very good now has it. Were you blown off Busselton jetty? Must have got close. On a hot day my partner jumps off at the end and swims back as I walk carrying all his stuff. I think I might be ripped off there?!?!

    Anyway - hope you managed to eat lots of fine food and drink lots of great wine today in MR. Not really beach weather yet... and on overcast days the sharks come out to play.

  2. Congratulations Ruth!
    Glad you had a lovely birthday week Kate :)

  3. Belated birthday greetings from Ballarat, Kate. My husband and I came back home on Sat. morning after a week in a little corner of WA - MR, Perth, Freo, Albany and places in between; loved it. And I did wonder if I'd recognise your van if I saw it on the road... Keep on enjoying your happy travels; I am loving reading your stories. All the best to you all.

  4. Belated very happy birthday wishes to you Kate, it seems you had a very special day. A great post from your mum too, such lovely photos.
    Jak x

  5. We stayed at Mandalay as well Kate. The people were gorgeous and it is the sort of place where they have thought of everything-herb gardens, hairdryers, washing trolleys, heated pools, irons and ironing boards. Absolutely amazing!! Glad to see you had a lovely bday. Spent a decent amount of money at the wool shop as well and have started another blanket to prepare for Tasmania. take care...

  6. Happy birthday you. Love that tiara, x

  7. Glad you had a wonderful day. I went out and bought myself the 'green' magazine. Wow. I know what you mean about the feel and smell of the paper. I'm really impressed with the whole mag. When I saw the photo of the bed set up in the country side I was sold. Im going to get a subscription so thanks for giving it a little exposure and it indeed has done for you. Lovely stuff.

  8. YAY!!!! so very happy to win this i can't actually believe it!! It tops a great week of good news for me.
    Thankyou so so much!
    And I hope the rest of your forties continue as they have started. xxxxx

  9. Congrats Ruth.

    I wondered why you were wearing a jumper in that first snap. I am suprised that it is that chilly.

    You and your mum are peas in a pod.

    Travel safe.

  10. it looks like you had such a fabulous birthday kate and how wonderful your folks are with you too I am sorry I missed birthday wishes to you on the day, lots of hugs from me now xx

  11. Happy belated birthday wishes xxxx

  12. Looks like a Birthday filled with love and special food and places. That chair looks amazing!
    Sounds like you have had a lovely Birthday....with many memories that you couldn't have made if not on the road!
    I enjoy reading your blog and your family must have soooo much patience!

  13. That IS a fancy caravan park bathroom; la de dah.

    So glad your birthday rocked & a grudging congrats to Ruth. ;)

  14. this part of the world is beautiful, but yes, colder!
    When we were in Busselton on thursday it was seriously hot, but now in Denmark it is much cooler.
    I bought up big in the Margaret River wool shop...:-)
    Glad you are enjoying your 40's so far :-)

  15. I looked out for you when I was down south this weekend. Lovely to hear all went well in my favourite part of the West. You will love Albany. I also went to the wool shop love it and the friendly staff. Yahava coffee is lush too. Happy travels.

  16. On the day of my 40th birthday people told me that it is the best life period between 40 and 50.
    Between 50 and 60 is not bad either, it depends on your attitude!
    Happy delated birthday, you should wear a tiara every day.

  17. A bit late but Happy Birthday - looks like you had the best time, love the photos in the last post too!

  18. Happy Birthday! Glad it was a good one.
    I love that giant bench.

  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kate! So glad to read you had a wonderful day. Best wishes for a fabulous year ahead & may all of your birthday wishes come true..x

  20. Happy belated birthday, Kate! We're loving reading about your travels around Oz & of course, enjoying your gorgeous photos.

  21. Sorry I am late with my birthday wishes ... but Happy Birthday!
    It all looks and sounds pretty damn perfect to me - Hip hip hooray!

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