Saturday, November 24, 2012

Seaside Interlude

A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us messages of support over the last few days. We've read them all and appreciate all your words. It's great to know there are so many people out there who will be coming along for this ride with us - it'll make it much easier when the going gets rough and we start to question our sanity in making this move (which we know is inevitable, sooner or later).

We're back now from a weekend at the beach. Traditionally, when Dan and I have gone away for weekends, we've stayed in rented cottages, either with friends or just the two of us. 

We tried it a couple of times after Lucinda was born but, honestly, I can't think of anything less relaxing than spending a weekend watching my toddler attempt to destroy someone's beautifully fitted-out accommodation. 

We were given the opportunity to join a group who holiday in the caravan park on Bribie with their kids every summer and jumped at the chance. 

It was fantastic. There was great facilities for kids, plenty of playmates around, the beach was across the road and we didn't have to worry about Lucinda wanting to do the things that kids do - no one cared.

There was also plenty of op shops nearby, which Dan and I happily descended upon. We found a few things for the new house, including a beautiful old silky oak wardrobe and a set of enamel kitchen cannisters. 

I also left with a beautiful pair of cowboy boots as an early Christmas present. It was love at first sight and I've barely taken them off since.

We're back in Brisbane now and looking at the chaos around us. There is SO MUCH packing and organising and sorting to do. Dan's outside now taking cuttings and potting the plants we want to take with us. There's a big pile of cartons in the corner, taunting me with their emptiness.

I suspect the time for procrastinating has passed and it's time to start packing.

Where has your weekend taken you?


  1. Bribie!? No way.... As kids we went to Bribie for almost every holiday. My Mum and and Uncle and Aunts still live on the island. Your making me wish we still went away for the weekend, we ended up cancelling to sort out stuff for Jarvis's party.
    Set yourself a goal of one area to pack per day then ignore it for the rest of the day.

  2. Just put something in the box every time you walk past and it will soon all be done. I wish you well.

  3. Looks like you had a great time, and oppie spoils too, does not get better than that. You will share some pics will you not? Best of luck with this business end of it all, the boxes and more boxes. Cannot wait to see those moving in pics. mel x

  4. I'm so glad to have found your blog, I spent my weekend packing also as I'm about to move from Melbourne to a beautiful piece of forested land in the northern NSW hinterland. I look forward to hearing more about your adventure : )

  5. Gorgeous photos and love the boots! Packing and unpacking brings me out in hives. Good luck with it all!

  6. as always, your photos are so evocative and beautiful. you have a groegours record of your life!
    my weekend took me to dunalley where my parents live, which is a little village in tassie, halfway sort of between hobart and prt arthur. the weather foronce was glorious and i did a lot of sitting outside, soakign up the sun, listenign to and watching all the different birds - chooks, blue wrens, blacbirds, sea eagles, maggies, wattle birds ... so peacfeul and refreshing after a week in town.

    good luck packing XX

  7. Wonderful photos.

    My weekend took me to the Adelaide Central Markets for grocery shopping on Saturday morning. Followed by lunch in the sun with a pint of beer. Then we got some gardening supplies and proceeded to fill out the rest of our pots and raised gardening bed. Sunday was a once-a-year event here in Adelaide called Picnic in the Park. It's part of the LGBT "Feast Festival". A day in the sun with a diverse mix of people. Much fun.

    1. Sounds great! One of my closest pals lives in Adelaide. She reckons it's all about the festivals there.

  8. You can achieve anything with boots like those! Enjoying your lovely blog, found through Down to Earth.
    Good luck!
    Sharleen from London, UK

  9. cool boots! good luck with the move!