On the road.

Well we are on the road as I write this.  A full week off and our longest period of time off togeather in-interrupted in 7.5years.  Fancy that huh?

We took the ferry to break up the long driving - the kids loved it! 

We have 3000-4000km to cover this week as we visit dear friends and family in Mt Gambier and NSW.  The old land cruiser has had a good clean, and we found a beautiful set of practically new pure lambs wool seat covers on gumtree specifically for our model of land cruiser with a bench seat for $50!  RRP is up around the $800 mark - SCORE!  We are travelling in luxury, with comfy seats, ipads with Netflix, audio books, air-con, home made sandwiches and double layer chocolate cake and a thermos of coffee.  Fit for the Queen!

On the road....

I remember when we used to travel to NSW when I was a kid in the old Ford Falcon station wagon and we had no air con, I was jammed in the middle of my two big brothers who would give me a dead leg if I dared cross on to “their” part of the seat and I had a little am/fm radio to listen to when it was in range, a book and a few toys.  Oh how times have changed!

The reality of having sold the shop has begun to sink in, Grant is looking more relaxed.  This week marks the end of our official hand over duties that Australia Post requires us to do to ensure the post is not interrupted.  Grant has decided he no longer needs to look neat and tidy so he is embracing his future as a farmer and growing a beard.  I reckon he should go Ned Kelly style, wear a flat cap and embrace his inner hipster which I’m sure is lurking somewhere deep inside.  He however does not find me nearly as funny as I find myself, but alas “such is life”.....Geddit?!  Ha!

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Tilba lookout.  

Well I started writing this post on the road but had trouble with photo uploading so I’m now back home.  We had a wonderful holiday and saw so much country.  We started off in Adelaide, went to Mt Gambier to see Great Pop, stayed a night at lakes entrance, and off up the coast to Kainga where our friends were.  We loved visiting all the little towns around the region.  We fell in love with Tilba as I think everyone does!  The boys then spent a day with “Auntie & Uncle” surfing at the beach and relaxing while Grant and I visited the Snowy Mountains and did a little farm hunting about various places.... I do think Jindabine may just have my heart.  The country around there is ruggedly beautiful.  Within three hours from Canberra the terrain changes from coastal to bush to rainforest to mountain country.  I do not think I have ever seen such drastic and impressive scenery changes in all my life in such a comparatively short distance.  The boys imagination ran wild as they decided the huge rain forest country might just be home to dinasours still.

Kainga Beach

All in all it was a wonderful trip, and we plan on heading back that way in winter to perhaps do a little more “research”.  What is life if not an adventure right?

Much love,
Emma
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  1. Sounds like a lovely and much needed trip Emma. We recently went camping up near Thredbo (the diggings campground if you are looking for a spot next time you are in that area). It is such amazing country. Must be something about it as we also started adding a few spots in that area to our 'one day tree change' researching list.
    Hope you get a chance for many more trips now that you've officially handed it all over.

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  2. Definitely an adventure, Emma! This "research" sounds quite a bit of fun and wonderful opportunity for exploring places with all your boys. I hope that on one of these research missions, you find the place that will become your new home. Meg:)

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    1. Thankyou! Me too, upon coming back to SA we have decided we are NOT summer people. At all. And all of our allergies started playing up big time! Interesting.

      Can you just imagine finding a home to actually settle in?! How I ache for “home” and somewhere to put down deep roots.

      Xx

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  3. Emma so glad you have had a good break. Now to find where you want to settle. All the best with that.

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  4. I am so glad you had a wonderful time, and that you are feeling better. I look forward to hearing about your"research" and this new journey you are on. Grace and love to you. Patricia

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    1. I do feel we will need a couple more “research” trips! ;)

      Xx

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  5. How fabulous. We're heading over that way next April/May. Couple of weeks in Canberra, then over to Kiama to work our way home along the coast with a trip into Jindabine and up My Kozi. 6-7 weeks we'll be gone. Would love some tips on must stay/explore places along the way.

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    1. TILBA! Seriously gorgeous. We ended up doing a huge amount if driving rather then stopping and slowly exploring as it turned in to a research trip rather then a lazy costal holiday. We will be going back in winter. There is an Oyster festival in may at Kainga I think. I’m planning on heading up there for my birthday by myself to visit my friend again. Though this time Ill fly across.

      Canberra the war museum and the Big science centre, though we only did the science centre. We will be back to do Parliment House, the war museum and the rest of the things to do around Canberra for a seperate trip.

      Ill check with Grant and get back to you.

      Xx

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    2. Thanks hun. No idea why I'm not signed in as myself? War museum is an absolute must for us, kids have been wanting to do that for years. Becci xx

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  6. Glad you're enjoying the time off together. Much needed, I'm sure! We had a little trip to Brisbane recently, for a relative's birthday. Less scenic than your wonderful adventure, but still nice to go out for a day. Take your time to research your property, because once you move in, you'll want to stay!

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    1. Ah so good Chris!

      And I’m very much hoping to find “home” as well as go on an adventure. The trip helped us to re-define our goals and what we truly value and need. It was an interesting and exercise and one we very much were not expecting. We though we were going to settle in SA. But now we are both leaning away from that.

      Xx

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  7. Your road trip looks so good Emma. Didn't take the van? I can tell you something, if I were younger, and looking for my forever property, it would NOT be in South Australia. These summers are so difficult to cope with when living on the land. A cool breeze is blowing as I write this, and I pray that this summer is finally over. Tassie or NSW would be my place of choice. (She says with a dreaming sigh) XX ;-)

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