Saturday, June 25, 2016

What a Difference a Month can Make

Hello dear friends,

I apologise for my absence, but once again time has slipped away so easily. I cant believe it has been over four months since I last posted here, where did that time go?

By adding part time work to my agenda, it has made me more time poor and sadly my blog hasn't been a priority lately. But my aim is to change that and get back on track.

We have been away on a road trip for the past month and have only been home for a couple of days. Although tired, I feel refreshed and have a bright new outlook on life. It is amazing what a break away can do for the soul.

We hooked up our caravan behind our four wheel drive and headed north to the warmer weather, just like the grey nomads do. 

We left Port Augusta, South Australia and went all the way up to Darwin, Northern Territory, calling into beautiful places all along the road. We saw some amazing sights and I cant wait to share some photos with you. This may take a quite a few posts to cover our journey and I promise to keep them brief. I had wanted to blog while travelling but the internet was intermittent along the way, plus I only had download on my mobile phone to use.
We traveled nearly 10,000 kilometres
(6,213 miles) on our journey. 
From the bottom to the top and back down again.

To prevent boredom sitting in the passenger seat (I did do some driving), I took along knitting to do. I have nearly finished all twenty five squares to make a quilt. Just three more to go then I can sew it all together and crochet a border.



Up until we left home the weather was still quite warm and we hadn't had a decent rain in a very long time.  The day we departed it started raining and hasn't stopped.  Needless to say there are now weeds everywhere...


The garden is looking a little shabby, but considering it has been neglected for a month, it is not too bad. Everything is still alive except for the kale and zucchinis. 



I picked this bucket of tomatoes yesterday as well as a bucket of mandarins. As usual our mandarin tree is loaded with fruit. The tomato bushes have been touched by frost and are a little black on the tips but otherwise okay.  I will make homemade tomato soup with this lot.




Hubby is already planning our next trip away and he is talking about taking two months to travel. I hope I can cope with being away from home for that long. 

It is a dreary cold day here today. I have been catching up with some jobs and blogging friends online. The fire is on and the house is toasty warm.

The first post of our road trip will be up on Monday, so see you then...

Take care,



29 comments:

  1. Tania, what an adventure! I can't wait to see all the pictures from your trip. :) I have always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. My father has been there multiple times for business and to do some fishing also and raves about the beauty of your country.

    Weeds...the never ending problem. I think your gardens look really good overall considering how long you were gone and were not able to get out and work in them. Your loaded fruit trees made me homesick for my childhood home in Hawaii. We had lemon, grapefruit, orange and avocado trees along with papaya and there were a few passion fruit vines. My mother would juice the lemons and freeze it in gallon sized milk jugs so that she could use it later to make lemonade for large parties. :)

    I hope you get some good rest after your trip and are able to tackle those weeds.

    Be blessed!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Debbie.

      Sounds like you had a fabulous garden growing up, lots of fruit to enjoy and keep you healthy. I wish we could grow avocados here, they are so expensive in the shops!

      Have a great week,

      xTania

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  2. Priorities first, young lady, but I DO miss your blogs when you get busy!

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    1. Thank you Gorges. I do take lots of photos with good intentions to blog, but time is what I struggle with. I am going to start getting out of bed earlier so I can fit everything into my day :)

      Have a great week!

      xTania

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  3. Never apologise for not blogging - life comes first! Great to hear from you nevertheless!

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    1. Well, well, well. This is a lovely surprise.

      I was disappointed to see that your other blog had disappeared, and I thought I understood why. Then you have appeared again...YAY!

      I can see I have a lot to catch up on over at your new blog. I am so pleased to have you back Phil!

      Have a great week!

      xTania

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  4. Welcome back Tania. Where do you think you'll travel to next ?

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    1. Western Australia Wendy. It is a huge state to travel around. Two months is probably not enough time to get it all done. Maybe we will get the top section done at least :)

      xTania

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  5. Welcome back Tania, I've missed your posts, but I've enjoyed following your trip - it brought back so many memories of our trip last year, almost the same and we are just busting to do it all again too. We "going grey nomads" need all the practise we can get for when we are grey I say :)

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    1. Thank you Cath. Yes we are missing the warmer weather now we are home. It has taken a few days to come down off our high and we cant wait until next we travel. We enjoyed it immensely!

      Phil wants to put a "Learner" grey nomad sign on the caravan. I think next time we will take the camper trailer, more accessible to dirt tracks and parking bays. We just need to set up some batteries for power :)

      xTania

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  6. Welcome back. Can't wait to see the pics. Our weather here has been very cold indeed. So a few warm pics will be lovely xx

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  7. Hi sweet Tania! It sounds like you had a delightful time and I'm so glad you were able to get away for a while and enjoy yourself :) You were certainly missed and it's good to have you back.

    Your quilt is going to be lovely and I hope we'll get a peek at it when you've done.

    Have a great week! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Stephanie.

      Yes I will definitely post pictures of the finished quilt once it is done.

      xTania

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  8. Taking a hiatus from blogging must be catchy. I think im up to 4 months as well for no real reason. Glad to catch up with you and look forward to trip pics.

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    1. Hi Lynda,

      Time just slipped by without me noticing. So I decided to make an effort to start posting on my blog again. I quite often struggle with the internet here as it is so slow to download photos. It has taken me all day for the ones I am about to put up.

      Have a great week and hopefully you will feel like posting on your blog again soon.

      xTania

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  9. Welcome home Tania. What a trip! We used to live in Humpty Doo up near Darwin so we have done the same trip, in reverse, a few times.
    Your knitted blanket will be so toasty warm. It will be fun fitting it all together and even this activity will keep you nice and warm.
    We are heading south in our van in a couple of weeks time. We are in SE Qld and don't really want to go towards the cold but have a Grandbaby due early August. So we will have to hit the Op shops and find a few more warm clothes to add to our wardrobes.

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    1. Thank you Jane.

      Its a really small world. We went to the Humpty Doo pub and had a drink. Will post photos later :)

      Where are you off to Jane? You are welcome to call in here if you come this way :)

      Good luck with the new grandbaby. And yes you will definitely need warm clothing! Got to love op shops.

      xTania

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    2. Tania we are off to Sydney for the baby arrival. I have to say this country girl is not looking forward to all the people and the traffic. I am going to have to look at it as an adventure. Thanks for the invite to stay but we'll head down and back up the east coast.

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  10. Dearest Tania, welcome back! You've been missed as you can see! What a grand adventure it's been for you, and I confess I'd love to have a caravan to hitch up and wander at will too. That's not in our life yet, but perhaps soon. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it. Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you Mimi.

      You would love touring Mimi, it is very addictive!

      xTania

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  11. Dear Tania, Welcome back! You have been missed! My Mum was asking me "where is Tania?" and all this time Ive checked weekly.
    I love the photo of the cuppa and bikkies. Just lovely.
    And you came home to an immediate harvest! That is wonderful. With love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Thank you Annabel.

      I am glad to be back too. I have missed my favourite blogs and have a lot to catch up on.

      xTania

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  12. Welcome back stranger! So pleased you have had a nice break. How nice that you have had some rain while you were away. The only problem is having to pull out all the weeds that grow as a result. LOL!

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    1. Thank you Nanna Chel, I am glad to be back.

      I feel refreshed and ready to return to regular blogging.

      I am not looking forward to all those weeds. Will pull them out and make tea for the garden.

      xTania

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  13. Thanks for your update. It's always nice to read your blog...will look at your trip photos properly later..must make dinner now. I too have just updated my blog and it too is cold here today.
    Alexa-asimplelife

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    1. Dear Alex,

      Thank you for visiting. I will pop over to your blog later today :)

      xTania

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  14. You said you left from Port Augusta - we only the next town down - might have to get some hints on blogging- my daughter works in the Port.

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    1. Hello Oziangel, welcome to my blog.

      My advice is to just have a go at setting up a blog. Go to blogspot.com and follow the instructions. Maybe google can be of assistance. If you need further help drop me an email. You can contact me through my profile :)

      Nice to hear that you live nearby :)

      xTania

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I love reading your comments! Through them, I have learnt that there are some truly lovely people out there. Thank you :)