Monday, 22 September 2014

Jondaryan Woolshed

Dusty and I were feeling restless and homesick this morning. I didn't want to go home, necessarily, but I did want to make use of our time away by travelling and sightseeing instead of being at the caravan - the small space we have set ourselves up in really felt crowded for me this morning.  Dusty had also said that he wanted to go home to his BIG house, with a sad sigh. So, Tim suggested our first Toowoomba-area tourist destination, Jondaryan Woolshed. 

The Woolshed museum features over a dozen buildings from Australia's earliest days, when Jon Daryan and surrounds were used for Merino Wool production - the first place in Australia to farm Merino Sheep. 

It's more than just a sheep museum though. There are all kinds of relics, which were brought here from all around The Darling Downs, including a dairy/cheese factory, school room, tractor shed, railway line, a tea, stew-and-damper hut, and a yard full of farm animals including freshly hatched geese and baby goats. Shriek! Cuddle me now... !!!

In case you can't see how big my grin is - I'll zoom on in for you: 

That's one happy baby goat cuddle. The geese wouldn't let us so close to their babies, though.

Here is a very satisfied Dusty getting his chicken fix.

And he taught me how to get a chicken fix, too.

Meanwhile, Tim and Maxie met the calf. 

Surprisingly, Maxie isn't sure about any of the farm animals, especially the muddy pink ones...

Until Dusty taught him how fun it is to catch the piglets ... 

The Clydesdale horses were new for Maxie, too.

It was very special sharing our day with Nanna, especially in this photogenic place. You could take photos here all day... It really is a photographer or artist's playground.

But we have more fun just being us :) 

Thinking of all our loved ones at home, 
'Til next update, 
Us x 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

From Sunshine Coast to the Great Dividing Range

We have set up camp on a friend's farm in Pittsworth. We are really grateful for our friends having offered us a place to park the caravan in exchange for a little garden tidying, which we will love. It means we have a whole week to catch up with friends and family in Toowoomba and Pittsworth before we head south. 

After arriving, we reunited with Tim's parents. The boys were so excited to see nanna and poppy arrive in their truck after 5 months separation (N & P have been touring Australia's top-end.) 

So lots of cuddles and enjoying each other's company. 

It is totally picturesque, and deafeningly peaceful :) Don't you love it when the only noise around is your own voice talking - and when you stop... just a breeze blowing. The weather is stunning. 

The boys loved our first night of watching the tractor dragging the fire harrows as the sun set.

We plan to be here for a week. Over and out for now :) 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Golden Beach, Caloundra

We stayed at the Military Jetty Caravan Park for 7 days, the perfect time of year to be bay-side on the Sunshine Coast. 

After a tearful farewell to our home the day before, and a reality check during the night that we were sleeping in a caravan with cars driving by, the first day I got up feeling strange - in shock, really. Maxie had me following him down to the shore at dawn, in pyjamas, to forage in the sand and climb the rocks. I took in a deep breath and a slow look around at the peaceful bay and thought, despite feeling the sadness of moving our boys away from our family home, it was all worth it. I would do it all again to be able to give this experience to my little boys. And besides - we'd promised Dusty that he would get to try out every single playground in Australia! So from day 1 we got straight into it. There's Dusty, just a little bit stoked, playground number 1.

And Maxie, at their new local hangout! 

We found ourselves picking 2kg of strawberries in the strawberry fields and ate our sweet berries all week. 

We visited great-nan-and-pop at their beautiful home by the beach for a home-cooked meal by Nan, walks on the beach, and hugs and farewell until we get back from our big trek. 

You can see Dusty looking unwell, he had cough and fever for the week unfortunately - but it didn't stop him having morning and afternoon bike rides on the beach! 

And Maxie on his scuttle-bug, scooting down Military Jetty...

There was also collecting soldier crabs and shells on the shore, and an opportunity for Siah to stretch his long canine legs! 

Having a couple of bbq's with good friends from the sunny coast, as well as seeing Nan & Ron, made our week, it was after all what we came for. 

And I managed to sell some copies of Dusty's Wonder Bug too, to local primary schools.  

It's been great to unwind after months of hard work, open homes and packing. The sweet life just got better! 

Until my next update, love from ... The spontaneity crew :) xx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

This is it - the first day of our new adventure

This is it - our big day of our life on the road, turning nap times into driving journeys. 

It has been a seriously big project, packing up an acre and 35square home with 2 young little ones and not just a move across houses, but a massive and complicated change in lifestyle. Every single thing we owned and all our little ways of doing things were evaluated (with lots of stuff sold, packed, modified) so we can live on the road instead. Feels amazing to be here on settlement day!  And our Bluebelle house looks beautiful after all the fixing and polishing, inside-and-out and especially the gardens. I've felt a little teary, walking around acknowledging every step of our journey here ... Every seedling raised, the hard work we both put in (especially Tim with his constructions) and remembering good times with friends and family here - especially when they all helped us pour concrete. What was once scrub is now a stunning property and we will want to return in a while to see how tall and colourful the garden has grown. It's a very special place to us. 

We have also been squeezing in as many social catch ups that we can, with loved friends and family, especially for our little boys. Their friends have been nervous about us leaving and we've had a few teary 'byes'. The only thing that feels strange about this whole adventure is why we would drive away from such amazing and close people who make our life amazing. Thank god for Facebook, Skype and phones - we will be hugging the coast so we stay in reception as much as possible. 

Our first camping stop (starting today) is Caloundra for 7 days, on the beach. Then Toowoomba for a fortnight, then back to the Gold Coast for a week or maybe two, to catch up with friends and family before we head south on the first part of our spontaneous exploration in this great country of ours. I'll put a calendar widget on this site so you can see where we are roughly planned to be, and will update this blog with our adventures regularly. 

Dusty with best friend, Sybella, we will miss all his beautiful friends so so much. 

Maxie and I will be doing a lot of this kind of travel over the next week! 

Tim and I agree that the thing that gets our hearts the most is taking the boys away from their home - and the attachment they have to their outdoor place space. If only we could take Maxie's swing and Dusty's pet chooks. What will Maxie say every morning if he's not shouting 'Wing' at me with urgent finger points towards his swing set? How many tears will Dusty shed when we say that Goldie and Ami can't come? 

Our routines are all changing ... I can only wonder what life looks like around the corner. It'll be both exciting and grounding for us as a family. And totally exciting as we learn to live on farm-gate food and as resourcefully as possible. I am so thrilled that we will learn to reduce our consumption and to respect our country, and to fully get in touch with our values and dreams as individuals and as a family. And being all together, with no work commitments and a life of complete freedom, we couldn't ask for anything more. Whoppeee!!