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Camping

Sep 12, 2006 – 37 Photos

For those a bit behind with the program, we went camping.

It was a weird week.

Wonderful for chilling out with the kids and our friends. Woeful for sleep. There was an appalling spate of high winds – for four nights. The last of which involved so much damage to our tarp that it was abandoned the following day. We were all fans of the tarp. Now, if Chef or Bri have tarp aspirations on our next camping adventure, Jen and I are decamping to an onsite cabin.

So, being woken a minimum of three times a night, having various children sleep in our bed, and starting each and every day around 5am, meant little was achieved, nothing was really planned and much short-tempered crankiness (with children) abounded.

My liver and head still have not recovered from the ridiculous amount of alcohol we consumed. Pineapple Vodka Cruisers make me quite loopy – in that can’t stop giggling kind of way. I felt bad drinking a beverage intent on creating a whole new generation of alcohol abusing teenage girls but man, sugar and liquor taste so sweeeeeet.

We should have done things like:
– gone four wheel driving/quad-biking/horse-riding on the absolutely amazing dunes at Stockton Beach,
– gone on a dolphin-watching cruise from Nelson Bay
– wandered along One Mile Beach
– bush-walked up the headland
– gone Koala spotting

Instead we went to the beach.
We had to go shopping at Salamander Bay (seriously, it was Warriewood Square on the North Coast) for warm clothes for everyone (I had taken one pair of jeans and one jumper, and one set of warm clothes for the boys. S.t.u.p.i.d.).
We ate a lot of take-away.
The boys went fishing.
and there was much mooching around the tent with kids riding bikes and playing footy.

A major highlight was Felix learning to ride his bike without training wheels. Watching him learn it, get better at it and then discover the bell, to ring it as he rode around, made my heart hurt.

So yes, it was wonderful in that we were all away together and had no set plan or agenda except to be with each other.

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  • nutmeg

    Welcome back. The family holiday always has its ups and downs!

    I thought you were going to say the alcohol of choice was Absolut Citron. You and Bec were on my mind as I dashed into the store the other day to buy some to drown out the pain of a twisted ankle (next it will be the hip, I’m getting old). After getting it home I thought what’s the recipe. Is it shots. Is it used in a cocktail or with a single mixer? So I did a quick trawl of the web and there is just too many cocktails from which to choose. So could you impart your favourite? Please? Pretty, pretty, please?

  • Bec of the Ladies Lounge

    Glad you’re back en blogge.

    Our tent is sitting in the lounge room, waiting to be aired in the new backyard in anticipation of maybe some use this Chrissy… but every time I go googling for camping grounds I find myself checking out the cabins instead. MMmmm, bathrooms!

    btw, you need to read about The Punisher if you are to make any sense of Joke’s comments anywhere in the past week!

  • Bec of the Ladies Lounge

    ps – Nutmeg – I’d just take it straight up or maybe with soda – especially for painkilling purposes … sounds like Kim might have some recent insight into cutting it with pineapple juice!

  • Joke

    I believe camping calls for as much ethanol as your liver can process.

    -J.

  • Kim

    I’m a Cosmo girl when it comes to cocktails. Absolut citron just needs to be straight up on ice for me.

    I’m afraid I was living the trailer-park trash dream Bec and the pineapple juice component was in a Cruiser as opposed to a mixer.

    Bec – Look up Big4 Tourist Parks – some of their parks have ensuite campsites like we did last year. So you’re camping, but you have your own little bathroom. Champagne camping.

  • Kim

    For those who didn ‘t realise – if you click on the pic it will take you to an album of some of the shots of our trip. These were taken on my phone camera – something I now deeply deeply love.

  • Badger

    I hate camping.

    And I need to know what ELSE is in a pineapple cruiser, besides vodka and pineapple juice. Because I have never heard of them. And they sound yummy.

    Around here the drink of choice for stupid drunken teens seems to be vodka and Red Bull, the very thought of which makes me want to hork.

    And that’s how I know I’m not an alcoholic.

  • Anonymous

    It sounds and looks like a great trip – the stuff memories are made of… I have to admit camping is not really my cup of tea, but we have rented a beach house for two weeks this summer and I’m looking forward to drinking far too much wine, soaking up too much sun and being very, very lazy.

  • Muzbot

    How good is the pic of you holding little J!?! You look so happy. Glad you’re back and had a good time. I love holidays that just happen and every activity is not scheduled and planned. It’s what having a break is all about.

  • momslo

    If that’s where you guys camped and played it’s beautiful!! I want to come and drink pinapple fru-fru drinks next time!

    The pictures are great!