If you are ever in the area this place is a must see. A beautiful stroll along the jetty looking at each personal masterpiece placed by locals and travellers alike. Some are professional artists advertising their skills, kids paintings, mosaics, families and couples that return here regularly and update their rock.There are even a few plaques placed in remembrance of those that locals have lost. I was really blown away by how beautiful it was. The kids enjoyed it thoroughly. A great afternoon and a gentle reminder to be grateful for having each other.
Wow...what a year it was last year. I don't know about you but it was a shocker for me and pretty much everyone I know. By the end of the year... saying "How much can a Koala Bare" didn't even rouse a smile amongst our camp.
For those of you who are familiar with us and our impressive string of dramas over the past decade, I apologise and understand if you look away. For those of you who have met us on our travels in recent years this might explain a few things and for those of you who have never met us and stumbled across here by accident...feel free to have a laugh and leave a "it sure sucks to be you" comment.It would make my day!
Ive never told anyone this before... but over the years when I have been in need of some serious perspective I have plotted graphs. Its a simple way of visualising whilst compartmentalising my life. It has helped me make decisions, overcome reservations, take leaps of faith...huh hmm....choose who to marry etc. Its simple, I sit down and write a list and then number each one in accordance to its effect. Say +10=good and -10=bad.I decided here to plot all of the highs and lows of 2016. Each dot represents an event, each event is documented below. So please strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride.
Start of a New Year 10
Trying to be optimistic I started the year off full of positive intention and chanting manifestations of abundance and miracles which proceeded with a sleep in. That was awesome.
Only a few weeks into the year, still trying and failing at our controlled crying with our toddler and I tested positive to pregnancy. After the Shock Horror reservations and kicking ourselves for manifesting “baby abundance” the reality kicked in and we thought it was pretty amazing.
Car playing up -2
The oil cooler had blown the year before and then the seals went. More money spent on the Transit Van. Once again the quote “You aren’t having a lot of luck with this van are you!” popped up.
After a scan revealed that the pregnancy was not viable we waited inevitably for a miscarriage. It isn’t fun for anyone but it happens…A LOT.
Fighting with siblings 0
Sibling rivalry within my own family went next level at the end of 2015 and continued to derail me as my mum wasted away from Pancreatic cancer.
Set off on our trip to Adelaide 5
Funds were disastrously low and after countless rejections for local job applications and our tenants not paying rent left us with no choice but to leave for South Australia with our poor neglected business. Good news was the Transit was going.
Flew back to Perth 0
1 day away from Adelaide …and I hate flying with a passion, but …my Mum had been admitted to hospital and was now in palliative care. I spoke with her on the phone for the last time and I booked myself a flight.
Made it just in time to see mum 10
I flew in to Perth and raced in to the hospital to see Mum. She opened her eyes and told me she loved me.
Mum died -100
With all 4 of her kids by her side, Mum passed away. For just a second the world stopped… but then without warning it continued at such a rapid pace that nothing made sense to me anymore.
Reunited with my family 10
After a week of hell my little family flew over to Perth from Adelaide to be with me and to say goodbye to Mum.
Beautiful send off for Mum…saddest day of my life.
Flew back to Adelaide 0
We packed up and fled Perth much to my birth families disgust. It was not an easy decision to make. A year of minimal income in 2015 was taking its toll. We had a trashed house in Darwin that was 2 months behind in mortgage repayments, whilst paying expensive rent on our caravan and van storage while we were absent. We were rock bottom. Chanting we invited the abundance of the universe...saying the universe WILL provide.
Family got gastro -5
Our little one caught gastro and promptly shared the love. That was a week down the toilet…literally!
Pregnant Again 5
Pulled into Harts Lake. Passed out before sunset, could barely keep dinner down. Decided to wee on a stick and yep….TWO LINES! OH MY GOD! The word “Abundance” is now banned in our household.
Easter at Uluru 10
We got to visit Ayers Rock and it was the Easter weekend! Yay…I was on a diet of Zooper Doopers and for the first time in my life I didn’t want to even look at an easter egg. The rock was definitely a highlight.
Arrived at our house in darwin 0
With heavy hearts and no bloody airconditioning in the rebranded “Tragic” van we pulled into our house in Darwin to assess the damage.
Spent all our money fixing darwin-8
With every penny to our name we repaired our house in Darwin.
Sick as a dog-8
Morning sickness kicked into overdrive and I was useless….as in couldn’t move from bed without gagging useless for months.
I was Useless… Hubby sold product and renovated…kids ran amok
I was Useless…Hubby sold product and renovated…kids drove us nuts
Now fat…Still sick as a dog useless…Hubby worked off his ass…Kids have sat in front of the tv so much they were starting to talk with an American accent.
I cried everyday…whilst trying to paint the house. Trying so hard to convince myself I wasn’t sick but instead wished I could crawl into bed and die!
Stopped feeling sick 10
Went a whole week conscious without gagging. I wanted a medal!
Rented Darwin house10
Things were looking up. We spent everything we had on our house…then rented it out for $100 less a week than previously rented in the hopes that what had happened would not happen again.
Left darwin 10
After the wettest…hottest…muggiest…grotesquest dry season EVER we packed up our van and our crappy hot transit with its blinking fault lights and not a cent to our name…and fled for the cool.
Broke down -7
We got as far as Bitter Springs and the Tragic Van decided to cark it. It was at this point that even Hubby started to sob and looking back it was right about now we should have set that piece of proverbial on fire.
Swam at mataranka hot springs 5
Our 9 yr old boy set up his own stall to make us some money, no doubt because he was sick of living in a caravan with every member of the family living off baked beans. The local mechanic tweeked the van so that she would atleast start and we took a well earnt dip at Mataranka and hit the road again.
Broke down at Barklys homestead -5
We arrived in the middle of butt-duck nowhere and broke down again. Its only rated a -5 instead of -10 because the owners of the roadhouse are lovely and stocked our products.
Met a nice man who helped us 0
An angel in the form of an overworked, underappreciated and completely exhausted truck driver appeared out of a black cloud of diesel fumes and said…”looks like you need a hand.” It was with great difficulty we all stood back and let him take a look at our engine instead of showering him with hugs. He showed us how to get started again! BOO YAH!
Sold some colourful fire 5
Hubby had an awesome run of selling Colourful fire from NT to Townsville. We were on such a roll we decided to fang up to Cairns and get some stockists before we got stuck in Brisbane for months with a newborn.
Broke down cairns-10
The transit packed it in bigtime just outside of Mareeba. White knuckled and banging our heads against the windscreen we waited for RACQ…again! There was an awesome diesel mechanic in Cairns that came highly regarded by everyone from all around the region. We got the caravan and our useless beast towed to Cairns. If it wasn’t for hubbys parents shouting us an RAC membership for Christmas we would have been screwed. Finally we had found our guy. He proceeded to listen to the engine…that’s right…just a listen and told us we had done our bottom end or back end or something..who knows? It was going to cost over $15,000 to fix. This is after we had just spent a few grand on it already. We asked a second opinion…from the dealership…that’s right…we were desperate enough to go to Ford. To cut a ridiculously long story short…don’t ever go through a dealership unless of course you have just won lotto.
Three garages later -15
The third garage was a ripper…he knew Tragics like the back of his hand…but the problem was we were broke. We just needed the coin guzzler to start so we could get my heavily pregnant ass down to Brisbane to book in to hospital to have the baby.
All got the flu -10
Went through us like wildfire…coughing up lungs for days on end. I decided to play super mum and put a few drops of eucalyptus in the toddlers bath. Turns out she is super sensitive. It left a bright red ring around her bum like she had been belted within an inch and she screamed like she was on fire for a solid twenty minutes.
Sold Dingo Stand to Skyrail 5
Hubby ditched the snotty noses for the day and scored a stockist for our Large Dingo Products stand at the Rainforest Sky Rail. The best thing to happen all year really!
Fell out of van -10
In Townsville on a warm morning, I got up made some crumpets and a cup of tea. Whilst holding both in my hands I stepped out of the caravan onto the step, which my toddler had moved. It flipped out from beneath me and I hit the cement pad like a tonne of bricks. Smashed my knee, wailed like a crazed woman and to top it off I had smashed my favourite plate which was a gift from my Mum when I left home. Not recently…but when I was a teenager! I was heartbroken. Thank goodness the neighbours were both nurses and they bandaged me up. I felt like such a fool. The only saving grace was I felt the baby move immediately but I went to the Drs just to be safe.
Got to Brisbane 0
We arrived in Brisbane and went straight to the Lawnton showgrounds where we had been told was cheap and comfortable.
Booked into royal for baby 5
I got a referral to the Royal Brisbane Womens hospital to have bubs. I was now 32 weeks and they nearly turned me away. I needed to book in for a repeat caesarean and this complicated things. They finally agreed to shared care. Phew…I didn’t fancy asking hubby to cut bubs out himself.
The boys 9th birthday 15
What an awesome day. We all went to Bricks and Fun. A lego store south of Brisbane. You pay an entry fee to look at a large display of a lego city and then sit down and choose a box to make yourself. Including Adults. This is where I first laid my eyes on Lego Elves kits. I was in love. I sat down next to my son and fully immersed myself into this extraordinary world of building lego/fantasy world. I hadn’t had this much fun playing in years. Then my toddler laid a log in Duplo land and we had to make haste.
Moved to Watson park 0
We were coming close to wearing out our welcome at the showgrounds and we didn’t know where to go. We had been told a few places to look at. The guy across from us suggested we go to Watson Park. So we checked it out and it turned out to be the best spot to be.
Met some wonderful people 5
We met some lovely folks at Watson Park. It was a lovely little supportive community. The local ablution block is the social hub for everyone. My GP was very concerned that I was residing in a caravan with my family of 4 soon to be 5. Im guessing she had dreamt up some horrible image of me sitting in a derelict van with no wheels and 100 cats. We were very comfortable and safe.
Sold the transit at a loss -10
We decided to part ways with our Tragic. We decided to be honest and freely disclosed what an asshole it had been and continued to be and we sold it for half of what we paid for it. OUCH!!!
Bought the Prado 5
Our budget for a new car was dismal…but this baby wasn’t getting any smaller. We bit the bullet and bought a 1998 Purple Prado. We love her. We just hoped and prayed she could pull the mother load.Not me!! The Jayco expanda.
Care package from the girls 15
I got a package in the mail from my tribe. My group of girls that have my back no matter what. A group of ladies that listen to my ridiculous stories, hold me up on a pedestal when I've dug myself a hole that I cant climb out of and repeatedly tell me how fantastic I am They sent me gifts for me and for bubs and they made me feel like a million bucks. Its no easy feat listening to the trials and tribulations of my life. Endless updates on my crappy car, bludging tenants, lack of money, sick kids, grey hair, birthing babies on the other side of Australia without my Mum…blah blah blah. They boost me up and give me a reason to keep fighting for what I believe. . If you don’t have a tribe yet…get one.
Fell out of van -10
Groundhog Day…except this time I fell backwards and hammered my arse. Like seriously hammered it…I couldn’t walk properly for a few days. Made hubby a little greyer too. Having a warped centre of gravity sucks.
Daniels parents came to Brisbane 10
The Eddys ventured across the desert plains in their new motorhome to be with us in our time of need. I cried upon their arrival.
Botched Cesarean -10
I have 3 words…..anaesthetic…wore…off.
Ill just leave it there.
Baby was born 25
Our beautiful baby girl was born the day after the Supermoon pictured above. She was about 3 hours old when the nurse asked me when I planned on leaving the hospital.
Infected scar 0
Dissolvable stitches are crap. Hello Antibiotics
Daniels parents left -10
Ive never had mastitis before so I actually just thought I had a bad case of the flu and stomach bug. Raging temp...after two days stripes appeared on my breast and it was really painful. 2nd lot of Antibotics.
Centrelink backpay 18
Turns out we were entitled to some family tax benefit so we were paid back pay. The clouds parted and I could hear the angels singing.
Toddlers 2nd birthday 15
My princess had an amazing day
2nd lot of Mastitis -10
Baby had undiagnosed tongue tie. This was then snipped and I went from pumping to exclusively breast feeding and my boobs bit me back. 3rd lot of antibiotics!!
We had a lovely quiet relaxed Christmas day.
Both girls went in for their jabs. The toddler proceeded to refuse to sleep and the baby refused to feed. Boobs packed it in yet again…4th dose of antibiotics.
New years eve gastro-18
A few days before our son threw up…then our toddler painted the caravan with her stomach contents. So hubby and I were both under the weather for New Years Eve. It was a steady stream of zooper doopers and skips to the loo my darling for us. We were in bed by 10pm. Ready to say GOODBYE to the year from hell.
aThis small exercise in plotting life can be a very profound experience. For example when I set out to do this graph I fully expected it to look horrible. I expected it to reflect my emotional response to 2016.I wanted it to scream out to everyone the extent of my suffering and yet..that isn't what it looks like.Instead it has revealed what I needed to see. I needed to be shown that this journey my little family has decided to take is an amazing opportunity for a beautiful life together.
2016 showed me that life is short and we need to live it together to the best of our ability. Life is always an Adventure and I cant wait to see what dramas unfold in 2017.
What was the high-light and low-light of your 2016? Am I the only person who plots graphs like this?
We are back on the road again after 4 months in the Brisbane area and OOHHMAARRGAAWD it feels great.
Although this page is called Always an Adventure I think 2016 should have let me know that it was MIS-Adventure 😢
I thought I'd put a list of 10 things that I learnt last year on the road that I would like others to be aware of.
1. Read the instructions on your van appliances. I have traveled for 2 years thinking I only had a gas hotwater system. When it died I read the instructions to try and fix and whoa! I have both gas and 240V😆
2. Weigh your van. We didnt until 12 months travelling and we were way over. Like maybe 1000 kg over with the water tanks. I wondered why the tow vehicle wasnt coping😲
3. Get rid of half of what you think you may need. This will still be too much. Especially when you weigh your van. You dont need all those tools boys, and girls, a spinning wheel is a tad excessive. Just saying😠 Kids can also make a lot of fun with surprisingly little.
4. Get roadside assistance. I reckon we called RAC at least once a week when the car started playing up. Probably due to not following points 2 and 3😕
5. Listen to other travellers and be nice. Not only are they a font of knowledge they may help you out if you didnt follow points 2, 3 and 4! Sure, you'll have to listen to a whole lot of tales but hey, they will more than likely listen to yours as well. We have already made lifelong friends on the road and I cant wait for more.
6. Plans are really interesting, although a bit of a waste of time. It almost never goes the way it's supposed to but that's ok. Because of point 7.
7. Amazing things happen when the plan doesn't go to ....
Our best stories, our most valued new friends, our biggest laughs and most educating experiences have come via failed plans.😆 Just relax, you are there in that situation for a reason. It will come to you.
8. Two year olds rule! I dont mean they're awesome, although they are. I mean that if you want to remain sane while travelling with a toddler what they want, rules your life. Need sleep? I wanna go playground Daddy. Its 2 in the morning! Want to go out? I'm tired Daddy, nap time! Want to make an important business call? DADDY! DADDY! DADDY! DADDY! DADDY! and so on in increasingly high octaves and louder decibles. They will grow out of it (please Gawd make it so).
9. Never say you'll never do that unless your physically or mentally unable to and even then be careful. My favourite example for us is the following:
☆I am happy with our family of 4!
☆This caravan is perfect for 4
☆It's a good thing we arent having any more kids or this would be really hard!
These sort of statements invite the universe to test your mettle.
We are now a family of 5😂
Also avoid saying things like:
-Gee, the car's going well today.
-I'm glad the new tenants are working out.
-I cant believe how easy this all is.
10. Relax, keep going and don't rush. It's worth it.
We got through last year and now we are back doing what we like d life is happening. Here's a sunset over Mt Warning, NSW that i captured tonight while walking around Murwillumbah showgrounds with my amazing Wife and three beautiful children/monsters
Is Dingo Heat Balm the same as Tigerbalm(R)?
The use of traditional heat balms has been around for centuries. One of the most heavily marketed and renowned of these is Tigerbalm (R). The only similarities between Tigerbalm (R) and Dingo Heat Balm is that they both utilise the heating and cooling properties of particular essential oils for analgesic or pain relief . Dingo Heat Balm is made from 100% natural ingredients. Tigerbalm (R) uses Paraffin as its base carrier for the essential oils and Dingo Heat Balm combines Australian beeswax and cocoa butter as a safe and natural alternative to paraffin.
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Where can I find Dingo Heat Products?
We currently have retailers in WA, SA, NT and a few in Queensland. You can find a stockist list here alternatively you can look at our journey map and see where all of our products are stocked and where we are in our travels.
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