babes in the bush

A couple of years ago I got the chance to go visit my mate Bush Babe and her family, at their farm in Queensland
If you were around then, you would have read all about my adventures trying to get there and how much I loved it once I DID actually arrive

Well, my kids never forgave me for that.
You went to a FARM and fed ANIMALS and didn’t TAKE us???

I decided that if I ever DID get the chance to take them, I would.
And this trip to Oz had a 3 day window where we could make it happen.

Giddyup!

5 hour flight from Perth to Brisbane
5 hour drive from Brisbane to Bush Babe’s place
38 hours there
10 hours to get back home
As we say in Australia, ‘piece of piss!’ (means EASY)

Mum came with us
Because Macaroni and Magoo want Nanna to be EVERYWHERE they are
Me too!
Plus Mum has an internal GPS that shits all over mine
Meaning we wouldn’t get crazy and hopelessly lost getting there like I did last time

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To say my girls had the time of their lives in an understatement

They rode horses
They fed bulls
They rode on a quad bike
They learnt how to crack a whip
They watched me give a lightening quick guitar lesson to the only best student I ever had

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They went to see a country kid’s school (2 classrooms for ALL the kids, so cool!)
They saw baby animals and big animals
They built a fort/cubby house out of bales of hay
They became the best of friends with two little Aussies

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They climbed trees and had mud fights in the creek
They had a picnic by the river
They watched a spectacular Queensland bush sunset
They had an adventure of a life time

Definitely something two city kids from Chicago won’t soon forget

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We ALL loved it
There’s NOTHING like the Aussie bush
Or the incredible hospitality that goes with it

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Thanks BB, to you and your fabulously cool family
x

PS – you can find Bush Babe’s website (and her brilliant documentation of life on the land) on her popular blog by CLICKING HERE
Or head over to her Facebook page!

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freo and collie

It’s nearly lunchtime and I’m still in my PJs
It’s been a huge couple of days
It’s also Sunday and raining outside
PJs hot chocolate and the Hallmark channel for the win.

Friday night in Freo, was a brilliant night at such a cool venue
Got to (really really crazy quickly) catch up with my cousins, some old matesfreo2
And squeeze in a show
Thanks to Tam as always, for the really great pics freo2014

Saturday we headed to Collie
The rain was torrential the whole way there
And it was really tempting to keep my ugg boots on for the show

But it didn’t take long to warm up with this crowd
Such a funny, funny night
Mad bastards is an understatement 
collieNext stop, Queensland
For a road/plane trip adventure with Mum & the girls
Where we’re headed to, has no wifi or cell phone service

Not hyperventilating AT ALL.

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fridgetown fun

Just had a fantastic few days with my Mum and the girls
Staying at my BFF’s house in Bridgetown
The locals call it Fridgetown in reference to how cold it gets at this time of year
They need to get their arses to Chicago
THAT’S what cold feels like
pussies

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Their house sits on a spectacular piece of land
Where the kids can just run and run all day long

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If they’re not inside getting cooking lessons from Aunty SamIMG_3533
They can now replace me as the official apple pie makers in the family
And by ‘replace me’ I mean, now I don’t have to spend valuable Walmart time in the frozen food aisle trying to pick a pie that looks the most homemade.

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(Magoo making a ‘thank you’ portrait for Sammy and her apparently orange head)

We had marathon charades and celebrity heads games
Where my Goddaughter kicked our butts
(in fairness I think I would have guessed Kevin Bloody Wilson had that been on my headband, probably in WAY fewer guesses than she did….I’m not a sore loser at all.)
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For those of you that think the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and say to me “holy-shitballs you are exactly like your Dad”IMG_3562

You obviously have never met my MumIMG_3629

While I may take after Dad, in the songwriting, performing politically incorrect DILLIGAF sense

I’m pretty sure the rest of me is made up of my Mother’s traits
Always having the most fun
Dancing along to the music
Laughing the loudestIMG_3649

Hanging out with my BFF and my big-brother from another mother Jimbo (her husband), my god kids, my kids and my Mum
Was such a good time

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We jammed
We sang
We danced some more
We ate too much
We laughed and laughed
We drank a few bottles of wine

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We made the most of it

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Memories made.

 

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