next stop, new zealand!

It’s been 3 years since we were last in New ZealandIMG_6146

It’s such a beautiful country with amazing peopleScreen Shot 2014-11-14 at 9.28.11 PM

I am so psyched to be going back again

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The five fab shows I just fished up in Queensland, have gotten me sufficiently warmed upauntykay(these ones are related….can’t half tell)

Got to try out songs from my new CHRISTMASHITS CD
(crowd favourite NO REFUNDS…..what’s yours?)hinterlandhotel20142

But I made sure to save some energy (and some crazy) for the next two weeksbuderim2014

Ever been to New Zealand or hung out with a New Zealander?focussoftball

Then you’ll understandqldcrew
(with the Qld crew – Heiny, Hamish & Brent….nutters, all of them)

Thank you Queensland…can’t WAIT to come back again!

But now….. bring on the Kiwis!!

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these boots were made for walkin’

Update from the road…
The Victoria tour started on the 12th August
Although, I’m knot sure why we’re calling it the Victoria tour
‘Cause we’ve done 2 shows in New South Wales
And now we’re in Tasmania?

My brain hurts

Anyhoo….the FIRST week of the tour was mainly in Victoria
As well as two completely fabulous NSW shows
We’ve had quite possibly the cutest backstage visitors ever backstagebuds
Both of whom declined my offer to come home with me
Maybe they weren’t happy with the inside of my suitcase?

We’ve been lucky enough to work alongside some of the coolest crew in the industry And make us feel so welcome at every venue we’ve performed at on this tour
They keep the fans happy
They keep us safe
They make our jobs easierhallamhotel2014
And they don’t roll their eyes when I ask for more ice in my wine
It’s like the perfect working relationshiop

And then we’ve gotten the opportunity to catch up with some fan/friends that have been with us almost as long as we’ve been doing this
I think if you’re a fan, that’s turned into a friend you should have a special name
Meet Carol and James, who first came to see Dad perform back in 1992 when they lived in Scotland
They’ve been coming to shows since before *I* have been coming to shows
And they are one of our favourite things to see when we come to Melbourne
James and Carol are fan/friends
I think now we should call them FRANS
Yes! FRANS!!jamescarol
Even if they do bring out our best fugly faces FRANS do that.

It’s been a huge first week 7 shows in 8 days
Lots of travel
Laughs
And late night petrol station snacksmelbourne

I feel beyond fortunate to do what I love
And much of the time, do it with my family parentspatch
And spend time with people I love (that’s Patch…we’ve been buds since high school!)

It’s full on
And we get some shut eye/rest when we can
But you won’t hear any complaints heresoundcheck
We love what we do
And love performing for you
Thanks to those who come out to shows and allow us to do what we do

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Although it’s not always wine and roses
Or diet Sprite and rice cakes
We do sometimes have bad days
Last week I had to say goodbye to one of my most treasured road companions
They’ve been with me a few years now
They’ve been polished, fixed, re-soled and glued ’til they could be repaired no more
I had to send them to the big brown shoebox in the sky
And promptly replaced them with the most similar ones I could find
Because change is….no.boots
It’s been tough
But with faith and prayer wine and chocolate, I am getting through it
One step (in my new shoes) at a time

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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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