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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all mapped out

The first two shows of the tour are in the bag
And after eleventy-hundred naps….I’m back on deck

I flew from Chicago to Hong Kong
Hong Kong to Perth
Handed the kids to Mum & Dad
Then hopped on a flight to Sydney
Had GPS, iPhone maps meltdown
Took 50 minutes to find the hotel that was only 12 minutes from the airport
Spent $40 on an old fashioned map BOOK at a seven-eleven (who knew they even still made those things?)
Got to hotel, showered
Drove 90 minutes to a gig that was only 20 minutes from hotel (those old-fashioned map books don’t talk to you like a GPS while you’re driving. Refund)

Got to gig at 7:50pm, show started at 8pm
Said a quick G’day to the sound guy I was working with for the first time
Chucked my sparkly pants on
Tried to rig a piece of rope to be a guitar strap (left mine at hotel)
Called my muso mate Rose (who was coming to the show) to get her to bring me a guitar strap
She did, thankyoubabyjesus! thank you Rose!

Walked on stage at 8:05pm completely dazed and confused
And proceeded to have one of the best shows ever
No really.
EV-ERRR.
The St Mary’s crowd were exactly what I needed
And then again on Saturday night in Davistown (standing ovation…WHAT?)

I’m not sure when I’ll be back in NSW again
But if they keep treating me like that
It’s going to be hard to keep me away
Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover it

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THANK. YOU.

 

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cheers chi-town!

The Chicago show was last night
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It was over in a blur
After a huge-crazy few days leading up to it
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And I was so excited to tell you guys all about it once it was done
But
I have no photos
Me
The person never without a camera
The girl that took over 18,000 photos last year
Yep
None of last night
Yeah, I don’t know how that happened either
So I borrowed a couple from people’s Facebook pages (Hi Tiff!)
Add in the couple of lamo selfies from backstage before the show started
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(I would make an excellent bobble head doll – the hooker series)

Where I had butterflies that felt more like fighter-jets doing kamikaze drills in my belly
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(so excited I think I need to change my undies….wait, did I WEAR undies?)

It was completely sold out, to the point that we had to move to a larger roomIMG_0560
People came in from all overIMG_0567
(crazy Tracey all the way from Kentucky)

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There’s nothing quite like a packed house full of people that had NEVER seen me live before
And a large chunk of them, until last night, only know me as Macaroni & Magoo’s MumIMG_0563
I’m not sure what they were expecting
To be honest, I wasn’t too sure what to expect either

I do know that I haven’t had that much fun at a show in forever1506120_10202920657321940_1888432399_oExpectations….exceeded by a bazillion
Result – officially blown away

Thank you x

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