It’s been a year!

9 12 2013
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Yesterday marks 12 months since we left Hornsby and “Hit the Track”!  With the anniversary there is a mix of so many emotions one of which is home sickness.  Our plan was to be back on the east somewhere around the Central Coast/Hornsby area by now.  And yes, many of you said we would take longer, or maybe we wouldn’t even be back.  Yet our journey is not yet completed and we are happy where we are and what adventures await us next year  but our hearts are also burdened with missing family and friends – be assured we still plan to COME BACK!  I’m sure our emotion is heightened due to the fact Christmas is nearing and we have already spent one Christmas away from family but we are also excited to be spending this Christmas with two very special families we have met during our travels and are both already dear to our hearts.

Well what can I say ….. What a year!  I look back at most years and try to gauge how much I’ve changed and grown as a person (for the better is the plan) and in my mind make a few goals and dream a little for the following year.  This year I look and without doubt can say I’ve grown and changed.  It has been a year of many firsts, awe inspiring wonders, amazing experiences, new friendships plus tragedy.  I still think of Rob & Kathreen every day.  Loosing them almost 7 months ago at Warroora Station will be a day that remains with our family forever.  Tragedy and grief was never on the agenda for this trip …. but it has marked it.  It has stretched myself and our family.  But I can now say, thankfulness and gratitude are outweighing the grief (most of the time).  Love and the support of friends and family remains a comfort and  our faith has been shaken but has also become stronger giving us peace and hope.

We remember the good times too ….. We remember the amazing meals Rob helped us cook with all our pork, we remember Kathreen’s inspiration with all her amazing craft ideas, her books and her encouragement for me to publish a book.  We remember the beautiful sunsets, the laughs, the campfires.   Our prayers and love will always remain with the their wonderful children, their families and their many close friends.

Let’s look at some of the highlights of the last twelve months ….

Tasmania:
*  The Spirit of Tasmania – going on the boat was so exciting for us all … our first cruise 🙂
*  Fishing at St Helens – many a meal of fresh fish was had there
*  Wombats at Cradle Mountain …. so cute!
*  Fresh fruit and berries straight from the farms
*  Meeting Jo,Pete, Summer & Ciara Leonard – a “meant to be” meeting and what a blessing they are to us xoxox

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First night, through out a line …. and yay bream!

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Oh the fresh berries!

Having a little scratch

Having a little scratch

The Spirit of Tasmania - leaving for the night trip on the 26th Feb

The Spirit of Tasmania – leaving for the night trip on the 26th Feb

Victoria:
*  Koalas on the Great Ocean Road.
*  Spending time with our wonderful friends Wes, Lisa, Kayla & Jake Bungay xoxox
*  Picking fresh blackberries in a river bed and of course eating them
*  Sovereign Hill
*  Having Mum & Dad join us in the Grampians!!!

Koala!

Koala!

Enjoying dinner with friends by candle light

Enjoying dinner with friends by candle light

South Australia:
*  The caves at Naracoorte
*  Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies in the Flinders Rangers
*  Spending time with Mum & Dad
*  Staying through “Help Exchange” at Trevor & Janine’s farm in Kimba … HIG HIGHLIGHT – Loved it 🙂
*  Nullabor … amazing experience

Even Nana had a go!

Even Nana had a go!

The giant wombat

The giant wombat

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Dan being Shed Hand for the arvo

Dan being Shed Hand for the arvo

Us on the Bight of Australia!

Us on the Bight of Australia!

Western Australia:
*  The many BIG catches of Bream at Stokes Inlet
*  Staying at Camp Wattle Grove and meeting some lovely locals there
*  WWOOFing at Albert’s fish farm
*  Help Exchanging at Waogo Beach and being given a whole pig for our time
*  Monkey Mia
*  Whale Shark Swim at Ningaloo Reef for Stephen
*  Working at Ashburton Downs Station – mustering cattle over their 800,000 acre property
*  Having Mum and Dad visit WA!
*  Volunteering at Two Moons Whale Research station on the Dampier Penisular
*  Broome … and we’re still here 🙂

Lily has the big one!!!

Lily has the big one!!!

Heading off to the dams to feed the fish

Heading off to the dams to feed the fish

Tending the fire with the "donna" in the background we used (beds for kids and kitchen)

Cooking our pork with the “donga” in the background we used (beds for kids and kitchen)

Such a proud moment :-)

Such a proud moment 🙂

End of a horse riding lesson

End of a horse riding lesson

Stephen's proud catch!  Spanish mackerel and a golden trevally

Stephen’s proud catch! Spanish mackerel and a golden trevally

The list could go on and on ….. there are down times too.  Dishes, dishes and more dishes …. having some weeks where the budget is super super tight …. tired and cranky family members (that’s all of us – thankfully rarely not all at once!) …. RAIN and WIND ….. but you know these things happen where ever you are.  Maybe the rain and wind don’t effect you so much when you have a nice home rather than a camper trailer but I think the locations and breathtaking views far surpass any discomforts we experience along the way.

What’s next?  We plan to stay in Broome for the wet season and then move on towards Darwin, Alice Springs and home.  The wet has been gradually building up but by no means has it hit yet.  We are enjoying the vast difference this place is to Sydney and the AMAZING Kimberly coastline.  It takes my breath away every time …..

Roebuck Bay, Broome WA

Roebuck Bay, Broome WA

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4 responses

9 12 2013
Lorna

Hi wonderful wanderers – WOW! This one really took my breath away! A year!! That shot of Ningaloo Reef leaves Ken Duncan for dead!!! You all do seem so far away & of course Christmas is traditionally family time, but what friends you have made & what adventures shared together. You are laying up a priceless legacy for your kids & many would envy you.
A few of us are off back up to The Alice for a few days to take Matarna to see her folks & lay on a Christmas Feast for our dear indigenous friends.
Life here is full – (retirement is a myth!!) but all good & I send my love & blessings to you all. If I don’t hear from you beforehand, have a blest & peaceful Christmas full of the Love of the One whose birth we celebrate.
Love
L xxx

17 12 2013
Hit the Track

Oh thank’s Lorna. It’s just not a blog post without a reply from you :-)! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if next year we all end up in Alice at the same time. Blessings to you and your family xxx

9 12 2013
Dot Cameron

You bring tears and joy to my heart my beautiful Niece. I promise I’ll haunt you if you don’t write that book! Love you all and can’t wait to see you again but am so happy you are being wise in taking your time and enjoying the best of it all. Life is too short!!!

17 12 2013
Hit the Track

Thanks Aunty Dot! xoxox

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