Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Getting Ready For Camping ...

Good Morning, dear Blogging Friends ...

It's a glorious sunny Spring morning in Melbourne, with the remains of a hint of frost on the lawns ... it was a very cold night !!

I haven't been around much in the blogosphere this past few days, as I have been busy getting sorted for our upcoming camping trip ... we leave 3am on Saturday morning (we have at least a 10 hour drive ahead of us!!). As well as that, I have had typing to complete, and various other stuff to do. I am living my life from lists at the moment, busily completing things, so I can cross them of !!! Sounds tedious, but it works for me. Generally (touch wood!!) I don't forget to do, or take, anything, when we head off for an extended time away from home.

Last week was a particulary sad one for us Aussies ... firstly losing Steve Irwin (thank you all for your wonderful comments, and so many posts on your own blogs, for the passing of an amazing man), then late last week we lost another great Aussie icon. Peter Brock (a.k.a. Brocky) was killed in a motor racing accident. Brocky was known as "King Of The Mountain", after winning many Bathurst 1000 V8 races. He was a great racing driver, who for most of his career, drove various forms of Holden motor cars. I don't know if many (or any) of you outside Australia would know who Brocky is, but to Australia, he was a huge star. He, like Steve Irwin, died doing something he loved. May he rest in peace, alongside Steve Irwin. In fact, there was an amazing cartoon drawn in our local Herald Sun newspaper last week, which showed Steve Irwin (with a croc under his arm), and Brocky (in his 05 car) pulling up alongside him, offering him a lift. I would love to share it with you all, but don't know if there is some sort of copyright with these things ... I'll look into it, and get back to you !!

I imagine yesterday (September 11) was a very sad day for many people. It was the 5th anniversary of the terrorism which caused the loss of so many lives. I haven't yet had a chance to go visting all your blogs, but I imagine there will be many memorial posts out there.

I had better head off now, and get Chicky ready for school, then I'm off to the retirement village to help my elderly friend with her computer, briefly. Then back home here to colour my hair, and continue working on my list (I think computer housekeeping is in order, and backing up some stuff), then on with the packing. I hope to post again before we leave, however briefly, and don't know if I will be able to get on-line during the week we are away. Depends on the CDMA network coverage, as to whether my internet thingy will let me on !! I will more than like be off-air from the 16th until the 24th of September. I hope to have heaps of photos to share with you when we return, though.

But, for now, have a wonderful week, friends. Behave, don't do anything I wouldn't do.

I hope to be by for a vist later on today.

Take care,



Tab said...

You know something Meow..
You really are one hell'uva thoughtful human.I just read your post and it is so thoughtful and warming.You care and it shows.
I like that about you.
Happy hair coloring and camping packing..you lucky girl you!
I will be back soon.
Love Tab

Meow said...

Thank you, Tab, that is a lovely thing to say. Ooooh, I love your new avatar ... it's gorgeous. Hope you have an amazing day. Love Meow

Autumn said...

Oh I'm jealous..we didn't get to camp this year and I love to go out and enjoy nature.

Jenn said...

3:00 am... I don't think I could do it. Have fun camping though! I'm envious!

Connie and Rob said...

I so hope you have a safe trip and a great time camping. Can't wait to see those pictures when you get back.


Margaret said...

Happy camping to you,sounds great. It is a nice feeling helping someone else isn't it? All warm and fuzzy.
Well as you would know are supposed to be having spring as well, however it was snowing at Noosa this week. Unheard of. I think I should come back to Vic. for some warmer weather. Cheers Margaret

Meow said...

Autumn ... I love to go camping .. This will be a busy trip, 4 different places, 2 nights at each ... lots of work putting the tents up and down, but what fun !

Jenn ... I don't mind getting up that early for camping. For something boring, well, that's another story !!

Connie ... thank you. Hopefully I'll have heaps !! When we went for 7 weeks last year, I took over 2000 photos !!!

Margaret ... OMG, did it really snow in Noosa, that's bizarre.

Have a great week. Take care, Meow

Lee-ann said...

Hello Meow..........can I come too! camping is the bestest! fun and when the children were all growing up that was what we did every year.

something so nice about cooking in the dark over a camp fire, You know I cooked my best roasts that way according to the family.

some spots I just love is pebbly beach in NSW and the little desert Vic, also the high plains Gosh I am very much wanting to camp again. Enjoy and yes lots of photos to share please!

see you again when you get home and have a very safe trip.


Meow said...

Lee-Ann ... thank you so much. Camping is heaps of fun. We used to spend weeks in the bush on the banks of the Murray, near Yarrawonga ... soo nice and peaceful !! The Vic High country is magnificent ... haven't camped there yet, hopefully when we buy our new camper !! At the moment we have a permanent site at Bonnie Doon.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow

Michelle said...

3am to go camping? I think i'd rather saw my own arm off!!
Seriously, you know my spin on camping....you guys have a fun time and drive safely, i will cross fingers and toes for fine weather for you all :o)

Chrixean said...

I'm so excited for your camping trip! Hope you have a great time! Have a great week ahead, too! :-) I'm due to give birth anytime in the next week or so.... maybe when you get back, Keira would be with me already :-) Take Care!

Meow said...

Michelle ... thank you, I'm sure the weather will be fine in northern NSW ... the forecast says it is around 26C or so. Lovely.

Chrixean ... thank you. Best of luck with baby Keira ... hope she doesn't give you a hard time !!

Take care, Meow

Heidi said...

OMG I thoguht getting up at 5AM to go to the gym was tough but 3am to go camping..wow! Have a great time.

HUGS for you :)

Meow said...

Heidi ... thanks. It's funny, when we are so excited, as we usually are when we are going away, 3am doesn't seem so bad !!!
Take care, Meow

Peter said...

In case you don't get back here before your trip, Have fun, hope the weather is kind to you too.

Meow said...

Peter ... thank you so much. We are gonna have so much fun !!!
Take care, Meow

Merle said...

Hello Meow ~~ Thank you for your
kind words on my Brick story. I do
hope that you and your husband and
daughter have a wonderful holiday and come back refreshed. You will be missed, but we will be here when you
return. The weather here is great, so it should be up north. Have fun,
Take care, Merle.

Jeanette said...

Hi Meow
have a great holiday and dont forget the camera .
"My home town Yarrawonga." The best town on the murray but then im biased

lori said...

I pray you have a wonderful trip.

Raggedy said...

That was a beautiful post!
It has been a sad time for many.
It is wonderful read and hear how many people care.
Camping sounds fun!
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Cool Raggedy one

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Enjoy your camping!

PEA said...

Hope you're having a fun time on your camping trip!! When I was little, we used to go camping all the time after dad had bought a tent trailer...I loved walking through the trails exploring in the early morning hours! You certainly do sound organized...I tend to make lists too, it just makes things to remember easier!! Take care! Hugs xoxo

Pennys from Heaven said...

Have A purrrrrfectly Fun Camping Trip. Stay Safe in the Great Outdoors!!

Peg & Bun-Bun

Meow said...

Merle ... thank you.

Jeanette ... thank you. Yarrawonga is a wonderful place, have spent many happy holidays there.

Lori ... thank you.

Raggedy ... thank you. I hope to have a wonderful time.

Jean-luc ... thank you.

Pea ... thank you. I try to be ultra organised, as it really frustrates me when I forget something, no matter now trivial !!

Peg & Bun-Bun ... thank you.

Have a wonderful week.

Take care, Meow

Michael Manning said...

Stop by tomorrow, Meow. You're in the spotlight. I cannot tell you how fuynny it is tobe in a Fed Ex Kinkos and have your song blast off from Tom Jones. Some people around me laugh, some give me nasty looks. I'm usually hanging over the right side of the chair laughing my ass off! Don't change it!!!!lol!

Meow said...

Michael ... thank you. I often wonder whether people get annoyed with my song, but I figured there is an off button if they don't like it !!! No-one has really complained, so I guess it's OK. Glad you like it, though. Your spotlights today are great. Wow, you are spotlighting me tomorrow ... I'll be over for sure !! Thanks.
Take care, Meow

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

sleeping bag
money/cash for gas
that is about it I think ,

I am packed what time are we leaving???????????

I left a comment on my blog for you
I hope you have a great time and you will be missed ,it is not the same here in blogville without you my Queen

hugs and more hugs

Badoozie said...

hmmm don't do anything you would not do...wish we could do something you would do. like go camping!

barbara said...

Have a wonderful time camping sweetie! It sounds so fun!

FruitfulSpirit said...

I am late stopping in as usual! Sounds like a really great trip planned. But I am sure we will see lots of great pictures when you get back! My you do keep busy hopping around, doing your hair, all that computer typing and still have time to breath! LOL

You take care and I will see when next I do!

Val said...

I hope your camping trip is nice and relaxing. Don't forget to look up at the night sky and see all the stars.

I just caught up on reading some of your previous posts and I can report that I too cannot keep my foot turning clockwise while tracing the number 6 with my hand!@!

Viamarie said...

Have a grand time!!! Hope to see pics of it.

zingtrial said...

Hi hope you have a nice time and tell us about it after wards
Wish you well :) .

Dawn said...

Wow camping. I haven't gone camping in about 6 years. I'm not a camper :( but I hope you have fun.

Meow said...

Greeneyes .... hmmm, that sounds about right. Meet you outside Calder Park at 4 on Saturday morning !!! Thank you for your best wishes ... we're gonna have a ball !!! Hugs xxx

Susie ... thanks, wish you could come, too !!

Barbara ... thanks, it should be fun.

Fruitfulspirit ... *giggle* ... yep, sometimes it seems I'm just hopping around all day, particularly this week !!

Val ... thank you. That foot trick is a beauty, isn't it !!!

Viamarie ... thank you.

Zingtrial ... thank you.

Dawn ... thank you.

Have a great day, eveyone. Take care, Meow

DayByDay4-2Day said...

hope you have a great time.
We had a thunder shower today. Two more weeks of summer let and this one had hail with it.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Sounds as if you have had a busy time! The last time I was camping I set my tent up on a steep hillside. The story is too long to tell, but I was lucky not to have rolled down and off a cliff.

Gail said...

Have fun and go safely catch you when you return, hopefully with stacks of pics. (9-11) It is something we should never forget and their grief is ours,may time heal the wounds.

3catsmeow4me said...

I always behave Ha, ha! Have fun camping. I think Tim and I are going to go soon too.

Gretta James said...

I heard about Peter Brock from a friend of mine. I was really upset when I heard. He was a great racer.

Hope you're having a good day.


HeiressChild said...

hi meow, that sounds like a fun trip you're planning. i look forward to coming back and looking at the pics from it.

i didn't know you lived in australia. i think when i come here, i just come straight to the comment page. today, i read your profile.

i was very sad about steve irwin, as if he were one of my very best friends. but then again, because he came into our homes thru t.v., in a sense that did make him a friend, sort of. i feel very sad for his wife and 2 children also. being widowed at a young age with 2 young children, i can identify there.

anyhoo, have a safe and fun journey camping out, and look forward to seeing those pics real soon.

take care,

Michael Manning said...

Meow! I didn't know who Brock was. Strange for a guy who was glued to the car races on TV with one of my brothers. I was sorry to learn of this. Camp. eh?

Have a safe trip dear!

Meow said...

Daybyday ... it's incredible how it seems so suddenly that the seasons shift. Hail ... brrrrr !!

Nick ... I'd like to hear your story sometime !!!

Gail ... thanks. I intend on taking a stack of photos ... stay tuned !!!

3catsmeow4me ... thanks. Hope you have fun, too.

Gretta ... thanks for visiting. Brock was a brilliant driver.

Sylvia ... thank you. Wow, I thought everyone knew I was an Aussie !!!

Michael ... Peter Brock was really only know within Australia, I think. Don't know if he raced much internationally (I could be wrong, though !!). Thanks

Thanks, friends. Nearly time to go. May not get to drop by your blogs, sorry. Have a great week.

Take care, Meow