Hey There !!
Well, once again, after promising to resume regular blogging, it has been more than three weeks since my last post !! Time flies, doesn't it.
Life has continued to be busy, keeping me away from all you amazing people.
Chicky had a bit of an accident a couple of weeks back ... whilst crossing the road, she stepped off the kerb into a drain ... twisting and fracturing her ankle. We took her to the hospital, where they put her in plaster, saying she wasn't to put any weight on that foot for the time being, and made an appointment for her in a week's time. Two days before the appointment, Chicky was having a bath (her foot was covered with cling wrap, and was haning over the edge of the bath, to keep it dry), and when she stood up after her bath, of course the water went running down her leg, into the plastic, and down into the cast. Fortunately, it was only a half cast (a back slab, they called it, and it was bandaged up to keep it on her leg ... mainly to support the ankle, I guess), and we were able to remove it, before it got all mooshy and yucky !! Went to the appointment with the Orthopeadic (spelling !?!?!) Surgeon, who said the fracture was quite minor, and she was told that she could resume using the foot, using common sense (now, do teenagers have common sense !?!?!). She was given an elastic sock/bandage thingy, just to give her a bit of support. At this stage, she is still limping a little bit, the ankle gets tired and achy quickly, but is well on the mend. She can easily climb up and down stairs now, and is even attempting to run a little. I guess netball will still be a couple of weeks away, although she may attempt her dance class next week (she can easily sit out anything that is too awkward on the ankle).
Poor kid, she is having a bad run ... I picked her up early from school today ... she now has tonsilitis !! At this moment, she is coughing herself stupid, has a temperature, and generally feels like crap. She is on anti-biotics, and paracetemol. I'm guessing that as soon as the anti-biotics kick in, she will start feeling better !!
We went to a 50th birthday party last Saturday ... Hubby's brother's. It was an interesting night, to say the least. Saw some people who we hadn't seen for many years ... now that was an experience ... say no more !!
I have been doing a bit of scrapbooking ... that is fun ... and enjoying going through all my photos, picking out those I want to scrapbook. I have also enjoyed scouring through all the scrapbooking shops in the area ... wow, there is so much gorgeous stuff out there ... it would be easy to go mad and spend a fortune !! I am going to a scrapbooking show this upcoming weekend, in East Burwood, with a friend. Should be good ... lots of stuff to look at (and buy, LOL).
Not sure if I've mentioned it previously, but in August, I am going on a girls weekend to Phillip Island ... scrapbooking. Yes, a scrapbooking weekend !! And I can't wait. I have never been on a weekend away without my hubby and Chicky, never been on a girl's weekend. My friend, RL, scolded me, and told me that I should go on one, and invited me to join her and a couple of other friends on this upcoming weekend. I discussed it with Hubby and Chicky, and they encouraged me to go. Soooo, it is all paid for and organised. Now we just have to wait for August !!!
A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with some fellow bloggers for a 60th birthday lunch. Gina, whose birthday it was, was there ... as was Lee-Ann, Brigid, and another friend of Gina's, Jann. It was a lovely few hours ... we lunched at the Cherry Hill Tavern in Doncaster ... yummy food, good company, lots of chit-chat.
Ummm, not sure that I can think of anything else at this stage !!!
Hope you are all happy and healthy, and keeping out of mischief !!
Enjoy the upcoming weekend ...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Hey There !!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Hey there, everyone !
We got back from a 9 day camping holiday on Friday ... we had a lovely time, but it is always great to get home, and back into our own beds.
I have spent much of the weekend washing, and doing housework ... it really needed doing !!
Thought you might like a run-down on our trip, along with a few (well, quite a few !!) photos. I have reduced the size of the photos before uploading, as to upload them in their original size takes ages !! Hope they are big enough to enjoy !!
We left home on Thursday 27th March, heading north, toward Murray Sunset National Park, and the Pink Lakes area. It was raining when we left ... not a good omen. However, it stopped not far out of Melbourne, and what remained was blue skies and sunshine. We stopped in Bendigo for breakfast (McDonalds !), and continued on our way.
Early afternoon, we arrived at the National Park, and began exploring, trying to decide which camping area we would prefer. Both had their pros and cons, and we ended up choosing the second one we came to, due to the cleaner facilities (only a lone pit-toilet, but it was clean), and flatter camping areas.
We began unpacking the car, but stopped quickly, due to being surrounded by feral bees !! Quite scary, and very annoying. We didn't want to start our holiday with bee-stings, so we re-packed the car, and decided not to stay there !!
We explored the area, taking quite a few photos. This first one is of one of the salt lakes, which are, really, pink (although it doesn't really show up in this photo).
Next day, we headed to Renmark, deciding to stay there an extra night ... 3 nights, rather than 2 ... we phoned ahead to check if that was OK .. it was !!
On the way, we had a lovely lunch in a bakery in Loxton ... yummy !!
On arrival in Renmark, we found our caravan park, and set up camp. We had a great site, right on the banks of the river. This is the view from our camp site ... (in the distance is Renmark township and the Renmark Hotel).
Next day, we went for a drive, along the Murray, exploring the lookouts and viewpoints. This photo is taken from the Murtho Forest Lookout ...
Arrived at Lake Mungo mid afternoon, found the camp area, and set up camp. Then headed off to the lookout and "Wall of China" area. It is absolutely stunning here, and we were very lucky with the weather. You may remember, in September 2006, we travelled with some friends in this area, but were unable to stay here due to the high winds. We did, then, get some interesting photos ... although the sand was blowing through them all. This time around, nothing but blue skies and sunshine !!
This photo is of an Echidna, who was digging for it's dinner ... it was there for ages, and was quite big.
These little birdies were everywhere around the campsite. The hang out in large groups ... apparently, according to my Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, it is an Apostlebird. They are fun little birds, but got really annoying (they were very loud !!), as they came really close (cheeky buggers!), and seemed to hear from a distance whenever any food came out !!
Had a quick breakfast in Mildura, and decided to skip the next national park, due to the change in weather and high winds (and, potentially, more bees, as it was near the Pink Lakes national park !!)
We decided to head for Horsham, and on the way it got even windier, and we drove through a wicked dust storm ... at times we could barely see the road !! The following photos are the view through our windscreen ...
Next morning we decided to swap our powered tent-site, for a cabin in the caravan park in Halls Gap in the Grampians. The weather had turned very cold, and was still yucky !!
We explored the Grampians, as we headed for Halls Gap. The area was hit quite badly by the storm the previous day, with bits of trees and bark all over the roads. We stopped at McKenzie Falls ... simply beautiful.
A view from the lookout ...
All in all, we had a great trip, we are happy with our tent, and had a lovely time. It was a nice bonding time for the three of us. Fortunately, we enjoy each other's company ... mum, dad and daughter !!
So, that's about it from me this time around. Hope you have enjoyed my holiday run-down. Back to the grindstone tomorrow ... I am working Monday, Wednesday, Friday this week. Hope to be by for a visit soon. Look after yourselves, in the meantime.
Brought to you by Meow (aka Connie) at 7:09 pm