Part 1 – Clothing and “Stuff”
with Sharon Archer
Before I start my blog, I’d just like to say HUGE congratulations to our Fiona Lowe! She won a RITA for her book, BOOMERANG BRIDE! You’re a star, Fiona!
Okay, down to serious blog business… we’re still AWOL and loving it! For those of you who don’t know, we’ve been travelling in Outback New South Wales and Queensland for just over two months. And this blog is a great excuse to share some gratuitous scenery pictures!
We’re now wending our way southwards towards the Gold Coast for the Romance Writers of Australia conference which is just three weeks! Hard to believe how quickly the time has gone!
(And Fiona, I give you fair warning that I want a very close look at your gorgeous golden lady!)
So, having now spent this time on the road, I thought I’d take a light-hearted look at what we’ve discovered. The things that work… and the things that DON’T!
We’ve carried things that we haven’t needed – and that’s LOTS! As ALWAYS happens, we have too much stuff! So much so that for the first couple of weeks I felt like I was moving stuff from here to there so I could get a so-and-so and then from there back to here so I could get a such-and-such! Backwards and forwards and backwards and forwards and not much being accomplished in between!
For instance, the weather has been unseasonally cold so the following things haven’t seen action at all:
– Swimming costumes – it’s been waaaay too chilly
– Flippers and snorkels – see above. AND the only place we got close to the sea was at Karumba and nothing would tempt me in to share the water with those salties (estuarine crocodiles)
– Lots of light weight summery tops and a dress.
Things that have seen LOTS of action that I hadn’t expected
– Thermals! Thick socks. Beanie and gloves! Polar fleeces!
– The electric fan heater – love those powered sites!
– My hot water bottle! I told you it had been chilly!
Realistically, lots of these things we’d need to bring anyway because the weather might have been incredibly warm. But I think for next time I’d bring some of those vacuum storage bags so I could put away the clothing items that I just wasn’t getting any use out of. For instance, every one of my summery singlet tops could have gone into storage.
Oops… I was going to digress on to the pantry but I think I’d better make this a blog in several parts because I haven’t even touched on the kitchen and the pots and pans yet… and for some reason I feel that I must! But on another day!
Before I go, I’m going to tell you something totally absurd! We’d just got our act together with our stuff… and we got this insane urge to buy a guitar! So for the last month we’ve had to move that from place to place as we set up camp as well! But we are having a lot of fun with it – and our tender fingertips are starting to harden up! We did actually buy it for a special purpose… but that’s a subject for another blog!
So, tell me any of your clothing tips for travels! Or perhaps you’ve bought something completely crazy on a trip and had to transport it with great difficulty while you’re travelling! Come on, ‘fess up! I’d love to know and I promise, I won’t tell a soul!
We’re on the road again today but I’ll be back tonight to catch up with your tips and confessions!