We’ve been every where, Man!

Hello from Sunny California! I’m so hip and cool, I’m calling it Cali.

It’s beautiful here and I love it and there’s a bit of me that doesn’t want to come home. It’s compounded by the fact that my beloved business partner hung out with me last week and family this week, so I don’t feel like home is quite so far away.

Some pics!

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The desert out of Beatty (roughly 2.5 hours out of Vegas. More stories to come).

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The town of Goldfield, Nevadawalkerlake

 

Walker Lake, Nevada

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On the stoop, Echo Park.pacific1The boy bonding with the Pacific.

 

I’m up something like 1200 pics, more to come!

Suffice to say, everything’s fine :)

 

Around the traps

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(My pet cactus in my work space. It’s in a 3 legged tea cup.)

I am going to America next week.

For 5 weeks.

I am in shock that this has happened from a little seed of an idea last September… even further back, really. We always wanted to take the boy to Disneyland when he was ten and then, magically, somehow, it happened. Through the course of the little business, saving hard, a cousin getting married, rollercon and more it became feasible. I remember the first decent market we had last year and I got home and told the spouse that we could actually achieve this far off thing and here we are. Here.We.Are.

The boy wants to eat elephant ear donuts. The spouse wants time to be with his family. I want to be in the desert.

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(My Dotter)

It’s daunting, I mean 5 weeks is nothing in the scheme of things, yet this is the first time we’ve travelled for that long. It’s a demanding itinerary filled with theme parks, adventuring, shopping, derby and more. There are road trips and special events, surprises for my boys.

 

I cannot wait.

 

In the mean time, though, the little business is hungry to take over the world. We have orders to fill and castles in the air that need a polish. I am so happy with how things are going, I could never have imagined how things could have taken shape like this and I am humbled and grateful for all of the support we have received along the way.

Yes, Here we are.

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(Our half of our epic Lounge and garden set up)

 

Road Trip!!!!!

icecreamWe, Yangsie and I, drove into Sydney after 12 hours on the road. We left Brisbane at 3:30 in the morning with a car loaded up with cactus, yarn, stools, crates and more to make it to the Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney. I don’t think I’ve talked about our little business in blogistan, but there it is.

We arrived into Sydney about 4, where Yangmeister was suitably impressed that I could navigate from North Sydney to Newtown without a map. I was more impressed that we managed to find an amazing gelato shop within walking distance of our uber cools hosts! The cups above held balsamic vinegar strawberries and vanilla gelato as well as a pistachio, rosewater and cardamon one. Amazeballs.

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Best Breakfast in Sydney goes to Fleetwood Macchiato in Erskineville. This was AMAZING. Pictured here are my poached eggs on pearl barley with cauliflower, stout jam and chervil. That Stout jam – I asked if I could take some home. Sadly, no. I am so definitely taking the spouse here next time we are in Sydney!

We went on a food pilgrimage after our amazing breakfast – Kakawa chocolates in Darlinghurst, the Potts Point outlet of the Bourke Street bakery, Din Tai Fung in the city and then we just kept walking all the way back to Newtown. After being crammed into the car for the previous day, it was a delight to walk in perfect Sydney Autumn weather and wonder about how the markets might be.

chippendaleChippendale was beautiful, lots of street art, terraces, quirky cafes and sweet stores. I love that Sydney has so many beautiful dogs, edible gardens on the street and quirks around each bend.

And then we went to the markets, sold our wares successfully and came home.

We got lost on a back road to Brisbane, but it was amazing. We went from this densely canopied section of road to this:

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It literally had me in giggles of awe. I love being dwarfed by nature and this little corner of the universe certainly had me there.

The trip was incredible – excellent food, company and business are more than enough to keep me happy. I am so very thankful that we had this opportunity and I can’t wait to do something similar in the times to come.

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Hanging with this family showed me that I’m a sucker for little people with blues eyes who do not stop moving y’know?

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This was one of the warm up shots of the day… yeah, I’m lucky.

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I was aiming for a casual kind of afternoon where I didn’t turn into the crazy perfection hungry photographer. We laughed a lot, I chased kiddoes around, cuddled a baby and we happened to get some photos to mark the arrival of T. All in all, what a great way to spend an Autumn afternoon!

 

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While I was 30 I:

- played 4 games of roller derby
- was in a play
- started a small business
- travelled with my partner and our son
- travelled to Asia with the little one
- fell in love with a pair of chickens and a jerk of a lizard
- successfully aged another year.

There’s a wide variety of loosely formed goals that I have floating in my mind… things that I am actively chasing and things that I am less attached to. I sometimes lose sight of the big things and the little. I don’t care that my birthday is in the morning, either, because every day feels like my birthday. I am treated well by those who love me, loved by those that I care about, am healthy and have love to share with those around me. I may not be the richest (oh heavens, no!) or the tallest or the prettiest or the whateverist, but I am here and happy.
That’s worth a million.

Good bye 30, hello 31, let’s continue the adventure!

From the Island…

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We travelled over and through the stunning Cardamon Mountains for 3.5 hours… from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong. We played something like 20 hands of Uno as the bus lurched over the mountains, through blind corners in excess of 60 kph, horn honking every few seconds.

We stopped in a rural bus station, which was so clean and so yummy. The boy purchased a cup of freshly squeezed cane juice on ice for something ridiculous like Australian 25 cents. It was bright tasting, kind of like sunshine. We perused the tasty wares, but he settled on more pringlesque chips, we spotted them in a specialty store the other day and he gleefully pointed them out. Asia memories have quickly become associated with food for him.

We arrived in Koh Kong to a dusty, red soiled shed. Motorbike drivers and a lone tuk tuk were awaiting our arrival. I snagged the Tuk Tuk, quickly purchasing a few gifts at a stall (the only time there was a massive language barrier, but we got through). I’d sorted our accommodation previously and off we choofed!

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To this little piece of paradise. That’s the boy setting the chess board up in the shadow of the cardamon mountains. Strangely, the mosquitoes weren’t as bad as I imagined they could be. We got in to Koh Kong at about 1pm and just lounged in the bungalow… watching TV, reading books, conversing with other travellers. It was down time at its best. There was one more fabulous thing…ImageWe spent a lot of time here!

When we woke up in the morning, we swam, had a leisurely breakfast and then caught the Tuk Tuk to the border where we entered Thailand.

Koh Kong has certainly captured my imagination, though. I’d really like to do a hike through Chi Phat and possibly stay at 4 rivers next time we pass through. The boy just wants to go back to this place, impossibly perfect and the most wonderful place to reflect on an incredible week in Cambodia.

I didn’t take many photos in Cambodia, just because it felt like the country hadn’t made the beds before company arrived… I want to go back. The boy wants to go back and that was the aim of this trip, to get the boy excited about travelling. Mission accomplished!

 

Not working 9-5

Sometimes I try to remember what I do with my day… I’ve always wanted to photograph every hour of the day, but I am seriously bad at remembering! That and my days are pretty jolly quiet at the moment (I am not complaining!).

So today I thought I would just photograph things around me once an hour between the working hours, just because.

9am – Working on this batch of fresh produce – aka making pots.

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10am – In the kitchen working on mustard

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11am – Finished a monster batch of Sauerkraut and some mustard. This will otherwise be known as part one of out hipstering the hipsters in the name of frugality.

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12pm – vacuming

Cleaning

1pm – Tending to the pets. Collecting eggs, feeding, cuddles.

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2pm – I happened to disturb dotter in my pottering. She was not amused. I think this is also proof that she’s hacking into the internet for grumpy cat memes:

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3pm – after picking the boy up from school, a reconnaisance mission to Bunnings. Returned home with lettuce and hot glue.

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4pm – picking up groceries and failing to find a bathing cap (!).

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In between there was the normal Friday stuff, tidying, cleaning, trying to get the study together…