Baby Names

So, we’ve got a bit of a dilema!  We’re three days away from Fealy Bub Number 4′s due date and we still don’t have any idea of names for this little one.  With our other three kids we had a Top 5 boys/girls names by this point that we took in with us to hospital and made the final decision when we saw bub.  We don’t know what sex baby is – we have always opted for the suprise factor with all of our kids and to be honest that is the only thing that gets me through labour, the excitement to see what new little person will be joining our family!! Continue reading

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Catch Up

IMG_4397The ‘death by glass of water’ in March of our trusty laptop has resulted in a bit of a tumble off the blogging wagon recently.  That combined with a busy month of visitors and an ever growing baby belly have seen me get behind again on the blog, so I thought I’d do a bit of a brief ‘catch up’ post today to fill you in on what has been happening at Fealy Family HQ over the last month.  Oh, and the photo above is the brand new ‘blogging machine’ that I’m now writing on – pretty spiffy hey! Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter Everyone!  I know I have been ‘MIA’ this last month and I have heaps to fill you all in on, but this is just a short post to pop back in, say hi, share some Easter spirit from our neck of the woods and see what everybody else got up to for Easter. Continue reading

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Sunday Snapshot – Kauri Creek Road

20140323-205026.jpgI’ve been out of action on the blog front this week as our laptop died so I feel a bit rusty writing this post tonight after a week off! Continue reading

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Sunday Snapshot – Breakfast At Coffee Works

20140316-142150.jpgMatt is having a weekend off, the first one in a a long while and we are making the most of it!  Lazy days, dinner at Grandma’s, a sleepover for the kids at Grandma’s and a breakfast out this morning for Matt and I! Continue reading

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Flashback Friday – “Free”

Well, seeing as we finished all of the posts about our trip yesterday, it seems only fitting that this week’s Friday Flashback be dedicated to a small photo montage of our adventure.  Using our theme song of course, “Free” by Zac Brown Band as the background music.  Man, we had a great trip! Just click play and watch the video!  If you are thinking about a trip like this – JUST DO IT!!!

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The Final Leg

DSC_0429Sigh.  Deep Breath …………………………………………………………………..

There is no more delaying.  It is time to bite the bullet and write the final post covering the last day and night of life on the road for the Fealy Family Adventure of 2013.  Aaaargh, so hard.  That means our trip really is over, complete, finished, done.  It was so long in the thinking and planning and all over in three very short, but amazingly good months.  It feels like a dream now.  

Ok, on with it. Continue reading

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A Cup of Tea with Me

This morning I am linking up with our ever patient, super nice blog mentor, Pip Lincolne from the blog ‘Meet Me At Mikes’ who is hosting a little ‘tea party’ in celebration (insert drum roll here please!) of our graduation from her ‘Blog With Pip‘ e-course!

All of us little ‘Pipsters’ or ‘Pip’s Peeps’ as we have become known, are sharing posts today to tell you a few things about our crazy selves!  Most of you who follow my blog already know our family pretty much inside out by now as you are either related to us, have been friends – aka have put up with us before – or joined us to be subjected to our ravings over the last twelve months as we planned and headed off on our trip around Oz!

However, if I am lucky enough to have a new visitor today – WELCOME!  I made a little audio recording (woot!  I learnt lots of new somethings!) at the start of our blog course to share a bit about myself and I’ve included that below as an introduction for any newbies here.  If you already know me, you may get a laugh to start your day out of hearing my nervous little voice live on the internet, so have a listen!

You can also read more about us here if you are still interested!

Anyway, today I thought we’d just have a little chat about a few bits and bobs that I have floating around in my head at the moment, you know, just the way we would if I was sitting down with you across the table.  We better get one thing straight first though, I don’t drink coffee or really much tea, so soda water and cordial, or a ‘V’ and a banana chic-chip muffin are more likely to be on offer at my place at the moment!IMG_4134Right, so I’m just going to do a bit of a brain dump – list style and hopefully you will find something of interest in there!

1. I’m feeling very sad that I have just about finished posting about our trip around Oz – reading back on this post and this one, makes me just wish for the open road again!  So, Matt is on the hunt for a camper trailer for us now to replace ‘good ole’ Karen.  Does anybody have some recommendations for us?  We will be buying second hand and our current favourites are the Cameron Campers and the All Terrains.  I’d love to hear some thoughts on people’s camper trailer experiences! 

2. I really, really love following Kelle Hampton’s blog, Enjoying The Small Things and she wrote a great post recently on having identity issues at 35 - it is a long read, but definitely gets the brain a-ticking! Do we all have a bit of a ‘what am I doing with my life?’ moment when we hit our thirties? I know we sure did – surely we’re not the only ones?

3. Are you on Instagram?  You can find us on there having lots of fun this month following along with this #photoaday challenge set up by another awesome blogger Fat Mum Slim.  It’s a great way to make the time to take a snapshot everyday and try to improve those photography skills!IMG_40294.  Remember I wrote about how this year is the International Year of Family Farming and I said I’d have to think of some ways for us to get involved?  Well so far, this is what we have come up with ……………………….

We made sure the Year of the Farming Family got a mention in our recent newspaper article showing!

We made sure the Year of the Farming Family got a mention in our recent newspaper article showing!

We’ve signed on to learn how to become Rural Champions with AgForce Queensland so hopefully later this year we may go into the local schools and talk with kids about the careers available in the Agricultural Industry, something we didn’t know much about when we were kids, which seems crazy given that we grew up in a rural community!  Have a look at this site for more information about the program http://www.futureag.org.au/resources/rural-champions.html

My sister Beth is showing us up with her awesome shopping efforts at her local produce market, so I have vowed to try to work out where I can buy more direct produce from the farm gate up here!

Good one Beth!

5. It might just be the pregnancy hormones, but a couple of blog posts I read recently were so lovely they made me cry.  Check out this one from Seven Cherubs: Fairy Bread and Garden Salad and this Scatter Love Story from Fat Mum Slim.

6. Since we’re having a cup of tea, I should tell you about another great ‘Cuppa With’ that I have had recently!  The National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) are running some great free webinars for rural women all over Australia as a chance to network and learn all sorts of things.  A few weeks ago I heard all about how to use Facebook for business better and tomorrow night I am hopefully going to get my head around and make the most out of Twitter!

Well, that’s about it on my end!  Have you read anything interesting recently?  Are you learning something new?  Seen anything that made you cry?  I’d love to hear about it, tell me about it in the comments, leave a link to a blog post you have written about it, or send me an email!  Let’s chat!

 

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“All good things are wild and free.”

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I left these photos out of yesterday’s post because they weren’t really of anything.  I changed my mind and decided to share them today because I think they are of everything!  These photos sum up just how great our little trip was for our kids and I love them!

It is honestly – hand on heart – the best thing we have done for them as parents to date.  They had freedom, time to just play, time to be with us and each other.  No pressure.  So much fresh air and walking, and looking, and learning.  Time to talk with us.

These photos of the kids just ‘being kids’ at the campground in Normanton are a reminder to allow, and to make time for nothing.  For more climbing trees, digging in dirt, making games out of sticks, being outside with no set agenda, reading books, talking, drawing.  I’m not good at this.  I love routine and structure, filling the days with plans.  I need to pull back, to remember these photos and the moments they captured that are so important for our kids.

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Normanton/Karumba

DSC_0172It is physically hurting my heart to write these last few posts about our trip, oh how I miss the days of adventure!  But, I realise there are probably several people out there following our blog who are just wanting to read the last few posts about the trip and wishing we would hurry the heck up and get on with it, so they can then ‘unsubscribe’ and no longer have to listen to our ramblings and be subjected to posts about Chocolate Slice!  Fair enough I guess, so here goes, today and tomorrow will see the last couple of posts about the trip published.

After surviving the Savannah Way, we popped back out into civilisation at Doomadgee and after a quick fuel top up we decided to head for Normanton and spend a precious few nights there.  It was a tough decision to bypass Lawn Hill National Park, but we didn’t think we had enough time left in our trip to ‘do Lawn Hill properly’ and we have decided that will be one of the first destinations that we head to when things finally start to slow down here at Blue Sky Produce.

The Savannah Way – pretty much the path we took back from Broome

Normanton is only a small cattle town, just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria and sits on the Norman River.  It is most famous for its enormous saltwater crocodile ‘Krys’ who was shot in the Norman River.  He is the largest crocodile ever taken, at 8.6metres long, and there is a replica statue in the main street of Normanton to give you an idea of how big he was!  We couldn’t believe how massive – we sure wouldn’t ever like to come across one of those out in the wild!

The kids with 'Krys' the croc in Normanton

The kids with ‘Krys’ the croc in Normanton

We stayed at the Normanton Tourist Park and loved it.  They had a great swimming pool (huge!), hot pool and lovely shady sites (albeit a bit dusty), as well as nice clean amenities.  We had our second ‘Are We There Yet’ blog spotting here at the caravan park and got to meet Kevin and his girls who had been following along on our journey – it was so nice to have a chat to another traveller – thanks Kevin!

We had a very relaxing time in Normanton.  We walked downtown and checked out the information centre – it was great!  Heaps of interesting information in there and plenty for the kids to look at too – I think we spent an hour or two just wandering and reading in here!

The outside of the information centre in Normanton

The outside of the information centre in Normanton

We loved this seat out the front of the information centre - might have to get Matt to have a go at making one!

We loved this seat out the front of the information centre – might have to get Matt to have a go at making one!

Pictures of enormous crocodiles in the information centre

Pictures of enormous crocodiles in the information centre

And another enormous one!

And another enormous one!

As well as spending heaps of time relaxing by the the pool – we were trying to eek out the last of our ‘holiday’ before it was over – we took a just under one hour drive one afternoon and checked out Karumba, a small fishing town which sits on the ocean in the Gulf.  It was really lovely there, just such a bummer you can’t swim in the ocean due to crocodiles, but we had plenty of fun walking along the beach collecting shells.DSC_0280 IMG_3313

We really ‘lived it up’ with a spectacular final ‘treat’ dinner at the Sunset Tavern right on the beach.  It was a really memorable afternoon for us and a special way to close off our trip!DSC_0302 DSC_0310 DSC_0318 DSC_0330 DSC_0328 DSC_0332 DSC_0354 DSC_0388 DSC_0334 DSC_0335 DSC_0360 DSC_0374 DSC_0350

I think Karumba and Normanton will always have a special place in our hearts – definitely stop in there if you ever get the chance!

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