"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Monday, July 6, 2009

Waving on the way....day 4 of the 10 day trip.

Hi everyone!

I have snatched a few minutes at my daughter's place to use her internet and give you all a quick update on where we are. :-)

We had 3 extremely long days of driving, 3000 klms, and arrived here to collect the kids last night. What a welcome, what muscles my children have! Their embraces were long and hard, tears and sentences spilling over every bit of the first hour. It was WONDERFUL to be reunited at last!

Today is our rest day, but in another 12 hours we'll be off again, with another 4,000 klms ahead of us before we reach our destination.

Hubby and I had the most beautiful meal on Friday night as Eucla, quite a surprise in that very remote outback town - not actually a town either, it is just a motel/camping ground/petrol station near the WA/SA border. After so many things happening this year it was *the* highlight for my hubby and I - it felt like a date, and the meal was superb. :-)

I have been busy stitching as he drives, and we are almost through a very long audio book - just in time for the kids to choose their own titles to listen to for the rest of the trip.

Yesterday we saw the biggest road-kill ever! It was a camel! For those who are not Australian, did you know that we export camels to Arabia? Camels are rampant through the centre of the country, plague proportions. I wanted to see them running in the distance as we drove along, but did not expect such a 'close encounter'.

Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, things are going very well!!

Be back soon.
Hugs
Jenny

PS: Check out Allie's blog! She has released the first of her free Portholes blocks!!

24 comments:

Jo in TAS said...

Wow, can't believe you've already travelled 3000km! Have fun travelling with the kids!

Bev C said...

That certainly would have been a big road kill. My Brother used to export camels to Saudia Arabia.

Country Nanny said...

3000Klms and other 4000klms ahead of you to drive...I can't hardly imagine such a long trip. Italy is a little stamp, a spot on a white page...in just 3 hours I can reach Rome...
I'm very happy you are with your children again! I can feel your happiness!
Have a nice trip.
God bless you all!
Hugs,
Elisa

Fiona said...

It is lovely to hear from you - I have been thinking about your trip - Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure. An audio book is a fantastic idea for a long trip.

Joy said...

Wow Jenny, you're really making some ground!! I can't believe your saw a Camel roadkill!!! :o/
Audio books are a fabulous idea, we've done some really long trips and that's something I've never thought of!! Have a nice rest ... wishing you a safe journey when you're back on your way again.
Take care .........
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Nearly half way.....so glad you have the kids back...keep safe Jenny...

Crispy said...

So that was what that joyful noise was...I thought it was all the fireworks and partying going on around here LOL.

How wonderful to be back with your babies. Have a safe trip.

Crispy

Carrie P. said...

I know you were so happy to see your children.
A camel! How awful.
Hope the rest of your trip is a good one.

mandapanda said...

So glad you made a quick post to let us know what's happening. It's a daunting task moving so far away. I'm used to long road trips, as I live in the middle of no where, as you'll find out!
Wow, a camel!! Up near Mt. Isa you get cattle that are hit by trucks and you'll see alot of emus. in Mount Morgan today, a horse was killed and 4 people put in hospital. But a camel?! Wow! Never would have thought...
Have fun on the next 4000kms! Once you hit Mackay, it's not as boring any more (as you'll fins out) because everthing starts to become so beautiful!
Many thoughts for a safe journey! Hope you see some bottle trees!
Hugs, Amanda.

GrandmaK said...

Enjoy, enjoy!!! I'm certainly enjoying mine!!! Thanks be to God!!! Cathy

Maree said...

Lovely to hear you are travelling so well...Great to hear you had a such a Nice time catching up with the Kids...safe Journey...
cheers

Cattinka said...

I´m glad to hear that everything is going well. I wish you the best of luck for the rest of your journey.
KATRIN W.

Robin in New Jersey said...

I thought I'd drop by just on the chance that you might have been able to post. I am so happy for you! I'll bet the kids were thrilled to see you and Mark. Praying for a safe journey.

Interesting about the camel! You learn something new every day!

Anonymous said...

What a treat to see your message!! Have missed you already. I'm so happy you are back with your kids too! You'll enjoy the rest of the trip even better now.
A camel? Oh my!!
hugs, Terri

Allie said...

JENNY!!!!!!!! I was so hoping you could post on the way - wowzers girl, that's a LOT of driving!!! So glad you had a nice stop with hubby, and ecstatic that you're reunited with the kids!!!

I'm going to have to tell my Texas cousins about your road-kill camel - apparently not everything is bigger in Texas, lol! I had no idea you had camels in Australia. I feel a geography unit-study coming on.

It is so good to hear from you, dear one! Prayers are with you on your way!

The Faerie Queen said...

Be safe for the next leg of your journey. You can travel from top to bottom of the uk in less than a day!!!
Oh and I had no idea you had camels in australia.... Hugs xxx

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Jenny--I love the title to your blog!! So glad you have the kids back and that you are not well on your way to the new home--keep safe!! Hugs and prayers for a safe trip, Just, Di

Margie said...

Have been following your blog and was glad to get a note from you. I guess the old saying is true--You are never to old to learn--am referring to the camels. I Had no idea.

Also had to go find a web site to figure out how many miles were in a km!!! Something else new! You sure did drive a few km a day. My behind would be so sore!!!! Take Care and please be safe!!

Jewelsea said...

So glad to hear of your joyous reunion with your dear children. Take care, Ennyjay! Prayers continue with you.

Phyllis said...

What a trip!

Poor camel. I had no idea they lived there.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

So good to hear from you Jen. So glad that you are reunited with your children :-) I know it must fill your heart with joy! Safe trip.....

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Jenny!

What a lovely surprise to hear from you! :-)

How wonderful to be reunited with your children again - there's no feeling better than that is there?!!

Safe travels darling, enjoy the rest of your trip.
Big big hugs!
Vikki xoxo

Flittige hender said...

Hi!
I want to thank you for sharing pattern. Fantastic pattern! I have embroidered Wonky Houses in the morning and now I have mounted the blocks. The finished result is hung up .. Jiiipi .. Thank you for the great stitchery. I've created a link to your page on my blog, hope it is okay. I am glad to tell others about the great blog.
Wish you a continued great summer.
Grethe from Norway

Myra said...

Thanks for sharing the link to the Portholes Jenny!
Sounds like, although probably very tiring, you are doing well on your travels... 8-)