21 August 2007

Now is the winter of our discount tent

Hey, internet!

It’s been a long long winter. I know it’s nearly over because the daphne is blooming and the daffs and the tiny grevilleas in my garden are out …

tiny variegated grevillea

… and the wattles are zinging! by the roadsides and along the riverbank.

river and wattle

And we desperately need to get away for a Holiday.

But because we have no money (and I have mouse poo in my hair etc etc woe is me) it will be camping. Again.

And because I am too lazy and cobweb-ridden and busy sorting out my spice cupboard (and I should take a photograph of the stupid spice cupboard the cabinetmaker built above the stove and then you will all feel really sorry for me) to investigate on my ailing crashing computer some appropriate camping areas in Victoria, in early Spring, which will actually be warm enough for camping (oh god shoot me now) … I am asking you lot.

Echuca? Mildura? Somewhere north of the Divide? Is it warm enough up there for me to knit by a campfire without slowly going numb? Can we do it in September or should we just stay home by the fire and try to ignore the housework piling up around us?

(While you’re at it, make sure it’s a free or very cheap campsite, would you?)

Ta.

34 comments:

Megan said...

That's the funniest title I've seen in a good long while. Hope you find a great holiday.

bluemountainsmary said...

Beautiful photos. Again. Wish I could help you with some advice re camping spots - Mildura I really like as we often stop there on our way through from Sydney to Adelaide- and it would have to be warm wouldn't it. Wouldn't it? warmer than any coastal spots at that time of year. Grampians? Cold I guess - I am being useless sorry

blackbird said...

I wish I could be of help.

Instead I'll cheer for your beautiful flora.

Joke said...

Thank you for going camping so that people like me don't have to.

-J.

sue said...

I have to say that Mildura is wonderful as my father was born there and we used to go up there for 2 weeks every Christmas holidays to stay with my relatives. It is so warm up there too, which used to bother me being so fair skinned and all. I also love Mallacoota, lots of surf, fishing, camping, bushwalking and the pelicans are everywhere too. The campsite on the foreshore is wonderful and you can camp right on the lake.

shula said...

I am no help with camping whatsoever.

But I admire your title immensely.

Ali said...

I'm here with the other title lovers! Unfortunately of no help with the camping spots. There's a great one in the UK but that truly would be expensive and cold.

crafty said...

Camping is pretty much what we do for holidays too. Oh, and staying with parents. Can't help you for spots North of the divide unfortunately. Somewhere along the Murray river perhaps?

bluemountainsmary said...

Suse - the lamb is smelling wonderful - will report on how it tastes tomorrow!

Susan said...

Cape Conran or Marlo, East Gippy. Not quite as far as Mallacoota, which is another option. There are some nice camp spots along the Tambo River going up the Great Alpine Road. The lower ones would probably be ok in Spring. I consulted The Oracle (husband who is a local) and he said "it depends on the weather".
Lovely photos and the best post title ever!

Marg said...

Last time we went camping we went to a caravan park in Barham, but there were some people camping along the river outside of the caravan park as well. It's a tiny little town, but is halfway between Shepparton and Mildura, and right on the banks of the Murray. It was a bit of a shock to us actually because we couldn't get any mobile reception - not that that mattered once we accepted that fact!

Levin (and Emily) said...

Ummmmm I'm thinking anything south of Brisbane is not worth thinking about at this time of the year. Or am I being pessimistic? I can understand your dilemma though - we are going to Melbourne but staying with friends which is nice, but could drive me insane as there will be six rowdy children in the house. All of my friends seem to be 'doing Queensland' in the next school holidays. I'm rather envious - not of the "dreamworld" experience but of the warmth!
Lovin the blog!

plum said...

Hehehe. I was in the Kitchen Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens a couple of Sundays ago. There was the usual polite sign at the entrance to the garden, asking people to respect the herbs etc and leave them for others to enjoy but they had to erect a special sign to ask "Please do not pick the Daphne"!

Kim said...

We went camping last September.
Glorious during the day, cold at night. But we were camping North of Sydney.
I drank a lot on that camping trip. Homemade limoncello and coffee liqueur and then the dreaded pineapple crushes. So sweet, so easy to drink four and then fall down dead.
We came home pregnant.
The end.

If this is not way too internet stalking creepy, we are thinking of going camping in September too, and doing it somewhere down south. So keep me posted if your interested in meeting up somewhere. You could even teach me how to knit...

Echuca is meant to be lovely. And I hear Mildura is too - and two chicks from Mildura got into Idol so it can't be all bad.

I love camping btw. I am sure it is because I know in our chronic poverty we won't ever have any other option, but I do. I like it. I love it in fact.
Go figure.

Melanie said...

Embrace the cold, Suse! I love camping in early Spring. Must do some again. Actually, of bigger importance is making sure you get somewhere where you can still build a decent campfire. So many sites now only seem to allow fires in those teeny metal fireplaces, which are pretty useless at actually keeping you warm. I think cold nights and mornings will still be pretty much statewide in September. All the more reason to snuggle up in the tent!

sooz said...

Echucca is indeed lovely, as is Mildura, little desert out of dimboola, hattah lakes and wyperfeld to name a few. They will all be cold at night and given it is Victoria and September may all be awash with rain and wind or filled with vibrant sunshine. Enter the lottery here. If you can possibly be fagged going all the way across the border (I know, I know, why would you) the flinders ranges are stunning and have the added attraction of the parachilna pub which serves totally fabulous food in the middle of nowheresville.

And you would have to be feeling pretty darn pleased about that post title wouldn't you? As you know I rarely (ahem) swear, but it is a freakin' ripper. Do they just come to you or do you need to work on it??

BabelBabe said...

um, are you not supposed to store spices near the heat? but then, what do i know?

and why dear do you have mouse poo in your hair?

luv Abby said...

My partner is from melbourne and he swears by Dargo.... I dont think it will be very warm but it is apparantly beautiful.... check it out here.....
http://www.theage.com.au/news/Victoria/Dargo/2005/02/17/1108500206391.html
and here.....
http://www.visitvictoria.com/displayObject.cfm/ObjectID.0009BFC9-705E-1C7D-AFCE80C476A90000/vvt.vhtml

We went through Mildura last week and it is bloody freezing still... oh well.... I think if u are doing VIC this time of year you are better off picking for the location not the warmth... hehe...
good luck....
luv Abby

My float said...

Don't stay home. Holidays are not for staying home no matter how abandoned the housework is (does that make sense??)

Anyway. Go forth. Camp.

Lee said...

Temperature in Mildura will be 25 degrees on Monday - how is that for Winter? It has been warm here during the day, but cold at night. There are tons of free camping spots, and make sure you go to the Inland Botanic Garden farmers market - best breakfast in town.

willowcaroline said...

No helpful ideas... I am longing for your cold though. We are on track for the hottest August on record... it was 38+C again today.. but we finally are receiving a lovely rain.

Hope you find the perfect spot to get away - both warm and relaxing and of course, cheap!

herhimnbryn said...

Oh, the title resulted in a shout of laughter here.

Camping...mmmmmm. I'd wait for slightly warmer weather. Not hot, just balmy.

Surfing Free said...

I used to live in Echuca and it's freezing there even in Spring. Nice though.
What about the Grampians? Or the Otways? There is fantastic camping spots around Lorne. Sigh - I miss Victoria.

capello said...

ha, you have a beautiful spring.

everything here is toasted. seriously. i saw some dead bugs today. dead because they literally FRIED on the concrete.

bluemountainsmary said...

Lamb casserole was so amazing J and I are having the leftovers tonight when I reckon they'll be even yummier - will be a staple in our home I think...

Sally Forth said...

I second Mallacoota. Call Parks Victoria. They have the best booklet with all of the campsites and tons of other helpful stuff.

VictoriaE said...

My Beauty. Or Halls Gap.
(The dog rolled over the cliff!! Laughing!)

VictoriaE said...

I mean - Mount Beauty.

fiona said...

parks vic website is great, you cant beat wilsons prom for mine!also upper reseviour park is great, toliet/shower block camp kitchen very kid friendly, up past warbuton...good luck, look forward to reading about it, nice to meet you!!

Janet said...

If you like driving/slash road trips (which we did pre-child) I liked the Big Desert Wilderness Area (acres and acres of mallee which might not be everyones cup of tea), freezing at night but glorious during the day at this time of year. Unless it rains which is statisically unlikely but still quite possible. It's also free and very wild. Also wyperfield national park has big sand dunes (and wasps). My dad's family comes from near there and we sometimes go in early October (for the reunion) and it's already warm during the day. Further North, Lake Mungo is pretty special. Not free but very wild and remote. Outback NSW is also worth a trip, Bourke was a revelation to me (a far as race relations/issues go) but also very beautiful. Lots of free camping by billabongs and the Darling river. We didn't even bother with our tent most of the time and rolled our bedding out under the stars. We also had camp fires which kept G happy. I think there's water in the Darling now, but that would be something to check. Lightening Ridge was also really intersting and kooky. Ah, camping. I loved outback NSW & far noth Victoria.

Di said...

Guffawk! Excuse me while I pee myself laughing... very funny title etc. Yes I've always thought your hair had a lovely speckle effect..

tracie said...

Is that title from the lyrics of a Lucksmiths song? If so I too am a very big fan. Love wattles in flower.

My float said...

I was so impressed with the photo of the grevillea that I went to the Gardening Australia expo and bought one.

(Crap, now I sound like Single White Female.)

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