29 March 2008

four adults, seven boy-children and a big orange canoe

Our Easter camping trip ended with a bang, literally.

On the fourth night a ferocious thunderstorm hit, collapsing our kitchen shelter and sending a small river through the campsite and into our tents. Well, into our sleeping bags and clothes, primarily.

A wet pack up and days of rain since (rain! hooray really!) have meant it's been nigh impossible to wash and dry the enormous pile of sodden, muddy clothing we brought home, let alone launder the slowly mildewing bedding and rinse off the tents.

Combine that with a few recent weekends away, little time (or inclination) to clean the house and school holidays and you have a house overwhelmed with filth and clutter and a somewhat harassed me.

Before the rain, we did manage to have a marvellous time. We shared a site with friends and then discovered four other families from Son #3's school on the neighboring site so the children all joined forces and ran as a 15-strong pack, ranging in ages from 18 months to 16 years.

There were lots of wonderful walks to be had,

scenery to admire,
Mr Soup partakes of the scenery

spooky trees,
spooky trees

wildflowers and grasses,

a lake to explore,

amazing views,

and even some sunny skies.
blue sky before the storm

More pictures at flickr, and also here (last year's trip; same families, same location, different walks, less rain).

And now if you need me, I'll be checking the Target catalogue, wondering whether it's worth washing and drying five pillows.


Kim said...

Very. Happy that is.
Where is this? It just looks spectacularly glorious.
And go buy five new pillows anyway - once you wash the once you have they'll never be the same - so just relegate them to the 'second' pillow that gets used for when propped in bed reading or when some child with gastro spews on their other one.
Just a suggestion.

Lazy cow said...

Urgh. We made it out of our campsite JUST before the rain hit. It's no fun being bogged when you're out of mobile phone range, don't have a 4WD, and are an hour away from the nearest town (it's happened before, twice).
It looks like a sublime spot though.
Buy the new pillows, I say!!

Stomper Girl said...

We've been having a bit of a laundry / schoolholidaylostmywilltoclean situation too.

I have a feeling Myer were offering bedding discounts at present...

blackbird said...

It's as if you brought me!
Every time I've been camping it has poured.

I'd say the pillows are history. Unless they were very good ones.

innercitygarden said...

Pillows need to be replaced regularly because of all the dustmites and other creatures. Really, unless they're less than 12 months old and they were really expensive, ditch them.

The sunny photos do all look lovely, we're wondering if the lad will ever get the hang of sleeping away from home so that camping (or any holiday) will be fun.

daysgoby said...

Oh, how beautiful!

Toss the pillows - but how do you get the smell out of the tent?

kt said...

Oh, I'm glad you were off having fun!

Ditch the pre-moistened pillows--it's Spring! Rebirth and all that.

peppermintpatcher said...

Not one Easter camping blogging story has managed to convince me of the benefits of being outside sleeping without a permanent, well insulated shelter with a proper flushing toilet!!

Really glad that you enjoyed it though......

Ashley said...

Gorgeous photos! Sounds like you had a great time, despite the rain :) So glad!

Kez said...

Those photos are spectacular! Shame about the rain - that's why I dont' go away any more at Easter (we had it bad enough at Xmas!!)

h&b said...

What everyone else said. Unless you buy those $80pp ones.

I am terrible at buying and replacing skanky pillows. Must.do.that.

Nice piccies !


bluemountainsmary said...

Loved the photos at flickr and just as much here.

Yes all the blogging stories of storms and gastro whilst Easter camping confirm in me that it is not really for me. I would kind of like to try it but would need a guarantee on the weather for a start.

And I don't think that is going to happen!

Madge said...

what beautiful photos! sorry it rained on you, but hope the rest of the camping trip was just wonderful!

M said...

Looks like you had a lovely time.

The thing that most puts me off camping is the detritus that comes home. All that washing, all that drying out of tents, all that campfire smell in everything.

That being said I'm a competent washer of pillows and doonas. I'd always go the wash option. If nothing more than the fun of seeing your pillows go all misshapen and lumpy.

Sue said...

Ditch the pillows!
I'm in the midst of a mountain of washing after a short Easter break where it snowed, rained, blew a gale & snowed some more. Not camping but in a cold, damp chalet.

meggie said...

Glad for the fun part, sad for mud part.

So many male children!!

herhimnbryn said...

Buy new pillows.
Your pics are glorious.
Isn't an Australian blue sky just so dazzling?

crafty said...

Oh, I'm jealous! (Despite the rain and wet sleeping bag)

Are you willing to divulge your excellent camping spot?

(We used to go with friends at Easter on a private property, but they moved away)

fifi said...

What a divine camping trip, despite the rain, its great to have lovely scenery AND nice folks around you!

yes. dump the pillows.
actually, now that I think of it, I could do with some newies myself.

I have lost the urge to clean and we are all cohaboiting in one big chaotic mess

MsCellania said...

YAY for the rain, but BOO for when it hit. Deep-Six the pillows. I think you may never be able to get the mold out of the middle of them, no?
LOVE LOVE the photos.
Sounds like your sofas and beds are going to be pressed into service as drying racks.
Good luck with the clean up. Gosh, it seems like alot. Just bite off an hour or two at a time.

Rach said...

You may think I am odd - I have been sent here by Sue after carrying on about her greyhound! Just wanted to say that I am in love with greyhounds - completely in love. I visited some GAPVic people years ago and I think they may have thought I was a little unstable given how much I carried on. Anyhoo, just thought I would vist - lovely blog. We have similar fav movies and books - do think that is the sign of a greyhound fan... :)

willowcaroline said...

I just faced off with the house a clutter and remnants of vacation flotsam and jetsam. The thought of returning to work tomorrow finally kicked me in the rear and got me going. Looks like you had a fabulous time.. good luck with the cleanup!

Palm Springs Savant said...

beautiful photos...wow just inspiring.

tut-tut said...

If it were me, I'd try to resurrect those pillows . . . just that frugal I am.

Beautiful countryside.

Zephyr said...

Hey Suse, i just emailed you a quick note with a fun link in it because i don't know how to put links into posts. You may have already seen the cool fabric animals and egg cozies, but just in case, the link should be in your mail box soon.

Carson said...

what a beautiful spot to camp in!
the mildewing bedding + mud....*sigh* .. always a down side to camping

Isabelle said...

Sounds like a wonderful experience. Even the rain will be part of your family history. Great pictures.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful photos.
This landscape looks so foreign and exotic compared to my camping/cottaging sites, even though the basic elements are the same.(Although it doesn't look mosquito infested like ours always are)
Housework is over rated.

katiecrackernuts said...

OK, the fact you've called the kitchen shelter a kitchen shelter means you must have been a Girl Guide. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure that anyone but Girl Guides call them that. Even if you're not a Guide, you've inspired me to spend some time outdoors. I love the "in-between" seasons.

shelleycaskey said...

incredibly beautiful pictures!

Suse said...

For those of you who asked the location, but didn't follow the links which actually tell you the location, it was Mt Buffalo.


Zoe said...

8 loads down, 2 to go. Get new pillows in the mid year sales.

manda said...

cool spooky trees
and hooray for rain...even it is a pain sometimes :-)

Susan said...

Splendid photos indeed.
A beautiful spot (glad to know where, in case I ever turn into a happy camper...).
I've had some success washing wool pillows and down doonas in the machine on wool cycle with wool wash. They do require shaking and fluffing regularly during the drying process - it helps to have a fine windy day.