Taking time to smell the roses and a big ass fire


These little things are what important in life aren’t they (only one in the photo is mine but I’m talking about little people in general).  Mine are testing me at the moment and I’m not enjoying motherhood as much as I could/should so it was lovely to be able to take a step back from it all on the weekend and take some time to smell the roses (or hydrangeas as it were).


And also the wild flowers…


at our friends farm near Goulburn in country NSW.  Our friends are big Johnny Cash fans (me, not so much) but they wanted to have lots of friends and family to their farm for a weekend and have another friends band play in the wool shed.  It was the inaugural “Johnny Cash Big Band Bash” and it was so much fun.  We arrived late in the day as ballet concerts are only a few weeks away and my life is not worth the wrath of the scary ballet teachers this close to the performances – seriously they are only 5 & 7,  the dance world is something else in these parts!  Anyway, we made it in time to set up the tent, the plan was for everyone to camp out in a field, before it all got going.


Some sensible people brought along caravans but the even smarter people got there early and made claim to beds in the house!  This is GT putting up the tent (that he bought 3 years ago but this was the first time to use it!).  Let’s just say I am not a camper, never have been and probably never will be, but even though I was hedging my bets by having a bed on standby in the house I thought it would be a good family bonding experience to give it a go.  Luckily the tent stayed up all night and so did the air mattresses. Apparently I will be getting a warmer sleeping bag for Christmas, lucky me!


Now this little girl in the photo is one of the reasons the weekend was so grounding.  When she was 18 months old she was diagnosed with leukaemia and battled like no other, seriously, no other,  for the next 3 years to fight it, every possible rare and strange complication hit her and she looked it in the eye and said no way there’s a life to be lived.  She started school this year and is going from strength to strength.  To see her out in the fresh air a long way from a hospital was amazing and heart warming and to see her family able to enjoy life again after the hardship of the last few years was one of the best things about the weekend.  Way to go Miss G!

So after a BBQ dinner the kids went off to the house with some poor unsuspecting babysitters to watch a movie while the grown ups, perhaps older people would be a better description, not so grown up as the evening went on, headed off to the wool shed to see the Johnny Cash Big Band Bash – also known normally as “The Hummers”, a bunch of middle age men having a fabulous time when they are not doing their day jobs!

GT thought he’d help the band out, poor darling is tone deaf, I’m not being mean he really is,  but enjoyed himself.


As you know, boys will be boys especially when there is fire around.  Our cowboy host of the evening took great pride in setting this bonfire up and the “brains trust” collected and decided to douse it in petrol and then add some more with a line going out to the side to start it up.  (There was a reason the kids were left in the house!)


Boom!  And there you have a “burn, burn, burn, burning ring of fire“.

There was lots of dancing and singing and about at midnight or so we headed off to bed.  I survived the night in the tent, albeit we forgot to bring pillows and it got cold but then woke, at dawn, by excited little people, to the most glorious sunrise.


Can you smell the fresh air?  And look at my happy campers

Farm morning collage

Some pulled up well the next day, some it took a little bit longer and some will always march to the beat of their own drum! farm people Collage

We came home tired after not much sleep but much happier, grateful and humbled to have such wonderful friends, healthy families and the knowledge that the enjoyment of my kids will come back with a dose of a sense of humour, some fresh air, living in the moment as they do (and a good nights sleep)!  Some times all it takes is a change of scene to get some perspective.

What did you get up to on the weekend?

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4 comments on “Taking time to smell the roses and a big ass fire

  1. Emma Lim
    October 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I’m afraid our weekend was not nearly as exciting and I quite sure no one is vaguely interested in hearing about how many pooie nappies I changed or how many times I was vomitted on. But reading you beautifully written blog Vic took me away for 5 minutes and having grown up in the “fresh air ” it reminded me of all those lovely years with nature that I didn’t even appreciate at the time.

    Thank you for sharing,
    X em

    • Vicki
      October 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you lovely Em. x

  2. Sonia Life Love Hiccups
    October 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What an absolutely gorgeous way to create memories. I havent taken my kids camping yet, but I am inspired to do so now thanks to you xx

    • Vicki
      October 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful. I never thought I would see that in a sentence, me inspiring someone else to go camping, as so far in my life it’s not been my thing but it was lovely and the kids get such a kick out of it. I can see more of it going on over summer. x

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