A very busy four days recently in Melbourne meant squeezing in a lot of must see and dos into a short space of time, but high on my list was to try and catch up and meet with a fellow writer whose work I’ve admired for a while, after having struck up a friendship through our blogs and Instagram posts. Miriam Blaker is a freelance writer and columnist, blogger and so much more.
The Avondale Seasider Deluxe. Sounds very grand doesn’t it? Well this was caravan number 2 for us, we were looking for an upgrade on the 1973 Viscount Ambassador and in 2008 we found this divine orange number and a newer model, being manufactured in 1975. The fading orange stripe on the side of the van gave no hint as to the inside of this baby.
Family holidays and capturing the moments in photographs have always played a huge part in my life. The memories and history of not only our lives but places we’ve visited on holidays are great to look back on and bring a smile to everyone who was there. We’ve got quite a history of owning vans and upgrading them over the years too. The first caravan we bought was in 2006. A 1973, 16 foot Viscount Ambassador in pretty good original condition.
Well it is winter, what do you expect? In reality it’s not always possible to get away road tripping as often as we want right? So in the meantime and especially in winter, there are things to do in preparation for future trips.
If the days are just too wet, cold, windy and miserable to spend much time outdoors, it can be time to try out a few more recipes that are quick and easy to prepare in the caravan. This one is a definite for my caravan recipe book. A foolproof (and don’t waste your time standing around stirring) risotto.
Recently there was a show on ABC television called Stargazing, an incredibly interesting show on watching and learning about the night sky. It explained what stars we see in the southern sky, what galaxies, constellations and more. However something I gained from watching that I wasn’t expecting, was learning a little about Aboriginal songlines.
Australia’s longest river is the Murray River. It begins as a small stream from the Australian Alps then flows through 3 states before entering the Southern Ocean at Goolwa and the Coorong. Along many stretches of the river in South Australia you will find communities, towns, holiday houses, shacks and places to camp, in free camp areas along the riverbanks or in caravan parks.
How well do you know your backyard? I had a day of searching for secret tunnels in the Adelaide Hills recently. At least that’s what it felt like to me, although they aren’t that secret really when you find out that the disused train tunnel is one of the top 5 most instagrammed sites in the hills.