Monday, April 21, 2008

the rainingest holiday I've ever had

well, we're back from our north coast adventure...actually, we got back last thursday, but it's taken me this long to get around to sorting out photos and blogging, in between loads of washing and entertaining children who are STILL on school holidays. May I just let it be noted here that it was my husband's insane idea to give them an extra week off school so we could get a week of holidays in before the school holiday traffic. Now, that would have been a good plan, had the Queensland holidays not started a week before ours. Hmmn. I've also come to the realisation recently that it may in fact be a good idea for me to take a look at the news occasionally, in particular the weather forcast. Because, you see, on our holiday to the so-called sunshine coast, we encountered possibly the shittiest weather I have ever experienced in all of my years of travelling. I have posted the above photo to give the illusion that we did, indeed have a gloriously sunny time. That photo was taken while we were in brisbane, the only sunny place we came across the whole time we were away.
Luckily for us, jasper did a lot of this, so we basically kept driving until he woke up. The other two were surprisingly well-behaved, considering they were confined to the back seat of a very well-stocked van for ten days. Every time we saw a break in the weather, we would stop and let them out to have a run around, before the next shower came. It reminded me of when I was a kid, when we always had dogs travelling with us (heaven forbid you should leave them at home), and we would have to stop every now and then to let them have a wee and stretch their legs. Much the same with kids, really.
Needless to say, we did not do the theme-park thing, but it would have been handy to know that they are situated smack-bang next to the freeway, so there is no sneaking into brisbane without the kids knowing what they're missing out on. Alas, next time I will do my research a little better. They were easily placated, though, by a trip to the museum. Can't you just see how excited they are?
All in all, it was a fun trip, even with the rain and everything else that went wrong along the way. (Did I mention the sliding door falling off the van, and having to get the kids and baby in and out through the front seat? That was fun)
We did see some great things, and even managed to stay dry, mostly. Arran ended up with a man cold, and jasper a baby cold, but they are both on the mend now, and the door is back on the van, which helps with keeping out the rain that is still pouring now that we are home. I'm sure it's sunny somewhere.

1 comment:

Levin (and Emily) said...

you should have come to adelaide. we've had fine warm sunny weather for the whole holidays. okay, we could have done with some rain, but if it's not going to rain, it's rather pleasant being warm!
but it seems like you still managed to have a great holiday. i don't blame your for missing the theme parks - they seem yucky to me.
i'm happy to have you back tho - i've missed you!!