Holiday Houses: The Pros & Cons

Do you get away often? We don’t. The last time we went “away” was in October, for 8 days to the South Island of NZ. You can read about that trip and see pics here and here. We jammed so much into those 8 days that it was exhausting and we needed a vacation to recover from our vacation. But we are always guilty of that. We try to see and do as much as we can when we go away, because who knows when you’ll get back to that spot and who likes to miss out on anything?

So when we started talking about a short, 4-night get away over the school holidays, my only requirements were that it was within driving distance, it was RIGHT on the beach, and there was not much to do around the place, so that I didn’t feel guilty for just relaxing.

While searching for accommodation in Hervey Bay, I came across a website with holiday rental houses. We had stayed in a house a few years ago in the Tweed River district that was fantastic, and everything I was looking for for this trip, but I wanted to go somewhere new. After making a phone call, I was disappointed to find out that they only did 7-night rentals over school holidays…UNLESS, the property was still available 3 weeks prior. So I hung up and crossed my fingers, hoping that when I called again in a few days the property would still be available, and it was!

Wednesday morning we loaded up the car and set off. I wish I had taken a picture of just how loaded the car was. See, the best thing about staying in a holiday house as opposed to a hotel, is that you have so much more space. You have a kitchen to cook in, a lounge to relax in, multiple rooms to spread out in and get your space if you need it…but the worst part is that you feel like you have to take absolutely EVERYTHING with you! Linen (unless you’ve found one that includes linen), pillows, towels, groceries – right down to the butter, tomato sauce, vegemite and sometimes even toilet paper! A tip for anyone heading off to a holiday rental house in the near future…the few things we didn’t think of were tupperware to bring home left over food, along with a cooler bag with ice blocks to keep refrigerated food cool, and paper towels.

All in all we had a fantastic time. My BFF from high school and her family joined us up there, and aside from a bout of food poisoning for her husband (LONG STORY!), we all had a nice time, but agreed maybe 5 month old Z was a bit too young for that kind of trip just yet.

I’d have loved a few more days, but who doesn’t say that when they come back from holidays? I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves so you get the complete picture of our relaxing trip away.

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Where do you go to relax? Have you stayed in a holiday house before? What did you forget to take? 

Linking up with the lovely and patient Essentially Jess for #IBOT, because it’s been too long between #IBOTs!

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Thankful For My Country

This Thursday it is easy to know what I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for living in a country where our children are safe to go to school. People are safe to go to the movies. Runners are safe to run in marathons.

I’m thankful for a country who not only accepts tighter gun laws, but wants them. Because we have seen what happens without them.

I’m thankful for living in a country where I can ride any bus I want to and I’m not going to be gang raped, beaten and left on the side of the road to die.

I’m thankful for living in a country where clean running water is readily available.

I know our country is not perfect. I know bad things happen here, too. But I think we have a helluva better chance here, than many other countries, of being able to live a safe and healthy life. Today I’m thankful for that.

What are you thankful for?

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Linking up with Leigh at Six By The Bay for Thankful Thursday


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Australia Day Is…

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Australia Day, a day to celebrate. Or is it? I questioned the anti-Australia day comments on Twitter and was told a day of such tragedy should not be a day for celebration.

To that I say, would celebrating Australia Day on another day change or un-do the tragedy?

I know Australia is not perfect. No country is.

I know Australians are not perfect. No race is.

I know there are things we could do better. But I know there are a lot of things we do damn well.

I know that in order for Australia to be what she is, many made involuntary and inexcusable sacrifices. I think that people through our history have tried to right these wrongs as well as they could.

I know Australians do not necessarily like to be asked or told to be Politically Correct. So when people suggest changing “Australia Day” to “Citizens Day” it is going to get some backs up.

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For me, Australia Day is a day to reflect on our history. We can’t change it, but we can learn from it.

Australia Day is a day to give thanks that we live in a beautiful country, with many freedoms, with opportunity a plenty.

Australia Day is a day to embrace the Aussie cliches* – throw another shrimp on the barby, drink a beer or 10, have some vegemite on toast, wear your thongs, wrestle a croc!

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Australia Day is a day to honour those who have represented our country with grace, flair, fairness, achievements, service,

Australia Day is a day to be with loved ones and be proud to call ourselves Aussies.

What does Australia Day mean to you? 

* unfortunately the weather is not good here, so doing the traditional BBQ, heading to the beach, will not happen. Instead we will be taking a poorly 4 year old to the doctor, then going to see Keith Urban tonight! I’d take Keith Urban over a BBQ any day!

Linking up with Cooker and A Looker for her special Australia Day linky party