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The next whimsical chapter

A CALling to THE SEA

JULY/AUG

Sometimes it's dangerous when Dave and I have time to chat while driving in the big blue truck... :-)

About a month ago we are on the road from Whim(sical) Creek to Broome (about 720kms). Dave's at the helm of the big blue truck, we've got enough waste veggie oil to get us there and Molly, Ned and Gracie (our three little ones) have got music and audio books keeping them happy ( for the moment :-). Yes these rare moments of harmony .. a mama must breathe them in. It is the next whimsical chapter for us nomadics mob which begins a tour into to celebrate our new album 'Love is a Flood' and now follow a certain calling... a calling which took us to the Phillipines last year and a calling that now has us going home via Arnhem Land and Uluru this year......a glimmer in the eye is where it all starts.. so .. it started when we’re cruising through an ancient Pilbara landscape, the smell of fish and chip oil trailing behind us and its …quiet! ..sometimes these moments are dangerous.. we seem to have this habit of dreaming things up....

 

Some of you may be aware that for a while now Dave has had a brightly glowing glint in his eye around anything to do with sailing… a glint that is quite contagious even for someone like myself who has no sailing experience whatsoever and would be struggling to tell you the second thing about sailing.

The style of live aboard vessel that has captured our imagination is the Wharram.. ( a twin canoe style of vessel steeped in romantic Polynesian history). A simple, relatively affordable vessel with a reputation of safety and seaworthiness to follow. Believe it or not these ‘camping on the sea’-arrangements called Wharrams would mean more space for us...after all we never expected twins and the kids are taking after Dave ( 6 ft5). I know.. who would think about a boat in order have a bigger house?! .. in any case we still LOVE our truck .. AND.. the idea of having a holiday house at sea is also really appealing .. and the nature and homeschooling adventures that would go with it of course..

Sooooo this glint for the sea has already inspired a number of songs and adventures and getting out as a family snorkelling on our sailing Hobie kayak aka the Happy Hobo .. yet the possibility of owning our own live aboard boat has remained well and truly in the realms of fantasy .. until now.. well this one may be just within reach.. whether or not it has to do with the power of singing things up ( which has definitely worked in the past ;-) we seem to find ourselves slowly pulling this wild dream into reality.

Cos you see there's this boat listed on Gumtree...its a Wharram Tiki 38', its more affordable than any others we've seen and it is in Arnhem Land, Nhulunbuy, Australian registered.. and the seller is open to us paying it off over time.. Our interest is perked .. we're driving along enjoying that rare moment I mentioned earlier. I reach for the map. Dave and I start doing what we do..ask the questions, do the maths and the miles we’d need to cover to get from Broome to Arnhem Land and back down to Margaret River in time for our next commitment mid October.. we work out its quicker to go home via Uluru! ( which Dave and the kids have never seen before) and then take the Great Central Road (which we've always wanted to do) home ... We figure at least the trip will be powered on veggie oil (usually free) and with some house concert gigs to pay our way (including one at the boat club where the boat is moored ) we might even come home better off. We sleep on it before its official but really in that moment we both know we'll do it.. In our optimistic moments we figure we're happy for another adventure however it works out. Then we have days when its seriously so challenging with the kids and trying to homeschool them and juggle everything that just getting through breakfast really feels like a small miracle, let alone taking on another grand adventure.. and what about actually sailing it home through the Kimberly if it comes to that?!hmmmm

Crikey .. well there's never any guarantees. There is a whole lot of trust though.. and in spite of our doubts we have booked some house concerts Broome, Kununurra, Katherine, Nhulunbuy. So as of September we're be adventure bound once again... to go see a man about a boat..may the veggie oil Gods be on our side..

JULY/AUG

Sometimes it's dangerous when Dave and I have time to chat while driving in the big blue truck... :-)

About a month ago we are on the road from Whim(sical) Creek to Broome (about 720kms). Dave's at the helm of the big blue truck, we've got enough waste veggie oil to get us there and Molly, Ned and Gracie (our three little ones) have got music and audio books keeping them happy ( for the moment :-). Yes these rare moments of harmony .. a mama must breathe them in. It is the next whimsical chapter for us nomadics mob which begins a tour into to celebrate our new album 'Love is a Flood' and now follow a certain calling... a calling which took us to the Phillipines last year and a calling that now has us going home via Arnhem Land and Uluru this year......a glimmer in the eye is where it all starts.. so .. it started when we’re cruising through an ancient Pilbara landscape, the smell of fish and chip oil trailing behind us and its …quiet! ..sometimes these moments are dangerous.. we seem to have this habit of dreaming things up....

Some of you may be aware that for a while now Dave has had a brightly glowing glint in his eye around anything to do with sailing… a glint that is quite contagious even for someone like myself who has no sailing experience whatsoever and would be struggling to tell you the second thing about sailing.

The style of live aboard vessel that has captured our imagination is the Wharram.. ( a twin canoe style of vessel steeped in romantic Polynesian history). A simple, relatively affordable vessel with a reputation of safety and seaworthiness to follow. Believe it or not these ‘camping on the sea’-arrangements called Wharrams would mean more space for us...after all we never expected twins and the kids are taking after Dave ( 6 ft5). I know.. who would think about a boat in order have a bigger house?! .. in any case we still LOVE our truck .. AND.. the idea of having a holiday house at sea is also really appealing .. and the nature and homeschooling adventures that would go with it of course..

Sooooo this glint for the sea has already inspired a number of songs and adventures and getting out as a family snorkelling on our sailing Hobie kayak aka the Happy Hobo .. yet the possibility of owning our own live aboard boat has remained well and truly in the realms of fantasy .. until now.. well this one may be just within reach.. whether or not it has to do with the power of singing things up ( which has definitely worked in the past ;-) we seem to find ourselves slowly pulling this wild dream into reality.

Cos you see there's this boat listed on Gumtree...its a Wharram Tiki 38', its more affordable than any others we've seen and it is in Arnhem Land, Nhulunbuy, Australian registered.. and the seller is open to us paying it off over time.. Our interest is perked .. we're driving along enjoying that rare moment I mentioned earlier. I reach for the map. Dave and I start doing what we do..ask the questions, do the maths and the miles we’d need to cover to get from Broome to Arnhem Land and back down to Margaret River in time for our next commitment mid October.. we work out its quicker to go home via Uluru! ( which Dave and the kids have never seen before) and then take the Great Central Road (which we've always wanted to do) home ... We figure at least the trip will be powered on veggie oil (usually free) and with some house concert gigs to pay our way (including one at the boat club where the boat is moored ) we might even come home better off. We sleep on it before its official but really in that moment we both know we'll do it.. In our optimistic moments we figure we're happy for another adventure however it works out. Then we have days when its seriously so challenging with the kids and trying to homeschool them and juggle everything that just getting through breakfast really feels like a small miracle, let alone taking on another grand adventure.. and what about actually sailing it home through the Kimberly if it comes to that?!hmmmm

Crikey .. well there's never any guarantees. There is a whole lot of trust though.. and in spite of our doubts we have booked some house concerts Broome, Kununurra, Katherine, Nhulunbuy. So as of September we're be adventure bound once again... to go see a man about a boat..may the veggie oil Gods be on our side..

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