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Big Lap WA 2015- Day 28, 29 and 30- Esperance Western Australia

Hi everyone,

yes I am doubling up again, we have had a run of busy days, bad internet connections and on my birthday which was day 30.. we were so tired we were in bed asleep by 9.00pm! But first let me back track a little and fill you all in..

Day 28– was (Friday 9th October 2015)

We did the sightseeing thing around town, we had spoken to the lady at the Information place and she gave us the flier for the Sea fishing charter, the boys discussed it and decided that they would get that for me as my birthday present which is also a thing on my “Bucket List” My Bloke likes to help me tick things off my list every so often and he listened when I said “I don’t want “stuff” I want experiences”

So on Friday we went to Esperance Diving and Fishing store and booked in, we wanted to do it Saturday but they didn’t have enough numbers so we booked in for Sunday which was actually my birthday. And we got the sticker to prove it! It was an expensive day but they seemed to think I’m worth it so I agreed “Let’s go!”

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Got the flier and the Sticker

After we booked in we did the tour around town, visited some historic stores and got the usual sticker and tea towel, all these tea towels (some of you might call them kitchen towels) I am going to sew together to make a quilt cover for when we travel. We stick the stickers on the inside of the trailer lid as another form of journaling.

In the afternoon after we went back to camp for left over Chinese food, we went to the Jetty to fish, well, that was the plan, but it was SO WINDY!! not freezing cold wind but very choppy, the boys soon gave up and we were back to camp. We got some directions for a special beach that the locals don’t tell the tourists but she reassured us that it was OK to tell us “since her husband is an EX Victorian so we are kinda related”.. she was a very funny lady and drew us a “mud map” which was the worst idea ever, but that’s tomorrows news!

Each afternoon around about 4.00pm until about 8.00pm there is a flood of arrivals, you can almost see a pattern happening, today’s arrival brought a lovely older gentle man he says to me “Love, I turned 81 a couple a weeks ago” his name was Graham, now my Blokes are chatty people they’ll talk to anyone and make friends very easily.. that doesn’t sit well with me and I tend to stay around MY camp and so MY thing, ok, I’m an introvert and I like it that way! But the Bloke came rushing back and said

“Hun, there’s a guy here in an Ultimate!” Ok, so right away that got my attention.. and  asked “Is it the one WE want?” and he says “Yes!” so I said “well Mr Have-a-chat, why don’t you go talk to him and find out how good they really are?”

An Ultimate is a type of caravan, it’s a packup small kind of van and is not too heavy to tow, but Oh! the inside is so delicious, we have been stalking these caravans for two years now and each time we say “When we grow up we are going to have one of those”


Ultimate Xplore

Kitchen and living area.
Look at that huge bed!!
Photos from the Ultimate Website

Last time we went to look at it I told the sales guy “This is MY van, I just have to find the money, I’ve already named her” he laughed and said “So what DID you name “her”??” I replied “Ursula Ultimate of course” he thought that was hilarious and called over the second guy who recognised us from the previous year when we had kept going back to look at this van and on the fourth visit he said “I’ll take a check if it’s easier” to the Bloke. So they know that one day soon we’ll be coming for that van. But here was a real life van, not one in the show room all perfect and neatly set up, but one that had been driven and used. So the Bloke wanders off and then rushes back again and said “The Guy is having a glass of wine and wants you to come down and see his van before he goes to bed he’s old”  So I went, because I had questions that I wanted answers to and he would have them being that he’s been living in his Ultimate! When we got there The Bloke introduced me to 81 yr old Graham who hands me a glass of wine and some chopped up crumbling cheese and says “Come on love, come on in, sit down jump on the bed whatever you like!” I loved him right away! Some other person we had spoken to a few days earlier had said they almost got an Ultimate but they didn’t like the bed set up, so I wanted to talk to Graham and ask him the question. He showed us how the bed set up and  packed up and then he took us outside and showed us all around the van and the mini set up that he had, had taken him about 15 minutes this afternoon. He told us about the pack up would take him about an hour in the morning. He was such a lovely man, he invited me to open all the drawers and cupboards, to look in the fridge, “feel how nicely the drawers open and close love!” and “here sit on the couch and I’ll show you the heater” so he closed the door, locked us in all cozy and turned on the heater, within a few minutes it was like an oven! We ended up being there for an hour and drinking his wine and eating his cheese, he told us the story about how he and his wife used to camp in tents, but then when his wife died, he sold his house and brought the Ultimate and is traveling to the places that they had planned to go together. He had even taken her to “The Top” in Australia in travel speak “The Top” means the tip of Australia the most Northern point of Australia is Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland and The Bloke judges everything on the ability to “get us to the Top” so when he sees a camper trailer or a vehicle the first comment is “That’ll get us to the Top!” and so I was most impressed when Graham told us he’d taken his Girl to “The Top” and he said “Look at her she still looks like new” well she did with a fine covering of red desert sand which I love! I just wanted to run my hands all over his Ultimate! He so should be a sales man for Ultimate because if I didn’t already want one.. after spending an hour with Graham I wanted one!

As we were leaving we thanked him for sharing his “girl” (He doesn’t have a name for her) and I asked “What brand of wine is this?” so there began a whole new conversations and I stumbled away with a 1/4 bottle of wine to eat with my Tacos.

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Amberley Wines from Western Australia.. yum!

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I keep the labels in my journal for future reference!

Day 29-

We were supposed to be moving on today, but ended up having an extra day since we have our fishing charter trip on Sunday, so we decided to follow the “funny Lady’s” mud map and go to a place called Thomas River, which is a secluded beach and cover where whales come. She drew us this funny little map and we set off to try and find it… mission a complete disaster.

We ended up stopping at “Condingup” there was a “Bar” “Restaurant” and “café” we thought we would just grab something at the “café” and take away but the prices were stupid and so we ordered the cheapest thing on the menu which was hamburgers and Star Son had chips.. they were the biggest hamburgers I’ve ever seen but they cost $18.00 each ouch!! Then we were back into the car heading for Thomas River.. finally we’d been driving all up two hours there were no signs we seemed to be in the middle of no where so we quit and turned around and went back to camp. a complete waste of a day! When we got back to camp there was a family with four children camped next to us so Star SOn made friends with the eldest boy and finally had a friend to play football with.

Day 30- 11th October 2015 (My 48th Birthday)

We had to be at the Jetty to meet the boat at 6.10am. So the Bloke (thinking by some chance we would sleep in) set three alarms, one on his ipad, one on his phone and then one on my phone! Sheesh, there were things buzzing and screeching and music blaring all over the tent! mind you I had been awake since 5.00am, it’s already light then! So we quickly silenced everything and got dressed and got Star Son up and ready to go. Lunch would be supplied and none of us were very hungry so we didn’t eat this might prove to be a huge mistake later on! We took out chilly bag with drinks and a snack just in case.

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We were on time “What’s the time?” fishin’ time!!

Esperance, Fraser Range Station 009 We were excite to get on the boat, there were four other people.

So the bay was choppy and I’ll confess I said a few quite prayers for some nice weather, the second in charge Kingsley tells us “it’s going to be nice later on then get a bit rough this afternoon, we’ll be back by then”  The  Captain was Colin and he gave us the safety talk and the demonstration about how to work the toilet and what to do in case of sea sickness, we all laughed (like that’s NOT going to happen to US) One of the men was there on his own Jeff, and he started chatting to us and explained about the huge container ships in the bay, how they took the iron ore and minerals that were being mined at Kalgoorlie and they were shipped to this port, loaded onto these ships and sent to China along with the grain we’d been checking out growing in all the fields there about. Jeff was a local clearly because he told us many interesting facts throughout the day, about the fish we were catching and the islands we were cruising past, there are 103 island in the area none of them are inhabited, one has access to the island but it’s full of death adders so NO ONE goes there! Jeff also told us about the real life Australian Pirate story, he made the trip more fun for sure. We had to travel over an hour I think it was about 1 hour 45 minutes to get to our first fishing spot, and Colin set the boat into place and explained they don’t drop the anchor the waters too deep instead we drift with our lines over board so we were given a demo on how to use the rod and reels and he yelled “go now!” How exciting!! Everyone on board brought up at least one fish, Star Son brought up two, the lines were double hooked and baited. The excitement on Will’s face was worth so much more than anything I could think of for a birthday present.

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Leaving the Harbour

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Just a gal and her Bloke.

So by 7.45am we were catching fish, so many I couldn’t keep count, we had to yell I’m on!” then either Kingsley or Colin would come and help us with the net when we “saw colour” meaning the fish was close enough to get with the net. We were assigned bucket number 2 and all our fish were put in that bucket and also written down in the book… for limits and sizes etc,.

The next time we stopped to fish the waves were knocking the boat around a lot, I was almost falling over, and Kingsley again came to the rescue with a lesson on how to stand on a moving boat! Busy your knees into the side of the boat ( here we are 3 days later, my knees are SO SORE!!) The waves kept getting bigger even though I had more than a few quiet words with the Big Bloke Creator, and suddenly I found myself running for the designated spot for “sea sickness” and then a few minutes later I find Kingsley very gently pressing a hot wet towel into my hands and saying “Here ya go love this will help” I’ve been out on boats loads of times but that was the first time I’ve been sick, it was so out of left field, I assumed that it would be
“all good now” but It really wasn’t! Lunch was a BBQ and it smelt so good and we were all pretty exhausted already from dragging up the big fish and holding on for dear life as the boat tossed us around on rough seas, and I’d been throwing up my stomach lining, so I was excited for lunch, I got a roll with a hamburger, some lettuce and some onion. I nibbled a little bit of lettuce, a strand of onion and the tiniest bite of hamburger before I was throwing my lunch at The Bloke and running for the side again… needless to say I didn’t finish my lunch!! I was more than ready to go home by the time Colin set the boat for shore.

As we were heading back Kingsley got Star Son to help keep count and name the different species of fish and this is what I counted, before running off to be sick again….

  • Red Swallowtail
  • Bighting Fish (they were the ones that eat the coral, his teeth were impressive and his razor sharp scales too)
  • Breaksea Cod
  • Knife Fish
  • Trevally
  • Western Black fish
  • Blue Grouper
  • Queen Snapper.

There were more but I threw my phone at Rob and ran to be sick, he didn’t realise he was supposed to keep writing them down! All together we had over 25 fish. We don’t have the room to keep them all so we suggested Jeff and some of the other people take our fish as well, We took the Trevally, the Queen Snapper and three of the red biting fish, but as it turns out we didn’t even keep those as we were leaving camp we donated the fish to campers around us. A couple of German guys took the Snapper, and a couple of Grey Nomads took the red biting fish and then we gave some young back packers the rest because they were in between jobs and were watching their money, so I felt good that my birthday presents were shared!

We all stank when we got back to camp, so we quickly showered and put all our clothes in the washing machine and drier and we went to the local pub for dinner.. where I had my favourite dinner.. Chicken Parma!

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Chicken Parma!

We were all totally stuffed when we got home, with food and also due to the early morning get up and I felt like death warmed up with my “motion sickness” apparently it’s different from “Sea Sickness” the Bloke asked me “Would you do that again?” my honest answer is NO!!!! Early bed night, were on the road again tomorrow.

Blogging University..

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Today’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicize to link the account to your blog or add a widget highlighting your profile. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.

Why do this?

  • Networks like Facebook and Twitter are full of new readers waiting to find you.
  • Social networks can act as an extension of your blog, giving readers another place to connect and you a place to share other thoughts and links.

Done done done done done done this is done… admit it you heard the Madden Brother’s singing then!!


Blogging University.. Blogging 101.. Blogroll… complete!

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Blogging 101: Build a Better Blogroll

By now, you’ve made some connections with other bloggers and have at least a few favorite reads. Today, you’ll continue weaving the fabric of the blogosphere, using one of its essential tools: link love.

Today’s assignment: share a few links you love.

Why do this?

  • You tell readers more about yourself through what you choose to share.
  • Giving readers recommendations turns you into a trustworthy source of great stuff.
  • When other bloggers see you referring them traffic, they’re likely to drop in on you — a traffic win-win.

Okay this assignment is done! See to your right…..>

Blogging 101– Be Inspired..

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Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!

Why do this?

  • Your blog is shaped by your own thinking and by your interactions with others, and building on someone else’s post expands your own ideas.
  • The original post was worth commenting on, that means it struck a nerve — it’s a topic people are interested in reading about.
  • Responding and linking to other blogs adds to the fabric of the blogosphere, and actually helps other bloggers find you.


  • Did you mention a personal connection to what was written? Tell that story, using the original discussion as a starting point for yours.

In the “Hello neighbour” post I wrote on the website I didn’t mention the connection, but in MY post on my site I briefly told you that I went to that site because it was listed as “writing and Food” in the topics. Obviously those are two things I also enjoy. When I got to Meg’s site and saw her impressive list of recipes I thought I’d come back and try some of them as my part of my challenge


When I first found out about this recipe challenge from Reannon @ http://shewhorambles.com 

She was going to do it weekly, my husband thought I’d be pushing my luck if I attempted that with my fussy children so we went for fortnightly.. which means that THIS week is the second week and I need to try a new recipe and share it with you all…

Maybe I can find one on Meg’s page! @http://writemeg.com/recipe-index/



Blogging University 101…. Neighbours!

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Today’s assignment: leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Why do this?

  • Because engaging in conversation is inspiring; you never know where (or who) your next post idea will come from.
  • Because if no one knows about you or your site, the best way to spread the word is by connecting to other bloggers. No blog is an island.

Ok, So let’s go explore.. I’ll come back and tell you who I visited so you can go see them too!

So first I found Meg @http://writemeg.com/recipe-index/ I’ll probably go back and visit her when I get ready to start “the year of new recipes challenge”

Then I visited heath and Kelsey @ http://thedoodlehouse.com/the-dogs/ I thought it might be about “doodling” but it referred to the labradoodles.. that’s ok I have a poodle I can relate.

Next stop was under “family” which I can relate to.. so I visited Yoona @http://yoonanimous.com/about/ I will be going back to visit her again!

Another family blog I visited was Emily @http://notthehardestpart.com/about/

Sara @http://happinessishereblog.com/about/ is homeschooling in Australia.. I homeschooled for twelve months and loved it.

So there are my choice of visitors.

I hope you’ll go visit some of them too.


Blogging 101- new theme?

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Today’s assignment: try out at least three other themes — even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use.

Preview or upload some new themes, or just try out some of the options available to you from your blog provider. Minimalists, try something ornate! Photobloggers, try a magazine-style theme! Shake it up. Try at least one that you don’t think you like at all.

Note: For assignments like this, there’s no need to publish a post. If an assignment asks for a post, that will be explicit; if it simply suggests something for you to do behind the scenes, there’s not need to post about it (unless you want to!).
And yes, do this even if you love your current blog layout. You never know what seeing your words displayed in a new way will inspire, and you can always keep the layout you love.

To help whittle down the options, try our three rules of thumb:

Pick something that speaks to you. You might admire simplicity and bold typography on others’ sites, but if you’re personally drawn to something soft and romantic, head in that direction.
Consider your content. If you know you’ll be posting lots of images, pick a theme meant to show off photos. If you love poetry, choose a streamlined theme that makes your words the star. (Not sure what you want to publish? Welcome to the 99%. Try everything!)
Think about your priorities. Some themes have a very distinctive look out-of-the-box. Others let you add custom touches like headers and backgrounds, while some have a variety of layout options Take a look at a theme’s features and customisation option.

Initially, when I read Zoe’s http://zoeambler.com

reaction to this lesson I felt the same way, but then I decided maybe that old adage is true “a change is good as a holiday” new start to the year etc, so off I went to play. I encountered two problems.

A- I have terrible internet connection down here and the pages were not opening properly.

B- the pages in “review” look crap on my iPad, so I will revisit this when I get home tomorrow night.

So far I  trialed the theme “twenty fifteen” and “Together” and I had started in a third when it all crashed, so I’ll try again tomorrow. I might just do this!!


Blogging 101- Dream Reader.

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Today’s Assignment: publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it.

My dream reader would be my Dad, I’m sure many people are going to nominate their “parent” one or both, but I am nominating my Dad because he is the one who taught me to love reading and writing.

I remember when I was young maybe grade 3 or 4, and we had read the book “Storm Boy” by Colin Theile and then we went as a school excursion to see the movie, about a young boy who lives on a wild beach in South Australia and finds an injured Pelican at the beach and rescues him and as is usual they formed a great friendship.

So we had to do an assignment a book review with title page and written review etc. back then I was not good at art, really NOT good. But I struggled along getting more and more frustrated, I was trying to re-create the front cover of the book..



I was trying to do that heading and another drawing of the Pelican. Anyways by the time my Dad got home at 6:00pm, he was tired and I was cranky, he asked me “What do you need to do?” I explained the project and I explained what I wanted, so he settled himself down and took over. He got the title exactly right, he measured and he did guide lines and it was picture perfect, then he proceeded to draw the pelican. After all these years I can still see my Father sitting at the kitchen table, his overalls wet and muddy, his cement caked steel capped boots under the table, doing my school homework with his builders pencil and my bright pink eraser.

After Dad finished drawing the pelican, he got me a clean sheet of paper and made me trace it, because he said “At least that way you did draw it” I went to school with my project and I got an A plus and it was displayed for all to see, Dad and I were so proud.

My father was a builder, a bricklayer who was the “Boss” he drew up plans of houses and whatever else he needed to build, so I assume that is where I get whatever artistic ability I have from. What I also got from my Daddy was my love of books. My Dad would read anything and everything. When a library opened in Church Street, Dad seemed to be the first one there signing up for a library card and he came home raving about the books, and the smell of the new carpet and how clean and quiet it was there, he asked me “Dolly want to come with me when I return these books and we will get you a card?” Why not? Any outing with Dad was an adventure.

What a habit he created! Every Saturday morning if he wasn’t working, if he was it would be Sunday. We would go to the library and choose our books. Of course they wouldn’t let me have my own library card, I had to borrow under Dad’s card, I was “too young” the first day he took me there, he took me into the kids section and showed me how to look up the type of book I wanted, Did I have a favourite author? Let’s look them up. He called over the Librarian to ask her to teach US how to use the microfiche, so we could find what we wanted. How exciting. then he took me back to borrow a book, I chose Nina Bawden’s “Peppermint Pig” what an amazing book!



Johnnie was only the runt of the litter, a little peppermint pig. He’d cost Mother a shilling, but somehow his great naughtiness and cleverness kept Poll and Theo cheerful, even though it was one of the most difficult years of their lives.

Looking back, I probably borrowed this book for two reasons, A) my Dad’s name was John and B) anything “Peppermint” gets my attention. But this book was brand new! I was the first person to borrow it.

It was the best book, I read it again when my Daughters were little.

The library visits became out thing, we even started borrowing books for Mum, she had terrible eye sight so Dad and I would take turns in choosing “Large Print” books for Mum. She wasn’t as huge a book lover as Dad and I but we all read.

The other thing that I got from my Dad was my love of writing. Dad used to write “stuff” lists and notes and letters, and on any scrap paper, recently I was going through some old papers and I found a draft he had started in the back of one of my bedroom wall posters, I guess it was going to be thrown out so Dad had used it, one of the 1/4’s had the drawing for what would become the kitchen wall unit he built into the kitchen and on another 1/4 was the draft of a letter he was writing to the school principal to report an incident where I had been bullied, and kicked and punched and even now 30 plus years later as I read that letter I can hear my Father’s voice. I remember going into the Principal’s office after he had gotten the letter which my Dad insisted on posting! We had to have a meeting and it got quite heated, finally Dad stood up and threw the parting shot “if THAT child touches my daughter, even as much as one hair on her hair, again, I will be calling the police and the Education department, and I will sue you all!” With that he took my hand and my Mother’s hand and led us out of his office. Thank you!!

There is another letter in there, when I was twelve years old, my parents sent me across country to Western Australia, with my eldest sister and her family, for a holiday, my Dad decided that he could afford to send me with them and what a great opportunity it would be! HIS words. I hated it, every minute, My parents would call up my Brother and speak to my sister and then ask to speak to me, I was so home sick for my Dad I couldn’t talk, I would choke up and then after he hung up I’d cry, I wanted to go home. So he decided to take a different approach and he wrote to me. It was a long letter full of news from home, about my dog Dusty who was missing me and my cat Tiger who was laying on my bed missing me, and he wondered why I wouldn’t talk to him on the phone, did I miss him? Is that why? He asked. I still cry when I read that letter and I still miss him. It has smudged where the tears fell.

There’s one more letter from my Father I have, it’s old, its over 50 years old and it’s not to me, it’s to my Mother and he asks her a very similar question, he knew why we wouldn’t talk to him on the phone, we missed him. That letter is hard to read, but it’s bittersweet because I hear his voice, long before I was born he was writing and I can still hear his voice.

When I was in highschool I wanted to be just like my Dad, I wanted to be a bricklayer and I wanted the business card to say “John Scarffe and daughter” so I told the careers teacher that and she laughed and said “Tskk, Girls can’t be builders, keep thinking” so I went home and told him that! Come parent teacher night he asked out loud for all to hear “which one is the careers teacher?” He was shown which one and he went over to her and asked did she know his daughter? Yes of course she did, he asked “What did she tell you she wanted to do when she finished school?” She laughed, wrong answer! She said “Oh some nonsense about being a builder” definitely WRONG answer.

He leaned down nice and close and told her “MY daughter can be anything she wants to be whether she’s a male or a female. Don’t you DARE tell her otherwise” he also threatened to remove me from the school and enroll me in the technical college down the road!

My Dad has always told me “If you can dream it you can do it!” He never took with that “girls can’t be ….” In his world they could be anything they wanted.

My Dad only got to meet my eldest daughter she was 22 months when he died, my second daughter was 6 weeks old. I Just know he would be watching over my family and chuckling at me, because I do with mine what he did with me, I love to help with school projects and go to the library, and now we have another generation to guide.

One day I am going to write a book and on the first page I will dedicate it to

John Oliver Scarffe, My Father who said “You can be anything you want to be

Blogging 101… day 3..

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Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world.  Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another — just look at The Commons. Plus, reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.

  • I find this to be especially true, I have connected with some lovely bloggers and even gone a little bit further with a few, adding them as “friends” on facebook and Instagram and twitter and Pinterest, but not only that I am about to become penfriends with one. So I am making some lovely friendships.

The first step is finding the people you want to connect with. By following topics you care about in the Reader, you’ll discover a world of blogs. Some of them will become favorite reads, and some of their authors will become your fans.

Feel free to publish a post in addition to completing today’s task if you’d like! Write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog, or take a look at our prompts and challenges for more inspiration.

Five new topics;

  • Parenting
  • Christian
  • Books
  • Blogging101
  • recipes

Five new Blogs to have a look at:

Blogging 101 day two..

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Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.

Me: *insert groan* Ohhh… *raises hand* asking the instructor… “Is this a “Must do“? assignment? because I kind of like my Name and the name of my blog is MY NAME.

Instructors reply: Why? The title is the first thing most readers will see.

Me: Which is why I made it MY Name, so people can easily find the right blog.

Instructors reply: Your title and tagline work with elements like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.

Me: Hmmm I’ll think about it, in the mean time do I HAVE to do it?

Instructors reply: Keep it short and sweet. Thirty and 40 word taglines leave us breathless. Be concise.

Me: Alright alright you win! I changed it!!

Kim L Hine

She’s off on another Tangent (digressing suddenly from one course of action or thought and turning to another) it’s a “Kimmy” thing..

Blogging 101… I’m starting again.

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I signed up for the last round of “Blogging 101” and I read the posts and used a few of them but I didn’t really get into it. So I have signed up for the next round.. which starts today.. let’s see what I need to do.

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

My Name is Kim Hine, I am a 40 something year old Australian woman. I say 40 something because I literally forget I have to ask my husband Also known as “The Bloke” “how old am I now?” and he’s 11 years older so he remembers. I am a wife, I am a Mother and I am a Grand mother, I am the keeper of the pets and the house keeper. Recently (July 2014) I started studying Christianity, and I found I enjoy it, so I share posts about that too because my “teachers” are two of my penpals who live in America and I like them to see what I’ve learnt and how I am coming long.

Why am I here? So that I can share funny snippets of my life, so I can brag about my Grandchildren, so I can share with you our road trips, and camping adventures, I am an avid reader, so I will be doing book reviews and joining book challenges, I Love to take photos so I’ll share those here too. in any spare time  *insert crazy laughter* I like  love to do art, sadly it’s fallen by the way side a little but this year is looking good to bring it back into my radar. I have discovered I like to garden and am currently growing vegetables, and I am helping my niece with her wedding plans for March 2015, so there will be wedding related stuff as well. Occasionally there will be crafty stuff, but like I said not as much as past time.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I chose to Blog, because I find that it was an easier way to share with my overseas friends photos and snippets of family life in one spot, rather than email individually. I originally started this blog as a place to share my art, but that is getting far and few between so I made it more personal.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Opps I just listed those up above!

  • pen palling,
  • family,
  • my walk with the Lord,
  • art
  • traveling
  • reading and book reviews
  • My Healthy living schemes
  • wedding planning on a budget
  • Parenting/Grandparenting
  • inspiration
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I have already connected with some lovely people, I am just happy that people stop by and read my ramblings

  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I would love to be consistent with my blogging, have a nice following and maybe get some sponsors so that I can do reviews and things like that.


Chilean Hands

Its all about what my hands can create and how much I love all the crafts and arts.


Discovering the joy of art

Pretty, Plus and Proud

Body Positive, Loving Life!


A mix of thoughts, snacks, faves & shenanigans

Conversations on finding and loving who I am

Let's have an open conversation about life.

Beulah Rest

Featuring -- ART BY AHYOKA


In the mind of a jewellery maker

The Trefoil Muse

Words are art on paper, and for me they are the seeds of my soul.

Sammi Cox

Author Aspiring

Beth Lapin

Write On!

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing

J-Dub's Grin and Bear It

As Always, More to Come


Lifestyle Makes Us Different.

Once Upon a Yarn

crafting and writing adventures

Writing for Murphy

adventures from my life as a new Army Wife.

Maria Pace-Wynters

Mixed Media Artist