I'm Home! What a disaster trip!

Zoe September 11, 2011 57

Hi Everyone,

Here’s the story of my ‘break away’… I doubt I will be able to tell it well but here goes.

I have been ‘whinging’ to DH for a couple of weeks that I am tired and just need to get away for a few days and relax. No computers (so I am not tempted to check and respond to emails) and a nice relaxing bed so I can SLEEP! Many of you know that I don’t sleep much and I think it is partly due to having so many fabulous customers and friends across the world and they are all awake when I should be sleeping! haha! So hours pass, I don’t get to bed until some ridiculous hour in the early morning and then only catch 4-5 hours sleep! So yup, I am tired constantly!!

So… moving on. Last weekend was it! I had had enough, I was exhausted, drained and could feel if I didn’t take a break I would collapse! So DH planned a little trip away for a few days.

You need a little background before I continue.

A couple of years ago, DH and I would go out every weekend four wheel driving in the mountains, on the beach and so on. We would traipse around the mountains, through rivers, exploring and so on and we always had our Gold Pan with us! I would play around in the rivers seeing if I could find just a speck of gold. We never did, but it was fun. However last year DH started to get Gold Fever bad! He’s been researching all these different places – he’s a good researcher and has learned heaps – and we even invested in a metal detector. Really an excuse to get back out there again and have a play. STILL no gold has been found! hahaΒ  The fact is, we just don’t live in a great part of the country for it and so you have to travel long distances to get to the areas that supposedly have gold.

OK so that’s enough background.

So when I said I needed a break – DH said he was busting to go to this new place he had found in New South Wales. There was a gold mine there and this couple run a camp there with tours and so on. Plus we could bring the dogs too!!Β  He rang the operators, and found out they had a powered caravan, toilets, showers, dining area, kitchen and so on. All we had to do was bring ourselves, some food and etc etc… I asked how long it would take to get there and DH said – oh about 5 hours. I agreed and so we booked in and began preparing to take off.

Tuesday morning we packed up the dog’s with their bed in the back, plenty of water, our bed covers and pillows (just in case), all our gear, food that didn’t need to be refrigerated, my COPICS of course, and other bits and pieces. We planned to stop off for our cold stuffs closer to destination. We finally made our start out at 9:30am, expecting to arrive at our destination around 3ish. DH was sooo excited, he had all these aspirations of how much gold he was going to find and had been dreaming about finding big nuggets!

We hadn’t got far before Tigger started whimpering in the back. He’s our big old Staffy and is about 12 1/2 years old. We pulled into the next rest area and let him out so he could have a wander around, give him a drink and so on. It turned out that the poor boy wasn’t feeling the best and had a case of diarrhoea but other than that he was happy and running around like normal. We decided that maybe he had eaten some berries or something and we would continue. We stopped for lunch and Tigger still had some bowel troubles but again was still happy within himself.

It was around this time after 3 hours that I began to wonder how much longer it was going to take to get to this place. We were STILL in Queensland and still many kilometres from our destination. We continued on our way, definitely enjoying the scenery and the dog’s were fast asleep in the back. By the time we hit the border, more than 5 hours had passed and we still had quite a distance to travel. It was now when I began to tease DH. It had turned into what we call another ‘DH Adventure!’ These adventures are always miscalculated and canΒ  find us in ridiculous situations where it is just laughable. They are indeed an adventure and funny AFTERWARDS! At this time, little did I know what was ahead!

So… after more travelling, stopping off to get DH’s fav gourmet sausages, cold meats and so on in a town closer to our destination, we FINALLY arrive at 6:30PM!!!! 9 HOURS!!!! Nearly double DH’s estimate!!! hahaa My bum was sore, the dog’s wanted to run around, it was getting cold and I was just about ready to collapse in bed but I was hungry!

So first things first, I get showed around the place by the owners. DH is chatting away with the guy and the lady is showing me around and telling me about everything. It was hard to see much because everything was pitch black and they were running on solar panels so light was scarce. The caravan was OK at first glance. I’m not a snob or anything and I wasn’t expecting five star treatment. The toilets were across the lane way, the dining area was up near their own caravan and the kitchen was in an annex off the side of their caravan (felt a bit awkward actually). There was a BBQ area out the front of their caravan and to be honest I still don’t know where the showers are!!

We took the dogs up for a run out the back and then tied them up out the front of our caravan under the awning with their bed as there were a couple of other dog’s and thought it best to wait until morning to introduce them. Gave the dogs their dinner, unpacked our stuff out of the car and started to settle in a little. It was beginning to get a bit cold and the owners asked us what we were planning for dinner. I mentioned I had got some sausages on the way and asked where I could cook them up. They said they would start up the BBQ.Β 

So we all sat around the fire and after some time of chatting, started cooking. They cooked up some pork steaks and a few sausages for themselves and we cooked our sausages. Now this part is going to be hard to explain, but it soon became apparent that this couple, although nice, were a bit crazy. LOL They were preparing for bad times ahead, living off solar power, generators, they even light a fire to warm up the water. I don’t have any problems with that, good on em, as I too believe there will be bad times ahead, but it was discussions like ‘Deadly viruses being found on the moon and brought back to Earth to unleash on us’ that had my warning bells ringing!! And there were many more stories like this! DH and I would glance at each other every now and then with the look of ‘Can you believe what you are hearing?!?’. I am not saying that everything they said didn’t have some truths to it, but just that they had a bit of a warped way at looking at things.

So, everything finished cooking and they put it all onto a big plate and we sat up at a picnic table. DH and I grabbed one of our sausages each and threw em into a slice of bread (we had 6 in total). When I looked back at the plate, I noticed most of our sausages were gone and there was only one left! DH had started on his second one but didn’t have any others on his plate. I looked around and realised the other guy took OUR gourmet sausages and left his OWN! Ok so I know right now I sound like a snob, but they are the sausages we like. We just don’t like the taste of the regular sausages. I was freaking out because I knew DH was hungry, and so was I. I was trying to decide if I could get by on one sausage so DH could have the other one but in the end decided I would have to have it. I thought well maybe this guy will offer up one of his pork steaks. Next thing, DH is eating PLAIN slices of bread. Argh!! He’s FURIOUS! lol I’m freaking out and then we sat there and watched this guy make more sandwiches with his pork steaks in front of us. Oh it was a disaster. We didn’t say anything to each other at the time.

So not long after, everyone ‘retires’ – it’s around 9:30pm. It had become REALLY REALLY cold and I had to put on another layer of clothes and a jacket NEXT to the fire!! I was worried about the dogs and told DH I wanted to put them back in the 4x4with their bed. They are outside dog’s but when it gets below 10 degrees here I usually soften and let them inside for the night. So we organised to put them in the car and then I went in to the caravan for a moment whilst DH was doing something outside. I heard Tigger whimpering and ran out to DH saying we better take him to the toilet.

Disaster stuck… We opened the back doors to find the poor boy had already been. It was EVERYWHERE!! Fortunately it wasn’t over the bed and Kiara had managed to get out of the way. We got them out of the 4×4 and stood there in disbelief. Freezing cold and pitch black with only our torches we started to look around to see if we could find a way to wash it out. We found a hose!! We unravelled the hose and turned it on but nothing came out the end, it was full of holes and was spurting water everywhere but out the end. So here I am trying to cover the leaks with freezing water coming out and we get a touch of water out the end. DH is trying to wash out the back and after what seemed like forever and fingers frozen like ice, we clean up the mess.

We decided that the dogs were just going to have to hate us and stay out under the awning. We sacrificed our towels to wrap them up and give them some warmth and then went to bed. It was soooo cold that we didn’t even bother taking our clothes off and we were clinging to each other for dear life! We couldn’t understand why it seemed to get colder and colder. We were inside now under the covers!! The bed was so uncomfortable that we couldn’t sleep and began to chat about the nights events. The sausages were finally discussed and have since become quite the joke. The whole day had turned into a comedy of events.

However, it didn’t stop there. We hadn’t got to sleep, before Tigger began whimpering again. I got up, put my jacket on and rushed out. He needed to go to the toilet again. I returned, freezing, and snuggled up to DH again. About an hour passed and again, Tigger needed to go to the toilet again. It was DH’s turn this time. DH was ready to pack up everything and go home. He said this was going to continue through the night and we were freezing and we weren’t at all impressed with what he had landed us in and the guy ate his sausages!! You just don’t take another man’s food!! LOL

However, I talked him into staying, saying he needed to sleep before driving all that way. However he was right, we were up every 45mins to help Tigger, taking it in turns to help our poor boy. We really got no sleep, were freezing cold and just exhausted.

Finally morning arrived and we soon realised how we just couldn’t get any warmth. The windows in the caravan were all broken!! The slats were missing!!! We just couldn’t believe it. We were going to start packing up to get out of there, when the couple came out to tell us about the day they had planned for us. (We had no idea prior to coming that we were being set up for a day with them). Tigger seemed to be better in himself (the worst was over) and so I reluctantly went along. After a few hours of being bored out of my brain, a huge headache, Tigger whimpering on and off I decided I had just had enough of it all and I disappeared into the caravan to lay down. After about 30 mins, DH came running in and said “Come on let’s get out of here”. FINALLY!!!

So we quickly packed up, told them that we needed to get Tigger home and got out of there. The trip home was faster as Tigger was obviously feeling a bit better and was sooooooo happy to be back in the car driving. Both dogs slept the whole way back and we finally made it home about 11pm.

We were so exhausted by the end of our little ‘trip away’ that we pretty much slept for the whole day the next day. haha We decided we would never complain about our own bed again and I get to organise the NEXT getaway. lol

So there you have it. My few days ‘getaway’ turned into a 38 hour disaster trip that I ended up needing to take a break when I got home! Poor DH felt so bad about taking me all the way out there for my ‘break’. But I do think it was just another funny DH adventure.

 

I still behaved though and kept off the computer to an extent and have been enjoying a few days rest at HOME in my OWN bed!
OH and I have been crafting too! I’ll have some stuff to finally share with you. πŸ™‚

 

Tigger, is perfectly fine too. He must have eaten something or had a bit of a stomach bug. He’s currently out in the back yard sunning himself. πŸ™‚

Oh, and no… we didn’t have time to find any gold. LOL

 

If you managed to sit and read through all that, I hope I managed to offer up a few chuckles. πŸ™‚

 

Big Aussie Squeezes

 

Zoe xxoo

57 Comments »

  1. Anonymous September 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Oh MY Word….you know the saying…. Theirs No PLace Like Home
    sounds like you had a bad trip to say the least.
    Better and safer to stay home.There are weard people out there.
    So glad that you got back home safely.
    hugs from Texas
    Linda

  2. Tracy September 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    OMG Zoe… that’s so bad that its funny and a little scary! You must be pretty brave, cause buggar if I would have stayed there after I got up the following morning!!!!! At least you got a break away… prehaps you should stay in a motel next time!!!!
    Hugs
    Tracy

  3. Aj. September 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Oh my god ! of all weird cookies out there you manage to fall in with a class A pair.

    I’m laughing but jesus Zoe, I don’t half feel sorry for the pair of you !

    Aj.

  4. Barbara Brewer September 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe I feel for you. Now I know why I keep to 5 star accomodation (and believe me I’m no snob) I wouldn’t have lasted that long.May be about 15 minutes! Tell me where was it because we are often up your way. Or at least what area to avoid! Chalk it up to one of lifes ‘Wish we hadn’t done that’ experiances.
    Take care
    Barbara B.

  5. Anonymous September 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    OMG that was a weird adventure!
    Perhaps a nice hotel next time? With room service and a jewellery store (for the gold, haha!)

  6. Zoe September 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Barbara, we were closer to you!! Just far out west! Maybe I’ll need to ask you for advice where not to go when travelling in NSW. lol!!

  7. lindaarbo September 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    OMG WHAT A TRIP. I can see it all in a funny movie. So bad that I would laugh. Thanks for sharing your and DH wonderful adventure and I wish you both a good nights well deserved sleep.

  8. Theresa September 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    That was sooooooooo funny,lol, so sorry for all the ‘mishaps’, but at least both of you and us, hehehhe, are laughing, just so funny, the couple is the pits, must say, dh is a gentlemen to let them get away after taking his sausage……..lol
    Lesson learned:: ROFL never book if no referrals can be given by someone else………..hehahheha
    Hope you had a rest in your own bed, keep well that side!!
    lotsa luv

  9. angelique September 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    hiya sweetie
    what a amazing story hunni
    i’m so sorry the read what a terrible break it was hunni
    but i’m glad your home save, and that it better with tigger
    enjoy the sunday sweetie
    hugs angelique

  10. Delphine September 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    OMGoodness, Zoe, I am so so sorry your break turned out like that! I don’t like leaving home too much, maybe I am afraid things like that will happen! I hope you managed to really rest at home and are all well now! Sending you big hugs Delphine xxx
    PS: Promise, I will never ever tease you again with the meaning of the word “break”:-(…

  11. Vicky September 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Morning Zoe,
    When you said you had a disaster of a break I never would have dreamed it was as aweful as this. If anyone deserved a really good rest it is you and you were faced with all that. I think you need a holiday to get over it hun.
    What a blooming shame after all those hours traveling and poor Tigger’s situation.
    I don’t think I would have slept either with those pair of loose screws…
    Thanks for sharing your story Zoe, it was an interesting read. So glad your home and all safe and well
    x
    Vicky

  12. Annette September 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I’m smiling, but I am sorry you didn’t quite have the weekend you had planned. I loved the sausages story, but that is just out of order to take your food.

    Hubby & I stayed in a caravan last year for a weekend away. When we arrived, the reception shack was a bit grotty, but we thought we should make the most of it. The guy running it looked really dodgy, and explained his dishevelled appearance on his recent release from prison. The caravan was full of flies which hubby spent an hour swatting with a TV guide. Luckily I didn’t need to use the TV guide, because the guy on reception provided my entertainment with various police cars arriving at intervals throughout the evening to visit him, which I watched from our prime seat viewing window, as our caravan was next to reception.

    Ours was nothing like your trip, but needless to say we won’t be going back there again.

  13. Renkata September 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    ohhh my God,
    Well everything is good when end good , lol
    Pitty no GOLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD.

  14. creafrea September 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Oh you poor thing!! It sounds like a trip from hell!! At one time I was thinking ‘psycho’ of chainsaw massacre or something like that LOL!! And I do think you would be wise indeed to plan any trips in the future yourself! Hugs, Frea

  15. Carly W September 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    funny, sad, disturbing and funny …. what a trip hey.

    I think you should plan the next break Zoe πŸ™‚

    Glad you can see the funny side … poor DH …. did you get some more sausages on the way home?

    xoxoxoxo GO TO BED and stop reading emails! πŸ™‚

  16. Shazza September 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    oh dear Zoe, what a nightmare. Glad you are home safe and sound and that Tigger is better- treat your selves to some sausages for dinner x

  17. Crafty Kitten September 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe, I know this sounds really wrong but I’m glad you had a disasterous “getaway” – because up until I read your story I thought it was only me and my DH that had holidays from hell!! Poor Tigger – bless him – but at least he is better now – perhaps it was an omen – I’d see how he feels before you set off on another DH Adventure – if he seems a bit under the weather – CANCEL EVERYTHING!!! LOL
    Seriously, I hope your next getaway is a better experiences – for all of you! LOL
    hugs
    Dawn x

  18. Janette September 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    OMG I thought this sounded more like the start of a horror film…the hills have eyes or the like…lol…how awful, think that couple would have freaked me out…..glad you got home all in one piece…as for the sausages…bloody cheek…lol…take care.xx

  19. lotta.sandra.pettersson September 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe!! At least you managed to get some sleep at home! Hope you feel better and it seams you can already look at this with humor! Hugs Sandra

  20. Debbie Pamment September 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Oh dear WHAT an adventure – you poor things! But at least you all got home safe and sound and enjoyed a “home break”!
    xXx

  21. Toni September 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Oh Zoe Im crying here its just so funny(not for you and hubby or poor Tigger bless)I now know why we dont go away together very often as our holidays are much the same as yours with disaster after disaster. Its a good thing you and Hubby have a good sense of humor
    Home is where the heart is and a warm familiar bed Hope you do get some time to relax

    hugs Toni

  22. Alina September 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    Oh, Zoe, this is unbelievable, who are those people? Do you call them ”a bit crazy”? OMG, I hope you didn’t have to pay anything! Who offers somebody such a place to sleep, with no windows?

    I laughed also, but I’m so glad that you are safe home!
    Hugs, Alina

  23. Vicky xx September 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    PMSL………..thank you for a good laugh sweetie I’m sooo sooooooooooooo sorry about your trip away but I’m happy they didnt kidnap you & it end up being another ‘Misery’ type film………they could of kidnapped you Zoe for your colouring skills & well your hubby…….maybe his sausages lol………Its good that you can laugh about it tho, so much better to laught than to cry hunni.
    Take care.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  24. Zoe September 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    HAHAA – You all are such cheeky buggers! We did indeed enjoy our other pack of sausages when we got home!!

    The thing is, had I have known the situation I would have been more than happy to share. We would have just cooked more!! I would have bought extra food with me! We had our own bread and sauces and everything set up for our ‘sausages’ and they had all their own stuff so it just wasn’t ‘set’ up like that. Know what I mean?! Just rude really. Oh and to top it off – he didn’t eat his own crappy sausages – they gave them to the dogs the next day!

    OH and for those of you who asked – they had the gall to charge us $50 for the night and more for their ‘tour’ the next day. LOL I remember being freezing cold in bed and saying to DH – we could be in the motel up the road with a heater for $40!!! LOL

    Oh well – you live and learn. Was definitely a funny experience.

  25. Donalda September 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Oh hon it sounds like your time away was awful !!!
    I do hope you get some rest soon dear. Big Hugs

  26. Anonymous September 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    WOW What an adventure!! I could imagine your horror and now the laughter afterwards. I hope YOU book a nice comfy bed next time.

  27. Tracy September 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Poor Zoe! LOL Oh my gosh what a DH adventure memory you have there! At least you and hubby were able to get a laugh out of it. πŸ™‚ Glad to hear Tigger’s doing better and that you got a little down time. Get some rest, have some fun, and know you DID give me some chuckles this morning. Hugs!

  28. Carole S September 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe, wow, I do not think I will go for a break with you !!!,(not suitable for electric wheelchair anyway) I had to laugh but it must have been awful. Looking forward to what you have been doing. And glad you did get a rest eventually. Take care, love Carole Lockhart Stuart ( Carole S)xxx

  29. Angela Wood September 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    LOL! Thanks for the chuckle Zoe! I’m sorry that your trip wasn’t quite what you had hoped for. Next time, you had better do the planning πŸ˜‰

    “There’s no place like home.” big hugs, Angela

  30. Donna September 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    thanks for sharing your wonderfully hilarious (though not to you at the time) adventure with us. OMG, I would have left the next morning, sounds like you got to meet up with some really and truly weird people, nice to know they are not all in England…LOL

    Glad to hear you got some rest though, you deserve it.
    hugs
    Donna xx

  31. Carole of Brum September 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Awwwww Zoe, what a trip! It did give me a chuckle to read about it but what a shame your break away turned out like this. They sound a right couple of oddballs and what a blooming cheek nicking your food!!!!! Still, at least you can laff about it and the dogs are both ok now. Good to hear you got some sleep and rest at last. CoB

  32. Ellephantastic September 12, 2011 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Oh dear, oh dear!! I’m sorry but I did chuckle something cruel through that…ha ha ha!!! It sounded just like one of our adventures lol!!

    Glad you’re back safe & sound & Tigger is ok
    hugs x

  33. Sandie September 12, 2011 at 12:04 am - Reply

    All I can say is you are a more patient person than I. Glad to hear you finally got some rest AT HOME!!

  34. KimberleyG September 12, 2011 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Sounds like some of my holiday adventures. Glad you managed to get some rest. I’m glad Tigger is feeling better.

  35. Leanne September 12, 2011 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Wow!! I can’t believe how many OMGs I said, and a few chuckles later can’t stop shaking my head. Talk about a disaster! So glad you finally got some rest and Tigger is feeling much better. Yes, you should plan the next break and make sure your DH has his chance to pan for some “gold.” TFS your story!

  36. Melissa Finch September 12, 2011 at 2:19 am - Reply

    What a trip!! So glad Tigger is better even better you could use him as an excuse to get the heck out of LOONEY Town LOL:) But it was very sweet for your DH to try:)

  37. Stacie September 12, 2011 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Oh My Goodness!! What an adventure indeed! It was a good thought on your hubbys part but geezle those people sound like lunatics…probably a good thing you bolted when you did or who knows what else could of happened! Sounds like a good idea that you plan the next trip! LOL!

  38. Linda September 12, 2011 at 4:16 am - Reply

    you must have thought you were in a bad movie! i think i saw one like that on tv a while ago, maybe on the sci-fi channel. lol. you should take some gold flakes with you next time, throw them in the water and have DH come running. tell him you no longer need to drive for 9 hours to get gold and that the next bed you sleep in will have a pillow top mattress and a fireplace in the room. i would have been terrified!!! glad you’re back

  39. Anonymous September 12, 2011 at 4:53 am - Reply

    aww zoe i couldn’t help but laugh I definitely think it was the way u told the story lol what a crazy time u had defo think u were better off leavin when u did πŸ™‚ hopefully it won’t be 2 long till u get away again but think maybe u should book somewhere this time lol hugs mandy xx

  40. Viv September 12, 2011 at 5:19 am - Reply

    PMSL!!!! Sounds like a FUN time! NOT!!!! Poor Tigger, hope he’s all better now.
    As for eating your sausages….they should be lined up against a wall and shot! No-one steals a man’s gourmet sausgaes!

  41. Glenda Atkins September 12, 2011 at 5:39 am - Reply

    You know you have never really lived if you do not have stories to tell, and this will be a great one to tell through the years:) Glad it all turned out OK in the end AND it will get funnier with each telling ..lol ( it has already given me a chuckle)

  42. dottielottie September 12, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Wow, what a nightmare trip.Your account has held me gripped right to the end. I was so relieved,after reading of poor Tiggers mishap, I thought you were going to tell us something worse had happened to him.I thought only us English people put a brave face on things, but I think ‘my’ husband would have had to say something if someone had nicked ‘his’ sausages…
    lol.Anyway glad you all returned safe.Until next time !!!! ha ha.
    Hugs
    Lottie x

  43. Tracy Payne September 12, 2011 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Oh Zee you certainly gave me some laughs. I’m glad I’m not the only one that this sort of thing happens to, but what a shame as I know you needed the break and was looking forward to some time out. OMG, how rude to eat your sausages, blooming cheek! Hopefully the trip you’ll arrange will turn out to be the best ever and soon for the sake of your sanity. Mind you, I always look forward to returning to my own bed. Hugs sweetie
    xx

  44. yainea September 12, 2011 at 9:50 am - Reply

    LOL! I enjoyed your story, well that’s an adventure! I’m glad you could finally rest at home and Tigger is ok πŸ™‚

  45. Marlene September 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    You obviously have a GREAT sense of humour…because I’ll tell ya…if that had happened to me, I’d STILL be crying! LOL!

  46. Rufus September 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    As you write it up it’s quite humorus…but something tells me it wasn’t quite so fun at the time! Still the fact that you and DH can look back and laugh is good. Nothing like a nice “stay-cation” though. As long as you can turn off all the electronics and pretend they don’t exist! Thanks for the laugh, brings back thoughts of some of our “better” trips!
    R/

  47. Rufus September 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Dang it… hit post to soon- meant to Congratulate all the Aussie’s for having their own Sam Stosur win the US Open!! I love to watch Sam play and was so thrilled for her when she won! She played a brilliant match.
    R/

  48. Christy/TI September 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    You are such a funny lady!!! LOL
    Congrats on a home-cation! We rarely do other than that…hehe

  49. Melanie McK September 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Zoe, are you sure we’re not related??? And that’s not just because I’m an Aussie too. My whole life has been filled with holidays like that! The one where we were getting ready to drive one sister 100kms at night up a dirt road to the bush hospital for one sister to get stitches in her foot so my mum called out for us other two to come and get shoes on when my other sister tripped and cut her head open on a folding chair – so BOTH had to go to get stitches and I got left behind with strangers for 9hrs until they got back. Now you know why I said stay close to home, experience!!!

  50. Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 3:58 am - Reply

    Oh wow Zoe, that is something for the history books!!! Or some sit com on tv!
    My goodness, how awful and now, funny too! I think you need to get a tent and go camp in your own back yard, lol!
    Thanks for sharing your comedy trip with us!
    Hugs!

  51. Pam September 13, 2011 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! Getting back to nature is one thing but your experience is way beyond it. Hopefully you can laugh about it now. Glad also that Tigger is better.

  52. sheila September 14, 2011 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Oh My word… so sorry about your trip, but your story had me in tears and to think I was at work reading it… I managed to smear my make-up… and my stomache was quivering from all the laughing. Glad you are home and safe and sound in your own bed. Thanks for Sharing.

  53. Colleen September 15, 2011 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Oohhh Zoe! What a nightmare! At least you’re getting some good laughs out of it. I get what you’re saying about a break, and HAVING to color for the store (which is about 99% of my coloring too) instead of coloring what you want. So glad I found your blog!

  54. Dawn Frost September 15, 2011 at 11:07 am - Reply

    OMG you guys are such good sports, lol! That is a disaster no matter how you look at it!

  55. Loz September 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    OMG! Zoe.. that is an absolute pearler of a story! I’m not-so-secretly happy it was you and not me! πŸ˜€ I can’t believe that bloke ate your sausages.. how rude!
    NEVER let your DH plan a trip again!!?

  56. Liz S. September 20, 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Good grief! What a horror story!

  57. Marla September 23, 2011 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Oh my! It would make a great idea for a TV episode. Will have to think what show would be the best. Even though there was nothing good about your get-away – it will definitely be a memory you will always have. Thank you for sharing!!

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