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So glad you have found us. We are a nomadic family of 9 travelling Australia with our six daughters, and our one son and forever missing our precious daughter Serenity who went to be with Jesus at 13 hours old on 12 March 2011. Her short life has changed our lives forever! As we travel we perform at shows, festivals and fundraisers with our dogs, help out on farms and also sell handmade woodcraft, dog collars, leads and capes. We are also doTERRA wellness advocates. Follow our joys and trials here.

Sunday, 26 February 2012


After heading south from Peterborough, we came across the historic town of Terowie (from an Aboriginal word meaning “Hidden Water”. 

There is a free camping area here with a welcoming sign on the gate!

The camp is set up in what was once a thriving “change of gauge” railway station.  It is now a few rundown buildings, lots of prickles and some plaques with the history of the town.

Mike and Lassie surveying the areaTess exploring the station ruins


Jireh couldn't carry any more!

Suzanna enjoying her apples


We also found an apple tree that was loaded with apples!  The children had fun picking and eating them! 

A rare treat!


Jessica found that the better apples were near the top of the tree!Jessica picking apples

The playground across the road was great for the kids and dogs to test their skills, run off some excess energy or just to relax!

Jessica on the flying foxLassieJasmine testing her skills

After a good nights rest, Jireh was ready for another day of travel!

Jireh "driving" the bus

Friday, 17 February 2012

The Wonder Chair













   You can buy these chairs for around $6 at Big W …

they are called The Wonder Chair ….

Why do you think they call it The Wonder Chair ….

Cause it’s a wonder they last so long!!!

It’s a wonder we keep going back and buying another one!!!

And it’s a wonder they can sell them at all!!!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Making Flat Bread

When we run out of bread, we love making flat bread.  It’s so easy and tastes delicious especially when fried in butter!  All we use is flour (half white and half wholemeal), Baking Pwd (or self raising flour), eggs and water!  This time I added coconut and some sugar!

IMG_4984Many willing helping hands



        Some liked to eat it raw and some waited till it was cooked!









IMG_5008Others were just willing and happy helpers!

The Superdogs Trick Show


So the girls have spent a lot of time training their dogs to do tricks.  Last year they performed at The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival and at the Kenilworth Show.  This week they have put together a video of what they can do.  All the dogs have been trained by the girls!

The video plays fine on YouTube, but due to the EMI content it won’t play direct from here.

You can find it HERE.




Sparkie, a Kelpie x Border Collie, is three years old and knows more than 40 tricks!  We bought her for Jasmine on her 12th birthday. She will tell you it’s the best present she ever got before or since!






Tess, a 2 1/2 year old Border Collie x Kelpie, is a high energy dog.  Jessica got Tess for her 11th birthday and has taught her about 30 tricks and she is learning more all the time!







Lassie, an almost 2 year old working Border Collie, is super high energy.  Her signature trick is known as The Crazy Jump which you can see in the video.  Chana inherited Lassie when she was 8 and Lassie was 6 months old. 







Sambo is a 6 month old Border Collie x German Shepherd.  Chantel got Sambo when he was 8 weeks old and immediately fell in love with him!  He was a surprise gift we picked up at the Kenilworth Show.  He is a fast learner and loves to please Chantel.



Saturday, 11 February 2012

What I must do


Just playing with inspirational quotes on our photos!  We have so many photo’s that we could put quotes on …. what do ya think?


what I must do

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Where have all the children gone


It never ceases to amaze me that we can spend all day at a playground and never see any other children.  Granted, most kids are back in school now, but that does not explain why we sometimes don’t even see any children at all, not even pre-schoolers!


Our children love to go to the playground!  We can and do spend all day there often!  They go in and out of the bus as they please, alternating between outside play and inside play.


I feel sad for the children that spend all day in a classroom, then go home to spend the rest of the day indoors.  I know some will spend time playing in the backyard, but we haven’t even seen much of that in our travels.  It seems a lot of children only get to have outside fun on weekends or school holidays.  How sad!  I remember growing up I’d stop by the playground on my way home from school (at about 7 years old), or we’d go out after dinner on warm summer evenings and walk to the playground!


My challenge to anyone who wants one is … take your child(ren) to the playground or some place where they can run and play uninhibited at least 4 times this month!  Have fun yourself too!


Monday, 6 February 2012


So we finally left the boring caravan park at about 2pm! We stopped in Port Augusta for shopping and to give the children and dogs a run around. 
Relaxing on some green grass
A swing big enough for half the family!

IMG_4336Jireh found the water fountain!

               Returning the trolley
Time to go home                   


We continued on our way, and found a great spot to camp far enough out of town for us to feel safe seeing as this was our first time free camping since we had the rocks thrown through our windows.
Our first night off the grid was hot and humid!  Took a while for everyone to settle after being used to air-conditioning and to trust we were going to be safe enough to relax!  Once all were settled and asleep it was a peaceful night.

Today, much to the delight of everyone, we revisited a playground we were at about 2 months ago! 

Jessica comforting Jireh under the watchful eye of Jasmine!

IMG_4568Scooter races!!!

Lots of fun time outside … all settled easily into bed … I’m sure they’ll all wake ready for more adventures tomorrow!