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From the Back of the Ute

Good morning, luvs! It’s been a tad quiet around here lately thanks to yours truly catching a rare virus that is only supposed to affect animals. Lovely. 🙂 So I’m battling fevers and nausea and shakes and whatnot, but getting a bit better each day. Never a dull moment around here!

In happier news – IT’S AUTUMN!!! My very favorite time of year in Queensland, Australia. Everything is lush and green, mornings and evenings are cool enough to require hot cuppas and warm flannels, and the sunshine is absolutely heavenly. I’m loving every second of it.

This weekend I got to relive my childhood a bit when Bear and I went to pick up a load of hay for our goats. Turns out our friend Jim was way out in the boonies cutting hay, so we went off-roading through the fields to find him.

It was so fun to drive along creeks, bouncing around hills and past grazing cows who could hardly be bothered to spare us a glance.

At last we found Jim motoring through the fields in his big red tractor.

After a chat, I clambered in the back, giving my seat to Jim. Although he gallantly offered to take my place, I cheerily sent him back to the air-conditioned comfort up front. There was no way I was giving up a chance to ride in the back of the ute like I used to ride in the back of my Grandpa’s station wagon as a kid on the Alberta prairies.

It was just as bumpy, dusty, and hot as I remembered, but I was happy as can be while clinging to the tailgate and trying not to flop about too much as we jounced over hillocks and rocks.

We bumped past scenes straight out of Ireland with great lichen-covered boulders jutting out of emerald green hills.

We jostled through flower-filled hay fields and lurched back up into the paddocks.

By the time the ride was over I was hot and sweaty with grit in my teeth and a fine coating of dust and hay over my entire person, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.

I eased my stiff self out of the back and emerged into a meadow full of flowers. All I needed was an ice cream cone to make my trip down memory lane complete.

What’s your favorite memory from your weekend?

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Jeanne Horak - Oh no – sorry to hear about your virus :(( Hope you are on the mend soon. Gorgeous pics – especially the red tractor and the weeping willow (I love weeping willows…)

Krista - It was so much fun, @Jacqueline_at_Bliss:disqus 🙂 Still makes me smile. 🙂

Krista - Oh how fun, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 What a great thing to do. You’ve inspired me to do something similar soon. xo

Jacqueline_at_Bliss - I’d totally be in the back as well, scrambled brains and all!
I hope this finds you feeling a wee bit better. xx

budgetjan - B.H. and I drove to the top of Castle Hill and played tourist. Snapping photos and admiring the views and feeling happy that we live in such a beautiful place. I love your red flowers with the little yellow stars popping. Get well again!

Krista - How marvelous, @facebook-100001665607063:disqus ! 🙂 So fun when we can share memories. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, @margowrites:disqus xo I’m getting there. 🙂

Krista - It all sounds absolutely fantastic, @62001814d9d7e41ffc94251e56fa448f:disqus 🙂 I can’t remember the name of the virus – it’s something long. 🙂

Krista - Thank you very much, @9c2cabc6737d76d3ba841e28d670a9c0:disqus XO Today is a better day. 🙂

Breanne Mosher - Oh that sounds so fun and just like my own childhood memories with my Grandpa. =) Feel better soon, luv!!

Margo Millure - feel better! xo

LindyLouMac - What a beautiful place you have settled in, take care and wishing you a full return to health asap. xx

thefisherlady - What virus did you catch?

thefisherlady - preparing for my daughter and her family arriving tomorrow… yummy food, preparing for a baby shower and all the friends, anticipating one week of new baby hugs and all the new mom/ dad/ smiles I can gather. All this wrapped in Eduardo home on his Spring/Easter break, new baby goats coming right now and cross country ski circuits around our snowy trails whenever the urge takes us… dogs wagging their tails on the trail with us 🙂 a glory day

Krista - Thank you, @UlyssesSRant:disqus It’s amazing how much fun you can have sitting down. 😉

Ulysses S. Rant - So glad to hear you had such a fun weekend, K…especially after all that virus crap…

Krista - I remember being able to do that when I was little too, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus 🙂 I loved hanging on for dear life, the wind in my hair. 🙂 Your cooking class sounds fantastic! I’d love to learn more about Indian food. 🙂

bellini - Lovely Krista. Today I took a hands-on cooking class at a local Indian restaurant. Learned so much, was a new food trier too. Back in the day we were able to ride in the bck of a pickup truck even on the city streets..oh how times have changed.

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