And we’re off…

Miz Lizzie is packed (but isn’t very full, strangely), and we’re off.

on-our-wayI’ve been fairly minimal about what to take, reasoning that so long as we take what we normally take camping, we won’t go far wrong. Usually, we don’t take the coffee grinder and percolator, but if you can’t make yourself a decent cup of coffee in the peace and privacy of your own caravan, what’s the point? I’ve left Lilibet the sewing machine at home this trip and am taking some embroidery instead, but she’ll be coming along on our longer trip in May.

The last week has been one huge learning curve. For all those out there who think you buy your caravan/trailer and hook it up and go, think again. There are all sorts of things you need to know, or check, or add, or subtract, and a load of terminology and techniques to learn. I’ve started keeping notes so I can keep the whole shebang straight in my head, including a crash course in automotive electronics! If anyone out there’s thinking of doing the same thing as we’ve done, I’m happy to share the learnings. It’s been intense, but I think we’ll look back and say it has been totally worth it!

denim-matI did finish the chunky denim mat, and had enough yarn left to make a heat pad. There hasn’t been time to even think about the new curtains and seat covers, which will have to wait for the next trip. I gave the beds a nap-test, and they’re pretty comfy. The aircon is da bomb! ย It’s very, very efficient, to the point where it got quite cold…

It’s just 4 hours to our first staging point in the journey north. We have a night, a day and a second night in Townsville before we continue north to Atherton, and I’ll be seizing the chance to catch up with Manic Mum, a blogging friend who lives there.

Right, time to head out. I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ™‚


42 thoughts on “And we’re off…

  1. jmcheney says:

    Bon Voyage & Happy Landings! Val-di-ri, Val di ra!

    • katechiconi says:

      Made it to our first destination unscathed, and have cooked my first meal in her. Nothing broke, nothing blew up, the aircon’s working beautifully on this hot night and I’m looking forward to a fun day tomorrow!

  2. I know you’ll have fun!

  3. Have to have means of making good morning coffee. At home or on the road we don’t move until we have enough coffee to make us human. Have a great trip.

  4. Lynda says:

    You are going to have so much fun!

  5. Your caravan is a beauty! Love the rug too. I’m excited for you.

  6. tialys says:

    Safe journey, have fun and don’t p*** off too many other road users ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      As the road was virtually empty on the first leg of our journey north, we were not only safe but innocent of holding up the other road users โ€“ especially as our car took towing Miz Lizzie in its stride and we were up to the speed limit most of the time ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so pleased with my new play house!

  7. claire93 says:

    have fun in your home from home ^^
    and a big thank you – F2F blocks arrived today and they’re gorgeous ^^

  8. claire93 says:

    ps: did you make the card?

    • katechiconi says:

      No, but I saw it and the tiny beads, and thought of you and the Lady and the Unicorn… I nearly didn’t send it, I kept looking at it and thinking how nice it would look in a frame!

  9. Looks like you are having a great time. Can’t wait to hear more.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve just spent our first night in her. Not quite as comfy as our own bed, but not at all bad. I now have a list of things I need to bring to make life easier/more comfortable next time!

  10. All good, clearly! Sounds fantastic, and I look forward to hearing more of your Van Ventures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      After Night 1, high on the list are tailoring the fitted sheets to the bed cushions, more hooks everywhere, and Velcroing power boards to the walls here and there so we don’t have cables trailing across the floor. Oh, and luminous tape on the step for night time…

  11. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    have fun !!!!

  12. Miz Lizzie is super cute! Travel well and enjoy the trip.

  13. manicmumdays says:

    It was great to see you both today! Thanks for making the effort, even tho it was quite a rushed catch up! Safe travels, maybe one of these days I will find my way south ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I hope so, we’d love to see you down our way. Everything we got today is already in use; we’re getting to be old hands at fixing up tiny problems before they turn into big ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. rutigt says:

    Miz Lizzie is looking great, both outside and inside!!!!

  15. Jen Gardener says:

    Enjoy your new, luxury version of camping! Wonder if you’ll ever go back to slumming it after this!

    • katechiconi says:

      There will still be trips on Miss Scarlett, towing the Rolling Thunder trailer, and yes, we’ll still be putting up the tent and inflating the air mattress. But for longer trips, Miz Lizzie is a lot comfier!

  16. The mat is adorable. Bet it will have fun sliding about as Lizzie zips along, perhaps offering a new mystery each day as to where it has gotten….

    • katechiconi says:

      Strangely enough, the mat stayed put through thick and thin, and enough bumps to make other things jump out of secure cabinets. And then it got a severe wetting when there were air bubbles in the water line and a huge splatter in the sink, so it’s been hanging out in what little sun we had today. It’s rather nice and squishy underfoot (when dry; as opposed to squelchy when wet!).

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