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Have  I mentioned that my boys – aka Love Of My Life (LOML) and Scrawny, Pimply way-full-of Attitude Teenager  (SPAT) – decided to fully explore their interest in archery.  You know, bows and arrows,  Robin Hood – stuff like that?  Well they got all kitted out with their flash new compound bows, complete with all the “necessary” gear – LOML had to wait longer for his to arrive from the USA because he has such a long reach  (apparently due to the fact that his arms resemble those of a gorilla)  and they didn’t have any bows long enough in Australia.  Whatever happened to whittling a stick to a point and tying a piece of string to a curvy branch, I say??

Anyway….. they’ve been doing a bit of practicing and last weekend they embarked upon a road trip to Bundaberg in Central Queensland to participate in their very first archery competition.  YAY, I thought, rubbing my hands together!!  A whole weekend of peace!!!  So I dutifully cooked all the meals, packed the  tins of spaghetti, pkts of chips, chocolate and peanuts, (everyone knows that “emergency rations” translates to junk food) along with bananas and yoghurt (and we ALL know what came home un-eaten, don’t we?????),  packed lots of water, warm clothes, extra sunscreen, asthma puffers, bandaids, blah, blah, blah.  Jeff and Bryce – good friends, fellow archers and travelling companions – arrived at about midday, so I waved them good-bye, all set to “do mah own thang!!”   After all the prep and stress of getting them ready I was so tired, I went to bed!  Yep, that’s me – good-time party girl!

I digress – as per what usually happens when I tell a story!  After a couple of hours sleep, I was raring to go – the boys called to say camp was set up and it was starting to rain.  Me and the girls (my beautiful Staffy dogs)  had tea and then I sat down at my torch about 8.30pm.  So excited!!! This was my FIRST EVER night-time torching session!!!  WOOHOO!  It’s been usually too noisy to torch when people want to go to bed – my studio is at the end of the house but still attached to it and my house is not that big so everyone can still hear me…….so I respect the fact that “normal” people like to actually sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am and that I’m the “not-normal” person who prefers to be awake at this time (or at least until 2am anyway).  Back to torching…..I had a great time!  Torched until 3am – kept the girls awake – then went to bed!

Same story for the rest of the weekend, torching, sleeping, torching, sleeping – felt the need for some human company so I caught up with Trish (Jeff’s missus that he left home too…) on Sunday afternoon.

Now the best bit of the story is this….the boys shot really well, especially for rank beginners and our son was awarded an Encouragement  medal for doing so well (which I must add has become permanently stuck to his neck because he hasn’t taken it off yet!)!  I was so proud my heart nearly burst!  Our son has Tourettes Syndrome and because he has so many involuntary tics and shakes etc, this makes it extremely difficult for him to hold his bow steady and shoot straight.  This award was specially organised for our son by one of the shooters  in his group that was aware of  his condition and wanted to reward him for the massive effort he put in over the weekend.  Awesome!!

Worst bit of the story is…..they didn’t take the camera!!  Nooooo!!!!  So I’ve got no pics of the comp for you.  I will, however, take some pics of the boys and their toys (and the medal, of course!) and post them shortly.

Have a great weekend, all!  Chat again, soon…



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Hello fellow Bloggers – this is my very first post here!  I have been blogging on my website but I am running out of space and can’t seem to upload pics so I decided I would ramble on in this space and see how that goes.  If you would like a bit more background to some of my posts,  feel free to nip along to my website and fill in a few gaps.  You can find it here:-     http://www.sandypandybeads.com/pages/MyBlog.htm         Well I hope you find my ramblings a little interesting,  sometimes funny, maybe sometimes a little sad……feel free to leave a comment…..

I just had my very first sale on ETSY!!  YAY!!!!!!  Very exciting – I am truly amazed that anyone notices my lil’ ol’ listings when there must be a good couple of million people selling beads there.  Anyway, thank you to the lovely customer who bought my bead – I hope that you love it lots and be assured that much TLC went into the making of it.

I have been trying very hard to keep new listings happening on my website on a regular basis. My resolve is this:   every bead and item of jewellery or bookmark or keychain (or whatever) that is to be listed on the website will be listed before I reward myself by lighting my torch and trying out some of the new bead ideas I have been busily scratching down in my journal for the last couple of months.  I really have to restrain myself from adding yet more beads to the pile that already needs something done to them.  I also reckon that once my head is cleared of the backlog of beads to list, I will have a clear run – creatively speaking….

We’ve come back from Brisbane and Keith Urban’s concert………Best hubby, best son and best mum (that’s me!) are getting ready to hook up our camper trailer and head up north to a place called Eungella (pronounced ‘yungella’) which is near Mackay about 3.5 hours drive from where we live.  We were supposed to leave the day after we came home from Brisbane but our camper was not quite fixed from when we had our accident at Easter time in 2009 (now that’s yet another story – oh ok, here goes…..quickly……picture this…..camping, isolated national park 8 hours drive from home,  no-one else around,  ominous black sky, big rains are coming, …..axle smashes on trailer  –  sooo scary – hubby saves trailer smashing into car and  from crashing into bush due to excellent 4wding skills, no phone or UHF radio coverage,  leave dead trailer by side of road, drive to nearest town 100km away, arrange for towing – bill for towing $2000, lucky we have insurance! – continue home, hit kangaroo – no damage luckily to us or the roo – get home very very late, next day arrange for trailer to be recovered and repaired – again,  lucky  we have insurance!)…..

Anyway, we had a few things left to do to the trailer before we could go.  Just little things like….wire up the electric brakes and tail-lights, plumb the new under body water tank, pack it full of our gear, etc…not much….just everything!  So, we left a day later than planned.  The area we went to had no facilities – no shower, toilet etc – which is perfectly fine, we are seasoned bush campers and come prepared with all our own gear.  I might just inform everyone at this point, that moi does not “rough” it when we go camping.  There is no sleeping bag under the stars or a rough bit of canvas strung in a tree, no squatting in the long grass hoping to goodness that the thing  tickling your bum doesn’t have half inch fangs  that belongs to one of the world’s deadliest slithering, scaly creatures – a species which just happens to reside in the nearby bush. Oh no! – we have the Taj Mahal and we like the comforts of home such as a nice warm comfy bed, comfy chairs to park ourselves with a good book, proper stove for nutritional meals, hot showers and if not a flushing dunny, then at least a dunny chair so all that “squatting” can be avoided!  Now, you might ask “Why do they go camping if they’re not going to do things a bit ‘roughly'”.  Well, the answer is this:  I am far too old to be sleeping on the cold ground with creatures crawling all over me!  This is the Aussie bush – we have lots of crawly things here!  We like to enjoy ourselves when we go camping and being comfortable helps me not be grumpy!  (BTW – For those of you not familiar with a “dunny” chair, just ask me and I’ll fill you in on all the gory details…LOL)

Well we camped next to a beautiful creek with running water – it was gorgeous.  There are platypus not far from where we were but they are very shy creatures and come out early in the morning (did I mention that I don’t “do” mornings?) or late afternoon. We never actually saw any, but there was evidence of them having been there.  The campground was deserted when we arrived but over the next couple of days, several families set up camp around us.  One such family was mum, dad, 2 pre-teen boys and a gorgeous little fox terrier dog called Picasso.  One boy was close to our son’s age and they got on famously!  They went swimming together, shared Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Darwin Awards II, III & IV and droned on for hours about Dr Who and Star Wars.  Mum – whose name is May – is an artist  (now do you understand how the dog got its name?) and it was so lovely to chat about arty things to someone whose eyes don’t glaze over 20 seconds after you mention the “B” word!  (That’s “beads” by the way….LOL).    We had the most glorious week away, read a couple of books, swam in the cool, fresh water, counted the falling stars at night – had a great time, basically recharged some seriously worn out batteries.

The time came to pack up the Taj Mahal and all the gear and head down the mountain, so we said our goodbyes and promised to keep in touch with our new friends.  We had not long gotten down the mountain when the rain started and it just got heavier the closer we got to home.  But it was a great holiday – apart from getting stung several times by the  ferocious and  nasty jumping ants – boy, they are huge!! About an inch long and a massive stinger in their butt which is soooo painful when they hook you.  They are actually in our book of Australia’s Deadliest Creatures – I kid you not!  My son identified them straight away, I thought he was kidding….should have known better than to question his knowledge on  dangerous creatures – and we’re looking forward to more camping soon. I took my camera out to get some pics of the goannas that often traipsed through our campsite, but the batteries died and we were miles from any shops that sold them – so sorry, no piccies.

Next time I will tell you all about my trip to Sydney and the AC/DC concert – yes I got piccies!!  Now it’s time for bed – hope you got a chuckle from my ramblings….Catch you later!

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