Well we have taken the plunge and dived right in. Excuse the pun, or don’t, it is up to you.
Our sea-change has finally taken place and we are slowly finding our stroke. No floundering has occurred as yet and we are hopeful it won’t occur at all…. but we never say never here at Norris Around Australia and neither should you. Life is a wild and crazy ride and anything can happen.
We are hoping this is our place…..after travelling all over Australia we always keep coming back to the Northern Rivers of NSW. If you keep coming back somewhere and you can feel it inside you, you should at least give it try. This little coastal village combines all our loves; water, small-town feel, a sense of community and close to a world of exploring.
Don’t fret our dear and loyal readers, we still have nomadic blood flowing through our veins and are still the travellers you have grown to love. Although we are trying to build a nest here in the Northern Rivers of NSW, there will plenty of travels now and in the future. These may be big trips, short trip or weekend gallivants but they will be worth sharing and worth reading about.
After years on the road exploring this great country we are under-taking a massive life-change. Change is good. It challenges you and stretches you.
Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. Robin Sharma
As I look back over the past several years, we have done exactly that. We have not done so without fear mind you. Some of the best decisions we have made have left me frozen stiff but these have turned out to be the best years of our life so far. We will continue to design our own life and live a life worth living. We hope you do to. Here is to new beginnings.
Oh my how we LOVE the Tweed. It has everything. The coast, the river, the hinterland and oh my the food, the glorious food.
The Tweed region is a foodie hub. It is a natural food bowl with a fresh and diverse of locally-grown produce. It is famous for its paddock to plate style dining.
We have tried a wide range of places on the coast so this post is about our coastal eats. In the future as we eat our way through the Tweed Valley we will add a Tweed Valley specific post.
Here is our top 5 Tweed coastal eats.
Choux Box, Kingscliff: breakfast and brunch are to die for and the coffee is one of the best we have ever had…..anywhere. Oh and the staff are fabulous and friendly.
Chinderah Tavern: fantastic pub fare, affordable prices and great view over the Tweed River and out to Mt. Warning. Excellent lunch specials, nice for dinner or a few afternoon drinks.
Tango Gelato, Kingscliff: for a sweet treat after dinner or a after a a big swim at the beach. Delicious gelato with so many flavours. You cannot go past a scoop of coffee or my favourite a lemon sorbet. Or for those health nuts like us try a Acai Bowl in the am.
Tweed River Seafoods, Chinderah: fresh seafood and good old fish and chips. Quite reasonable. Plus location, location, location. The shop is right across the road from a park right on the Tweed River with views out to Mt. Warning. Perfection.
Kingscliff Meat Gallery: This is for the caravanners like us. Or even the holiday-makers visiting the area that have the facilities to cook for ourselves. A wide range of fresh and delicious cuts of meat at good butchery prices. We enjoyed various cuts of tender steak and enjoyed a few varieties of rissoles and cracked pepper and Worcestershire sausages yum.
Have you been somewhere in the Tweed you think we should try? Let us know by e-mailing us or commenting below.
A lady recently asked me if I had ever heard the saying; “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
Of course I had!
Her comment was made in the context of my lifestyle choices and our nomadic existence. She went on to say; “you may never find what you are looking for.”
It caught me off guard. I have never thought of it that way.
We live this life by choice. We are not looking for something in particular. We are not escaping something, not trying to improve on what has been or to run away from something horrible. We choose to live a life, full of change and exploration and there is nothing wrong with that. But it scares people because it is different.
My conversation with this lady really got me thinking. People have this life mentality hammered into them from very early in life. But what is wrong with dreaming of a different path or working towards a big life change or a completely new life? We all have the power to design our own life. We can change the aspects we don’t like or build upon the parts we do. You may go down several paths before you find the right one. But don’t let the unknown scare you from pursuing them. The grass may or may not always be greener but sometimes you need to spend some time amongst brown grass to move forward, to evolve, to change. You can always turn the sprinkler on, throw on some fertiliser and grow new green grass wherever you are. At the same time of wanting more you can appreciate what you currently have. Life is a journey. Our journey is constantly growing and evolving. We often get asked; “Why don’t you stay put?” We could ask in return; “Why do you stay?” But we don’t. Everyone is entitled to build and live their life their way. You need to be HAPPY within yourself. You need to build confidence in your choices. We are all capable of AMAZING things and whether that is building your dream home and raising your family or whether that is travelling across the countryside, it is completely your choice. There is nothing wrong with staying in one spot but this is not the way we live our life.
Why do people need to judge others to justify their choices? Is it human nature or is it purely to reassure themselves? Don’t be afraid of what is unknown to you. Next time a friend or family member tells you their plans or life dream don’t scoff at it or try to hold them back because you don’t agree, support them. It is their dream, not yours.
If you live simpler at home it is easier to travel.
Bold statement I know!
But it is true.
How can you live simply at home?
declutter, declutter, declutter
Get rid of any excess stuff or white noise from your home! Do you have 50 frypans but only use one or two? OR do have a favourite outfit that you haven’t worn for 15 years but will wear it again “one day”? We don’t need all this STUFF to live fulfilled lives. When we travel we strip our life back, why not live this life at home?
The more we live simpler at home the easier it is to experience the best travel can offer. Travel is about collecting moments not things.
To live we need minimal “things” like shelter, food, water etc
At home it goes a bit further than this we need/want a bed, cooking appliances, clothing, some luxuries and so forth!
Here is how we have been de-cluttering at our placw these past few weeks:
Culling our clothes. (Vinnies now have 6 BIG bags of our clothes!)
Cleaning out our kitchen of excess items and double ups.
Culling out our pantry!!! Do we really need that can of whatever from 1999?
Removing our DVD collection from DVD cases and placing them in DVD wallets. Same with the CD collection.
Giving away our myriad of books.
Selling items which haven’t been used….. do we need 3 DVD players? NO! A second TV?
Setting our bills to e-mail to cut back on how much paperwork we have lying around.
What do you need to de-clutter at your place?
Next job for us is our linen closet and office/study !!
Our 2015 4×4 Desert Trek is coming up quickly. In fact it is one month today until D-Day! With one month to go and 12 months of planning or more, everyone involved is itching to hit the road. Time will fly in this prep stage and it will be the 19th of June before we know it.
At the moment we are working on a few upgrades to our 4WD.
Here is what we have done so far:
We have installed a nice, new and convenient drop down fridge slide.
Shaun has created a snazzy 12-volt set up which Shaun is absolutely in love with.
We have replaced the shockies with Bilsteins.
We have installed a larger water tank and Shaun’s created a superb plumbing set up.
We still have to finish off the plumbing and electrics which shouldn’t take to long. Although we do have only four weekends until the trip sets off. Time does have a habit of getting away from us.
The camping gear has been updated, restocked and sorted. However, there is plenty of organising to do and a few bits and bobs to add here and there.
So in honour of loving count-downs we have THIRTY days to go…..21 work days…..4 weekends….. Let the pointy end of the stick begin….
Food, cooking and general stores play a major role in your trip preparation. The “Keep it simple stupid” premise comes to mind. Heading off the beaten track with limited space does not automatically mean you need to pack only dehydrated food and eat dry powder out of the packet and wash it down with a swig of water.
However, you do need to think outside the square.
Here is some hints and tips to get you thinking.
Store water in multiple containers to avoid contamination or complete loss of total water supply.
Dehydration can wreak havoc all year round. Powerade or similar is a perfect addition as it now comes in the powder form which takes up less space in your stores.
Use Baby Wipes/Sanitiser to cut down on your water usage.
Select compact cooking equipment that has multiple uses. I.E a gas stove with a grill feature (which creates a BBQ and stove in one)
Take-away containers are great for storing leftovers for lunch the next day as are heavy-duty snap lock bags.
Bring a Thermos. This allows you to boil water in the morning and already have the water ready for smoko time for those quick stops
A camp oven while not essential is great for camp fire cooking. 😉
A piece of weld mesh folded over with a piece wire extended makes the perfect toaster.
Use natural cleaners to limit impact on environment and use products with dual uses.
Don’t forget cleaning cloths and tea-towels. Paper towels are perfect.
Meat is best purchased Cryovaced or cyrovac yourself. This not only means it will last longer but you will avoid blood running through your fridge.
Spirits in bottles take up less space than pre-mixed cans and beer when it comes to alcohol.
A billy is perfect for both boiling water for tea/coffee, using as a saucepan and also to for boiling water for washing up.
Don’t forget matches, a gas lighter and fire starters.
Aluminium foil is a god send multiple uses – use instead of saucepan lids too
Dried spices add to taste and don’t take up a lot of space.
You can double a sauce-pan or similar for mixing bowl.
Come up with a list of basic meals pre-departure and make sure you have the basic ingredients.
Longlife milk and/or powder is great and also long life cream. These can be purchased in small 6 packs as well for less wastage.
Washing up bucket can be utilised in your vehicle for storage during the travel.
Long-Life fruit and veggies that travel well include potatoes, pumpkin, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes(if padded to avoid bruises)
Don’t forget washing and washing up…. a small container of washing up powder and washing up detergent… unfortunately holidays still include household duties of doing the laundry and washing the dishes.To be continued……