Friday Date Day

Jack and I did a quick trip up to Brisbane today for date day.

He’s been wanting to take me to The Build and Design Centre for quite some time and there is a Motorcycle exhibition currently showing at the Gallery of Modern Art, coupled with lunch it makes for a great escape for the day.

We spent a good couple hours in the Build and Design Centre and think we’ve finally agreed on bench tops and cabinets for kitchen refit along with a sensational new look to the kitchen window and sliding door to the bar area.

Success!! Future plans sorted for that space. Quick and easy design choice!

So many great ideas in there and you go through, circling numbers on a card of items you are interested in – anything from door handles to screens, bricks, windows, kitchens, fans, heaters and much much more!!

At the end they give you some samples depending on product and every brochure for product you’ve selected. https://buildanddesigncentre.com.au/

From there we found a park and headed for beer and burgers at Grill’d just between the build centre and a short walk to the Gallery.

Mary’s Kebab burger (yes it’s lamb!)

Now let’s walk off the lunch!

Walking through the entrance from the art gallery and beyond there is a spectacular whale display overhead and dinosaur bones inside.

Mama and baby
T-Rex with an Aussie kangaroo in front 🤣

From here it’s across to the Gallery of Modern Art to the Motorcycle exhibition. Wow!

So many different makes and models. Jack reminisces about one he had. They remind me of Uncle Bill and Aunty Shirley and their bikes. Some we have just seen on restoration shows this past couple of weeks. Very uncanny.

www.motogoma.Art

From Triumphs, Norton’s and Harleys, to Moto Guzzi, BSA and Velocette.

1908 Indian Single C’Dora
1940 Triumph Speed Twin
1929 Norton CSI
1948 Moto Guzzi Super Alce
1969 BSA Rocket 3
1969 Velocette Sportsman

From steam, all the way through to concept electric. Road bikes to dirt bikes, tourers and racers, the exhibition was really well put together, beautifully displayed and well worth the visit.

1871 Perreaux Steam Velocipede
2019 CAKE Kalk OR
1994 Ducati M900 Monster
1926 Indian Hillclimber
1991 BMW R100GS Paris M-Dakar Rally
Toby Price – 2016 KTM Rally 450 Dakar – he won his first Dakar Rally on this and has one multiple Finke desert races.

Had a great day, before retiring back to the Buckle Saloon.

Hope you are all well in this crazy world.

Kat xo

JacknKats Place

Yep, so it’s been awfully quite in Jack n Kat’s world what with COVID and all.

This past couple of weeks (and another to come) we should have been in the United States for Comin’ Atcha, Talledaga Speedway, Alabama and more, then that got cancelled with not being able to leave the country.

So we were to go to Chisholm Trail here, then that got cancelled.

I was going to cancel my leave but tired me having still worked during all the so called lockdown’s etc I was ready for a break. And hey! After the past six years of not having to work and then a year of part time – full time work has been an eye opener again!! 🤣🤣

So….I decide to keep two of my weeks leave and have a break with Jack. Let’s get some outdoor stuff done we say! Sure! Then thankfully we got quotes for some work to be done instead of assuming our very active and young brains could make our older and in Jack’s case much older body could keep up with our intentions.

Suffice to say it was still a very busy two weeks as I take every moment this evening of my last break for a very long time and head back to work tomorrow.

So what did we achieve?

Well it started with nights of painting the mural ready for the pool backdrop. 18ft long and 4ft high. Meh, did I bite off more than I could chew? Procrastination was taking hold about small difficult sections. Hence the horse and rider being the very last 6” x 6” done. He is my most favorite piece now!!

So the rest was organizing gardens and getting them set for ‘Pandora’ the garden fairy to arrive and work her magic revamping, planting and guiding me to be a good green thumb!

We worked our butts off moving plants, shoveling dirt configuring plantings, getting it just so for future garden happiness in a minimalistic care style for me.

The after effects from Pandora’s magic! Oh and Scottie and Ian the paving guys. 🤣

So now it’s time to tidy, reinstall pool fence (‘cause you know I’m gonna change that up to glass later!) for safety and regulation, seal pavers, install mural and a bit more mood lighting before return to work.

What else got done during the staycation? Well a bit of shooting, hanging with friends, visit to IKEA to start the next renovation, hung a couple new blinds in newly painted window frames, checking and waiting on bar install, oh did I tell you I finished the reupholster of the bar stools? Did that, bit of sewing bit of crafting and just downright enjoying being home with the man. 😉

Hugs y’all!

Kat xo

Gamblers August Action

Beginning of August club match for The Gamblers saw 25 shooters turn up for some action.

Six stages done! 2 came out clean at the other end!

Congratulations to Jack for an overall win for the match and clean shooter!

Ex Sighted finished First Lady overall and 1st Lady Wrangler in 3rd place and also a clean shooter!! Woohoo!

I had interesting ammo issues and lazy shotgun this week but a hell of a lot of fun nonetheless.

No club match this weekend due to the Errol Harper Memorial shoot at GCPC so you’ll probably find us north!!

Kat xo

An Epic Reminder

Seems only appropriate at this time of year to have an epic reminder.

The SASS World Championships, End of Trail, would have finished end of June/early July and perhaps some would have carried on to other shoots from there.

Here is my reflection of Jack’s and my travels to the last 5 years of EoT.

2015 with Echo Meadows
2016 at the back of the Belle Union Saloon
2017 with Shamrock Sadie
2018
2019 with fellow Aussie, Pearl Starr

Jack and I really missed not being at EoT this year, as I’m sure a lot of others did too during COVID but we will be back next year!

Now getting back to the epic reminder….I did a little thing….


My tattoo!! – finally worked out what I wanted about 12 months or so ago. Curstin did the prelim drawing before Michael @ phreshink.com produced the finished product. I thank you for your OCD Michael!!

Here is what it means to me – arrow, straight, true, determination, on target – pistols, lady wrangler, single action, 2 handed shooter – peacock feather, pride and strength – worlds, 5 of, interconnected for 5 consecutive championships.

I am proud of my achievements, I love the man who decided it would be a good idea to go play for 5 years and for all his encouragement.

Jack n Kat
4th of July Downunder

Have a sensational, day/weekend, remember all your greatest memories, stay safe and well friends!!

Kat xo

Last Frontier

Jack decided we should go to Gunalda this weekend for the Sheriff of Tinstone’s shoot.

Thankful for last minute decisions, perfect sunshine, no breeze, holster bruise and that my hands still know what to do!!

Social Distancing Queen and Kiss My Rebel Ass

Social distancing practiced, disinfectant before sign on, small numbers on range all managed perfectly.

Also won most original bandana (well bandana fabric made to mask)! It was a no bandana, no shoot kinda deal.

Thank you Sheriff, Minnie Haha and rest of your posse for a great morning.

Medallion will go nicely in the new bar top!

We had a great time!

Kat xo

The Den

It’s finally done, early birthday presents have arrived and now Jack’s Den is complete.

Super stoked with how his racing photos have come up. Couldn’t be happier with the work from Carrara Art and Framing.

Now to move on to finishing the Sewing and Crafts Department!

Kat xo

March Madness to May-hem

Yep, that about surmises the past few months!

Faltering February – we still managed some sunshine amongst the signing of contracts for our home and getting out of the unit we were in.

We visited pubs and sand sculpture championship displays.

March Madness – the true onslaught of COVID-19 begins in Aus with frantic buying of toilet paper……toilet paper of all things and soon other countries followed.

Early March we took a quick trip to Rockhampton, attending the Women of Shooting Annual event where I was a guest speaker with Suzi Balogh (Olympic Clay Target shooter and gold medalist) and Kadeeja

We were set to move and had no space for extra food or sanitization supplies until the move!

Thankfully I had work still and we had not gone into shutdown or lockdown. Borders began closing but thankfully we had paperwork signed and despite a final hiccup by the last week of March we found ourselves in a bigger space with room for Jack to do stuff in his shed.

This was to prove a good distraction through some health issues and kept him busy whilst I’m working.

These are some before pic’s.

April Apprehension – what was to become of the world! Cut off from our beloved sport, cut off from friends and family and people are shopping up a storm on arts, crafts and pretty much anything!

Jack and I started our first projects in the ranch and of course the ‘Den’ and ‘Sewing/Crafts Department’ were our top priority.

I’ve been planning some of this stuff for years knowing one day we would be back here and settled. I wanted a study for Jack that was masculine, practical and his.

I had decided that it needed some wainscot finishing to the bottom part and a deep navy blue for the top half. The colour of choice – Diplomatic. haa haa

Moving into May Mayhem, we stripped carpet, chose flooring, prepared surfaces, painted walls, actually did the flooring ourselves and finally the ‘Den’ is almost complete. Almost, in the fact that I still have 2 of Jack’s motor racing pic’s left to be framed and then the room shall be complete.

Here it is, before, during and after – with a later pic to be posted once all the car photos are up on the end wall.

Thankfully, he goes along with most suggestions and he loves it! The mostly finished Den!

But what of the ‘Sewing/Crafts Department’? Well similar, painting, flooring, decorating, putting furniture together, making a cutting table and finally, well almost, we can be up and running again.

The door has been split into two and the glass should be in it tomorrow, with final painting and decoration to be done. Yes, we took the original door, cut it into two, cut out the middle panels, patched holes and changed handles. Everything is almost in its place.

The first two rooms are complete. The spare room actually looks like a spare room again with all the boxes gone and soon the measure and quote for the bar area will take place.

Looking forward to the next installments at the Jack n Kat Ranch. Bar area and mural behind the pool.

Stay safe folks, keep your chin up, hope you get to shoot somewhere on a range real soon! Lets see what happens next week as we Jump into June! lol!

Kat xo

ANZAC Day 25th April

ANZAC – The Australian and New Zealand Army Corp.

Where men, or boys who had lied about their age, fought and died for our freedom on the beaches and cliffs of Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April, 1915.

Tomorrow is the 105th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. In this current climate of events that I don’t wish to name, have caused ANZAC services to be cancelled.

How heartbreaking it is that we can not congregate to commemorate the fallen but thankfully through other causes the people shall take it to the streets! Or at the very least to the end of their driveways in a 6am vigilance as we remember them.

When I was just 12 or 13 I wrote this 12 verse poem as for the first time we were not going to or participating in an ANZAC March with Pa.

A few years later it was published in the local newspaper or my home town. See attached 12 verse poem below.

This week I noticed at work some customers wanting to make paper poppies and staff had the Australian War Memorial site tutorial available.

Of course I knew I needed to make something in readiness and so today I made my door wreath.

Cricut Maker came in handy of course for cutting all the bits for the poppies and with a eucalyptus wreath from work I was ready to roll.

Turned out pretty good I think and with candles ready for a 6 am vigil, for the Ode, the last post, minutes silence and then reveille, Jack and I will be up for that.

‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.’

Take care all, stay safe.

Kat xo

Playing Catch Up

So where were we!?

Oh my gosh it has been crazy since being back from the US as we helped with the Heartland Territorial – Another Roll Of The Dice match.

Everything was registrations, spreadsheets and preparation in amongst work and some sort of attempt at sewing. The machines were serviced and back for more projects.

Got distracted with some new gun covers including a pair for donation to the shoot. Hmmm the 2,133,830 stitch counter reset on the embroidery machine has now a new 100,000 odd on it. Haa haa haa!

Hmmm seems I deleted that photo! I told you its been weird.

Anyway, what else? Got corsets underway for Pearl Starr and I – a gambling theme but then we didn’t get to wear them for the match but you will see us matching soon, we promise.

Anyway, as for the Heartland, it went off great, we had a great weekend and both faired well, winning our categories and Territorial champions. Congrats to all competitors who attended.

Jack had a good weekend too, winning speed Pat Garret Lever, his category – Elder Statesman, had a clean match AND he was the Heartland Territorial overall winner!

The rest of the week has been fighting a head cold, keeping an eye on Mum and Dad, practicing for Lady Gunfighter and work.

Oh! And I did complete the Push Up Challenge for Headspace – all 3,128 of them!

Loving life!

Hope you are too, Kat xo

Hays, Kansas – Edmond, Oklahoma

It’s been a casual start to today and seeing as I have no car projects, it’s time for another little history lesson.

Hays was established in 1867, however prior to this, was located near the territories of Arapaho, Kiowa and Pawnee. It was claimed by France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and became part of Kansas Territory in 1854.

Fort Fletcher was established by the US Army in 1865 (southeast of present day Hays) to protect stagecoaches traveling The Smoky Hills Trail.

In 1866, it’s name was changed in honor of the late Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays.

In 1867, with the construction of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, Fort Hays was moved northwest to better serve the railroad.

Then there is more history about a town called Rome, Hays City being formed, Rome was abandoned after cholera outbreaks and so became Hays!

A frontier town, it had its fair share of violence infamous in the American Old West. Some 79 outlaws are said to be buried in Boot Hill north of town by 1885. Wild Bill Hicock served as sheriff for a brief stint in 1869.

Germans settled in Hays around 1886, having a great influence on the culture of the town.

We continued south to Wichita, which began as a trading post on the Chisholm Trail in the 1860’s. It was a cowtown and frequent stop for cattle being driven from Texas to Kansas railroads.

The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railways ran through her during its cowtown days and across the Arkansas River was the usual entertainment of brothels, saloons and lack of law enforcement. Wyatt Earp was one lawmen who at some point got Wichita back on the straight and narrow.

As early as the 1920’s and 30’s it also became known as ‘the air capital of the world’ becoming a US aircraft production hub.

So named after the Wichita people, the Keeper of the Plains monument is spectacular! We have been and visited this in person previously but here is a great sunset pic of it.

Check this out! The first ever Pizza Hut building!

Many fast food chains actually started in Wichita, Pizza Hut in 1958. The building is now located within University grounds.

We exited the I-35 to Wellington but we’re again disappointed the Chisholm Trail Museum is closed and with over an hour til opening time we had to continue on our way.

We continued to Edmond, formed during the April 22, 1889 Land Run. It was named after a Santa Fe railroad traveling freight agent. Well it was the name of the train depot was prior to the town being established but was adopted for the town name also.

The first public schoolhouse in the Oklahoma Territory was completed in August of 1889 and still stands as a historic monument on 2nd street.

The ‘Edmond Sun’ located down the street in the opposite corner is the states oldest continuing newspaper dating from July 18, 1889.

And so it is time for last catch ups, washing and packing before we head for Dallas and departure tomorrow.

Kat xo

Photo Credit:

Stagecoach Robbery by R A Davenport/Hip Postcard

Cowtown – Cowtowns Kansapedia – Kansas Historical Society

Pizza Hut building – Wikipedia

Edmond Schoolhouse – Edmond Historical Society