Boo!

Did you miss me?? Lol!

Wow where does time go some days, oh I mean weeks!

Of course Iโ€™ve been busy, have been working, playing and trying to get sewing done.

Been visiting family, especially Mum and Dad xoxo

Jack and I have been house hunting! Now that right there is excitement plus!

Weโ€™ve been to a few club matches and suffice to say the Gunfighter practice is starting to come together. The thumbs and fingers are starting to get coordinated, so my new challenge is enjoyable to say the least.

I got a Cricut, so everyoneโ€™s getting pjโ€™s ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ itโ€™s got so much capability, look out for more creativity from that as well. Look out Christmas!!!

For now itโ€™s back to cowboy shirts, corsets, vests, gowns and more – even a kilt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love yโ€™all, take care of each other wherever you are.

Kat xo

Easter Wishes

As this weekend brings many various blessings, meaning, reason to their lives, Jack and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Spent at church, family gatherings, kids Easter egg hunts, or with cowboy family shooting may all your Easter blessings be realised.

Kat xo

Happy Birthday Mum and Jackson!!!

Do you have a cowboy in your room?

Having nightmares or dreams? Been woken by a random cowboy standing by your bed?

My eldest sent me this just now. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I love it when my kids send me random things pertaining to the old west and cowboy times.

Now let’s go find Rex and have yippee-ki-yay kind of day!

Kat xo

Flying Visits

It’s usually the way isn’t it, you make a plan to get a few things finalised and then you get a phone call that could change life’s plans and you aren’t there to take advantage of it.

Could have been a great role and hopefully still in the running for it come Monday.

……or sometimes things work out for better options ahead. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Wednesday we lit out early (not as early as we thought, forgot about time change!๐Ÿ˜‚) and headed down the coast.

We stopped in at Emerald and Paddlewheel’s to see how they were and then on to Dad and Mum’s for the night.

Catch ups with my brother, nieces, Fiona and of course a couple games of Scrabble with Mum never goes astray!

Onward to Canberra for paperwork and visits; stayed with Trooper for a couple of nights, dinner with Trail Rider and Wendy, lunch with my Rori boy and down to the poo farm to cause a bit of trouble. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday on our way through to Bathurst we take the road through Boorowa and Cowra.

Usually we are coming through here in the Spring where it was meadows of golden glow, field after field filled with flowering canola. The fields are bare and dry, a little bit of green in some places see the sheep surviving well.

Boorowa is a small farming in South West, New South Wales (NSW). There are only about 1200 or so people living here.

The first unofficial residents (1821) in Boorowa were two Irishmen, Rodger Corcoran and Ned Ryan, who were ex convicts having received their ‘ticket of leave’ or pardon from the Governor.

The first Land grant came to Thomas Icely in 1829 and by 1837 a mill was operating along with an inn and some houses on the future town site of Boorowa. The village was established at its present location in 1843.

As usual in those days, there was much lawlessness, mayhem, boundary disputes that led to livestock theft, arson and murder.

Bushrangers often took advantage of the remoteness of the town as they roamed the mountainous wild lands. They would make raids in the town and on stations.

With later large land parcels sold to ‘ticket of leave’ men, the area also went through a short boom of gold, copper and iron extraction. One copper mine continuing operation up until 1900.

Now the little town continues its sheep and cattle stations in quietness. No longer subject to bushrangers and outlaws, this is pure farm country.

We continue through to Cowra, in the Central West of NSW. Population approx 10,100.

The township of ‘Coura Rocks’ had its beginnings (European settlement) in 1844. 1847 the township site was called Cowra and it proclaimed a village in 1849.

Hmmm sometimes history makes me wonder, why is a village different from a township? If it was surveyed in 1817, technically did it not exist from back then? The mind boggles.

Miners heading to gold fields made their way through here and over the next 50 years expanded rather rapidly.

  • 1857 first school
  • 1870 first bridge built over the Lachlan River
  • 1880’s Gold was discovered at Mount McDonald
  • 1886 the railhead from Sydney reached the town
  • 1888 local government was granted
  • 1901 the first telephone exchange was established

During World War II, Cowra was the site of a POW Camp for mostly Japanese and Italian detainees – captured military personnel.

In 1944 the infamous Cowra breakout occurred. Some 545 Japanese attempted the mass breakout. Four Australian guards and 231 Japanese died during the recapture of the POW’s with another 108 wounded.

Still to this day Cowra’s Japanese gardens have those laid to rest in their with other memorials to those who served in Darwin and World War 1.

Photo by John O’Neill

Made a quick stop at Cowboy Guns and Gear and had lunch with Wondering Hans.

On to Bathurst!

Yours in travels

Kat xo

Happy Australia Day!

January 26th, Australia Day – marks the anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet at Port Jackson, New South Wales in 1788.

It causes controversy for some wanting to change the date, change the name of it but it is what it is! This is Australia! It is Australia Day!

Hope you have or have had a good day no matter where you are Australia Day or not.

Jack and I headed out this afternoon to catch a bus and then the tram (whole new experience doing that) up to Broadwater Parklands.

We met up with Dwayne and Sarah and grand baby boys. Who are growing way too fast!

There were bands, food vans, with water parks for little kids and big kids. Great spot!

We got a great spot too! Just near the jetty and right in front of two of the 3 barges for the fireworks, right on the edge of the beach.

We had a bite to eat, I built sand castles with Archer for a bit while Charlie napped and then we got ready for 7.45pm fireworks display. Brilliant idea and time for people with kids.

It certainly didn’t disappoint, the display was brilliant!!

Happy Australia Day mate!

Kat xo

Happy New Year!

Jack, myself and Clancy got settled into an evening of drinks, music, swimming, snacks and dinner.

Joe (the house sit pup) was doing laps around the yard and waiting patiently for his snacks and dinner.

As the mozzie coil burns, the candle glows and the sound of some bit too close for comfort cane toads make their bullfrog noises, Jack and I would like to wish all our family near and far, cowboys, cowgirls and friends a very Happy New Year to you all across the world! May your year be full of good intentions, goals to be achieved and much much more.

love and hugs for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Jack and Kat xoxo

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Jack and I would like to wish all our family, extended families, cowboys and cowgirls near and far, a very Merry Christmas!

Cracker interjected and would also like to wish everyone a happy season of fun, drinks, love and family. It’s his last night for a while!

For those not near your loved ones, for those in hospital, our heartfelt wishes to each and every one of you.

Merry Christmas everyone! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅ‚

Love and hugs ๐Ÿ˜˜

Kat xo