Friday, September 30, 2011

Seriously Soft

We're home early from camping. 

Our first abandoned camping trip.  I'm feeling a bit lamo.  We had a lovely borrowed cosy tent.

We were having a wonderful time at Wilsons Promontory. 

Toes in the sand. 

Sun shining. 

Hiking, exploring, chatting, riding bikes, smelling the flowers.  Really getting into the swing of it. We arrived Saturday, it was now Wednesday, we weren't planning on leaving until the weekend.

Then came the forecast, from a fellow campers lap top, the advantages/disadvantages of technology. We would just have gone on happily as if nothing was afoot in days gone by.

We were nervous at the description of gale force winds, storms and rain, followed by hail. We couldn't really decide, we were having such a nice time and were not in decision making mode.  Then the storm flies came, those little termites on wings that fall down your cleavage and in your tea.  If you don't trust the weather man, these guys make you edgy. We went and asked the ranger if any cabins were available, nope all booked out.  As the clouds came in we finally made our decision. Let's go - 3 days of bad weather ahead, what are we waiting for.

We packed in a frenzy, the radar showed we had an hour before we were about to get seriously dumped on. Great friends helped us bundle all our bits and get us moving just in the nick of time.

Now we're home, warm and dry by the fire, and I can't help but think we maybe missed out  on something good.  Something character building.  The storms did come, we drove in rain the whole way home. We had over 60mm of rain at home, planes were cancelled, there was a lot of lightning.  I think we made the right decision. I was just having far too good a time and not ready to come home.
Goodbye Wilsons Prom, hope to see you next year.

Stay tuned, I have more holiday photos to bore you with.

Are we soft?
Soft - definition with my own additions in red
  1. Giving way under pressure. (YES, pressure system scared us)
    My head sank easily into the soft pillow (when we arrived home to our comfy bed)
  2. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible. (YES, very flexible)
    Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.
  3. Gentle. (YES, although I could have been sweeter to the kids during the packing panic)
    There was a soft breeze blowing (and getting less soft as the day progressed).
  4. Requiring little or no effort, easy (YES, although it felt far from it in the pack everything up in 1 hour)
    soft job (a soft camping trip)
  5. Not bright or intense (YES, avoiding intenseness)
    Soft lighting (avoid the lightning)
  6. (of a road intersection) Having an acute angle. (yes, took to the road, soft left)
    At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left. (avoid the hard right)
  7. (of a sound) Quiet. (Yes, avoiding the roar of thunder and gales over our tent)
    I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees (and I ran).
  8. (linguistics) voicedsonant (the fear was heard)
    DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. — The Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien
  9. (linguistics) (rare) voiceless (yes, children were given no voice in the decision)
  10. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized (Yes, we were seeking things more palatable)
  11. (slang) Lacking strength or resolvewimpy. (YES, YES, YES)
    When it comes to drinking (camping), he is (they were) as soft as they come.
  12. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds. (Yes, boneless)
    You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.
  13. (Northern England, colloquial) Foolish. (Maybe not ?)
  14. (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard) (Yes the magnetism of the prom was weakening)
  15. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak. (Soooo weak)

Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel - the best car music


  1. Not soft at all. I would definitely have been in that car and out of there. Warm fires in dry clothes is a much better option.

  2. Oh what a shame! It looks so beautiful there. Love the kids on the beach pic especially. Wouldn't have been much fun being soaked and cold though.

  3. No, not soft, sensible! Camping in the rain SUCKS big time. We once got our tent blown over by an incoming cyclone when in Bundaberg, as a kid I thought it was terribly exciting but my parents were not impressed with the bent tent poles :/

  4. I still think we're soft but am glad of it. Has taken until today for the weather to finally come good. I have had good camping trips in the rain but you can't have fires at the prom which is just miserable when its cold and wet. We were also in an unfamiliar tent.

    Cyclone Surely Sarah, that does sound full on - you would be wishing for friends with laptops that day.


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young