Packing for a family trip requires a certain amount of methodology. I don't have a methodical bone in my body. The mere thought of packing a weeks worth of clothes for Che, Poet and I has had me procrastinating for days. Hence, it's the night before we leave and I'm in a sea of wintry layers wondering what on earth I should take and what really needs to stay behind.
"It's easy," says Daniel (Mr Methodical). "Just put aside 6 pairs of undies, 6 long-sleeved tees, 6 pairs of socks..."
This is very good advice. I'm still finding it difficult to follow. But I need to follow it because if past experience is anything to go by my 'packing for travelling' skills are severely lacking (when we arrived at the river house I discovered that, for an entire five days, Che had ten t-shirts and only one pair of shorts to wear.)
In the scheme of things Che is quite easy to pack for. But Poet? She has tights and leggings and bloomers and booties and beanies and nappies and bows. She has a pretty gorgeous new mama-made lavender cardi too...lucky girl. I'm thinking of stripes and florals, woollens and pyjamas and the fact that she's a messy eater and a new crawler - hence, a lot of clothes are necessary.
As for me? I'm nowhere near figuring out what I need to wear. I'm going as a mum/journalist/photographer/person-to-be-photographed. I need practical and professional, warm and stylish, comfortable and chic. Possible? Probably not, but I'll try. When in doubt I'll cover the Vegemite stains with a wrap-around scarf and wear red lipstick.
Preparing aside I am so looking forward to Tasmania. I'll be interviewing the guys from A Common Ground, visiting Fat Pig Farm (aka. The Gourmet Farmer's abode), eating Tasmania's best produce, hanging out with Michelle in her to-die-for kitchen and meandering around Salamanca. It will be busy but wonderful...I just know it.
Till I get back...enjoy a few posts I've pre-written (including two scrumptious giveaways) and I'll see you on the flip-side - with a plethora of stories and even more photos, I presume.