The Exploding Toilet and Other Caravan Tales

The Exploding Toilet and Other Caravan Tales

August 15, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

The toilet exploded with a fair bit of ferocity. So much so it blew James fresh wee straight up onto my face. I think the air in the otherwise empty toilet had warmed up while we traveled. When I opened the waste gate to let the wee let fall into the toilet the rush of escaping hot air sprayed it back up and all over me.

So, here I am, somewhere in Germany on the side of the road, covered in my son’s fresh urine. What's more I had no water to clean myself. Thankfully there was just a bit of water left in the hot water system to rinse myself before I climbed back into the car.

 

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the Big Fight

the Big Fight

August 03, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

How do you explain to a three year old about a world war almost a century ago? My best effort was to tell James, as we walked through the Australian War Memorial at Villers Bretenoux, that “long ago, before I was a little boy, there was a big fight, and lots of people got hurt and lots died”. I should have seen his response coming. “Why Daddy”?

As I made my way through the headstones James simple question kept coming back to me. “Why indeed”?

 

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Enfant terible

Enfant terible

July 03, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

“More” she says, and charges across the kitchen head first into my thigh... “thwack”. She runs back across the room. “More”. Here she comes again, this time head aimed squarely at my groin.... “thump”. “MORE!” comes the shout and she’s coming me again. Emily has invented a new game and it seems to be called Head-butt Dad. She is a wild child, a so called "enfant terrible". The game goes on all afternoon whenever she can’t think of anything else to do.

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Wasting Time in La Lande D'Airou

Wasting Time in La Lande D'Airou

June 29, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

It’s been 2 weeks now and we are surviving France. It seems a diet of Camembert, Baguette and wine is not nearly as dangerous as I thought it might be.... it’s just buying our supplies that can be difficult.

Before we left Australia, Jo and I had a crash course in French with the Ballarat chapter of Alliance Francaise.  That short intense course has armed us with enough of the language to ask for the basics of life and to read signs and have at least a general idea of what they are saying. The problem comes when someone replies.

 

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Ecky Thump... of sorts!

Ecky Thump... of sorts!

June 07, 2010 Bloggies by Steve Martin Edit

" Go On... try some!?!" she insisted. "Go on, it's beautiful". Carol was determined to get us to try one of her pork sausages. The only problem was that they were Pork and Black Pudding sausages. It's a risk you take when you accept and invitation from your Caravan Park neighbours.

 

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