It was a great surprise to drive up to our home to find all the gardens beautifully cared for thanks to Laurie and John from the factory. Inside fresh flowers, milk, bread and dinner ready for the oven thanks to mum and a spotless house thanks to Lynn greeted us.
We had only just put the kettle on when Jodie, Mick and the kids arrived to welcome us a home with a freshly baked cake. All the kids were madly swapping stories and showing souvenirs giving us all a chance to catch up over a cuppa.
After a leisurely afternoon of reminiscing over the trip and a greatly appreciated home cooked meal of Indonesian chicken and rice thanks to mum we were all in bed early for a change.
Coming back to reality after such a long and exciting break was never going to be easy but it has been good to have the weekend to get things in some sort of order before the real chaos of school and work begins.
The chooks, which were having a holiday with mum and Brian, were very happy to be home. They had turned their small, temporary enclosure at mums into a dust bowl and were pecking like crazy when we let them out into the lush green grass. The dogs are slowly starting to trust us again but spend most of their time sitting by the front door incase we try to leave. The kids have well and truly trashed the clean house. Sitting down with a wine in hand at night, overlooking the scene, we remember the benefit of living in such tight quarters for the last two months. Although our tiny cabin got pretty messy at times it only took two minutes to tidy and make it feel like home.
We all feel extremely privileged to have had this amazing holiday and experience and it has been great that we could share it with our family and friends as we went along through this blog. We hope all who followed our trip got some enjoyment or even inspiration from our adventure and we are looking forward to catching up with you all soon.
Luke, Louise, Johanna, Alison, Danielle and David Ommundson