The Clothes Horse Rides Again ...
When I was in year 12 this was a discussion that would quite often happen between my father and I (haven't let you down Dad managed to acquire something waiting for my flight the other day).
“So what did you do during your line off Friday afternoon this week young lady?” Dad
“A bit of study and then went to the Mall with the girls.” 17 year old Lauren
“Ahh the Clothes Horse.” Dad
|Dad helping me in the Drive Thru in|
Devonport on McHappy Day about 20 years ago
To this day this statement of Dad's still holds true statement. If you were to delve into my wardrobe and drawers you’d find the following all segregated on a shelf or in a drawer (yes I am a bit OCD when it comes to segregating my gear, makes it easier when I’m in a hurry): hockey uniforms (playing and umpiring) plus training gear; running clothing; yoga wear; cycling attire for both road and mountain bike; swimmers for both pool and beach; gym wear; skiing kit; hiking stuff not to mention my every day wear and dress up attire – yes I occasionally might wear a dress but it’s a rare occurrence. So where am I going with all this well the one category I left to the end was all my warm clothing that I have and get issued for heading down to Macca or Casey.
|Meet Mana who'll kit you out from head to toe!|
|Quick peek behind the doors of the field store|
|Just one of the rows of kit in the clothing|
store at Kingston
|What's in the red survival bag|
Now back to that final outer layer if you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to dress up as one of the Bananas sans their Pajamas then look no further – may I introduce to you Lauren the human banana and no I don’t chase bears or have a friend called Rat in a Hat. When getting kitted it’s important to try on all these layers to ensure all the sizes are correct – too big and you’ll lose heat and if at Macca have gaps for the rain to come in, too small and it’s uncomfortable. This can be a bit of chore in itself as layering up inside a 20 degree room soon gets quite warm and you just want to get dressed and undressed as quickly as possible. Also found in my survival bag is my essential survival food – Ye Ol’ Spikey Bridge Peanut Butter, thanks Ash and Terri.
|Ever wanted to look like a Banana sans pajamas|
then look no further. Geez I have short legs!!!
|Packing at home - all laid out ready to go into bags.|
Note magical blankie all ready to go - enables good night's sleep
|Merrimaking Hood -|
An Arctic Fox in Antarctica
For those that know me I like to have things all organised even right down to how I pack my clothes. I have a multitude of different coloured dry bags in which different categories of clothing gets pack – one for sports/gym/yoga wear (not Bikram unfortunately), work gear, casual lounging stuff, nice stuff for special occasions, socks, gloves and beanies all in one, then an important one that contains my blanket. Yes that’s right I take my mohair blanket down with me. I’m convinced it has magical powers as soon as I pull it up over me I can fall asleep. Also in my bags you’ll find my runners (2 pairs one for the gym and the other for running outside), a plethora of cables and chargers, swimmers for the spa and Australia Day, a couple of furry animal hoods like the one in the picture from Merrimaking in the UK and my toiletry bags - yes there are multiple this is me we’re talking about after all!
|Extra bits and pieces going down on V2 - Peanut butter and|
Tadhg the toucan safely packed in top left box.
I can hear my Dad saying though, “Where are your cameras and lens Lauren?” Don’t worry these precious items along with my work lap top will be safely packed into my small backpack (the one most of you have seen me lug around Hobart so maybe not that small) which will travel with me and along with my survival bag. My replacement field weight as I call it, my new Canon 7D Mark II (the Mark I’s shutter mechanism died earlier this year), will make its maiden expedition this season and is completed with a couple of lenses plus my little point and shoot. Oh and a couple of hard drives to store the pictures on (second is for a back-up, lessons learnt while writing a 300 page plus thesis). They also contain viewing material to keep me entertained in the evenings when I’m not writing this blog, as well as any documentation which I might need – recipes, knitting patterns, random information I have stored away!
So with that I think we’ll leave all things clothes and kit related there, please feel free to send me any questions you may have about what we wear down on the continent and why. I’ve currently just returned from a wedding of a close Antarctic friend in the Hunter Valley and am in the process of doing the final packing of my bags, they are mostly packed. Actually they have been for over a week, I’ve been doing what I like to call fine tuning.
|Bags nearly all packed ...|
I’m going to end with this little rhyme, it contains shoes, but really it’s more about you being the one who decides your own adventure and no one else and I’m about to embark on my next one.
“You have brains in your head,
You have feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
So get ready people the next adventure of the Pocket Rocket is about to begin - up next “See you when I see you, not if I see you First! - the never ending goodbyes” (Yes I stole this line from the movie Gallipoli)