Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Australian travels

There is a Kookaburra balancing tentatively on a branch outside my window, and beyond him there are clouds rolling over tree-covered hills. Although I can't see them from here, I know that within walking distance of where I sit, there are cows grazing by a creek, and nearly every house on my street has a dog running around the yard. I'm back in my new rural home again, after two weeks of driving around South Australia and Victoria, visiting family and friends, and having a fabulous time doing it!

I went to Adelaide Fringe shows, had BBQ's, picnics, and amazing breakfasts, visited Maggie Beer's Farm, met new boyfriends and new babies, helped Dad celebrate his birthday and Mum and Dad celebrate their anniversary, started a new fitness and nutrition plan, and created a fourth anniversary present for His Travel Romance, just to name a few things.

Sunday morning breakfast, as only my lovely friend Yak can do

Picnic basket and wine at Maggie Beer's Farm

Toby snuggling with new little Lachie in Melbourne

My anniversary present to His Travel Romance - a collection
of B&W photos of us and flowers picked from our garden

Now that I'm home, my 'to do' list is quite expansive. I will be sorting through clothes and selling quite a few things on ebay, re-arranging the house, and working out what new furniture we need to buy to make up for the lack of storage space we have here. My new fitness regime has me eating every 2-3 hours, drinking three liters of water a day, and juggling three weights sessions and four cardio sessions each week. I am working with our dog, Wallace, and getting his training up to scratch which means lots of walks, and as HTR cannot drive due to a broken toe, I drop him off at work, pick him up afterwards, and  am his on-call chauffeur during the day. The garden out the back is getting very weedy so that needs attention, and at some point I will have to learn how to mow the lawns - I voted we get a pet goat for that but that idea didn't fly very far...

But, first things first - into my wardrobe I go!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Returned to sender

New York - London - rural England - London - Mallorca - London - rural France - New York - London - Bansko, Bulgaria - Paris - Wodonga.

After nearly nine months of tripping around the northern hemisphere, I have landed safely back in the great sunburnt flooded/cyclone-ravaged land. Whilst I was away, His Travel Romance packed up our house in Perth in Western Australia, and we are now in the rural city of Wodonga, in Victoria. I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here yet (work? study? executive home assistant to HTR?), but I'll work it out. In the meantime, I have trips to South Australia, Melbourne, and Western Australia planned already - just because I'm back in Oz doesn't mean I wont still get around!

My flight home from London had an afternoon stopover in Perth on Sunday, which gave me the chance to share a few hours with good friends in Kings Park. Apart from the many long hugs, it felt like I'd never left, and I had the best time just sitting under a tree, overlooking the Swan river, and being around some of the best people you will ever meet in your life.

My work husband asked me to list my top three experiences from my travels which, surprisingly, didn't take me too long to come up with.

1. The Binissalem Wine Festival where I got to eat traditional Mallorcian food, share wine with fabulous people, and dance with demons.

2. My burlesque New Years Eve in New York, which I got to share with fabulous friends and HTR.

3. Paris, in general, because it is just so beautiful and romantic.

So, now what? I have a couple of ideas but I really don't know - but that's part of the fun, right?

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