Tuesday, 10 December 2013
walking in the woods and a 10 year anniversary!
A few weeks ago John and I decided to jump in the car, drive north for a bit and leave the city behind. I love the Australian country side at this time of year, when it's warm and sunny but not hot, and everything is fresh and lush. It also turned out to be the 10 year anniversary of me moving to Australia, but I didn't realise that until several days later..! Well, I've never been especially sentimental about dates. That said, I was CHUFFED to have done something so specific to my adopted home. For me, feeling a connection to the environment around me is essential to feeling as though I belong, and this is something I haven't always found easy here. I often miss the English landscapes I grew up with. Now, when I do find local bits of Australia that I love, it feels even more special. Not going to be feeling remotely special if I'm walking about on an empty stomach. I do like how my avocado toast is in keeping with my yellow and green theme of the day – again, completely unplanned but so appropriate! Babycat needed some brushing and pampering. She loves that she gets to go outside for this and being groomed in the sunshine makes her one happy kitty. But... look how much fluff is coming off her! Soooo much when she is malting in Spring..! I needed some grooming too. I was trying a new eyeliner (which turned out to be completely, laughably rubbish) and some new foundation (which is... passable, but I wouldn't buy it again). Annnnd that's better! Plaits to keep everything in place. This is what we get to enjoy on the drive there. And this is where we got out – tall trees, rushing creeks and several long walks to chose from. I wore a yellow and floral print square dancing dress that literally threw itself at me a few weeks before, when I was looking for something completely different. John likes it even more than I do, which kind of surprised me, but I'm not complaining! It's probably a good thing as he is not so much of a fan of the boots, which I've had for years and used to live in, long before I started blogging. They are comfy and good for walking and I figured they'd protect my legs from grabby, scratchy grassy bits on the walk and they also nod at the cowboy-boot-and-frilly-dress thing that I think looks great on other people but I'm still too towny for myself. Anyway, a word of caution: if you're going to twirl in a square dancing dress – and you should, really, it does make you want to – wear nice underwear! See? How could I not find this beautiful! We walked for quite a bit, which felt quite lonely after a while, especially when the only sound was unfamiliar birds chatting to each other. Confetti? The drive home was nice too. We decided we absolutely had to eat hamburgers for dinner. But first, how amazing are the houses? I sometimes think about living in a place like this... would I like it? Anyway, hungry and well walked, we had our craved for burgers. What a perfect and lucky way to spend the ten year anniversary! ps John: I agree with you about the boots x