A new adventure…

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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”  

Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

My last day in Melbourne…

The time to depart Australia more permanently than just for a holiday (for the second time round) has finally come!  At one point it felt as though this day would never arrive.  The idea for the next adventure was seeded so many months ago and now the nurturing, plotting, planning, organising and co-ordinating have all finally paid off.  I am out of here!  I am of course sad to go and will miss my awesome friends the most but the momentum has been building for some time and I am ready to get started with eager anticipation for what lies ahead.

I have to say I am some what delirious…. it has been a crazy busy week!  The apartment felt like it would never be empty… the cupboards just kept on giving!  There were endless appointments, phone calls to wrap up business, cancel standing orders, pay bills, sell household items, buy necessary supplies, visit the dentist, doctor and optician, say good-byes… and decide what to pack in the suitcase to last the next few months!  Thankfully the tasks are now completed and the packing is done, all my worldly belongings are soon to be sailing across the seas and tomorrow I will be flying through the sky on the way to Cape Town!

I can’t wait to sit back on the plane, take stock of everything and try to prepare myself mentally for the next chapter.  I guess the three flights from Melbourne to Sydney to Johannesburg to Cape Town should be enough time!  So many thoughts are racing through my brain.  I feel exhilarated and excited but I know I am also anxious due to the intense dreams I have been having.  It is strange how the sub-conscious is so affected.  Even though we think we are coping on the surface, deep down our mind has warning lights flashing preparing itself for the unexpected just in case!

Anyway, must dash as I want to slip in one more coffee on the laneways, say a couple of last minute “see you later’s” and if I still have time visit the Monet exhibition at the National Gallery before the day is done!

I will be in touch from the new destination!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”   – Eleanor Roosevelt.

Container ship sailing across the horizon.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape…

Wow!  The Honeymoon Escape!

Truly a once in a lifetime experience.  Hopefully because you only get married once and also because it is a holiday that certainly costs a little more than your average break.  It was a complete escape from reality, no phones, no internet, no tv and no responsibilities or decisions.  The only choices to make were when to swim, eat and sleep and really they weren’t decisions they just kind of happened.

After all the excitement and flurry of the wedding planning, organising and then the event itself a honeymoon is exactly what’s required.  No more questions, up-dates or conversations with friends, aunties, uncles, cousins, parents….. Finally just the two of you escaping into each others love to absorb everything that just happened and revel in the new warm feeling of being married; peacefully and alone together at last.   This opportunity may not come along quite like this again for some time!

So what an escape it was, we traveled to the Maldives for an idyillic 10 days of warm sunshine, clear blue turquoise ocean, spectacular snorkeling and delectable cuisine.  We could well have been in heaven and I would give anything to escape right back there!

Here are some photographs I think display escape, including one of my friend the crab who would subtly escape underneath the deck whenever we ventured out to sunbathe.  He also knew we needed our privacy!

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Spreading a little magic with the weekly photo challenge.

Finding calm at Cranbourne…

In the chaos of packing and selling furniture on e.bay it has become rather unrestful at home and increasingly hard to find any inner peace with so much going on.  In fact there is no longer a table to eat at or a chair to sit on and I had to buy a beanbag just so I can camp out in the middle of the empty sitting room!  It is not so bad though…. it feels like I am at the moonlight cinema! 

Yikes…. it is now under two weeks to go until I leave the shores of Australia and the excitement and nerves are starting to become en-heightened along with the sad feeling of leaving behind good friends and familiar places.  See you soon is how I prefer to leave it.

In search of some calm at the weekend and an opportunity to squeeze in a final visit to another beautiful place in Victoria I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne.

Here are some of my highlights:

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