I still call Australia home
Culburra Beach Travel Blog› entry 1 of 5 › view all entries
Having been privileged to see so much of this planet during the last 10 months, we arrived home on September 28th. Through the challenges of the airports and airlines, my telescopic flagpole made it's way off it's 7th flight and some said that it would never make it! Perhaps they said that about us too?! Both of my girls were at Sydney airport to meet us but just as we made it out of customs and immigration they had both disappeared to Angela's vehicle to put Kate's bags in so there was initially no one to rush up and hug us madly! Lucky I had decided not to wear my spectacular Indian outfit for effect! We got our hugs and kisses and then repacked the back of the ute to fit in all the bags and the two dogs.
Soon out of the city headed south with Kate looking for somewhere to stop for food as she had flown up early that morning from Melbourne. Angela had driven down from the north coast arriving in Sydney the night before and was still muttering darkly about negotiating the city. The glorious vista of the south coast swung into view with the much anticipated panorama over Wollongong and the Illawarra catching our breath as always. About an hour later we arrived in Nowra and stopped briefly at one of the supermarkets to get some staples in the food line but the ute was bursting at the seams so we couldn't collect too much.
As we drove through the seaside village of Culburra Beach we eagerly scoured the place to note changes and the things that had stayed the same.
Couldn't wait to go over the road and walk along the river beach with the two dogs so we did, and the sun sparkled on the crystal clear water, the sand glistened gold and the small boats with their fishing owners headed out from the boat ramp in search of a days fishing. All was peaceful. Next day Andrew's three daughters, a son-in-law, our car and our cocker spaniel, Tia arrived from Canberra and we tried to catch up on all their news.
We knew this place was pretty special before we began our trip and we needed to put it into perspective amongst other special places around the world to confirm just how lucky we are to live here or to be born in one of the affluent nations in the world.
October 15 2006
So what is in store for us in the future? My first ambition is to spend at least a full year here growing vegetables and fruit in the frost free environment. We plan to have a no dig vegie garden to make things easier for when we get old. Andrew, I think wants to spend at least a year playing tennis with his new/old friends and re-gaining fitness levels he thinks he should have and maybe studying something in the tax or retirement investment advisory area.. I would like to learn Spanish, reflexology and yoga. We have begun making our house more environmentally friendly with solar hot water being installed in two days time. Collected my worm farm from my brother so they can re-start munching their way through our household scraps. There are a couple of good folk festivals coming up in the next few months so I think we might try our hand at volunteering (stewarding) work at one to get in some practice so we can caravan around Australia and follow the folk festival route!
We will keep you posted about this country when we do...................