How is everyone travelling?

Nowhere? Everywhere? Round and round in a sea of indecision or despair?

What a strange period of time it has been. A big fat, uncomfortable, joyous reset button. For some, it has been such a busy, stressful period of being in the thick of the virus and all the associated collective anxiety. For others it has been a time to be knee deep in the horror of adolescence or primary schoolers in a confined space. For some it has been a chance to rediscover the joy of creative activities such as reading, cooking or gardening.

All I’ve got is never, has the fundamental paradox of life been clearer. There is joy but there is distance. We miss the life we had but there have been new discoveries of things, standing silently at home.

Rain. The changing colours of the leaves. Kookaburras laughing. They are the only things that don’t change. Nature sustains us. Always.

Hitting the road – the joy and pain of the South Coast of NSW

On the road again.

I love taking to the road and discovering new stories and places. I’ve always wanted to go to Rick Stein’s restaurant at Mollymook, so my husband and I hit the road. It was so gorgeous. The location. The view. The glimpse of the bay through the trees. The family groups laughing. The food was truly magnificent. I could feel the love in the broth swimming around a most glorious piece of salmon. Andrew had the most crunchy, feathery and light battered fish and crispy chips lashed with a creamy tartare sauce. I could have clapped my hands with glee. In fact, I think I did.

On the way there, we stopped off at the Kangaroo Valley Show. People are still the same. We all have to stop at marvel at the skill and speed with which a shearer can snip a sheep. We still are terrified of long, slimy snakes but are drawn to them. We still care about each other. There was an amazing exhibit about the bushfires and how they impacted the community and how the community has knitted itself together all Summer long. Photographs of the terrifying flumes of smoke. Objects that had melted in the 1200 degree heat. Community responses. Totally inspiring and life affirming. There is more good in the world than bad.

So good to get out.