I never thought I’d be one that would or could be bitten by the travel bug, but it has and it’s left a big throbbing welt begging for my attention. Recently I’ve found myself thumbing through the travel books again, and looking at the budget to figure out how much I need to save a week to make it happen. I don’t fly well, its the ears, so I’m starting to think about doing a trip with lot’s of stopovers. Hmmmm, the budget may not stretch.
Anyhow, as I age. Yeah there’s a phrase I had to make myself type. Ageing. Ugh. I have been thinking about the things I’d like to see and do before my organs are harvested. So after rummaging through some old journals I did come up with a list, little things I’d written in the margin.
- Climb the Great Wall of China – which I did in 2012 (Hurrah!)
- Get better at taking photos – just finished a diploma in photography. Yay me.
- Publish a book – well I’ve written enough to put one together, what am I waiting for?!
- Have my photos hang in a gallery – working on it.
- See a Narwhal – can you believe such a creature is real?
- Take my children travelling – which we do as much as we can locally – last year I took my girls to New Zealand, it was so worthwhile we loved every moment.
- See a glacier – happy to say I have in 2014
- See Monument Valley – maybe next trip?
- Photograph a whale breaching into the air – so far all the ones I’ve seen have been tail wavers.
- Master another language – still trying to crack Mandarin
- Spend some time on a house boat.
How’s that for starters? Not too bad I reckon, seems pretty doable. However I think I will be left disappointed by the Narwhals.
For now the kids & I will keep paddling :)
A little still life from my desk…
Still was originally published on Candy’s Family
EVERY now and then we should all take a little time out to think about things; to put aside the smart phone and look around. Quite often this is something I don’t have time to do but recently the opportunity arose. I found myself given a moment to stop and consider the big questions from my roof top after my four year old moved the ladder.
As I sat up there for a while sans phone or anything to throw on the neighbour’s roof, I thought of so many things I hadn’t had the chance to ponder before. Things like how was I going to get down and what possible threat I could make that would bring the boy back with the ladder. I wondered what happened to those negotiator skills I used to have and could I fashion some kind of abseiling kit from the television antenna cable?
I know MacGyver would be all over that. Then it hit me… click HERE to read the whole story.
The above is an excerpt from my column that you can find at the Goulburn Post.
It may have slipped my mind to share this, lordy knows how that happened because I am so damn excited about it! As you read this I’ll be in the air flying to China. SANS CHILDREN AND SPOUSE! Alone.
After almost a decade of no time to myself, here I am sitting on a plane not having to care about anyones welfare except my own. I don’t have to wipe anyone else’s shitty bum until the end of the month. Hot damn. I’ll probably spend the first day in a daze wondering what the hell I can do with myself, how will I know what I can do for myself after not being able to for so long? I have only one suitcase and a small carry on, neither of those bags contain anything resembling a baby product – this feels strange – I feel under prepared. But I’m sure I’ll get used to it 😉
I’ll be in a Facebook and Twitter free zone, thanks to Chinas internet firewall. This can only be a good thing for me.
I’ve tried my best to learn some Mandarin (falling asleep with the language lesson playing) and so far I have thank you and where is the toilet down. That’ll be enough right? Who cares, I don’t have to worry about anyone but me! I can be late, eat whatever is put in front of me and spend an hour longer looking for the hotel than I meant to.
If I return, I shall have lots and lots of pictures to bore you all with. Wish me luck!
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