Okay, so it’s been two weeks since I posted a catch-up. In that two weeks, we’ve driven to Canberra, said a final goodbye to my mother-in-law, had some lovely family catch-ups, driven back home via Coffs Harbour and Tugun on the Gold Coast (where I had a workshop to attend), and… oh, that’s right, also in that time the world has become a place that we don’t recognise.
It seems a tad trite to look for snippets of joy or wonder in an environment where non-essential services are in lockdown, jobs are being lost and businesses are forced to close, but, to be honest, looking for something to be cheerful about, grateful for, interested in is self-care for me – and, especially at the moment, self-care is super-important. Oh, and social distancing.
Before I get into the 5 things that made me smile, think and wonder over the last couple of weeks, a big thank you to my blogging buddies – you know who you are. I haven’t been reading posts or replying or doing any of that good bloggy etiquette thing in recent weeks and for that, I apologise. I am, however, now back in the game and this week’s holiday (first to Queenstown and then amended to Cairns) has been cancelled so I’m also back home – and actually quite glad to be so.
So, without further ado, here we go…
There’s a lot to love about a roadtrip – especially if you head off the highway and into the towns.
While our drive down to Canberra was long and rainy and we were dreading the tasks that lay ahead, coming back was a different story with an overnight stop in Coffs Harbour and a detour at lunchtime into Byron Bay for fish and chips on the beach.
This city will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I met my husband, where we got married, where we bought our first house and where we’ve visited a lot in the years since.
This trip to organise the funeral and farewell my mother-in-law was a tough one, but there was still a lot to love about Canberra.
I also celebrated my birthday while we were in Canberra – if “celebrated” is the right word to use in those particular circumstances – with dinner at one of our faves: Ottoman in Barton. The food was, as always, fabulous – especially the zucchini puffs with yoghurt and dill sauce (top left pic) – although the photos really don’t do it justice.
Oh, and there was the obligatory birthday selfie. This is me at 53 with hubby. No make-up and you can tell that I left my hair anti-frizz at home on the Sunshine Coast.
One of my earliest memories is watching dolphins from the window of our holiday accommodation in Tugun on the Gold Coast. Given that there’s an old photo of myself and my younger sister on the beach with Dad I must have been no older than 3 or 4.
Fifty years has passed since then and I would have expected that Penryn, like many of the older style beach-side accommodation houses, would have been demolished to allow construction of a high rise.
I’ve been staying in Tugan for the past couple of days for a planning workshop – my first visit back here in decades. Aside from the fact that I’d forgotten just how glorious this stretch of beach is, I was amazed (and pleased) to see that Penryn is still there. It’s a different colour and it has a shiny new fence, but it’s still there.
And the beach is just glorious – oh wait, I already said that…
4. Dude With a Sign
Discovering this Instagram account made my day. @dudewithasign an ordinary dude protesting mundane things with a cardboard sign. It’s the simple things.
5. This meme
There have been heaps of memes floating around in light of current social distancing and quarantine or lockdown policies. Yes, I realise this is a serious situation but this one is one of my favourites.
On a serious note, here’s hoping that you and your families remain healthy during this crisis.