exploring

Into the woods

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Little Scout was nervous at first, stepping gingerly through the underbrush on the way to the trees, holding tightly to my hand, and Ralph’s. “I am afraid of the sticks,” she said, “afraid that they might hurt me.” Once inside the pine-forest, she kept calling Ralph back. “Stay close little man! You might get lost!”…

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Come into the woods

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Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. ― John Muir You ask me why I dwell in the green moun­tain; I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care. ― Li Bai

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Road + dawn

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We left the keys to our motel room in a box outside the locked reception, and drove out into the dark. The kind of dark that holds its breath before the dawn. Cold air outside frosted the car windows and the children drew on the melting glass, painting the dark road, as it flashed past,…

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Lately

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We have been on a little road trip, through icy mountain roads and windy city streets and sparkling harbour shores. Hugs, the kind you share with dearly loved friends and family who you haven’t seen in a long, long time. Making crumpets with vegemite and setting off the fire alarm. Every morning. Long walks to…

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On the river

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“Almost the still reflections quiver, the tranquil Evening reach of the silver-dreaming river Stirs with expectant life. Now sound swells louder, Fills all the hollows of silence and overflows As the steamer rounds a bend and churns upchannel.” From the poem Paddle Steamer by Nancy Cato (1957)  

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Unplugged (again)

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The day was bookended by the feeding of the ducks. Those ducks really love that we have come to stay in this cabin. All seven gazillion of them. My favourite is Stumpy. She was the first to find us, and appears, from the limp, as though she could do with a bit of Cornflake lovin’….

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Unplugged

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There is no Internet here, nor does my phone work. “This is so peaceful!” says Scout, crouching on her knees eating ramen noodles at the coffee table. Outside, pretty brown ducks leave the river and waddle up to our balcony, hopeful. In the afternoon, we walk on sandy riverbanks and collect driftwood treasure. “Can you…

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In which we visit Australia’s only booktown and purchase a fake pearl necklace, some plastic toys, and no books

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Book Town, defn: “A Book Town is a small rural town or village in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most Book Towns have developed in villages of historic interest or of scenic beauty.” International Organisation of Book Towns (IOB) When gold was first discovered in Victoria, it was discovered in the pretty little village…

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Dispatch from Victoria: Maldon

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I had intended to share this post on the evening of Australia Day. That was two weeks ago, and I am only just getting to it now. Ugh so busy! We don’t really “celebrate” Australia Day in our family, only in as much as it is a day off which means we get some additional…

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Homecoming?

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When we turned the corner on the freeway on the way into Sydney and I caught a glimpse of that oh-so-familiar skyline, I waited for the feeling to settle. That feeling of homecoming. Of nostalgia, of “this was always my place, and it knows me, and I have come home.” But the feeling never came….

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Dispatch from the road

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Echuca, Central Victoria. Arrival time 5:20pm Scout: I want to live in this hotel forever, because it has got Peppa Pig on television. Ralph [with glee] : Noise! Noise! [about the people coming and going from our hotel at all hours throughout the night] Me: Wow, this place has got a spa. That was unexpected….

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Country towns

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It’s our last weekend in Adelaide. Everything is packed, and we’ve spent the past couple of nights eating takeout and playing Uno because there is nothing else to do. So, today, we took ourselves on a little exploratory trip to some country towns we’re not likely to pass again any time soon. I forgot to…

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