Recapturing my sanity

by Friday, February 2, 2018
“Who am I?”

I’m asking myself this question as I collapse onto the sofa, recovering from the arduous challenge of… school holidays. Dear Lord, I’m a shadow of my former self, as I bid my cherubs farewell to their first day of school this week, I tried to not let them see my small leap of joy into the air. Not for me the cry of ‘I’ll miss the pitter patter of their feet’. Oh no, more like ‘Finally, I can recapture my sanity!’.I think I’ve mentioned to you, I turn into a single parent over the summer holidays as my Fresh Farmer hubby gears up for his busiest time of the year, The Harvest, quickly followed by shearing.

So, I’ve embarked on weeks of short, local trips with my children and repeated the cry my Mum would often utter when my Dad was working during the holidays (four kids in private school, the man NEVER stopped): “Right kids, get in the car, we’re going on a road trip!” and off into the stationwagon we’d barrel, cassette tape whacked into the player, and prayers said that I wouldn’t vomit with car sickness in the first hour. Ah, good times.

If you follow me on Insta/Twitter/Facebook (thankyou) you’ll see that I’ve just let go of my last piece of dignity by going camping. I am at ‘2 with Nature’: I love it, but the desire to sleep in the dirt has just never really been my thing and I think “Getaway” has burnt me by sending me to camping areas surrounded by crocs, wild bears and snow. No biggie. I wish I was lying abut that but it’s the truth.

Anyway, one thing I know for sure upon my return home is that I’m buying shares in Aerogard, oh and that the people of Deniliquin and it’s surrounding towns are nothing short of living the dream! Sheesh, the beauty of our country towns, the warmth of the locals, the big skies at night, I’m in awe.

I’ve also never seen so many water-skiers in my life. As someone who grew up near a big surf beach, I hope they know how lucky they are to be surrounded by such glorious rivers. The Edward, The Murrumbidgee to name just two, but heavens, that’s a beautiful part of the world. I hope you get the chance to explore this slice of paradise one day and I’d love to hear any camping tips or locations you may have, too.

This week, on Journeys To Come…

Guest Traveller

This week’s Guest Traveller, adventurous octogenarian Alan Johnston, sailed on the Spirit of Tasmania for a couple of weeks of touring from the north to the south of the island, and back up to Devonport via Lake St. Clair and Queenstown. Painting excursions, museum visits, wilderness cruises, and historic train journeys… his holiday had it all! Read his story, here.
Ask The Concierge

Heard of Nantucket? The New England, JFK Jnr summer hangout? This week, we met Tavis and Ryan of 21 Broad and 76 Main – two boutique, luxury Lark Hotels in Nantucket, MA, USA. As General Managers of these historic yet fresh, fun yet stylish, hip yet local digs, who better to give us the low down on what to do and where to explore in Nantucket? Read their story, here.

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