I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on the past lately so when I saw the latest theme for The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia I knew it was a perfect chance for a trip down memory lane. And to share a bit more of my world.
Here’s my family from a few years back! We used to go on so many outings and picnics that it’s little wonder I love being out in nature so much.
When I was 22 I went back to Italy. It was my first solo trip visiting mum and dad’s hometown village and it was an amazing experience to learn more about their culture and appreciate the life they’d lived before emigrating to Australia.
I also drove around England and Scotland with a girlfriend. It opened my eyes to the world and set in motion a love of travel that has never left me.
Back home after my trip to Europe and here’s my work group all dressed up for our fancy dress Christmas Party. I often wondered how it would feel to go back.
Just two weeks ago I got my wish and I was back there to sort out probate for mum’s Estate. The place just wasn’t the same and the mood was sombre. Rewind nearly thirty years ago however and I was a bit of a party girl. Can you pick me in the picture?
This was my first car, my canary Datsun Stanza, and here’s my main man, AKA the hubby, in our single carefree days. Enjoying random weekends away down the Great Ocean Road was something we always loved to do back then. And still do!
Someone else who loved our road trips was Bluey, our funny, gentle, loyal canine companion of 15 years. He was our ‘first child’. To this day whenever I see a Blue Heeler I’m filled with wistful longings.
Then we had our little munchkin, Tash. Is it any wonder that today, at 18 years old, she has brought home an orphaned lamb to hand raise?
Here are both my kids in younger days and Bluey in his last year with us. He always loved the beach.
So many precious moments that pass by so quickly. Happy, sad, nostalgic, challenging moments of life and parenthood that no manual can ever prepare us for. Wistful feelings occasionally hit me with a longing for days that somehow seemed so much ‘easier’ yet it’s all relative and there’s not too much I’d change.
Every now and then it’s good to pause, look back and see where we’ve been so we can fully appreciate the journey and how far we’ve come. But more importantly, it’s good to focus on now, enjoying each and every day and looking towards the future.
Creating more happy memories and learning more life lessons.
Thanks for being with me as I’ve tripped back in time.
Wishing you all happiness, love and light as we continue our journey.