You’re burning me up
Hot and then cool.
But I can cope with your moods.
It’s your nature
and I adapt to your pace.
but still in tune
Your seasons have their place.
You’re in me,
our visions intertwined.
Everywhere I go
As we journey aligned.
Can you feel the heat? Let me help with a few double tinged words and untapped poetry in honour of love and desire, our crazy summer and my wild home land down under.
This sunburnt country knows no bounds,
though fires have scorched her,
she’s a bloody resilient land.
This coming Valentine’s Day I’ll be on the road, on a very different sort of road trip, through some of my favourite places in Victoria, from the Grampians to the Great Ocean Road. I’ll be with a couple of special (and unexpected) guests from Canada. More about this in later posts.
For now this largely pictorial post is dedicated to both this country (that’s taken a battering this summer but survived) and the love of a universal kind.
Take the words into your heart, read them as you want, and let the images transport you. From the beaches of South Australia to the outback of Mungo, settle in, travellers and lovers, as we explore down under.
Your crashing waves. flooding tears and hailstone wars might bring me to my knees. But they also make me strong, gutsy and resilient.
This is Australia. Be seduced.
Fall in love with her turquoise ocean waters, golden beaches and dazzling white sands and the way the waves kiss the shoreline. Gentle, soft and nourishing, she allows you to relax.
Along the way ocean winds change and gentleness can transform to thunderous fury. Treat her with respect and give her space to breath, sometimes from afar.
Stand in awe along the Nobbies at Philip Island and simply watch.
Her moods shift as clouds form, tides turn and new days roll in, ebbing and flowing into a mirrored momentum. As the sun sets, heaven reaches down to caress the earth. As dawn breaks we have a chance to renew and forge a new beginning.
Look deeply into her red tones, her dirty earth and the way it seeps into your soul. She’ll dazzle you with her outback colours and mesmerise you with a nothingness that’s really everything that matters.
Be awed at the rich sunlit colours of ancient Mungo and feel the call to be still.
Look up and see the infinite, those blue fluffy cloud eyes from above. Dare to dream, to laugh and conjure up imaginary kingdoms in the sky. Embrace the moment. You’ll never have this time again.
Beneath the salt lake surface is a world of wonder, one of balance, reflecting our inner desires and dissipating fears.
Life flows easily and peacefully at Lake Albert in the Coorong National Park, as it can wherever you are. Like ripples of sparkle in the flow. The freedom to notice beautiful, every day details is everywhere.
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. Pico Iyer
So dare to dream, to love and to fuel that wanderlust. That blissful state when you’re totally in the moment, lost in a kiss, enjoying a sunset or crafting a piece of art.
That state of mind when you’re just about to set off on an anticipated journey, wherever it might be.
Those feelings when you’re about to reach somewhere or someone or something thrilling are intoxicating and exciting. It keeps us longing, dreaming and imagining. Anticipation … it fuels our desires and makes us feel alive.
That’s what travel and adventure does to me. My vagabond soul knows no limits.
Here’s to it all, and love, that thing that stirs the soul and makes the world go round, today and every day.
Enjoy the journey wherever you are. And remember, for all you solo travellers out there, the greatest love we can ever have is the love we have for ourself.
In light and love
“As soon as I saw you I knew you would be the adventure of a lifetime.” Winnie the Pooh.
All you need is love … and a little bit of chocolate … and some frothy coffee.
“Play a little and laugh a lot. The world is your playground and it’s also your Valentine”