September always makes me reminisce - especially this year.
I arrived in Australia in September 1992 - twenty years ago.
Typing that sentence, it seems incredible to me that it has been two decades.
I still remember the days leading up to leaving Scotland, packing up my flat and alternating
between excitement about the adventure ahead, and tears and anxiety about
leaving friends and family behind. My parting words to my darling Mum in Glasgow
were "don't worry, I'm only going for a year". And yet here I am, 20 years later.
That guilt still stays with me, and I wonder if it's just me, or if anyone who has
made a new life for themselves in a different country, leaving behind loved ones,
ever feels completely at home in their "new"home .
Even when the new home has been home for 20 years.
It was however a great time of year to arrive: not too humid, gorgeous sunny days
and a city coming alive in spring. For the first month in Brisbane I lived in accommodation
at the hospital where I was employed in South Brisbane. This was close to everything,
especially South Bank, which seemed idyllic to me at the time. It's Jacaranda season
soon and I remember that year seeing them for the first time and falling in love
with their beautiful colour, and the carpet of violet petals they would leave
on the ground.
On another note, it's the one year anniversary of me starting this blog.
I don't post as frequently as I'd like, and I've mentioned before that I have been
enjoying Instagram which is like a condensed but more immediate form of blogging.
Turns out I have Instagram to thank for my most recent furniture purchase too!
I had been keeping an eye out for a table to fit a long space in our living room upstairs.
I hadn't seen anything at all that would fit the space.
Lo and behold the lovely Katherine posted a photo on Instagram and my
eagle eye spotted it. A flurry of measurements later and I became the proud
owner of this table:
I love the fact that this table has been pre-loved, and that it's my turn to give
it a home. Many of you know Katherine, she is such a helpful, kind and warm
person. She often puts photos of her lovely items destined for either the WAC or the
shop at the Cottage Garden Nursery on her Instagram feed.
You can follow her there: @katherinetheoldboathouse
And in the latest chicken news:
escape attempts : five
eggs laid: NONE
Those statistics better start turning around soon........
Have a good weekend