I OWE you all a huge apology for my recent absence.
Not sure if you guys are aware, but this blog is just a little side project – at this stage anyway! I work full-time as a news producer for a major daily metropolitan newspaper and have been rostered to work through the festive season. So when an opportunity presented to take a short break in early November, I grabbed it. It’s been a big year on many levels, so I decided to hit the road to visit family and friends in Canberra and Melbourne, then slip across Bass Strait to my birth home of northwest Tasmania.
Living in a mobile universe still poses certain problems in regards to how do you post on the road — as I discovered. In my infinite wisdom I thought I’d post “from the road”. Well, we live in a digital world, don’t me? How wrong I was!
Some of the locations I visited did not have great internet or Wi-Fi access. Then there was the time factor. Between running around madly trying to catch up with everyone and the hours I spent driving, there was little or no time to sit down and actually write anything. Sure, I could have planned it better and scheduled posts at regular intervals. But, alas, I didn’t. Thus I failed in my digital duty to alert you of my intended departure.
My youngest sister suggested that, perhaps, I should have put up a small post to inform you all of my hastily planned short sabbatical. Hindsight is a beautiful thing! But I’m back from my travels.
The break was not a holiday in the sense of relaxing by a pool sipping cocktails, taking long leisurely walks in the countryside or catching up on some much-needed literature. It was about spending time with loved ones as I won’t be able to during the festive season.
Despite all my misgivings, it was fantastic catching up with everyone. Coming from a large family (I’m the eldest of eight), I was also very conscious of dividing my time equally among everyone! But I managed to celebrate with my mother on her 77th birthday; catch up with an old friend for his father’s 92nd birthday; hang out with my siblings; re-aquaint myself with my young nephews; and share a bottle of cheap wine, a bowl of pasta and a bellyful of laughs with a couple of old girlfriends. Bookending all this was Mr Galeforce in Canberra, which concluded a very exhausting but enjoyable break!
Trying to co-ordinate with everyone’s schedules was incredibly stressful and challenging. Not to mention the hours — and the more than 2000km — clocked up driving! Suffice to say I returned to Sydney feeling rather exhausted, needing a holiday to get over the break!!! So I’ve been able to squeeze in 10 days in early December, so I’m treating myself to a trip to Bali … for a real holiday.
Just what every woman needs: sun, surf, private villa in Sanur, shopping … you get the picture!