Today 23 years ago I arrived on Australian soil!
(yep little ole me!)
i was 19
it was a Thursday
i flew united airlines
i sat next to a good looking guitarist
i had no idea what lay ahead of me
but i was eager to find out
i found out much later, my mum cried all the way home from the airport
(a 5 hour drive)
i vividly remember the 80's style frock I wore, i wanted to rip it off the minute I stepped out of the Sydney terminal
it was 39 degrees
i'd never experienced anything like it in my life!
i caught the bus to central station
and waited at the pub for the train north
it was one of those rickety old trains with the seats that flip over
i watched with innocent eyes as we trundled along through graffitied suburbs that would become comfortably familiar
i remember thinking the train was full of weirdo's
only to find the train terminated at my stop and all the weirdo's got off the train with me!
(of course they would! what was I thinking?)
i caught a taxi to my destination
the view made me think I'd died and gone to heaven
i shared a 2 bedroom unit with 4 kiwi lads
i slept on the couch
and got a job in the first week
the rest is history I guess
and I've NEVER looked back
i always reflect on Australia Day
and think of the girl i used to be and what ive become
pre children i celebrated like the rest of them
a few beers, a few prawns on the barbie and a hangover the following morning!
Today though, I finished a cushion I started ages ago
I also hung out a few vintage sheets
organised some haberdashery
neatly stacked clean vintage sheets
photographed a dress i finished last weekend
picked a bucket of ripe nectarines from our tree
cut out 3 flowing tunic tops from these pretty fabrics
re-arranged my very own shadow board
and generally just fluffed around
i did very little housework
and cooked a simple meal
It was the perfect way to spend Australia Day!
Hope you all celebrated in what ever style suited you!