Darling Faisal, Through your words and images you always convey so powerfully a sense of place. And, from these few selected thoughts and pictures, you allow us into your world and the new environment in which you find yourself.And, rather like Alice in Wonderland, you investigate your surroundings, trying to make sense from the, as yet, unfamiliar sights, sounds and scents which will become so very familiar as time goes on.But, you have your own things around you and the companionship of your dog. From these beginnings you will write a new chapter of your life. We sense that although you have concerns, and that is only natural, you have hopes, dreams and possibilities which make for an exciting adventure ahead of you. We hold you close in our hearts as you face these challenges and we ride along with you.
Dearest Jane and Lance, Thank you. I'm in a greyness at the moment, not knowing where things are going. But I feel that whatever the obstacles, things will be fine. Some people can do all sorts of things with their life, but I've found, in reality, for me, there's little I can really do about anything. Except for my attitude. A good attitude can overcome the direst conditions. Which is why it matters so much more than any conditions that surround it. What it all comes down to is fear. It's only what you're afraid of that can hurt you. I have had so much help in my life from so many people, chief among them yourselves, that I know that love makes devils flee. God bless.
Sounds like a move with much promise...may that promise be fulfilled and then some. Nearing 2 years of my location change, but this may not be it for me. I looked up Ballarat on google maps...you're nearing William Martins, but further NE? Can't wait to read more on your gardening adventures...
Hi David! Yeah, I'm in the general direction of Billy's 'Wigandia' at Noorat, but closer to Melbourne. I'm in love with Ballarat. It has all that Melbourne's lost. Thank you for being in touch. There's great scope for me here...
(I need a map - from Melbourne to Ballarat? Is it near or far?)
An hour and a half in the car, Diana. West of Melbourne. A big, big country town with what I believe is the country's finest regional ( non big city ) art galleries. Beautiful surrounding countryside. A strong civic spirit. Come one day.
You are so right, Faisal, we are all doing our best to handle our lives. I do like the sound of your new area and I'm sure you will find friends there who also like a quiet but nourishing life. Stay well, be happy, and love that dear little dog...
Life's hell sometimes, Carol. It throws you all over the place. I am entirely disorientated at the moment, but I know I've been thrown onto my feet here and that I'll be able to stand tall. Cheers to you.
dear Faisal, it sounds so different to Melb, and much more appealing in lots of ways. It's a huge thing to move to such a different place, I appreciate your sharing your early tentative explorations - as always, poetically in words and images.
sear Sue, yes, it is another world to Melbourne...where I didn't feel at home too much any more. The smaller scale here makes everything more navigable, and usually, whoever I pass in the street says hello. The gardens, many of them, are different to Melbourne's, which is the way, I've noticed, in the country. Many more English gardens. Daffodils and roses everywhere. I'm still on tip-toes...it will be a while before I feel I'm standing on home turf, a while before I really know where I am.
Go west, life is peaceful there. Go West, in the open air...
adventures are wonderful, changes, too. it's all stressful, however, i bet you will be better and better as you move into this newness.
I can't NOT adapt, Velma. If I couldn't, I wouldn't be too thrilled with myself! But, as you say, It's going to get better and better.
Here I am dear Faisal,Finally, huffing and puffing and bringing up the rear of the race. Wendouree with its lake and Ballarat with its beautiful architecture - you have moved to a lovely part of the world. Meanwhile here we are in the Yarra Valley and it is hot and humid and we long for the cool... People often say that it is difficult to begin again in a new place but I disagree and I think you would too. Slowly and surely you will soon wonder why you ever lived in Melbourne for so long! We are in the same boat - slowly getting acquainted with our new surroundings...Bye for now,Kirk
Hello there Kirk - it's been a long time between blog posts! The Yarra Valley's such a beautiful part of the world - hope you'll be continuing your blog posts from there! I've not really liked Melbourne for a while - nothing serious you understand, and many of its parts are still fine - but it's got so huge and there are people everywhere all the time. So I'm breathing a sigh of relief out here. I look forward to reading about your new life. See you soon, Faisal.