Autumn

Yes, it’s now just over two months since I moved onto the dairy property near to Port Fairy, and I can’t believe how the time has flown.  Many times I’ve had to change my plans to stay home and relax as one thing after another has landed on my lap, leading me away.  Finally though, I’m settling into some sort of a routine.

Each morning Fred and I walk up my driveway to the top of the hill, and beyond to the grid at the main road, and then back again.  It takes about 15 mins of brisk walking.  The cats usually come only part of the way, and rejoin Fred and I as we return.  I collect kindling for the cottage from the gum trees on the side of the drive to build up a supply for the coming winter.  So far, I’ve only had one fire, more to check that all was working properly as much as anything.  I get plenty of sunlight into the cottage during the day from the northern windows and that’s a real bonus of this place.

Earlier this month my piano finally had its tuning and now everything is working smoothly and it sounds lovely – when I get a chance to play that is!  The piano tuner placed its date around 1905, so she’s doing very well.  He remembered tuning her once before, several years ago, when in Portland.

There’s been welcome rains recently, and fungi are popping up about the place.  While on a recent road trip, I stopped to examine one that grew around the gum trees.  It was enormous!  And it had plenty of family members around the same size not far away.  On that same trip, I found an unrestored vehicle that I’d love to own – a Citroen 2CV has been on my wish list for years now and suddenly there it was!  Entirely impractical for my needs, but one can always dream:-)

Hullo

Well the move went without drama – that all came later!  Nothing too huge though, just annoying glitches to get over amid all the chaos of the move to a place that hasn’t been lived in for some time.  Still not spending much time at my new place as it’s all hands on deck getting ready for the Folk Festival guests, at the Art Farm.  It’s one step at a time….:-)

More later…………..

Endings and beginnings

It’s my last full day at the beach house before I move to a dairy property, and so it’s a pretty busy time, preparing for the Removalist truck tomorrow.  Fingers crossed it will all come together in time and proceed with no dramas. :-)

I’m very much looking forward to exploring new surroundings including new beaches, and sharing the images with you. Before I can do much of that however, I’ll be helping my friend at the Art Farm in Port Fairy to prepare for the guests staying there during the forthcoming Folk Festival.  A busy year it has been to date, with many changes, and challenges, and a time for sorting out my priorities.  Soon, I hope, I’ll have a chance to simply sit on my new porch and spin wool, and watch the cows chew their cud. :-)

Light on the horizon

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Rising Light

A month ago I sent out a plea for some stability in my life.  That plea has been answered.  Before the end of this month, I’ll be moving onto a dairy farm property, close to Port Fairy.  Of course, it does mean lots of sorting and packing once more, but I consider it worth the effort.  The cabin is well away from the main highway, and I have some lovely views of the rural scenes, which will compensate for the lack of sea views.  Mind you, I’ll still not be far from the ocean, and will be able to hear it talking at night.

I’m very grateful:-)

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Thank you.

Sheepish dogs

Last weekend Sheepdog  Trials were held at Port Fairy and I watched some dogs (and owners) go through their paces.  It’s always great to see a good working dog in action – and even those who are still learning how to deal with not so helpful sheep :-)  These dogs were happy in their work and their partnership with the owner was most obvious.  Nice.

Stability

This week I was reading Pat’s blog post on Courage and the New Year and she finished by asking what word speaks strongly for this new year.  The word that quickly arose for me was “stability”.  It’s not that I’m against change, it’s simply that for the past year I’ve been constantly packing bags and travelling back and forth, living in two places.  My home, and another’s.  And neither feels like the home I wish to have.  My cats and dog have adapted extremely well to the situation, to the extent that now when the travelling crate comes out, Pixel goes in immediately and settles down.  Frank is slightly more reluctant and always voices his disapproval at the beginning of the trip, but overall he’s pretty good.  Fred, well, he’s a dog and a terrier, so he’s always up for a trip in the car.

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The road much travelled

It’s me who’s feeling weary of it.  Seeking solutions.  Seeking stability.  I still want to work on my friend’s garden as I find bringing it into order a very satisfying experience.  But it’s too far from my place for a quick half day visit, and so entails packing and unpacking…….

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Front view

When I moved to my beach cottage last year, I initially only took out a six month lease as I wasn’t sure how I’d adapt to no longer living in the middle of a very very large cow paddock.  Well, it has been tough as even though I’m not crammed into a suburban block as such but look out onto the ocean in front and a paddock out back, I’ve still got to contend with road traffic….and Fred spends far too much time on a leash.  Not what we are used to, and now I don’t think what we can get used to….. I’m too old a dog myself to learn that new trick.

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We want to be wandering paddocks like this again…..

Find some gold again

And find some gold……

I’ve extended my lease for another three months while I continue the search for something to fits our needs better, and gives me that much needed sense of stability.  Or else I’ll simply hit the road……….

Ahoy there!

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Sea Fever

John Masefield (from Salt-Water Ballads, 1902)
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.

I must down go to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

 

I’d always enjoyed this poem, but it wasn’t until last month that I really understood it.  It all changed for me when the Enterprize ( An 1830’s replica) visited Portland, and I was able to take a trip on her. My first experience of being on the water under sail – and I was well and truly hooked!  Alas, the trip lasted less than an hour, and only part of that was under sail, but those times of eyes closed, listening to the water and feeling the wind on my face were total enchantment.

Here’s just a small selection of the many photos I took, but I hope it conveys a little of the magic.

Tall ship

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I’d love to sail some more, and if I lived closer to Melbourne I could possibly join the volunteer program…. and maybe if I was younger, and maybe if….. but for now I’ll just dream……

Today it is the summer solstice, and a friend and I went out for lunch at a cafe overlooking the Portland Harbour.  A beautiful day in a beautiful place.

Season’s greetings to everyone, may your holidays be full of joy and goodness and blessings. xx

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