08.05.2010 - 26.10.2010
SOME BRIEF REFLECTIONS
Before our departure Mary & I had seen quite a lot of Australia over the years, but nothing quite prepared us for the vast distances that we had to travel just to get from one small village to the next.
The amazing range of flora and fauna was a constant source of wonder and delight as we observed God’s creation at close quarters for so long. Especially was this so with the daily ‘morning chorus’ of a wide range of birds in a wide range of situations from urban to rural to ‘lost in the bush’!
The photos of West Australia do not do this vast State justice – from the changing colours of the seascapes to the dab arid vegetation to towering Tingle trees.
The friendliness in almost all locations (apart from major cities where country civility has been largely lost!), but especially among our thousands of fellow nomads. What memories we will always carry of some real characters.
That Mary & I survived this great journey probably surprised us as much as our friends! But we did and I think we are the closer for the many experiences that we shared in sometimes trying circumstances! But we survived!
That we were able to share a great majority of this journey with Brian and Maureen added to the journey, especially Brian’s practical help at times of mechanical or electrical crisis and his ‘sense of humour’! Maureen was always the quiet encourager and we value these dear folk as special friends.
To be out of communication range for many days at a time was a bit of a challenge from a political news junky like myself, however, we were greatly blessed by this lack of ‘news’ during the run-up to the Federal election where no news is peace indeed!
This trip had its sadder moments as, firstly Mary, lost her dearly loved aunt in England, followed very soon after with news that my mum had also passed away. Vast distances are a cruel thing at time such as those were.
The question we keep asking ourselves is, “Are we going to do ‘it’ again?” The simple answer is no! We’ll likely do a different journey next time to somewhere that is warm and unknown to us, and/or with friends.
In conclusion, we both are thankful for God’s blessing as we travelled on all sorts of roads and in all sorts of conditions with only one or two minor incidents to remind us of human frailty.