Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The time has come to end this blog

Begun as a daily blog in July 2010, and then weekly for the past few years until the present day (August 7, 2013)

, this blog has traced my journey between two very different parts of Australia. Outback Queensland and Phillip Island in southern Victoria.

It's been my pleasure to share with you the ups and downs of life in both places: the people, places and environments, and my interactions within these frameworks.

The time has come, however, to close this blog; for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I find myself repeating things; and secondly, after recently spending 10 days in a Brisbane hospital with a heart condition, and having seemingly endless time to rethink my life, I've decided to take a slightly different direction.

Although I intend to keep on writing, it won't be my main occupation. I will finish my book for children about Lonesome George and then  – – – who knows?

Botanical art is something I want to do more of and learn more about. It's an occupation I enjoy, both from the artistic and botanical angles. Consequently, I was thrilled to receive a Highly Commended card on my hibiscus painting at Mitchell's recent Rabobank Art Show, as well as a Sold sticker on my sunflower. painting.

At present we're having a holiday in a cottage near Emu Park, which is on the coast near Rockhampton. It's pet-friendly accommodation so we have Major, Del and Katie with us. Eleven steps take us onto a wide sandy beach, and with attractive offshore islands, rocky headlands, and pandanus and coconut palms, it is truly an idyllic location. 26°C too! I'll include photos taken here.

So, to all my loyal readers, I'd like to thank you for your positive comments and encouragement, and I wish you good health, contentment and joy in the pursuit of your passion - whatever it may be..

I intend to "keep in touch" by means of Facebook, with a few photos and comments every week or so.