The Daily Post – Terminal Time

You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?

I experienced something similar to this a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take a short flight to Perth in preference to driving and staying over night in a hotel before catching my 10.00am flight to Melbourne. I arrived at our small Busselton airport (5.45pm for a 6.45pm departure) only to learn that there was a BIG delay in departure time. In fact, the plane was in Perth and waiting delivery of parts (anticipated about an hour’s delay) before it could leave Perth.

I decided to wait at the airport and not go home and come back later. There were only four passengers heading to Perth. I soon learned though, the plane had to fly south to Busselton and then Albany before doing the return flight to collect the four of us waiting.

I had a good book to read so at first I wasn’t too worried about the delay. One of the staff asked me if I would like a tea or coffee and proceeded to make one for me in their staff room. I was very grateful. There was a vending machine and I bought a Cherry Ripe. Life was feeling pretty good.

Some time later we learned the flight had left Perth so at least things were moving. The mood lightened. There was a man in his forties also reading and another woman of a similar age. A young man in a wheel chair, well-known to the staff as he flies to Perth once a fortnight to visit family, kept up a lively banter with everyone.

No-one seemed too bothered about the delay and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. About 9.00pm a female staff member stated she was putting in an order for some food and asked us what sort of pizza we liked. The food and soft drink arrived close to 10.00pm. We all enjoyed the pizza!

The plane finally arrived to take us to Perth at 10.20pm. I arrived at my friend’s place at around 11.30pm. I felt bad that I had messed up their evening but it was out of my control. They kindly drove me to the airport in the morning. When I had checked in I decided to call my husband and let him know everything was OK but I couldn’t find my phone. It was getting close to boarding time and I was a little panicked. I realised I must have left it in the security check point – I was right! The rest of the journey was fine except that I lost my e-ticket at Melbourne Airport but one of the staff helped me out! What a journey πŸ™‚

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Daily prompt: Safety first

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe …

In 1980 my former husband and I took up an opportunity to work in a remote Indigenous community in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. I was twenty-six at the time with two sons – one was four years old and the other was only six-months old. It was a big adventure for us all.

At first I was even scared of the local Indigenous people but I later learned that I was experiencing culture shock. Everything was unfamiliar to me and communication was difficult. In time, my children helped me overcome that barrier as children tend to do.

There were deadly snakes to be afraid of too – Death (Deaf?) Adders and other venomous species. It wasn’t unusual to find snakes in our yard. Once I found one in my pantry cupboard!

Probably the scariest experience was a trip out bush to a billabong. It was a sandy track only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles. We were in an open cabin Land Rover. Some way into the journey we found ourselves confronted by a wild, male buffalo.

It was snorting and stamping its feet while it considered what to do with us. We sat still (apart from the shaking!) for several minutes. It was very angry and showing it! Each of us said lots of prayers that we would get out of this alive and the buffalo would get bored with us. I am pleased to say it eventually found something more interesting to frighten and left us alone. Phew!

We were only a minute’s walk from the beach too but the fear of crocodiles meant we didn’t go there often πŸ™‚

Great memories!



DP Challenge: Mid-season replacement

For many of us the seasons are changing, bouncing unpredictably between cold and warm. Are you glad to be moving into a new season, or wishing for one more week of the old?

I am looking forward to warmer, sunny days in the weeks and months ahead. It has been a long, cold and wet winter. Great for the garden though. I haven’t done any watering for ages!



Daily Post: on the edge

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Daily Post Challenge – We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. Well, what do you do when things don’t go as you hoped or if you hit the proverbially wall?

For me, I do the following:

  • take one hour at a time and plan what I want to do in that hour. If things are really bad I might break it down to the next fifteen minutes
  • if I have to face someone when feeling at rock bottom I remember my former boss’s advice – smile and keep breathing – no-one will notice what you are feeling inside
  • do a mind map – or more appropriately, a mind dump. I get a sheet of paper and write down everything that is going on in my head. I might then lump them together in categories, allocate a level of importance, or ask myself what I CAN change and what I CAN’T. If I can’t change something I decide to try acceptance and move on.
  • seek out nature – the beach, forest, parkland or similar – very calming and good for the soul
  • reflect on my past achievements – write them down if that might help me feel better
  • think about what has gone well in my life – today and in the past – make a list
  • think about someone else and decide to do something for them with a compassionate heart – it alters the way I feel about myself
  • consider how this current situation will impact onΒ  me in the future – one year; two years; five years and so forth – that can help get things into perspective
  • if none of the above work there is always the option of snuggling up in my bed and feeling the warmth and comfort of some time out

There are probably hundreds of different ways to deal with being ‘on the edge’. I would love to hear what works for you.



These boots were made for walking

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I am not really into shoes but someone once told me that every girl needs a pair of red shoes! So I bought a pair of red shoes πŸ™‚

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I bought these for my wedding in 2012. I changed my mind on the morning of the wedding and wore a different outfit and different shoes!

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These are the ones I ended up wearing for my wedding.

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I bought these sandals to wear with my Christmas Lunch outfit in 2012.

Could this post me my most frivolous post ever?



Six months into 2013 – the fabric of my life

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Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.

  • In the first six months of 2013 I divided most of my time between doing some consultancy work and being a Committee Member of the Residents Committee of the life-style village where I live. I assisted three community organisations to apply for grant funding and I was also contracted by three private businesses to undertake work on their behalf.
  • During this time I decided to give my business a complete shake up with a change of name and focus. I had some support through some ‘pro bono’ coaching and the local business enterprise centre.
  • We have visited the city (Perth) at least three times. One time was when we were in transit to a funeral interstate when my Aunt passed away in March at 92 years old. Another friend in his early 60’s passed away two days after my Aunt. The second visit included catching up with some old friends, which was good :-). The third visit was to see an eye specialist.
  • The trip interstate provided a great opportunity to see my son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. They were the silver lining behind that cloud.
  • April was a bit tough with the recent deaths and took some coming to terms with but it has got easier with time.
  • During these six months we have enjoyed visits from family and friends including an especially nice Mothers Day this year.
  • I saw a dietitian about some ongoing food sensitivities and she recommended I go on the Low FODMAP DietΒ  – it works better than anything else I have tried (as long as I stick to it anyway).
  • In June I did a one-day training course to set up a business page on Facebook. It was good fun. I have now started a unit ofΒ  study about publishing, editing and design. On the learning front, I am also being trained to tutor adults with reading and writing difficulties.
  • And I spent some time blogging too. I passed the 500 blogs marker :-)! So, I wonder what the next six months will hold.



The Natural World

Describe your first memorable experience exploring and spending time in nature. Were you in awe? Or were you not impressed? Would you rather spend time in the forest or the city?

It is an irony in a way. I used to go out to the bush (forest) with my Dad, as shown in the above photos, when I was little. He was self-employed as a timber worker – i.e. cutting down trees. The irony is that being in that wonderful natural environment left an indelible mark in my memory. I just love the smell of eucalyptus trees and even more so when you light a campfire and smell the burning wood.

It is hard to say what I love most – the bush or the ocean, as now I have easy access to both and find either to be incredibly relaxing.



If I had a tagline…

EmuOften our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

My tagline would say…“will do no harm” or “means well”

People jump to conclusions about us all the time and no doubt I am as guilty as the next person. Consistently people tell me that I am different to what they first thought. I think my shyness comes across as being conservative and that puts some people on the defensive. I am actually a fairly quiet person and much more comfortable in a one to one situation than in a group.

I am a strong believer in the saying “live and let live”. I don’t expect others to believe the same as I do or live as I do. I respect others’ right to live their lives as they choose and hope they will accord me the same opportunity.

I met my husband online nearly ten years ago. In my profile I said something like “it takes a while to get to know me but it is worth the effort”. He stuck around so there you go πŸ™‚



PS Emus don’t need taglines πŸ™‚

WordPress prompt – write about a Goldilocks experience

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“The Three Bears”, Arthur Rackham’s illustration to English Fairy Tales, by Flora Annie Steel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you don’t know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it can be read on Wikipedia by pressing here

This story was one of my favourites as a little girl. Being the youngest in a household of seven, taught me a lot about empathy with those at the bottom of the pecking order πŸ™‚

Goldilocks is trying things out to see what suits her best (what is “just right”) – the porridge, the chair and the bed of the smallest bear – much to his alarm!

I have “tried out” lots of things in my life, such as: places to live; friends and partners; jobs/careers; hobbies; fashions; food and diets; and belief systems. Many times I have strongly believed what was right for me, however, as I moved through the decades of my life so far, what suited me at 20 didn’t suit me at 30! We are constantly changing and growing and our needs and desires change as well.

Recently I read a book called “The Confidence Gap – from fear to freedom” by Dr Russ Harris (published by Penguin). This books explores values and goals and helped me to find what is important to me today. I found that what I value most includes:

* respect

* trust

* love

* authenticity

* honesty

* being able to contribute

* self acceptance

* friendliness

Just like Goldilocks, I can say “this feels just right” for me!