Tuesday, 2 June 2020

To Say Goodbye To That Type Of Friendship

Susan, what are you doing? Sorting my emails out, Why?  Pick you up after four. Were going!

After eight months the travel ut of the Latrobe Valley was truly welcome. We all needed a break from each other's company. The borders between states had lifted. Grab the time before something else happens.

Somewhere at the periphery of my brain the "you've got to say goodbye that past friendship Susan."  Leaving here at 4pm would make it dark by the time Bairnsdale rolled past. In all my sixty years this would be the first friend to have past away. Thirty-three years had gone with the bridge of friendship now just not humanly crossable. Cindy knew this and therefore, of the two routes possible, this was the one that she chose to drive. 

Between the last three months of 2019, and the first four of 2020 there had been the massive bush fires that raped the Australian countryside.

We were to travel East, then Northeast.  Most of this nearing a full moon and through the countryside where so much changed from the last time our own family had travelled along those roads.  Even the roads had changed.  No longer was there those stone-filled two-laned dirt tracks that we'd travelled along.

Instead, Martin Meyzies, the friend who had passed away, had been one of the crew who'd help carve out the federal roads through and around the continent. Sitting at the kitchen table last year I'd listened to some of the antis of a life at times behind the dozer crews.

Martin had helped me laugh and smile again after so much had happened in my own personal life.

Travelling along these roads and in the moonlight seeing what was described by a four-year-old after fires had ripped through the countryside where I still live [in early 2009] as bush fires raged through memories of a healing came.  A young girl had been with her mother  and seeing the new growth she'd been so honest...." Look mummy the gum trees have sleeping bags".

And so they did. 

As the moonbeams coming through the clouds the harsh realities of the bush fire's a few months ago, and the loss of Martin was intertwined. The cushion of "Moonbeams, and sleeping bags" around this " roughshod gentleman of the bush" precious Gum Trees was exactly as it was needed to be.

To say goodbye to that type of friendship sometimes you need a friend to take you there.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Then Came The Song

There are some things that a person is unaware of. These things make or break friendships.

Sitting at the end of the dinner table Martin asked if I wanted to sing with him. I'd been telling him of my adventures while learning the sound booth of a local church where their band was being formed. This particular night only a few had turned up. 

Therefore, I found myself singing ... I was the only person left standing at that point who was not doing anything.  What use is a band with no one singing?

The thing was that I found out I enjoyed being at the front behind a microphone.  That microphones do not phase me.  Well, that was a technical hurdle out of the way in this journey of life.  And the fact that the sound coordinator came dubb the voice out, change the voice ad so forth. I asked if he could also change the voice to make me sound like an angel... The poor man's face was the horror-filled at the challenge.  The theatricals were hilarious.  So much for a career behind the microphone.

Martin Meyzies, a friend of my immediate family, quietly sat there and listened. Suzie Q the guitars in the sitting room ... get it for me.  There was something strange in the way he said it which I'll explain later. 

The result was after I'd sat down back at my computer Martin started to sing.  The song was beautiful. A love song I'd heard many times before. Then came another half of one. and he stopped.  Martin had a beautiful voice. 

Asking why he had stopped "It's not what it was!" was the answer.  He told me he used to sing and left it at that.

Six months later he was dead. About two months later talking to a friend who was in Sale she said what was his name.  "Susan, he used to sing with Slim Dusty." Brenda, the friend, had 'grown up at Slim Dusty's knees'. 

Yes, I could see Martin around the track and bush campfires.  "No Susan... professionally." Now that floored me. Even so, it also explained why partway through the second song Martin stopped.

At today's date it's close to a year that he and I last sat at the end of the kitchen table enjoying each other company. Him singing one and a half songs.

The canny things is that travelling up to Batemans Bay just as we were going through the hills near Bucken looking out the side windows at the moonlit, Gum trees in sleeping bags' tape was turned on.

The memory of the first, and only, "one and a half" songs I ever heard him sing, came hauntingly back though my mind. 

life is strange at times. If you avoid something yourself, be open to that something finding away in just so you will face it. deal with it. Move forward with the journey that is now your life.

Funny, in many ways those keys to moving forward were handed to me. Literally from beyond the grave as we travelled along the highways that Martin had in part helped to build the foundations of.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

But It's Wet Out There

When it's wet out there there is definitely freedom in the decision to stay here and experience the focused action of staying indoors. 

Yesterday was a day for lifting the topsoil and just planting seedlings. The last of the beans have come out and what's left is bare dirt turned and replanted.

Ultimately the excuse tonight is it's raining.  Cold and wet.  Then I wondered if those lettuce and cabbage plants have been washed away The dirt is bare... running out of sunlight meant no more mowing. The rain started last night so the rest of the lawn is not mowed.  So the brick wall really was a great idea to finish off with.

The idea of fresh vegetables while on the road means learning about harvesting what is out there. Incorporating that into small herb plants hanging from somewhere,'

Growing up with a mother who transported the garden in boxes on the station wagons roof rack this idea does not sound so strange. As these Sunflowers have tubers attached under the ground  But the shoots grow up past ten-foot-tall the plan is not to grow these in the car, nor on the roof.

When excellence Persia is the only option you create your own abundance by relying on your deepest inner belief. 

My belief is that I simply love sunflowers.  Therefore there is the idea to travel the whole of Australia to find all fifty-nine varieties in Australia Alone.

From the rare dune sunflower that grows in Queensland - in sandy roadside areas.

To know that sunflowers arrived in Australia over a year ago many have adapted to life. Altering DNA strands in the growth of the fittest.

On of the happiest thoughts is driving up the small hill to the driveway here.  The plants cover ut the neighbor's veranda.  The flowers just radiant small spots of happiness and sunshine.

The tubers, along with the seeds on the meal list.

There are huge 'big' sunflower fields in 
  • Allora
  • Cambooya
  • Felton
  • Nobby
  • Toowoomba  
  • Warwick.
As the Sunflowers bloom time is from January to March this would be the time to head that way.

There must be a sunflower festival to go too.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Arrive In Perth Western Australia 2021

Arrive In Perth Western Australia 2021: This post is about how the date was decided.

Susan Lewis, Off on Adventures
Strange as it may seem it's truly a terrific feeling to share this decision along with all of its consequences. The ride over the next fifteen months is an exploration in itself. Let me share with you what actually occurred this morning. Come on in to this shock decision that has made a defining moment again in life.

Oh My I've done it now. 

It remains to be seen how this 'decisions frenzy' will play out in Perth, Western Australia 2021.

Have just gone onto plus1travel scrolled down to the bottom of the page and went... oh.  Promptly added some fly out and return dates.  Then went "Perth. Western Australia."

Celebration have just converged

And sat here looking at the dates.  Middle of 2021.  That will be the thirth-year [ and a few months] after the truck plowed into the vehicle I was driving.

Just this morning came the realization that the student loan will have finished about halfway through the year of 2021.

It looks like that specific two weeks away will be much appreciated.  Why? Because I've already hung my hat on that particular date.
Time to go back to Perth, Western Australia to see the massive gardens again
One of Perth's many gardens had this massive Aloe plant

Just the date of arrival has been decided

Most important I need a date to hang my implementation strategy trajectory celebration upon.

Unless I drive there which will take about five months.  The important thing is there is a date organized.  Should I fly it means coming back to Victoria straightaway afterward.

Should I drive the agenda is highly flexible.

Arrival in Perth

By plane:I will arrive in Perth Western Australia with the equivalent of one lightly packed backpack and that is it.
By vehicle: depends who is with me. One vehicle or one vehicle and trailer.

I have a suspicion I will be really proficient at using the trailer by the time of arrival.

Over the next few articles in this series the explorations of how to get to Perth will be shared.  At this moment the sneaking suspicion is that the vehicle and trailer will be going out for a drive one day.

Australia is a huge place so the intention is re the arrival back is when, and if, I do.  

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Take That Stand For The Life You Need To Create

Seriously how to become a blogger, near on full-time, took time to just workout. 

Counterbalance 'that need' with the passion behind delivering to people just what, and where, the Autism communication and behaviour management of other people occurred, and does occur in the future is an ongoing procedure.  Put me into a situation of arguments and the dreaded freeze creeps in.

To travel the world comes as an over sixty-year-old means to take the time to explore the continental shelf that I find myself on.  Australia.

 The posts are not about social media.  Nor are they about the advantages or disadvantages of social networking with a tight schedule.

The first steps for travel around Australia have started.

There are three projects
A healthy body [Physical Existance], mind [Mental Experience] and spirit [Meta Physical].
Okay, make that four: everyday assets [Investments]

The 4x4 Landrover Discovery, to say the least, is a few years old.  As an auspicious start, that to me means taking the time to sit down and update every hose and part therein before those parts become needed in a hurry.

So on the record so far there has been

  • an air filter
  • filter -oil spin on
  • 10w40 ss 2x 5ltr
  • P7 Brass hose joiner
  • worn drive s/s 9mm 16-27mm
  • 3/4 Pushlok Black Hose
One thing that was disturbing was that the mechanic found two 'clean-cut slices' on the petrol overflow tube. At the other end near the wall, there was a ... well, let's call this area 'fair wear and tear. " until the slashes were found.

That relentless gut feeling of something was not right there... It's times like this one really starts to reconsider the advisability of continuing to stay in the area where you have been for many years.

In a few weeks time, the next practical step is to allow time for the mechanic to meticulously create a shopping list.  Then sit with him as a step-by-step affordable budget is sorted out. As it was he showed me a little bulge within a hose that if there be excessive long trips in the meantime ....

And there is more to come before this older 'lady of the road' is ready for the road.

Meanwhile to master the clearance and removal of clutter has been packed with productivity.  Just one rubbish bin top-up every two weeks.  The two weeks is because the appropriate rubbish bins are collected here every two weeks.

The practical side is the relentless removal of this one at a time clearance has gone through to other things.  Like the clothes that used to fit me are nearing the 'Oh heck it is falling downstage'.    I mention this as with less material per clothing article there is more room to store something else.

That's me.  Mums also coming along. So she too is doing the same.

Currently, the dogs [ seventeen-years old] practically claim that spare space for themselves.

At the beginning of this post, you will have read about the desire to become a full-time blogger. To travel Australia is a matter of a person literally 'expecting nothing', but being prepared for everything. 

No matter what take that growth trajectory that will put you there. Don't hold back on yourself. Before, during and even after that trips section Take the time to explore. 

Move from one place to the next. Find out about that place. Where the locals know off.  People talk on the road.  In times of dire decision [ turn left or right] simply toss a coin. Go, if need be, the other way!

Challenge your resoursefull self today.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Gormandale, a part of the Strzelecki Ranges

As the organizational guru [ and the one with the vehicle] there are times when my mother and I venture out.  The love of the outdoors, the greens of fields, bush life and country people are a huge attraction

We no longer have children to organize our daily lives around. Therefore when the opportunity comes to combine both business and pleasure we slot it into the activities and off we go.

Each one of us has our own life.  

However, the trips away from our homes are made fun with exploring the places either one of us has passed through, stayed for a few hours or managed to stay overnight at.

Gormandale has been all these things. 
This summer has been drastic all around Victoria.  The eight months of fires have altered much of the peoples thinking patterns.  Many blame things on climatic changes.   Some have seen these things happen before.  The recovery rates in people's minds push through from the community infrastructure.

Let's look at Gormandale

Gormandale lies in the Merrimans Creek Valley area.  Right amongst the rural community that has abundant native flora and fauna. 

In 2020 an emergency warning came through the Vic Emergency Incidents and Warnings site.  The fire warning was then listed as small.

Years ago when Gormadale was visited there were such prolific flora and fauna everywhere.

The vineyards spread out gloriously.

20 minutes away the Tarra Bulga National Park was there to be enjoyed.  A few friends and I took my mum with us.  Rather than leave her behind out came the scooter. Then we reassembled the scooter pathways were chosen.

The bushwalking and bird watching went at a smooth pace.

In Gormanadale the community house 

The management committee has set out to help people recognize their personal spaces with a woodwork shed and associated community garden.

Great variety of workshops and classes aligned with the interests of people in the community.

Active community with three activities just in March alone.

  • Homemade Zucchini Pickles workshop
  • Social Soap Makers reunite
  • Garden Working bee
Previous interests shown are
  • The Dividing and repotting of Orchids
  • Cookie Bake and take
  • Kids movie night
  • Car Boot sale
  • Chainsaw training and assessment
  • Kids disco
  • Fitness class
  • China Painting
  • Welcome breakfast
  • Christmas wreath making
  • Seniors group
  • Library service
  • Bees Wax Wraps and Candles Workshop

Gormandale is here.

Southeast of Traralgon  Gormandale lies past Loy Yang.  Further south of Gormandale is Willung South and then Carrajung


Central Gippsland  - inspired by Central Gippsland, Victoria

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Gut Felt Preplanning Issues Make Total Sense

The majority of the time spent before trips are the preplanning issues. Listen to those gut felt preplanning issues. Make total sense of checklists, tools carried. maps and GPS. Emergency procedures. Insurance.  The list of things just get bigger.

 'Row the boat, sail the boat, flight bags, and tags. One-stop, two or three. Add the extra days on to the main trip or include these as part of the trip. '

Alternately do you listen to that gut feeling?

 Only to alter the time table. Feel perplexed and annoyed with your self.

Then realize that for some reason this will all turn out for the better. In 1991 as the key went in the ignition there was a hesitation. A don't and yet the choice was made to pull forward.  Impact by a truck plowing through the passenger side of the van.

Take notice then action 

Since 2011 its been I need to leave this town. By the end of 2011 floods were where my father was.  Massive floods raised the Thames river and everywhere was flooding.

So you do what comes naturally.  Send a message to someone you've never really met in person.  Skype was new.  We had Skyped a few times.  Compared notes on what was happening social media-wise the middle of the 2000s and nothing more.  But the name was there and contact made.  Yes, it was wet.

The return of the call resulted in a touch base friendship

By mid-January 2012 the message received was along the lines of  "Susan! Are you okay"  We were now having massive floods.  Thus the power of the internet was learned.

The important thing has been there is a trip about to be sorted.

That trip will use all the things previously learned in so many different areas throughout life.

Sort out the itinerary

One of these is the usefulness of prebooking and sorting out the flight plans.  Up to, onboarding and by the time the place to put down the head has been reached.

Added Value simple possitive relatistic thoughts
Add in All the Positive, realistic thoughts
To do this with full meaning coming up is a large series of past trips.   The aim is to share with you, the reader what has been learned through hiking, camping, tramping, traming, car, bus and train rides.  And yes the plane flights that lead up to the flight to England and back.

Hop on for the ride that meanders through time only to bring you, the reader into that 'now' space all of your own.

Change inducing travel.

Travel means a variety of communities. Online, offline.  Leave information.  Success leaves footprints.  Write, post, take photos, Share-online. 
Article in newspapers travels magazines.  Become known.  Make yourself known. Introduce yourself as someone who cares to share that community presence to the world.

Keep in touch with people. Think you can handle being that awesome.  Then make contact and start here. susan@susanlewisisonline.com    Your reply will get to you where ever you are in your travels. 

To Say Goodbye To That Type Of Friendship

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