On this night twelve months ago, Matt and I had put the kids to bed amongst the chaos that was our camper. It was the night before we were due to head off from Brisbane, on what was to be a year or so travelling around Australia.
We were exhausted and emotional after packing up and saying goodbye to our home and friends. We were feeling a little bit terrified – asking ourselves what on earth we were doing turning our whole lives upside down and were we really going to be able to live this nomadic life? We were excited too, wondering what the adventure ahead of us would hold! It’s funny how distinctly I can remember how I felt that night – writing this I can still feel my stomach churning at all that had happened and was yet to happen. We felt a little amazed and proud of ourselves too, that this plan we had dreamed up two years earlier was actually coming to fruition.
Lexi had just turned four years old that day. I will always be grateful to the crew at BMR (my old workplace) who surprised Lexi with a cake when I dropped in to say a final farewell and have some forms witnessed. It made mine and Lexi’s day as we didn’t have time to do anything for Lexi for her birthday due to all the madness of packing – I still feel a little guilty about that (plus the fact that she got her 4yr old vaccinations on her birthday – eeeek)!
Tomorrow, Lexi turns five. I am sitting here writing this while I wait for her birthday cake to come out of the oven and the bacon and egg pie and chocolate slice for tomorrow’s picnic birthday lunch, to cool down enough to put away in the fridge. I can’t believe a year has gone by already!
What an amazing year it has been! Although our trip was cut short, those three months were the BEST thing we have ever done!! The memories we have from that trip make us so happy. From the dinosaurs in Winton, to the camels in Boulia, the magic of watching the sunset over Uluru, walking at Kata Tjuta, the huge walk at Kings Canyon in the rain, Palm Valley, Matt playing the ‘spoons’ at Glen Helen Gorge, 4’wding to Ruby’s Gap, breaking down at the Devil’s Marbles and spending a whole week in Tennant Creek, beautiful Lake Argyle, the sand and sunset swimming in Broome, slowing down at Middle Lagoon, surviving the Gibb River Road and eeeking out the last days with a Karumba sunset. Oh, so, so, sooooo good. We lived, loved and saw so much in those three short months!
And then? We became Mango/Avocado/Lime and Passionfruit farmers who’ve even survived our first mango and avocado season!
So much that could never have even been dreamed about while we sat there in that camper this time last year! I do yearn to go back out on the road and visit all the places we never made it to, especially now there are so many caravans and campers around up here. However, I am blown away by all that has happened in our lives over the past 12 months and so very grateful, we are a very lucky family indeed and this year will have to go down as one of the best in the Fealy Family history I am sure! I wonder what we will be doing at the end of May 2015??