"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

country mouse goes to the city

I am back, I haven't left the country, I just seem to have lost the ability to chatter on my blog... maybe I lost it somewhere on the back roads to Junee .. here are some photos of my travels. . .

Canola is grown in this area called the Riverina - thousands of acres of it.... unfortunately due to the drought, there is no goodness in this crop and the farmers will have to plow it into the ground if they don't get good rainfall within the next two weeks...
below is Junee Railway station. In country towns the buildings are mostly untouched, having missed modernisation... thank god.

Below is the Loftus B&B that we stayed in.. it was originally an old hotel for travellers... glorious Victorian Lace decorates the wide verandahs.. these verandahs were about 40 feet wide... to keep out the hot Australian sun.

below: a field of green... sitting on the back of the Harley, just looking at this all the way was so soul serene.... I got to thinking about how nature can be such a healer - looking at such vivid, exquisite colours, must certainly heal on a deep level.... the blue for the throat chakra, the green for the heart and the yellow of the canola for the solar plexus... sometimes, I closed my eyes and absorbed the colour like my very own colour bath therapy.

the bikes parked in the country town of Cowra where we had lunch on the way home. a simple delicious counter lunch at an old pub. I had a great time and cannot believe how far I have come -only a few months ago I got on the back of the bike for the first time in my life - a true accomplishment I think!

yesterday, I had to travel to the big city of Sydney - Sophie is enrolling in Pivot Point hairdressing college and we had an interview and tour.... we went to lunch afterwards to the Queen Victoria Building which is the most divine building in Sydney.. full of carved stonework, leadlights and mosaic flooring...and very expensive shops! *I wore a t-shirt that I had bought from Colette awhile back - it has a little bird printed on it with the word 'peace' under the bird... I had many comments on it yesterday, everyone thought it was delightful and simply said... so I told them it was designed by an artist in Canada!
Then I trotted off to the Adyar bookshop - which is really metaphysical book Heaven. I treated myself to two CD's, a book called White Magick by Lucy Cavendish who surprisingly, is an Australian, so this will be perfect for me with all the sabbats at the correct time for the southern hemisphere and a set of her tarot cards.. now all I have to do is learn how to use them.

I think I will have to go back and visit the Adyar, it is a bookshop where I could spend hours browsing and probably taking a second mortgage out to pay for all the books that I simply must have..
*oops, nearly forgot - Leanne (somerset seasons) is the winner of the moonstone pendant! my little blue wren will be delivering it in a week or so!

*~* I hope your day is filled with butterflies, magick, colour & fripperies! ~*~


lila said...

I enjoy traveling with you, glad you had your camera!
Those colors are truly healing, I think!

Bimbimbie said...

I love seeing these old buildings, they have so much character and soul then the boring buildings built for utility and function and forgetting beauty. I've been in the Queen Victoria Building and agree with you beautiful to visit and window shop lol *!*

Tracy said...

I love the picture of the field of green! Nature is indeed a healer to the soul. I also feel such peace being out of doors taking in the beauuty and wonder of it all.

Sounds like you had a lovely getaway! :)

Sheila said...

I love your photos Robyn, the hotel and the scenery are awesome.
I'm glad you are enjoying the bike now, you will have lots of good times this summer.
Good for Sophie for going for what she wants. Will she be able to commute to Sydney, or will she live there while she goes to school?

kim said...

Wow! How pretty! Your pics are beautiful! And the hotel....

Maybe someday, before we are too old, we can have a bike trip together with our husbands!

Ninnie said...

Love the pics and the descriptions to go along with them. Sounds like you had a grand time.

Amelia said...

Happy to see you back and wonderful to see the pics of your trip!

I could really enjoy that B&B it looks so charming!!

Naturegirl said...

Robyn loved the photos that you share..B&B is the way I love to travel..feels more homey than big hotels.
I agree nature heals much..that field of must come by and dance with the butterflys!hugs NG

Gemma said...

Australia looks incredibly beautiful.
Nature's colors are a natural healer. Just like natures sounds birdsong,the Ocean and rain soothe us. It affects all of our senses.
Glad you had a good trip.

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

You sound rested and happy Robyn.
I forget your sabbats are backwards? Is that the right word? No, it is ours that are backwards. Either way!
Going to buy moonstones this week.
Yes, that field of green was put there, especially for YOU!!!

Krissie said...

Glad youre back,and thanks for posting in some photos, makes me feel as if I've been out there too! We have those old buildings with the huge verandhas what a diff they make in summer. I am totaly in the mood for a country trip, go browsing and looking intiny country hideaways,etc...just gotta convince dh to take some time off!

Leanne said...

nice to see you back Robyn, and lovely to see photos of your trip, some of those buildings are fab, arent they? It doesnt matter where you are in the world, Nature is always beautiful and always healing isnt it? trees, the seashore, countryside, woods- it all reconnects us, and that photo is wonderfully serene.

I am soo excited to have won the moonstone pendant- many many thanks! hers wishing that little blue bird a safe journey!!

Leanne x x

Laura Stamps said...

Hi, Robyn!! I'm so happy to see this wonderful post from you. I knew you were back, but wondered why there were no new posts from you. Looks like you had a magickal trip. Sending an extra bunch of faery love and xoxoxo to you today!

tinker said...

Love the old buildings - and the photos of the other scenery along the way, is just gorgeous. I think color is very healing and can be either relaxing or energizing, depending on the color and the need - glad you had such a glorious treatment of it! XOXO

Anonymous said...

Yay Robyn. Happy that I found your blog again.Having recently discovered it,I forgot to bookmark it.Greetings from South Australia.Your blog is so enjoyable.

mrsnesbitt said...

Great to see you back.There is something special about viewing the world from the back of a motorbike....we are fortunate in being able to do so...and we dont have to drive either! LOL! We have a Loftus 2 miles away! What a small world eh!


A bird in the hand said...

It's good to see you back! Sounds like you had an overall good time. The hotel is fairly typical fthere, yes? I've seen photos of that architecture and it's absolutely gorgeous!

I am so tickled that my little design got comments all the way in Oz. XOXOXOXO