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


Tuesday, 20 January 2009

and the next days... January 4 & 5

a sneak preview of what is to come next time.....

so on to January 4 and 5......the ride these days was brilliant. Riding first of all through farmland - paddocks, dotted with grazing sheep. In the distance were rolling hills and an aura hung over this land in the early morning light. Resting, peaceful & stillness... much like i wish my soul to be and I believe is becoming..... as I looked at that land, I began to believe that I could sit right there in that spot, or any spot really and I would be on Sacred Land. Every single inch looked and felt Sacred.No need to travel the world looking for Sacred places.. (every part of Mother Earth is Sacred and we need to begin to treat it like it is.)

we travelled through pine forests. Beautiful large pines. However there was a feeling about them of not being native, not belonging. But these trees were showing me that although they weren't native to Australia, they could grow and thrive alongside the native eucalypts......

and so we come to the stringy bark forest. I was so disappointed that we couldn't stop to take photos...(this was before I discovered that I could take photos on the back of the bike.)
So I will have to paint a picture using words...
the forests of eucalypts were awesome. the smell that hung in the air. not the strong smell of eucalyptus oil but a more subtle, earthy fresh eucalyptus perfume. just divine. These stringy barks were so strong and I felt an overwhelming love and support coming to me from them. that is when I realized that I must find myself a stick to make myself a new wand. a wand of belonging.
Dead trees among the living. white and bare. But still strong and wise. still part of the tribe.. showing me that even though their spirit has gone, their wisdom is still here for us to use.
and the soil. as red as I have ever seen. Once I would have thought it harsh but now - healing and grounding. I need some for my base chakra. the red colour perfect for connecting me to this land. to ground me. to bring me home.

and we rode on. down to the coast, along rugged coast country. passing through small seaside villages... and over a bridge at Lakes Entrance.. I was not really looking, more like gazing at nothing.. but at that moment, I had a desire to look into the water and as I did a dolphin came up out of the water and went back down. sleekly and silently. Was I called to look? A sign perhaps? A message? Or just a co-incidence?

that night was spent in Bairnsdale. We went out to dinner to a gorgeous pub and I had a small meal. Slow roasted vine tomatoes served with bocconcini and a salad of rocket and basil. It was delicious. The tomatoes were tiny vine tomatoes that had been dipped in olive oil, then sea salt. then oven roasted in a very slow oven for two hours. exquisite taste and basil and rocket together? Oh yes, it works very well. sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper. A perfectly simple delicious meal. ... next time we travel to Lorne... via Heronswood.

it has been quite warm here in Woodford and on the weekend, I did a really big tidy up in the garden. Pruning a rose bush that needed a haircut... but first of all I took a gorgeous bunch of roses from it to put on my table... aren't they gorgeous? I have no idea what kind of rose it is but it is never without flowers. Every single day of the year there is a rose or two or more on it.

13 comments:

Pam said...

Robyn I love the grey eucalypt background! I am enjoying hearing about your trip. We drove from Adelaide for a job interview in Bairnsdale, and back home again (staying overnight there of course!!).Just missed out too..hard call evidently, but the guy that already had the job was re-instated. That winding road to Lorne made me the most car-sick I've ever been in my life, lying prostrate on the grass, groaning.I've never experienced travel sickness on the back of a bike however - it's fun isn't it - you feel part of everything.Looking forward to the next installment!xx

Tori said...

With the combination of your pictures and words I am getting a better idea if what your home looks like. I think I would love to visit Australia some day!

Wendy said...

Love travelling with you. You sound so peaceful and content. Your roses are beautiful!

gemma said...

Robyn I love this especially your words "No need to travel the world looking for Sacred places.. (every part of Mother Earth is Sacred and we need to begin to treat it like it is.)" Hope you found an awesome spirit stick in the forest.
xx

peppylady said...

your roses are sure pretty in the window.

Coffee is on.

tinker said...

Your roses look lovely, Robyn - and your trip sounds so idyllic. You almost make me want to get on the back of a bike again, even though I swore off of them...For now, I think I'll just enjoy traveling vicariously with you!
xOx

amelia said...

I love hearing about your travels. It's easy to imagine being there with you while you sit and contemplate..

I can even smell the air..

Kavindra said...

Yeah, what Gemma said.

I love your word portrait here of the eucalyptus - I'm glad you didn't get a photo and showed us with your amazing words instead.

And the dolphin! 'Welcome home dear one' - it's like Australia is calling that out to you all over the place.

Monique said...

It sounds simply devine, the landscape, the dolphin and the food !!!!
Have a wonderful day Robyn !!

Leanne said...

beautiful roses, I have several new ones to plant here, just waiting for the right day and weather..
Leanne x

Kathryn Knoll said...

You have become such a poet, I think. I love every word you have used to share your journey with us. Simply AWESOME! Many, many thanks for the blessing of you!

Genie Sea said...

Thank you Robyn for taking us along on your soul's pilgrimage. That's what it reads like to me. An exploration of the soul through travels. Lovely photos. This may sound extreme;y ignorant, but if I hadn't known these two pictures were taken in Australia, I would have sworn it looked like England. Interesting, no? Hugs!

Moonroot said...

Beautifully writen - I felt like I was right there with you!