I have no real idea why year after year I’ve kept this blog alive, dutifully paying my hosting fees monthly to keep what is essentially a dead archive. It could be seen as a journal of defeat – I completely understand that. I prefer to see it as a triumph of will, survival and most of all a strangely poetic kind of justice.
While I never returned to the States to live I have visited frequently and my Reason and I lived it up and have seen and stayed in many parts of the country.
My lower case reason have become upper case Reason and are holding their own. Baxter is finishing at Tacoma School of the Arts this year and will end up studying music at a college like Berklee in Boston he’s already an accomplished songwriter and singer. His Grandfather would have been overjoyed his as his Father is. David is studying at SAMI The Science and Math Institute and has his heart set on Veterinary Science or Zookeeping. Cartoonist Gary Larsen ( of The Wild Side fame) worked at Point Defiance Zoo where David spends much of his time -so goodness knows where that will end up. What is certain is that his math smarts combined with his extraordinary gentle and kind nature will bode him well wherever he goes.
I have worked selling solarPV for the past Six years. A career that has allowed me to travel extensively with my faithful companion and best bud Ellie but has also enabled me to afford excellent vacations with my Reason.
To top it off last year I bought my retirement home in the Rainforest of Tropical Far North Queensland. I visited Kuranda when I was 21 and it was a small hippy market town – in truth it is not far removed from that today. It is so gorgeous and lush when I wake up and look down the length of my property listening to the creek bubbling and the ever present sounds of nature beside my home I have to remind myself I’m not dreaming. When I first came to Kuranda I was working as an actor and stayed with two teachers in the rainforest – I remember turning to my acting partner,Dave, who also stayed there,to tell him that my ideal was to live in Kuranda in European Winter (Australian summer) – and live in Europe in the European Summer. Well mate, it’s only taken thirty odd years but I’m half way there!
So I’ll make my final farewell by sharing some of our vacation shots and some photos of Wallaby Close – my home in the forest.
I’ll be turning it into an air-bnb in the near future as I do love company. Come and join me. The pool or creek is always inviting. There’s always steak and prawns on the barbie and plenty of all sorts of things to transport the mind and body.