Friends Past and Present

Where do I start?

It has been almost 5 weeks since we hired a camper van and set out into the Great Southern area of Western Australia.

The whole purpose of this part of the trip was to reconnect with dear friends we made 4 years ago. No time to blog, and not very good internet connections, so for that time I was in cyber limbo.

I’m finding it hard to get back into the discipline of confronting the computer and sorting all the photos, and I must admit, remembering the details is not easy, I didn’t keep very many notes either…

But what I do remember is the times spent with our friends, sharing stories, telling jokes and eating meals together, very precious memories and a time I will cherish. The weather was not the best, after all it is winter down here. But the fires burnt bright and warmed our bodies and souls, and we wrapped up in thermals and winter jackets.

The last 2 days in Western Australia we spent in “Airbnb” accommodation. This is the second time we have used this type of accommodation and I am now a big fan. It is very affordable, at least half the price of a motel or hotel, and it is world-wide. Maureen, our host in Perth, gave us a warm welcome and we immediately felt at home. We came as strangers but when we left, after 2 days, we felt we were saying goodbye to a friend. Maureen was a Yorkshire Lass too, so Jack had 2 of us to keep him under control. (Actually an impossible job!!!)


Now we are in Canberra for another house sit.

What a sad start it was as the day we left to fly to Canberra Nicola emailed us with the sad news that her Mother, Christine, had died so suddenly and unexpectedly. I was devastated. Christine had become a close blogging friend, ( Dadirridreaming) and it was through her we had contacted her son Mitchell and daughter in law Nicola to do this house sit, and I had hoped we would also meet Christine while we were here.

Wednesday was the day of the funeral and the family have included her many blogging friends in the community by sharing a moving post of the service and photos.

Now we are settled in to this beautiful house with gas ducted heating and a cosy log fire in the lounge and Millie, the dog, to keep us company and take us for walks AND a very good internet connection. The next 3 months will fly by.

So welcome to Canberra the capital city of Australia.

But first I will sort through the photos and over the next few days show you some of the highlights of the Great Southern area of Western Australia.

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23 thoughts on “Friends Past and Present

  1. I’m not sure what prompted me to return to the post of Christine’s Service, Pauline, but I’m glad I did. I don’t think Toby’s video was there when I saw it first, or if it was I didn’t pay attention. Thank you for a peaceful 7 minutes 45 shared. Wasn’t she beautiful! 🙂


    • I am sad that I will not meet her but she introduced me to her family via cyberspace and WP and it is a pleasure to be house sitting for them. She had a beautiful presence on her posts and will be missed.


  2. Oh I am so looking forward to three months about Canberra! Condolences about Christine. Your posts about her speak to the strength of friendships forged by blogging. She will be missed~


  3. Welcome back! I lived in Canberra for years (was born there actually!) and am looking forward to seeing the pics as you settle into the place 😀


    • I think I know why you chose to live up north Dianne!!!!! It was -3 last night….But a gorgeous sunny day this morning, though quite a nip in the air. How long where you living here?


      • I lived there for about 40 years. I know what kind of ‘cold’ you’re talking about! It goes straight through the bones if there is any wind. On still days it’s beautiful 😀


  4. poppytump

    Missed you Pauline x Glad you’ve not been idle Lol What terrific time you’ve had of it all . Happiness and contentment comes through your pictures and words .
    I didn’t know Christine it seems I missed out on one special lady . I feel that all her fellow bloggers are giving support to her family . How wonderful that must be for them .
    Enjoy the next few months … will be interesting to see what you’re going to come up with from Canberra and roundabout 🙂


    • I think the blogging community is very special. Though we, mostly, never meet, we do become friends in the real meaning of the word and Christine was one of my special blogging friends I was saddened by her sudden death, especially as I was going to meet her while we were in Canberra. Such a shock for her family.

      Now on to Canberra… Almost like English weather, I had forgotten that tingling feeling you get in your nose when the air is so crisp. Last night it was -4 but this morning it is a beautiful crisp, clear sunny day, but still at 9am quite nippy, will wait till it warms up a bit before I take Millie, the dog, for her walk.
      Lots to see in Canberra, once I prise myself away from the log fire….


  5. Hello……….I’m so glad you’re back! Your friend’s kitchen & garden look so inviting……& there’s nothing like a fire when it’s cold outside. Looking forward to seeing Canberra through your eyes!


    • G’day Deanna it is good to be back and browsing through my friends life and blogs, will catch up with you soon…


  6. Welcome baaaaaaccccckkkkk!!! I missed you. Heard from Jack and now you, so all is good. Love hearing about your continuing adventures.
    The Christine news was devastating and sudden and all our hearts are broken for Stuart.
    This is why you and I grab life by the throat and shake it, we never know when it will end.


    • G’day Cindy, it is good to be back in cyberspace. Looking forward to catching up. I agree life must be taken a day at a time and enjoy every minute of it.


  7. Great to see you again, Pommepal. How wonderful to meet up with so many friends. Jack looks so professional in the kitchen, and I love Pippa’s smart winter coat. Yes, I was really saddened to read of Christine’s sudden passing. Stuart’s posts have been very moving indeed. Christine was such a lovely person.


    • The Jack in the kitchen is not actually “my” Jack as our friend is also called Jack. Very confusing at times. And to add to the coincidences Jack’s wife is called Carroll, spelt the same as my surname….

      Yes it was a very sad to hear of Christine I had been so looking forward to meeting her.


  8. Oh pommepal, I am shocked to hear of Christine’s passing. How very sad, I just read Stuart’s post now and am going to send him a message.Hope you and Jack are keeping well, all my love, Ailsa. xxx


    • It is very sad news Ailsa, Christine was such a lovely person and we do form strong friendships through this blogging community. Prayers and best wishes are flowing to her family from all over the world.


  9. Travel is wonderful but the old friends and the new friends one makes is the most wonderful part.
    I have you to thank for encouraging me to make the effort Pauline.


  10. A big welcome back to the blogosphere, Pommepal. I’m looking forward to the photos and more adventures!!
    I’m so sorry to read about your friend, Christine. I didn’t know her. From both your comments and the posts of other bloggers I can see she has touched many people’s lives.


    • Thanks for the welcome back Jill. I’m looking forward to visiting my blogging friends and finding out what you have all been doing during the past month.


  11. So glad to see you, and I’ll be looking forward to your posts. I was shocked at Christine’s death …. I was a follower of hers for a long time. She was such an inspiration to me.


    • Christine was an inspiration to many people and what a beautiful service that the family was so kind to share with her blogging community.


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