The Home Coming

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Home. We made it.

We were welcomed at the airport by a big group of family in party hats, blowing party blowers and holding a big welcome sign. It was so great to be home. The feeling of relief, the knowing it was all over, the familiarity. I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders. Such a sweet feeling.

My family had to go off to work so Felix and I went and spent the afternoon in Heidelberg West with Felix's family. We put our plan to surprise Felix's nephews into action. Climbing into a big fridge box complete with an address sticker and pretend stamps we waited in their driveway until they returned from shopping and excitedly discovered a huge parcel was waiting for them. Prompted by the adults they guessed and guessed at what could be in such a big box. With the help of David they carefully cut the box open and got the surprise of their lives to discover us inside. After a moment of shock they exploded into nonstop hyper excitment, running around trying to show us everything, their voices on full volume. It was as good as we had hoped it would be.

The rest of the afternoon was spent looking at the garden and taking a lovely walk along Darebin Creek where we collected huge bunches of Elder flowers to make cordial. We were meant to be at Mum and Dad's house for dinner around seven but by suddenly coming from where it was getting dark at four to being back at home where it was still light at nine, my sense of time was totally off and we didn't make it out there until eight. it was such a shock how many more hours of light we suddenly had to enjoy. It was glorious! How I have missed the Australian sun.

Our first dinner home was Mum's wonderful lasagne and a salad with fresh local vegies. The quality of Australian fruit and vegetebles is so amazingly better, getting into a big bowl of real salad was the best thing ever. I excitedly went around the place admiring the lush green and hugely grown garden, all the rain Victoria has had this winter has done wonders.

At midnight I finally went to bed, it was hard to stop talking to everyone and showing little bits and pieces from the trip.

I had a great night's sleep and woke bright and early feeling sprightly, jet lag either wasn't going to affect me or it just hadn't caught me yet. I started the day with a short but heart pumping bike ride with Victoria, huffing and puffing up the hill with my wasted legs stinging - I was so happy. I love riding my bike and I love the feeling of warm sun and a gentle breeze cooling me as I pedal along.

After some breakfast (a healthy one of oats, sultanas and stewed rhubarb) Victoria and I went and did some little things down the road. Felix got the Mini going and around one o'clock we headed back to Heidelberg West for Felix's mother's birthday celebration.

Before  the party started I had time for another bike ride into Brunswick where I had a little lunch with my much missed friend Kate. Once again riding my bike in the lovely sunshine I felt so happy to be home. This is what I've been missing so badly - wind in my hair, a little sunburn on my shoulders, the power of my legs getting me where I want to be. That's what I love, that's what makes me happy. Europe... that shit's too fancy and 'cool' for me, give a me quite house, a bike and a vegie garden over that any day.

Today has been great but total mayhem. Tomorrow my family and I go to Perth for Christmas. There are so many things going on at this time of year as it is, without the added activity of preparing all the things that need to be done so the animals and farm are still alive and standing when we get back. Among all the craziness Felix and I managed to go for a fantastic bike ride along the Warburton Trail. It was so good, I have been waiting to feel my legs burning and to test myself on the hills for so long.
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Mari, Ari, Vihtori and Einari on

&lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3 love from us all!!

Campbell on

Welcome back! I've enjoyed following bits and pieces of your travels. x Campbell and co

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