"One advantage of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."
Thanks to friends, Wendy and Mick from Bauple (pronounced Bopple) who allowed myself and my daughter, Philomena, to stay with them for some much needed rest and recuperation. I spent a lot of the time just sleeping, slowing down, spending time with Philomena and seeing some sights around Bauple and Maryborough on the odd day or two. I wanted to do simple, everyday things without having to look at a clock and feel pressured to always be achieving something. One thing I was looking forward to was just to spend some time somewhere quiet without so many distractions.
Our lives...my life, is spent with so much noise. Not just external, but also internal, where after awhile our thoughts become drowned out by too much noise. The internet is also a trap which if we're not aware, can zap our time and it often draws us away from time that could be better spent elsewhere...with our loved ones or doing things more beneficial. Things that involve creating the peaceful and satisfying lives we truly want. It's important to be able to step away from the constant distraction and disengagement from our 'real' lives.
I also wanted to hear the sound of birds singing or chirping and hear the rustle of wind in the trees and just sit...sit, watch and observe. Not necessarily to photograph, though I did on occasions. But most of the time I sat and just listened and watched. On cold mornings I would sit in the sun and Philomena did a little painting or played in the sun, and I did a little craftwork or Wendy and I would chat over cups of tea or coffee and philosophise about life.
The first morning I wandered down the back of the property just after sunrise and soaked up the fresh air and the tranquility. I enjoyed the wallabies at dusk and the kookaburras who would fly down on the off chance of a receiving a tasty morsel from Wendy's kitchen.
We also went on a couple of drives in the mornings on odd days. Below are photos of the Mary River, Dickabram Bridge (originally built in 1886, it is one of only two remaining vehicle and rail bridges in Australia), Maryborough and some colourful locals celebrating the upcoming Mary Poppins Festival (which was today). The photo of the sugar cane fields is around Bauple.
On one of these drives we stopped in to Miva where Wendy attends an art class and we ended up staying to do some drawing and shared a cuppa with the members. We really enjoyed the morning and got to meet some lovely and very interesting people, as well as meeting 'Porscha' the dog. Time felt like it stood still because we had nowhere particular to be. It was relaxing and refreshing to be amongst people who know how to enjoy the small moments in life.
But alas, all good things must come to an end. My getaway was far too short, but long enough to rest this weary soul and provide a little clarity and renewed energy.
For me as a creative, I need time alone for contemplation and introspection. I need quiet time to just sit and do nothing and take in things that would normally become drowned out by the busyness of life. It gives me clarity of thought and mind.
Clarity allows me to reflect...to focus...and to see and feel things that when we are filled up to the brim, get pushed back into the recesses of our hearts and minds. It's my source of inspiration and creativity because it allows me to reconnect - with myself, with other people, and with everything around me, but at a different vibration. It also renews my energy, both mentally and physically, and clears away the stagnation that happens with the constant bombardment of our senses and our bodies.
How about you? Do you find that life can become a little overwhelming? Are you allowing the busyness of life to get on top of you? Then I encourage you to seek solace somewhere and take time out away from the noise. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. And it doesn't have to be for very long. But it's important we recognise when we need time out and plan to take it, because it may bring you some clarity and renewed energy to keep pushing forward.
My last photos I will leave you of a little place in Bauple called the Vintage Rose Cottage Tea Rooms. We stopped in on our way home for devonshire tea and scones. We thought it was open and let ourselves in the front gate, only to find that it was closed and the owner was away, with the gardener working in the grounds. He was kind enough to give us a tour and tell us about the dreams of the owner for her cottages and gardens. We were very grateful and on our next visit will definitely call in for tea and scones.