4 Aug. 2015
While I am writing, I am sitting eating “Butlers” Dark Chocolate with Irish Whisky. Their slogan is “purveyors of Happiness. I think it should read “purveyors of the light head!” That’s it, the chocolate gets put away! This is my third attempt with the blog and that Chocolate is mighty strong!
Because I am flying back to Australia tomorrow I am winding down today. I have done my last little bit of shopping. Taken my last photos and packed my bags.
Tonight I will go to the Gaiety Theatre for a performance of River Dance. I managed to get a really good seat 5D and that is close to the stage. It should be wonderful.
This is not my last post on my blog because when I arrive back in Australia I will take you by the hand and introduce you to my beautiful piece of Paradise – the Whitsundays, so please keep reading my blog and enjoy!
8 August, 2015.
“I love a sunburnt Country
a land of sweeping plains
of ragged mountain ranges
of droughts and flooding rains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea
Her beauty and her terror
a wide brown land for me!”
This is the second stanza of a much loved poem recited by Australians and when I was a child at school, learnt by heart. I hope Australian children still do. It was written by Dorothea Mackellar in 1908 and this is the poem that came to mind as we flew over the Australian outback. My first sighting of Australia in 46 days.
I have had a most wonderful experience in traveling to Ireland to research my Irish Prendergast family history. I have fallen in love with Ireland and it’s kind and generous people. Whose sense of humour and love of life never ceases to amaze me. I loved visiting England and France as well.
And I am home now. Home in my beloved Australia. A land I know well because I grew up here. We are blessed to have the diversity and natural beauty of scenery, an abundance of fresh produce, meat, poultry, fish and seafood,fruit, vegetables and a multitude of crops and industries. We have an abundance of natural resources – second to none – which we share with the world.
We are a new country with a blended culture of over 200 years of peoples coming from many nations around the world and sharing with us their histories, customs and traditions. I am very proud of my Dad’s Irish roots and my Mum’s Welsh/Scottish roots.
We have a history of Indigenous people dating back thousands of years whose culture we are still learning about as they have so much to offer us – and we them.
We are at peace. We have freedom of expression. Freedom of Religion.
We have a “Fair go’ attitude meaning that if someone is prepared to try hard to achieve something we will support them in their endeavours. And even if they don’t succeed, be proud of them for “Having a go”
It is 5.36am on Saturday 8/8/15 and I have been awake since 4.30am this morning. I am suffering from jet lag but considering the fact that I checked out of my hotel room in Dublin on Wednesday 5/8/15 at 4.15am and didn’t arrive back in the Whitsundays until yesterday Friday 7/8/15 at 3.30pm and even allowing for the time differences, it was one mighty long journey. I was exhausted when I arrived back home and grateful that my darling Barry was waiting to greet me and carry those two heavy suitcases.
This morning I will attend the monthly meeting of the Whitsundays family history group in Proserpine. I know the members are looking forward to hearing about my journey.
Later in the day we will take a walk around my neighbourhood here in Cannonvale (Airlie Beach) in the beautiful Whitsundays and with my photography I will show you where I live.
Thank you all for being my wonderful travelling companions, with your comments of support and love I have achieved what I set out to do – and much, much more!