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It's beautiful here, but lately I've really been missing my old garden. Renting means we can't have a vegetable garden, dig holes, or grow sunflowers if we feel like it. We never have outdoor projects to work on anymore (something we all did as a family). I really want to own my own home again and feel sad that this is probably not going to happen for a long time.
Anyway, please enjoy these photos as I reminisce.
I miss having a compost bin! It's great that we finally get to recycle paper and plastic, but I loved spreading our rich compost over the garden beds!
We had some delicious Roma tomatoes for a few months!
I really miss these guys!
The spiders are everywhere here, but they're not this pretty.
Although the wildlife here is pretty awesome, I really miss the insects of the Top End. They were prolific and so incredibly interesting to look at.
We all miss our pets and hope they're happy.
My pond. *sigh*
I know what you're thinking, I have a canal in my backyard. It's not the same. Michael made this pond for me and it was my little escape whenever I was feeling anxious or stressed. The sound of trickling water was like a panacea for my mental health!
I don't think I've seen a single butterfly here yet.
I miss the nooks,
the "Ta ta" lizards,
and my fishes.
It's hard to let go of a place that you loved so much. When it comes to the weather and flora and fauna I think the Top End will always be my absolute favourite place. I really loved the wet season as it brought the frogs and the insects out of hiding. I even loved the build up to the rain. The heat and the humidity were comforting to me for some reason. I miss the noise of the cicadas and the wild storms. I never begrudged the rain waking me up through the night, it always made me feel safe and as if all was right with the world.
I feel a bit like an alien here. Out of my element and struggling to adapt to the cool, dry weather.
Don't worry, I'm not really sad or anything. I just miss my friends, I miss the Indigenous people (especially the children), and I miss owning my own home.
I know we've done the right thing in leaving Katherine, but a part of my heart will always remain there.
The First Week in Darwin - some picture
7 years ago