Flying South

Well my friends, I guess I had better come clean and admit my shameful expat secret. I went home!

For the past month, I’ve been in Australia. I guess it was no secret that I and the German winter had had something of a falling out. As morale dropped to critical levels, a little window of relief opened up. A series of fortunate events lead to an offer we couldn’t refuse. Home we flew, like birds, to our southern homeland.

Things I loved:

The long forgotten sensation of bare arms and legs

home grown tomatoes

peaches

magazines in english

copious amounts of BBQ’d steak

nieces and nephews

the colour green

sewing days

watching british murder mystries with my father in law

swimming

free to air Play School

Looking around me, I couldn’t help feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland. “Curiouser and curiouser” seemed to describe the familiar and yet strange world around me. And as we boarded the plane for our return journey, I couldn’t help asking; was I flying home, or away from home?

If you’re of the friends we didn’t get to see while we were home, we’re really very sorry. Our time and energy didn’t stretch nearly as far we we would have wished. To all those we did see, thank you so much for making it such a special and memorable time for us.

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9 Responses to “Flying South”


  1. 1 Jill March 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Yup…for me it’s the bare arms and the smell that comes with rain at the end of a hot day…gum leaves, dust settling. Loved our all-too-brief catch-up. Now would love the chance to explore the history and the music past and present of your other world, Ally. (Went to a music festival in New Zealand recently and was especially drawn to a group from Berlin–17 Hippies–with an interesting story behind them and blending an amazing sound from disparate instruments). Have Italian guests at the moment and am sorely tempted towards more exploration in that part of the world. Need the linguaphone crash course? (Though love that we manage so well with gesticulating freely and listening for French sound-alikes.) We’re just about in April, so I’m energetically willing the buds to start announcing warmer days for you. Will look to your blogs for update on that realisation. Love, Jill

  2. 2 Carol Jesson March 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Glad to hear you had a renewed taste of your “down under” home.
    Enjoy & embrace the opportunities God has given you, even if it is on the other side of the world. Lesley & Richard will be with you very soon!! lots of love Carol & Gordon

  3. 3 Annaleise March 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I loved looking at these gorgeous photos, Ally! Thanks for doing an Australia post 🙂 That one of Sarah and Rose is so lovely!! 🙂

    • 4 Leise April 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

      ha, I was reading this thinking “I don’t remember writing that!” Then I realised what was happening. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly share the same sentiments :0) Miss you Ally, Rose and Tony, but look forward to seeing you again sometime soon xoxox

  4. 5 Ronelle March 30, 2011 at 7:40 am

    How lovely it was to see you and hug you Ally, yet how hard it was to say goodbye again. Thanks for being my inspiration in many ways. I feel especially thankful to have spent some time with little Rose and to know her as her own person now. What a beautiful littel girl God has blessed you both with. Much love x

  5. 6 Arthur March 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Ally – your photos encapsulate so well some of the time we spent with you, Tony and Rose. Rose just loved a “walk on the grass” and helping out in the vegie garden, even developing a liking for mulch! The visits to the school farm to see Mackie, Panda and Snuffie (the calves) and to collect the eggs will also be precious memories. What a joy it was to have you all “home” for a month.
    Much love,
    Dad

  6. 7 Gerri Frederiksen April 4, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Loved catching up with you, Tony and Rose, Ally.
    It was a very special time for you all to have back home in Oz.
    I am also loving seeing your blog again..I look forward to the next edition!
    Love Gerri..xx

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  8. 9 Jessica Perez April 15, 2011 at 6:08 am

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