t h e s k y f r o m t h e p l a n e w i n d o w
I really should have explained our move/arrival date/etc earlier to you, but better late then never! I'll throw most eloquence out the door and write plainly.
t h e l i t t l e s t o n e
So that's Singapore; now we're in Australia! In Australia, it's been very hot (at the moment it's 87 degrees fahrenheit outside); because we're on the other side of the world, it's spring. Although at first glance having a repeat of spring and summer seems appealing (at least it seemed appealing to me!) it has been hard to leave the glory of fall and the wonderful cosiness of winter behind. Christmas won't be Christmas without any snow…and hot cocoa (who would want to drink hot cocoa in 98 degree weather anyway?!)…and the ambience of a crisp and chilly winter's day. But, I'm learning to cope with the heat, and in many ways it is nice not to be living in the dampness, rain, and chill of England.
u n d e r t h e p i e r a t a b e a c h n e a r e s t t o u sSince our arrival in Australia, we've seen many weird yet wonderful creatures. And we've even tasted a weird yet wonderful creature (namely, kangaroo meat). As for seeing these creatures… As we drove along the road one day there was a huge lizard (20 inches long) in the middle of the road; my dad screeched the car to a halt and we pulled over on the side of the road. A few (brave) ones clambered out to have a peek; unfortunately, the poor lizard was dead (I won't get into the gory details but let's just say the lizard was rolling his eyes). This past Sunday, as we were enjoying a Sunday drive in a rural part near us, a baby kangaroo (a joey!) was meandering around in the field right next to the road - he was The. Cutest. Thing. We all oohed and awwed through the car window, even managing to wake Caleb, our baby brother up, in our exclamations of 'Oh, the joey is just! so! adorable!". I feel Australian-ized (not a word but…) after seeing a kangaroo. My favourite creature was the koala, who, in a completely ordinary neighbourhood, was sitting high in a tree with his legs crossed, his arms hanging on either side of him, and his eyes slightly closed. (I imagined him reviewing The New York Times and sipping a cup of coffee, which was totally applicable to him). Yeah, Mr. Koala-in-a-tree was stinkin' adorable. Another not-so-nice instance involving creatures consisted of a broom, a very nervous and frantic me, and a hairy thing with eight legs (but let's not get into that at the moment)...
PS In case you're wondering what place Australia takes in our journeys; I've now lived in Canada, America, England, and Australia. :)
PPS Thoughts on the new header??