We had a less than 24hour trip to Melbourne this weekend for a black tie wedding...
The main things I wanted to do (beside celebrate a sweet couple getting married!) for our brief visit was have an awesome city cafe breakfast: We accomplished this at Southpaw on Gertrude st - highly recommend. Annnd buy some shoes. One pair of Tigers (sale price thankyouverymuch) and one pair of Saltwaters. In tan - Yes, it was time. (The rumours are true. They are awesome.)
As we approach our one year anniversary of the big move to the country - I've been feeling a bit anxious. Was this a stupid mistake? Are we going to stop being invited to things? Will I ever be able to get back into my industry if I want to? A gnawing worry in the tummy.
But eating our amazing cafe breakfast this morning and watching the beautiful, weird and cool people, and resisting going into all the pretty shops made me think we might have got it right.
By just visiting the city we can have the city things we miss: food, coffee, beautiful people to watch, shopping. But the best things about the country... you might not get by just visiting. On a visit you might not come across a double rainbow and a jaw dropping sunset - what we arrived home to tonight. On a visit you won't get the joy of planting a stick in the ground in winter and then eating a warm raspberry off it in summer. On a visit the weather might not be right for a float down the river, and a surprise platypus sighting. If we lived in the city we wouldn't have a dog, or a house to decorate as we please, we wouldn't be able to be hosts for traveling friends.
I think for us - and what we dream of for our lives - I think we've got it right. For now!
Pps. Spot the new Saltwaters!