I love Australia – not because I was born here and lived here all my life but because I love the lifestyle, the people, the land and the feeling that I belong. I’d never want to live anywhere else.
You can be anyone you like and everyone likes everyone else. We’re relaxed, fun loving and “take the piss” out of everything. No “Toffee Nosed People” can last three minutes in the presence of an Aussie because they’re brought back down to earth with a thud.
If you want to “get away from it all” this is where you need to come. Beautiful landscapes, interesting cities and a few stories to go along with the history that is my home.
I was born in 1959 – I remember playing in the backyard of one of five houses in a street. I remember walking to school. I also remember walking home from ballet class by myself at the age of 7, unaware that I was supposed to go home with a neighbour. (They didn’t tell me that my mum wasn’t picking me up).
I have fond memories of setting fire to myself as a four year old and being taken to hospital where a friend and I tried to climb into bassinets which had sick babies in them.
I remember a swimming pool being put up by the local Apex Club that my father was a member. I remember helping make sandwiches for the Apex guys as they helped renovate an old house for the Country Women’s Association.
I remember buying my first house in a street with three other houses and waking up to find a cow in my front garden. Now the cows have been replaced by a highway.
There is still so much land and houses available if you’re willing to go that little bit further but you can always appreciate the fact that in Melbourne – there are always four seasons in one day and no two days are the same.
Australia is called the “Lucky Country” for a good reason and worth a visit every single time.