I absolutely love my home and I enjoy spending a whole day there without going out. It is satisfying to potter in the garden or spend time reading or writing in this environment. However, I also love a day or longer going somewhere different. It may be to a place I have gone to before or it may be a Ďnewí location. I donít have to go very far from home to find myself inspired by being somewhere different. I like to take my time to explore and take photos. There is much of Australia I havenít seen yet. I have been overseas once and found it really did Ďbroaden the mindí.
Sometimes I will catch a train or bus pretty much on the spur of the moment and spend a few hours wandering around somewhere different. I take my camera and notebook. I jot down thoughts, bits of information, things I want to follow up and bits of interesting conversation I overhear.
Street art is one source of inspiration. I never know when I am going to see something interesting painted on a wall or stobie pole.
Decorated stobie pole at Brompton. Authorís own photo
Last week I spent an afternoon walking around the seaside suburb of Semaphore. When I was a child my family would occasionally go to Semaphore in the summer. I remember sitting under the jetty in between swims. Building sand castles was fun and then there was the merry go round to enjoy. Memories.
Jetty at Semaphore. Authorís own photo
I have been to Semaphore with a friend a couple of times in the past year. One Sunday morning we went there for breakfast and then enjoyed a walk along the beach. Another day we went for a swim and ate a picnic tea on the lawn before heading home.
On another occasion I went with a couple of other friends to listen to live bands that were playing at Semaphore. This was also a memorable occasion.
Going somewhere on my own is a different experience again. I find I notice more because I am not involved in conversation. Last week I enjoyed wandering around looking at shops and taking photos that may be useful for future articles.
I spent some time in a cafť enjoying a coffee while I read the newspaper. In an op shop I bought buttons and had a conversation with the woman behind the counter. When I found the public toilet I got a surprise because it was an attractive structure.
Short outings are fun and give me new things to think about and ideas for articles.
Public toilet at Semaphore. Author's own photo
Weekends away are a nice change of pace. Some of my most relaxed breaks have been camping weekends.
A few days away are great too but can be more difficult to organise. A couple of years ago I travelled on the Overland to Melbourne to visit a friend. The train trip was so relaxing I wished it was longer. My holiday in a different city was very enjoyable. I met new people and visited places I hadnít been to before. My friend and I went to Rye one day to visit her auntie.
Mother and baby dolphin sculpture at Rye. Authorís own photo
The most memorable trip of my life was a holiday in Phuket. The weather, lifestyle and so many other aspects were different from my life at home. Travelling on the local bus (more of a truck with plastic for windows and a couple of wooden benches to sit on) was an experience. I was relieved none of the children hanging off the back lost their grip as the bus wound its way up the mountain. Occupational health and safety...?
I enjoy looking at the photos I took on my holiday and remembering the sights, sounds, smells and the local food. There were so many sights I would never have seen back in South Australia. These included temples, three people on one motor bike and tsunami evacuation signs, but there was so much more.
Tsunami evacuation sign at beach near our accommodation. Authorís own photo
Home is wonderful but it is inspiring to venture out from time to time. This may be to a location a few kilometres from home or to another country.
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