Dear Australian friends,
When the role of blogger became part of my persona two years ago, I imagined I would type out little stories and a handful of anonymous people and my Mom would read them. To think that I had absolutely no idea of the friendships blogging would create, the support and encouragement I would receive, now makes me feel quiet naive.
Having just returned from your beautiful country Australia ,where each of you dropped your blogging, and life tasks in general, to welcome us with open arms as if we were a long lost friends, has left me humbled, heart-warmed and to be honest, dripping happy tears on more than one occasion.
To Annie, the sportiest, Unsporty Woman I can think of. Your blog may be about running but you and your wonderful husband could start the most amazing farm stay hotel in Australia. We shall never forget your kindness and hospitality, the beautiful wide open spaces and the scores of sweet wallabies and possums. I have been so fortunate to have your positive energy cheering me on for more than two years Annie. Thank you.
To Lyn, to cycle Sydney with the two Travelling Lindfields who have likely cycled and blogged about more countries than anyone on the planet, was a true gift. Being our favorite mode of transport on a holiday, having you guide us on two wheels to see the sights will be an afternoon we will reflect fondly on for many years. To drop everything on what was an incredibly busy day for you, to tour us about was beyond generous.
To Heather, your blog may be called Master of Something I’m Yet To Discover, but we know you are the master of tour guiding. From hotel pick up and delivery to a day full of exploration, tea break, wine tours, lunch, and the show stopper specially made brochures and ‘show’ bags. Your generous ways and sense of humor as shared on your blog of volunteering in Nepal to raising your family, were showered on us. You are amazing.
To Lisa, to meet the woman who is sailing the World One Ocean at a Time and capturing the world with such beautiful images left us heart-warmed. Your humble and loving ways will forever leave us with precious memories of our ferry ride to Manley and the astounding views of Sydney from the water. Australia my not be your home but we felt so lucky to find you in port.
To Mabel, to spend time with you, the talented Australian author, burgeoning photographer, and one whose age could easily fit in my own children’s group, was a true gift. Prior to blogging I would have never expected such a connection could happen with a generation of age difference. I smile broadly at the memory of our dinner in Melbourne and sharing thoughts from blogging to your expertise multiculturalism in Australia.
Lastly to dear M-R (Margaret Rose). You may have taken a break from blogging but one of the best things that has happened in my writing was when you asked me to review your book And Then Like My Dreams. I thought you were mad however with your feisty encouragement you helped me believe in my own writing. You are a gem dear one.
Lastly to so many other Aussie bloggers who offered for us to visit, how sad that our time constraints kept us from exploring your beautiful corners of Australia. One thing is for certain. We will be back to the land down under.
Until then dear blogging friends you have our heartfelt gratitude for your warmth, kindness and for instructing all spiders and snakes to hide themselves. We hope you will come to visit in Canada. We will be waiting with open arms.