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Wake up, and smell the eucalyptus!

27 August, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been away for a couple of days. Nowhere too exciting, but somewhere which has allowed me to gather my thoughts.

It’s amazing how quickly groundhog day sets in out here, and how little you notice the jaded attitude taking over. It’s only as a result of these little ‘breaks’ in the monotony that you regain a little perspective on things and hold on to some semblance of what we know as sanity.

The last couple of days have helped to do just that.  I’ve read through my last few entries on here and noticed the darkness looming, and for that I can only apologise. Maybe I shouldn’t, or maybe I should? This blog seems to have taken on many roles for me out here, journal, conscience, sounding board, notebook and lyrical sketch pad… As such it is bound to reflect my moods to an extent and, of late, that hasn’t been too bright.

All that has changed (for now) thanks to some plants, a few flowers, a gazebo and the chirruping of crickets.

I kid you not!

Okay, perhaps some helicopter rides, a road move and a (very short) walk helped, and actually feeling as if I was contributing something more than suggestions for changes to policy, but God it felt good to get up and get outside the perimeter even for an hour or two!

But back to the garden… It’s amazing how, in this dry and dusty land, there can be swathes of vibrant colour and smells which lift the spirit. Even walking round a corner and being overwhelmed by the smell of a eucalyptus was an uplifting experience.

The laughter which resulted in meals taken with old friends may also have had something to do with it. Good, honest, laughter, sometimes for a reason and sometimes just because it felt right.

Perhaps it happened in answer to my heretic post earlier this week, perhaps it was just a break from the norm. I don’t really know and, to be honest, I don’t care. I’m just glad it happened.

And now, back to the coal front… bring it on!

(Oh! And by the way, the gazebo was a real pleasure, not least due to the fact that I helped build it in 2007!)