Sunset on the River Walk

Sunset on River Walk

As I have just today decided that it is Queensland I will return to when I go back to Australia, I thought it appropriate, if a little sad, to post a late dusk shot of the quite marvellous River Walk in Brisbane, in response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban.

In my opinion, the construction of River Walk – over, on, beside – the Brisbane River from New Farm, down beside the city and through the Botanic Gardens and the mangroves, and across the river to Southbank – was the single thing that changed Brisbane from a large sleepy country town to a modern city  - it represented a vision for the city as a modern, vibrant, outgoing and active place, showcasing the city’s beauty.  I’m hoping like mad the iconic floating walkways have been repaired after the floods last year because to walk the River Walk, on a trip to town, was always something to look forward to, and something I’m looking forward to doing again as soon as I’m settled.

It all started yesterday when I wrote to my landlady giving her the required three months notice of my intention to terminate the lease.  By the time I was happy with the wording (delicate things like money owing to me, etc.),  the power had come back on.  Instead of responding to all those marvellous comments that have been languishing in my “Notifications” box,  I headed over to Australia’s domain dot-com and began seriously looking at properties for rent in some of the towns on my “possibles list” of places I might like to live.  Nowhere in Queensland was on the list, but I don’t count the time as wasted because looking at properties, at town maps, regional maps, reading about these places and the lifestyles there, all helped make the move and how I might live more real.

I didn’t realise it was such a relief to have posted that letter – making my departure from Sri Lanka official – until I returned home .  I felt drained, as though I’d run a marathon, so I just lay down on the sofa and had a ziz, quite a long ziz. This morning I found myself looking at rentals on the Sunshine Coast, and realised that the area is the closest place I have to a home.  It’s beautiful, offers varied lifestyle choices, has some employment opportunities, and because of internal immigration and the university, has a growing cultural scene.  Yes.  I think that’s where I’ll make my new life.

Funny how we make decisions.  For me they seem to come organically, from the sub-conscious.  I can’t seem to arrive at conclusions through the list method, which to me seems an endless exercise in finding more points to add to the lists.  For the first time since I came to the decision to go back to Australia I’m feeling a little frisson of anticipation.  And that’s a great relief too.  Now the hard work starts, and the planning, and seriously finding new homes for The Girls.

Despite some lovely Camelot-like showers the past few weeks, the dams remain low and power cuts must continue, which means at least three, sometimes six – hours a day I can’t use the internet.    For an antidote to making lists and crossing things off I’ll blog a couple of times a week, but please forgive me if my reading of your blogs is patchy, and my correspondence desultory – until I find somewhere to live and organise this move – a logistical nightmare with too many unknowns to make good decisions at this point – that’s how it has to be.  You understand, I know :)

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46 thoughts on “Sunset on River Walk

  1. Congratulations on making the decision. There is always enormous relief in making one; it frees up a lot of space in the head, and allows planning to start. Good luck with it all.

  2. Well, this is certainly a huge decision, and it sounds like you’re very happy with it. Your new home sounds gorgeous, not a bad substitute for your current home. ; ) I always feel so much better after I take the first step… I hope the rest of your planning goes well.

    I’m sure fellow bloggers will understand that real life must come before bloggy comments. ; ) Best wishes!

    • Yes the relief of making that first concrete decision is enormous, Anne – now it’s just administration (and a bit of sadness when the goodbyes begin!). Thanks for your good wishes – I’ll try to keep up, but will see you on the other side!

  3. The river walk was great, and hopefully it will be rebuilt. I love walking beside the river in Brisbane when I am at home in Australia. The city cats are wonderful too, and a great way to get around the city. Perhaps we will meet when you come back to Queensland. The Sunshine Coast is a beautful part of Australia.

  4. I had a little lump in my throat reading this . . . “moving on” is such an emotional mix of happy / sad and while I wish you all the best for packing up and farewelling Sri Lanka I can’t wait to hear of your new adventures on the Sunshine Coast.

    Love your fabulous Brisbane night shot! I remember the country town version . . .

  5. Wow, Wanderlust: a big decision. Always wonderful to come home to something that feels like home. And the monkeys will find new inhabitants to entertain. May the next three months run smoothly for you :-)

  6. Don’t worry about the bloggy comments. Focus on what you need to do to prepare for the next act in this play we call life. When you post, we’ll be here to read.

  7. Wow so you made your choice! I am certain you will be happy although Sri Lanka will always be away from your heart. Good luck with everything and beautiful picture! On a positive note it seems that a lot of other WP bloggers come from that part of the world so maybe you will meet them in person someday?

  8. I’m so happy for you; I know having made your decision, written your letter to the landlady, that now you can start the fun part of planning. A move is a lot of hard work, no denying that, but it is also so wonderful to plan your new living place and dream about the adventures you will have there. The photo shows a beautiful place.

    • I don’t think I can allow myself to do too much dreaming and visualising just yet, Angeline. The more research I do the more it becomes likely that I’ll be packing up and sending my things to a lock up while I look for somewhere to live. Everything seems to be so different to how it is here, and I’ll just have to be on the ground to make things happen I’m afraid – well, I suppose that’s to be expected – it was a bit naive to think I could just make a call and secure that lovely cottage in the forest and negotiate a commencement date a month or six weeks down the track …

  9. pleased to know you are moving along with the plan to return …. the sunshine coast sounds lovely, i am willing to come and see, especially when it is winter down here … we are off travelling in about 24 hours so just travel posts from me when i can, and probably no chance for reading blogs until we return in october …stay cool, hope the rains come :)

  10. I moved home just before Christmas, from London. Home for me I thought was Sydney, but my family have all moved to Brisbane in the last decade, and went it came down to it, home is where my family are. So guess where I am!

    I was dreading Brisbane, as my visits twenty years ago meant it was stuck in my head as being a big country town. But you’re right, Brisbane has changed, and matured, for the better. I never got to walk the river walk, but there are still some paths and the South Bank is a wonderful place. I’m enjoying living here more than I ever thought I would, and not just because I’m near my family again. I hope coming home works as well for you.

  11. Congratulations on making your choice, I will be looking forward to reading all about your adventures during the next phase of your wandering :)

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  13. I sometimes think the hardest part of a decision is before you make it. Once decided, it really is a matter of keeping on looking forward, to take on the new challenges. A big decision, but I am sure you have weighed everything up and selected what is best for you!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck with all your plans in the next few weeks.

    • Thank you Madoqua! Yes, I think you’re right about the hardest part being the process of making the decisions. What comes next is really only a matter of administration, or playing out the cards to the end … A bit of fear, because of the uncertainty, of course, and sadness of departure – but that’s life :)

  14. I’m glad you are relieved to have started the process. I realize the next few months will still be difficult as you say good-bye to people, places and a way of life that is so much a part of you.
    We will be here when you return and will love hearing about it. Take care.

    • Yes, Michelle, the goodbyes will be emotional, but that’s in the future – the first a worst step will be giving The Girls away, then the making decisions about what to keep and what to sell – or give away – without actually knowing what i will be moving into. The only thing I know for sure is that I’ll never be able to afford the luxury of the space I have here – the size and height of rooms is palatial in comparison to almost everything in Oz! So many decisions to make – it’s making me dizzy :)

  15. Good luck – I have a move coming up myself, though within the same complex. The not knowing and decision making can be exhausting. Happy travels!

    • Good luck with your move! You’re right, trying to make decisions, not knowing, is highly stressful – especially laden with all this stuff! Oh to be a monk or something, with just a spare robe and a begging bowl :)

  16. It’s a wonderful feeling to make a decision, whatever it is. You now have something to work with and toward rather than lingering in that awful limbo of unsure whattodowheretogo :)

  17. So glad that decision is out of the way and you can now look forward to the move. Your relief and anticipation is palpable. And that gorgeous dusk shot seems to me, to hold out the promise of a brand new day :-) All the best with the logistics of your move TWLG.

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