How’s that graduation from work going…(Baz)

Sydney's beaches
Narrabeen Lake, Sydney

Now let me repent for just a moment, we haven’t disappeared into the wilderness over these past couple of months, although you might be forgiven thinking so given our absence from these pages.


TomO, the Crown Prince, has been finishing his final year of High School and sitting his High School Certificate (HSC) and University entrance exams, (oh please, don’t start me on that topic) so that’s where our focus has been.  Mind you he has managed this intense period extremely well and hasn’t been too stressed about it.

Maybe he has been a little too relaxed, but hey, that’s not a bad way to live your life…!


Anyway, that is all behind us, and importantly, behind TomO as he sets his sights on a “gap year” before commencing his Undergraduate Degree at University; a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, his favourite topic.


And rest assured, we haven’t wasted too much time getting (back) Out and About in this great country of ours, and last week we took the opportunity to spend some time on Sydney’s northern beaches, kayaking, hiking, and cycling…

Toyota 79 Series
Xplore – Our touring set-up


Whilst we are quite accustomed to travelling many thousand’s of kilometres exploring our fabulous country, this trip was about 40-kilometres each way – mind you, we’ve always said there is plenty to see in your own backyard if you just take the time to look, so we lived to that motto as we enjoyed a camp lakeside at Narrabeen Lagoon.


Next week we are off to Scottsdale Reserve, situated south of Canberra, to do some volunteer work on this conservation property owned and managed by Bush Heritage Australia…

But hey, about this graduation from work thing I embarked on early last year. Crikey, let me tell you, do it if you can, life’s too short to contemplate what could have been…


One of the things I have come to appreciate is time – you don’t need to do everything at a break-neck speed, no work deadlines to be met, sleep in, if that’s what is needed or get up for a walk or a row up in the “shed” in the pre-dawn magic.

The Shed


No rules, and strewth, you’re right, wouldn’t be “dead for quids”.


And Janet is itching to be Out and About, and she put the call out for me to “pack the TVAN Baz” and let’s head off down the driveway for some adventure in the Aussie Outback – yep, no encouragement needed on that one from me.


Speaking of which, we will cross the Australian Continent in December as we head to the West Coast for a couple of months…

Lake Cohen, Outback Australia
Lake Cohen, Outback Australia

We’ll have cameras at the ready to capture the landscapes of this great country of ours and we’ll be sure to share them..


Yeah, this “graduation from work” thing is working out swimmingly.


Cheers, Baz – The Landy

Photos: Baz – The Landy and Janet-Planet


7 thoughts on “How’s that graduation from work going…(Baz)

  1. RobinLK November 22, 2018 / 10:13 am

    It’s been a long while since I dropped in to WP. Glad to see life is treating you and your family well! Congrats to your grownup youngster.


  2. Linda Visman - wangiwriter November 21, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Great to hear from you again Baz. 🙂

    I find there’s only one thing wrong with retirement – there isn’t enough time to do everything you want to do!
    How quickly our kids grow up! From starting school to finishing it seems to have gone in a flash when you look back. My eldest grandchild (boy) is 15 now and only has three years until he will be where your TomO is now :-O
    It’s also a good thing for your lad to take that gap year.
    Wishing you all a great few months of travels and helping the environment


    • Baz - The Landy November 22, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Hi Linda, you’re right on that, simply not enough time to do everything. And TomO is very much looking forward to a gap year, We are glad he taking one, take care, Baz

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  3. Miriam November 21, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    All the best to your son and to you all as you set off for your next adventures in life 😎

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  4. Barbara Grandberg November 21, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    so glad you’re enjoying retirement :-}

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