Romantics, Lovers…

Cullyamurra Sunset

Sunsets are for romantics, for lovers…

For those who dare to lose themselves in the moment, entwined in a lover’s embrace as one, an embrace as warming as the colours of a setting sun…

 Photo: Baz – The Landy, in a lover’s embrace with Janet-Planet  😉

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Like a Lover, Scorned…

The Great Victoria DesertRecently we undertook an expedition across a large swathe of Australian Desert Country, where the skies are dark blue and the earth a parched red.

This was a trip that took us across Australia’s Great Victoria and Gibson Desert’s and some other marvellous places along the way.

You can read a little more about the expedition here…

I’ve always considered the journey is what a trip is all about, even the bits in between the good bits when you seem to be travelling no-where fast, transiting from one point to another.  But having said that, touring and travelling in this great country of ours usually means “covering the miles” to get to an objective of some kind.

On our recent trip we pulled up in the small town of Peterborough, South Australia, for a cup of tea and bite to eat, doing so in a park not too far from the centre of town. Very pleasant indeed, and perhaps next time we will spend a little more time there to explore it just a little bit further.

Now Mrs Landy, Janet my wonderful partner, and I have been together for over thirty years, childhood sweethearts, almost, having lived next door to each other in our heady adolescent years.

Janet - cheeky as ever

Neither of us has experienced what it might be like to leave a lover, for another, only to run into your ex-partner at the very moment you are looking longingly at your new beau!

Crikey, not in the last thirty years anyway…

Perhaps against all odds, as we were downing a piping hot cup of tea on what was a fairly cold and wintry afternoon in downtown Peterborough, the “Old Landy” or “Old Whitey” as it is referred to these days, the somewhat trusty old vehicle that took us on many trips into Outback Australia, pulled up, right where we were sitting.

Perhaps, just like a scorned lover would.

The Landy, Outback Australia The Landy

Goading us by its mere presence; causing us to feel a twinge of guilt at the way it was discarded, for another…

Oddly, I had never met the gentlemen who had purchased “Old Whitey” as Janet took care of the sale, so I introduced myself and he said it was travelling well…

I think he was as surprised as me!

But it did leave us thinking was this “an old lover’s curse” as we headed for the deserts!

Fortunately The “New” Landy performed perfectly, and as expected…

Have you ever had a similar experience?

 Um, with your vehicle, strewth I’ll stay out of your love affairs otherwise?

 Photos: Janet Planet –  Mrs Landy…

A Sunflower (Sweethearts forever)

Sunflower

Sunflowers are a favourite of mine, they are so big, bright, colourful and vibrant.

They have always been favoured by my father, Brian, and as a kid growing up I can always remember them growing at his parents home, in Pop and Nana’s backyard.

This morning Dad slipped away peacefully as I watched over him, just as the first rays of light were piercing the eastern skyline over Moreton Bay…

The rising sun is a beautiful thing, taking darkness to light, signalling the dawning of a new day, lighting the pathway to a new life…

And what makes this sunflower so special is it has been growing outside the house where Dad asked my mother to marry him more than fifty years ago…a peaceful spot on the cliffs, overlooking the ocean, Moreton Bay, at Scarborough on the Redcliffe Peninsula.

We’ve shed some tears, and had a bit of a laugh, but above all else, today, we’ve felt so much joy that we have had him with us for so long, always looking out for us all, and never far from Fay, the love of his life.

Sweethearts Forever
Sweethearts Forever

 

Yes, Fay, the love of his life…

He was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Yes, a sunflower, so big, bright, colourful and vibrant…

Brian and Fay - Sweetheats Forever
Brian and Fay