As much as I love digital photography, film cameras will always have my heart. Here are some snippets of life in film….
Sometimes you need to get away — from the traffic, skyscrapers and busy city life — and surround yourself with nature and stillness. And our trip to Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat was the perfect place for this….
We felt the need to explore. To watch the city disappear from the rear-view mirror and to reconnect with our coastal roots. To immerse ourselves in pure nature. We weren’t escaping anything, nor were we looking for something. We just wanted to find and feel a sense of adventure. So we packed up the car with the bare necessities: a tent, warm clothes, food, bedding, books and cameras. We drove up north, with no plans on where we would stay. We stopped at National Parks in places which felt right. At first the spontaneity was unnerving, but it soon became comfortable. We still had our routine but it was stripped of its usual pressure and strain. After a few days of being right by the beach and subsequently right in the bush, I began to feel grounded and my mind wasn’t racing anymore. My mind felt clear, calm. I hadn’t realised how stressed and anxious I was until I gave my mind and body a break, gave myself the rest I needed. My boyfriend and I relished the time we spent together and we added more precious memories to our bank.
Coming back home was bittersweet. I loved how everything was the same. (And I can’t say that it wasn’t amazing to have a hot shower and to make a tea in under two minutes.) But everything was loud. Too loud. The sound of cars driving past, which I before never noticed, was now blaring to my ears. I missed the sound of the ebb and flow of waves, the glow of the fire embers, the sweet, salty smell of the sea, and the feeling of absolute stillness laced with the soft whoosh of wind through the trees. But I’m thankful to be home because that’s exactly what it is — my, our home. Road tripping and adventuring made me appreciate a lot of things. My life, my partner, my family, my friends, my health. I feel refreshed.
My point of sharing my adventure and my thoughts is to soothe anyone’s thoughts of ‘my life is boring’ or ‘I wish I wasn’t so ___ / I wish I were more ___’. These thoughts pervaded my mind before our trip, but by taking a week out and just getting away from everything and exploring, I realised the untruth of my negative thoughts.
I don’t exactly know what I’m trying to say. Maybe what I’m trying to say is that sometimes you should get away and immerse yourself in nature and adventure, that it will do you wonders. Or maybe the point of this is to tell you that the negative thoughts you might experience about your everyday life and your self is betraying how beautiful your life is, how lucky you are, and how good a person you are. What ever your interpretation, remember to not be too hard on yourself and take everything so seriously. Have yourself an adventure.
PS. All film photos were taken with a Zenit E.
Another part in my photos from Germany. Looking at these photos makes me miss it so much!
Right now in Australia it is stinking hot. For example, the other day was 39 degrees celsius. My body is still in winter-mode, and so you can imagine that this feels like the fiery pits of hell. Not to worry, I own a fan so for solace I like to stick my face right in front of it. It works for perhaps a minute and once I stand up again fire-like air engulfs me. Ever so jealous of those who have air con.
Here is the second set of photos! These were taken on a day trip to the aquarium. I think it’s incredibly calming watching those animals swim through the water. May I add that I spent about 15 minutes straight staring perplexed at one jelly fish bobbing in its lone, empty tank. Amazing. The last photo was taken on the bus I took every day to get to and from the city. It’s blurry but for some reason I like it. I hope that you do too, x.
The first part of photos from my amazing trip to Germany.
One morning I woke up, went to the kitchen to make myself a hot cup of milky tea, and in the corner of my eye I saw a blanket of white through the window. Excited like a child on Christmas, I looked outside to see a magical snowy wonderland. I have seen snow before, but every time I see that white world my heart flutters. So here are some photos I took while my mum and I walked around my family’s place. Just imagine my face the whole time we walked haha.
Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and safely celebrated into the new year.
After a beautiful wintry month in Germany with my family I’m back in the humid but homely Australia. It is nice to be back, but I already miss Europe and its unrivalled culture, fashion, sophistication, and of course, my family. And yes, I even miss the icy weather. I can’t believe I’m saying it, but it’s true.
In the few days I’ve been back I have ever so slowly unpacked my suitcase (What I Bought post coming soon), tried to surpass my jetlag, rejoiced the time I now have again with my boyfriend, and started a new health regime in which I have cut out bad sugars, bad carbs and bad fats. Please note I am not changing my diet to lose weight, but to simply be and feel healthy and improve my not-so-great skin without crazy medication. So be gone processed food and welcome fresh summer fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, lean meat, beans and nuts.
During the month that I was not able to access internet, I truly missed blogging and cannot wait to get back into it. I am now starting to reply to all your kind comments and new followers.
I will upload photos of my trip as soon as I can. x
Hello lovely readers! I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to update my blog while I’m away, let alone even check it. Unfortunately there is only landline internet where I am staying and I seldom get to use it, so I guess this is just how it will have to be until I’m back.
Two weeks have flown by. I’ve seen snow, watched it melt, spent time with my family, done some shopping (I will show you when I get back), and frozen my feet and fingers off. I’ve missed and do miss my boyfriend plenty and can’t wait to see him again.
Over the past two or so weeks that I haven’t been blogging I have had an influx of comments and followers – to you kind people I say thank you and I will be replying and following as soon as I get back!
Anyway, just a quick update and one photo I took the other day when it snowed.
Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing all of your blogs.