Hi friends, hello family!
Welcome back to the Jalloh family blog. Pull up a pew and stay for a while; We have some things to tell you.
It’s been a while since we last spoke.
We created this blog to keep you all updated on our exploits in Australia, but the rat race has now turned into a kangaroo race, and it’s doing everything it can to absorb us and keep our blinders on.
So! How do we fix that?
Well, we are back to walking three times a week which we had stopped doing for a while, and during which time we listen to audiobooks (Verity by Coleen Hoover & The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape); we talk about all of “nature’s gifts” Australia has to offer and what (comfort) Oz has given us; we talk about all that’s yet to come and how we can continue to enjoy the “boundless plains” Australia has to share.
What an amazing wife!
Fortunately, we do not stay in that rut for long with a woman like Ruth. She is always looking for ways to get out of the Matrix. She has already decided we will retire at age 50 and live in an off-grid modest caravan, with acres of land around us. But, for the time being, we were able to leave for a couple of nights in Malua Bay, New South Wales, to celebrate my birthday (7 September). The great four-ow! Are you kidding me?
You know what they say about life, right…? It begins at 40!
We gave the new car a test of the 100 and 110 roads and arrived by 6:45 greeted by near darkness and the roars of waves meters away! After figuring out how to get into the car park and seeing our room, we went out for dinner. It’s surreal that two years ago the restaurant we ate at was caught I. The fires burnt down! The story goes, the town rallied around the owner, who was devo and going to retire with the insurance money, to support his family to reopen the business.
At 5:30, the next morning, we placed fresh footprints in the sand which were immediately swallowed by the waves. We searched for the perfect spot for sunrise at 5:51. It was glorious!
What a way to begin the day.
After a quick wash and change, we grabbed brekky at a lovely little restaurant near the beach; went for a second walk, barefooted, at Corrigan’s Beach (got to close those rings) then spent the rest of the day in Mogo, where we found lollies (sweets) – lots of lollies; a beautiful nautical clock, two A1 prints, and we even had time to see a Taro reader in a hippie shop
She said to “keep writing”. So, here we are!
After a quick shower and change, we grabbed breakfast at a charming little eatery close to the beach; went for a second barefooted stroll at Corrigan’s Beach (had to close those exercise rings), and then spent the rest of the day in Mogo, where we discovered tonnes of lollies, two A1 prints, a stunning nautical clock, and we even had time to meet a Taro reader in a hippie shop.
After a fun-packed day, there was just enough time to grab some Subway, and a few snacks from Woolies (Morrisons to the UK readers) and chased the sunset towards Broulee beach. With all this going on, we even got to tick off something from our bucket list; Eat dinner in the tub of a truck while watching the sunset (tick)!
How rock and roll are we?
I know… very low-key bucket list! Some people want to dive with sharks or dive from 3000 feet out of a moving plane. Ruth and I have just wanted to sit in the back of a pick-up truck, eat dinner and watch the sunset, and I guess it was only a matter of time since we just recently got. A Ford Ranger; my dream car/truck.
Happy birthday to me! 🤪
Three years! We are beginning to feel very entangled with Australia, known for its no-worries mate, easy-going way of life and beaches, among other amazing things. The goal now is to keep that in mind and keep having fun in a “land abound in nature’s gifts”.
Here are some more pics of our time Melua. The video will be coming soon.
Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gift of time. You could be anywhere else at this moment but you chose to be here reading our blog and for that we thank you.
The Jalloh family