Week 65 | Brisbane | Life in Lockdown

Day 449 – 455: Brisbane

Life as we know it has changed over the past weeks with new and ever increasing restrictions on our movements.  Our journey has come to a grinding halt like so many other nomads traversing the length and breadth of our country.  We can either look at this time in our life as an inconvenience or an opportunity.

We choose to embrace this time as an opportunity.  It’s an opportunity to reflect on the simple things in life that we take for granted and to be thankful for each and every one of them.

  • We’re thankful to have a roof over our head, a warm bed and a loved one to share it with.
  • We’re thankful to have food in our cupboards and fridge to provide enough meals throughout the day.
  • We’re thankful to have heating when it’s cold and air conditioning when it’s hot.
  • We’re thankful to walk outside and smell fresh clean air or listen to the waves gently lapping the shoreline.
  • We’re thankful to have the ability to connect remotely and socially with family and friends all over the world.
  • We’re thankful to be here and to be present.

Use this time as an opportunity to do something that you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time.  Now is the time. Just do it!

I’m taking this time to reconnect with the creative side of my brain.  It’s been on holiday for the past 14 months!  This is a great opportunity to put paint to canvas again and loose myself for hours on end.  I remember the day vividly while we were house sitting in the Tamar Valley and took a drive up to Greens Beach and on the way home saw this old dilapidated house from the roadside.  Stop! I said to Andrew, what a great photo opportunity.  And now it’s a great painting opportunity.

The ruins of an old house
The ruins of an old house

Yesterday was my birthday.  Under normal circumstances we always celebrate by having a weekend away or dinner at our favourite restaurant.  This year Andrew cooked for me.  He made the best beef cheeks in red wine and garlic with dumplings.  It was absolutely delicious!  

It’s been extra special this year to receive birthday cards again too.  I am lucky to be surrounded by very creative family and friends.

I’ve decided that this blog will go into hibernation until we are on the road again.  We’ve travelled around 38,000 kilometres.  I’ve documented our journey for 65 weeks, 13 more weeks than we originally planned to be travelling for.  We have loved every minute of every day and are missing it like crazy, but we are thankful for the opportunity.  We both hope that you have enjoyed coming along for the ride…

Week 65 total expenses: $427.59 – under budget.



That’s a wrap for Week 65 of the Lap of the Map.

PS: Don’t forget to leave me a comment!

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