So much to record!
I spent time at the Future Morwell, Future Latrobe consultation. I met wonderful people and heard interesting stories. I love this place I live. Some days I see the parts that fill me up, generous people, inspiring, full of hope and ideas who work and spend their energy making improvements, educating, caring, building, sharing, connecting and loving- then to balance it all out there are are the opposites. Mostly I walk away from the opposites, sometimes they impose.
I went to the ANHLC conference in Geelong and stayed at Auntie Gaye’s house. She has a seriously comfortable spare bed. It was good to spend time with her. I was her flower girl when I was 4. I have fragments of memory. The conference was interesting. There were some excellent studies shared about our sector. It was great to reconnect with Mel from Springvale Neighbourhood House and see all the wonderful achievements in her first year. I met up with a lady I’d met at the Peer Academy Writing Course I’d done during the school holidays. I also enjoyed the Mill Market, wandering for a couple of hours – so much inspiration from the past.
I had that flu/cold that lingers so I cut back everything I wanted or even ‘should’ do to the unavoidable. I felt disinterested and tired and slept. I cancelled appointments and put people off. I haven’t even had a family dinner for weeks. I nearly went to the doctors – but thanks to the wonderful Annabel Meyer and her massages, bowen and tapping I got through with rest and upped self care. Survival mode! It’s so good to be back though :). I’m not all caught up with everything, but I’m working toward it.
I’ve been keeping up with my son’s travels on his blog and I am so grateful for the Internet with Skype, chats and the sharing of photos. His latest blog post is one of my favourites – ‘despite all the problems they have’ . I know he is having an adventure and yet I’m also counting down the days till his return. He reminds me of pa in that it is people he connects with, place is a backdrop. I can tell.
I’ve read a couple of good books, reviews to follow.
My long time friend Wilma had her engagement party at Yarrawonga and I took a long weekend to go and celebrate this happy occasion with her and her fiancé, Dean. It was great to catch up with Wilma’s crew. I enjoyed long chats with people I hadn’t seen for countless years and it was as though I’d only seen them yesterday. I also made some new friends.
We have learning experiences at The VRI with our students and participants. I appreciate working with Dave. An example of his awesomeness; he has found the exact Pandora channel that gets the least complaints from the huge variety of music appreciation that comes through the place. This is no small thing :). I feel very supported by my team around me.
I had lunch with my cousin Sharon last weekend. We sat and caught up with one another’s lives. As children we spent much time together and over the years it’s been too infrequent. I reconnected with her last year at her father’s funeral and our Auntie’s funeral and we made a pact to meet up. I’m so glad we honoured it because I really enjoy her company. We had some laughs!
Thursday this week we presented our #getsunflowered experience to the Keep Australia Beautiful judges. It was an opportunity to revisit the project and I enjoyed hearing all the different stories and perspectives. The timelapse from The VRI –
So glad it is a long weekend. I spent yesterday afternoon having long conversation with clever people who are also generous. It’s my dad’s birthday on Monday so I can cook for the family and for once he’s not away!