If Ireland is green then Australia must be blue. It’s Autumn but the sun is bright and the air is as balmy as one of our best summer days.She left Ireland 30 years ago to go and live down under. She described her choice as the only option left to an Irish girl, still unmarried and without a good excuse to leave home. The plan was to advance her career, the result was a lifetime here. There is a long story, about a very long journey, but it’s hers.
She’s one of my oldest friends. We shared the ups and downs of all the teenage years. You don’t ever forget this kind of bonding, it’s just a given that it’s always going to be there.
She stands on the beach staring into this incredible Australian blue. Now I see her with fresh eyes. Making that epic journey to a new continent on the other side of the world. Leaving everything familiar far behind in time. It was a very long way from home on a quiet suburban street in the cosseted southside of Dublin. She has always had courage.
Only one other of our classmates has made it out here to visit her, and that was many years ago. We are not drawn here like the next generation. What must it be like to live so far away from Ireland for your whole life?
I can see how much she loves her chosen home. I keep saying to her that I “get” Australia having visited here. It is so beautiful, easy going, idyllic.
Next month I will attend the wedding of a young friend also on an Australian adventure. There’s a new generation of women making similar journeys to find their own groove in the world. If I had my life over again? Yes I would go in a flash, but something else has kept me here and that is another story…..
PS Dear friends next week will be my 200th blogpost so I’m planning something special……..if I don’t get totally distracted by the heatwave that is!
PPs And yes most of these photos were actually taken in that “Summer Bay”of tea-time soap fame…..