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worth the wait

March 27, 2010

When we lived in Tokyo, I longed to see the horizon. I longed for the untamed wildness of Australia. I absolutely loved Japanese culture and I felt so connected there but at the same time, I felt constrained and oppressed by all the buildings and concrete. Wherever you go in Japan, there is evidence of society and development and there are people everywhere. I felt like this in England too and remember breathing out and relaxing as we crossed the border into Scotland – it has the same wild and free feel as Australia does to me.

I reached my late twenties and really wanted to start a family however, life in Tokyo was not the life I wanted my kids to have. We decided to wait. We waited ten years and sometimes, I wish we had started sooner.

Today, on our Saturday morning family outing, we decided to explore our beautiful green valley. After buying some organic and biodynamic fruit and veg from a lovely farm stall (Pete & Jan Flemming’s) near the end of the valley, we stopped at Currumbin Rock Pool. Such natural and wild beauty just 5 minutes from home. Days like today reconfirm to me that it was worth the wait for our kids to have the upbringing I’ve always dreamed they’d have. And oh boy, what a life it is!

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  1. March 27, 2010 10:09 pm

    Dearest Filippa,
    On your suggestion I too headed up our valley this afternoon. The fruit and vege stall was amazing and such a welcome discovery (I especially loved the odd chicken roaming in and out of the front door). The best bit though, was turning the corner and glimpsing the end of the valley with Mount Cougal in the distance…..simply breath taking. I feel very very blessed, every day, to be living and raising my family in such a glorious part of the world. Perhaps we can share a joint excursion up to the National Park in the near future….? Looking forward to tomorrow and the Organic Farmshare event! Have lots of fresh herbs (from my new favourite fruit and vege) stall for the table decorations!
    Kacey xo

    • March 27, 2010 10:17 pm

      Oh you beautiful woman! Just as you were writing this comment on my blog, I was watching (complete with goosebumps) your divine stringmansassy video on your blog and adding your blog to my links page! This valley is breathtaking isn’t it. I loved Pete and Jan’s stall too and plan on making regular excursions up there. A national park jaunt sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to see the table decorations! See you in the morning.

  2. March 28, 2010 3:23 pm

    we went up the valley today and watched others jumping in the rockpools. we live in a beautiful spot don’t we? ditto waiting to have kids; if we had started earlier, i would have liked to have had more than our two.

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