Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Slowing Down

I’m finally channelling my inner Zen.

And it’s not just because we are overlooking the beautiful lake here in Kununurra with the serene “Sleeping Buddha” as our backdrop.

It is because we have finally come to that part in the trip where we are ready for a change of pace.

After starting off the trip with enthusiasm levels naturally high we have finally hit relaxation mode.

Slowing down has been quite the process for us. Actually, it has taken over 7,000km’s to get in this space.

It’s not that I can’t relax, although my natural mode is probably more active than passive. It’s more to do with the fact I have an even more hyperactive husband and 4 young children who have the energy levels to rival a NASA Rocket Ship. Not exactly a recipe for calm.

I’ve noticed within other families there is sometimes someone who dictates a slower pace. Alas, not us! We are an excitable bunch en masse. Not a single dawdler, slowcoach, or laid-back Sam amongst us in terms of activity levels. I do love this aspect of our family. It's fun! But relaxation is also essential for our wellbeing. It just takes a little bit longer to get all 6 of us beating to a slower drum, something that I think will be a constant challenge in our lives in the years ahead. Deep Breath.

But I think we are embracing some relaxation this week. Taking things slower. Well as slow as this active family can get.

This week has all been about swimming until we get sultana fingers, eating, maybe a little canoe, Barramundi on the BBQ, cocktails in the afternoon, croc spotting at sunset and always a lizard adventure.

It starts with a lizard.

The lizard gets followed.

The lizard indulges a little stalking.

Until it can no longer take it. The chase is on!

The lizard always wins.

Until next time!


  1. Love it Mel, beautiful photos, especially the Lizard Chase! Enjoy the relaxation time and I hope it continues for you all.

  2. These photos are stunning - and really convey that sense of calm (except maybe the lizard ones!!)
    Enjoy this precious time.

  3. Such a gorgeous place! How are you coping in the heat in your home on wheels? We are thinking of traveling as well not it'll be hot and the 49 degrees we've had here in Melbourne has me thinking it must be pretty uncomfortable? How are you finding it?
    Loving your travels.

  4. Glad you're getting to the point of slowing down a bit Mel, I'd spend as much time as I could in that pool! what a view.

  5. Just fabulous, Mel. Our family runs at the same pace, sadly. And now just as Mr PB is starting to relax, work appears on Monday's horizon. *Sigh*. J x

  6. Oh yes, its all go, go, go until you hit WA, that's for sure.
    But WA runs at a different slower pace and you guys are in for such a treat.
    Just wait until you hit the coast.
    Happy travels. x

  7. Hi Mel. As a new follower, i'm still catching up on your big adventure. I would be thanking the sleeping buddha energy, perhaps hang around there for a few more days! safe travels. Jane x