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Our Holiday

Monday, October 08, 2012

I am back just in case you didn't know. Barry and I had (well I had) a good holiday.
As most of you know he suffers with severe depression brought on by a work related incident. He has not worked for almost 2 years and this holiday was also prescribed by his physicians.

He tried ever so hard to have a good time but daily he wanted to come home. I have to give him credit for lasting 4 of the 6 weeks we were meant to be away.

Only in the last week did he start to sort of enjoy himself.

I had made the decision early on that I was going onwards and forwards regardless. I was determined to fit in as much to my day as possible. He was very obliging and tried hard not to ruin my much needed break from work and routine.

His driving was amazing and I also got the opportunity to drive our beast of a car.

Just some of the places we visited - Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Atherton, Undara Lava Tubes, Georgetown, Karumba, Mt Isa, Mataranka, Katherine, Darwin, Alice Springs, Uluru, Boulia, Bedourie, Windorah, and Cunnamulla before returning home to Brisbane.

I saw the Katherine Gorge (alone) - amazing.
Saw crocodiles jump out of the river and snatch some food from a long rod.
Saw the amazing little Thorny Devils and more animals that I can mention.
I saw the most amazing country and discovered an even deeper appreciation for my fellow country dwellers. Harsh conditions, great distances, limited facilities to mention just a few.

The hospitality in most places was superb. The distances although huge and mostly monotonous also produced some amazing changes in scenery.

Drove through bushfires on both sides of the road, and saw road trains the lengths of like you would not believe.

All in all an amazing journey and I thnak God that I had the good fortune to experience it. I also admire my husbands persistence in trying not to ruin the holiday with his anxiety.

The best part of all though was that I did not gain any weight,

Thank you for reading my long blog. I shall try and put some more pictures on my page.

Love you all

Ps we drove 12000 klms in 4 weeks Not bad!!!!
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  • PCOH051610
    So sorry I missed this until now. As you know I live with clinical depression and my husband has situational depression. I am so glad you both took this road trip as you it sounds like it did both of you some good. Living with a loved one who has depression can be very, well, depressing, and it is so good you acknowledge that! emoticon
    1732 days ago
    Wow! what an amazing vacation. Travelling around your own country, seeing such wonderful and different scenery must have been a blast. Good to hear that Barry was able to enjoy it with you. emoticon
    1748 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/9/2012 5:16:25 PM
    What a wonderful trip - and to see and do so many things must have been amazing. I am glad that Barry coped as well as he did and did his best to make your time away enjoyable. emoticon on not gaining weight! That was the icing on the cake! Hugs!
    1748 days ago
    An amazing journey. How wonderful to be able to see your own country like that. I'm so glad Barry was able to manage as much as he did. The crowning glory received on the scale WOW!!!
    1749 days ago
    What a trip you had. That's a lot of miles you covered.
    Looking forward to seeing the photos. emoticon
    1749 days ago
    glad you had alovely holiday. Like Susie, I have been to many of these places many years ago. I know what you mean about the road trains, the first one you see is absolutely mind blowing. I would not like to drive one of these monsters. emoticon
    1749 days ago
    Hi Georgia.
    So glad you had such a amazing time ... We loved the outback and have traveled where you have been back in the 80s ..
    Glad hubby did his best to enjoy..
    The road trains are enormous, but we found them mostly very caring of our F100 and caravan ..
    Colin being a Truckie himself would always give them the road .. then we wouldn't see them again ..
    I guess the table lands and the trek up to the cape would be a lot easier these days.
    Was just a track when we were traveling .
    All that part of Australia is so interesting and so much history ...
    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1749 days ago
    Enjoy your week hugz emoticon emoticon
    1749 days ago
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