This is the most difficult WPC of all. First because it is the last one and I will sadly miss the weekly challenge. And secondly because when looking through the hundreds of photos they bring back so many memories, all good, that it is hard to choose which “favourite photo” I will put in this post. So these few are not favourite photos for their photographic excellence, but because of the memories they bring back and why I started blogging.
The reason I started “gypsy life” blog in 2010, was to document our trip around Australia. So I’ve chosen this photo of the moment we left home in Matilda, who was to be our home, transport and companion for a year and taking us 37000 kilometres all over Australia.
We met so many people, some fleetingly in camp grounds and freedom camping spots, sharing happy hours and camp fires, together then moving on. Others we got to know better as we couch surfed and Wwoofed staying longer to cement friendships. We stayed 2 weeks with Mick and Wendy WWOOFing on their fascinating seahorse breeding sanctuary.
This is the sunset that Mick, Wendy, Jack and I, in the above photo, were celebrating. I could fill pages with the sunsets we saw and the different places and people we shared them with. But this one at Kalbari on the West Coast of Australia is the one I will never forget. It was one of those moments when the world seems to stand still and I was in awe of the beauty of nature.
Having a blog is a great way to keep a record of events as they happen, people and places that can so easily fade from my memory. A constant record that I can look back on to revive the many moments that, over time, can be forgotten. Then along came WordPress photo challenge. What a great way to use the prompts and themes to look back and find photos to fit the challenge each week. I decided to start a second blog “Memories are made of this” (to see more WPC click on the link).
Now I guess you can say I am in the “third age” of blogging. My “gypsy life” and “memories” blogs have both been retired. In 2017 I did stop blogging for a year, but I missed the camaraderie of the blogging community, the likes and comments and how a whole year slipped by with no record to jog my memory of activities and places visited. So I started another blog “retired from gypsy life”.
The recent challenge of the weekly photo theme was to tie it in with what was currently happening in my world. I will miss the anticipation of clicking on to the Daily Post each Thursday, then spending the next day or two thinking about what I will post for the theme. So “goodbye” to an institution and weekly routine, you will be missed…