Things I Will and Things I Won't Miss About the City
Things I Will Miss 1. My friends 2. Ceres market 3. International airports 4. Trips out to Blackwood, the Garden of St Erth and Daylesford 5. Gorman 6. Northcote High Street 7. Brunswick & Gertrude Streets 8. Zedi hair 9. Montsalvat 10. Corner cafes on residential streets like my mate Patrick's Foxy Brown in Westgarth (pictured above right in all its warm, glowing orange retro glory - mostly organic too), and A Minor Place in Brunswick
Things I Won't Miss 1. Heavy traffic 2. Not being able to park outside my house (with my twins and their big brother still all under five this is not fun) 3. Belligerent and dangerous drivers 4. The car theft that blights our street 5. Relentlessly straight roads 6. Rush hour (nothing by London standards but in Tasmania it truly does not exist) 7. The viral sprawl of the suburbs 8. Thousands upon thousands of very badly dressed people 9. The trend towards 'European style' living ie. in a shoebox with no garden 10. Being surrounded by other peoples backyards and houses
After spending 22 years in London I packed my bags and crossed the world for a new life in Australia. Pregnant with twins, I landed up in Melbourne, together with my hubby and 18 month old toddler, and spent the next three years grappling with small children, belligerent drivers, and endless, faceless suburbs. Finally we boarded the ferry and escaped into the beyond, across the Bass Strait. Journey's end; an old weatherboard cottage set in the middle of a beautiful country garden, surrounded by paddocks, forests, and mountains in Tasmania's Huon Valley.... Now it all makes sense.
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