Well, Audrey the Hatmobile and I are back again in Melbourne after having driven 11,000 km in seven weeks, and I am right back into the Spring Carnival fever which is about to take over many of us.
Over the last two months on the road, I have met some amazing people once again who shared their stories, food and generosity. Many of those people around the country left part of their spirits with me and touched me in one way or another.
I say thank you to all who came into my life during this trip and stayed for a moment, or for a little while, and some who might hang around a bit longer. Each one of you has not gone unnoticed. You are a part of my journey of curiosity and interest in the world, which I so often seem to explore through hats.
I stayed with a lady in Alice Springs who spent six months crossing the desert with camels. She reminded me of zest for life and courage. I stayed with people who opened their houses and made me feel welcome, reminding me of generosity.
I stayed with a woman in Mareeba who supported me to get my Indigenous art-printed hat range photographed, reminding me of kindness.
I stayed with a woman in Pine Creek who did not tell me about the king brown snakes she stepped over at night time, reminding me of caution, prudence, and discretion.
I saw accidents on those long straight roads of the Northern Territory which reminded me of self-control and self-regulation.
I met so many people in those classes from Brisbane, up the coast, across to Mt Isa, the Northern Territory, and back down through Alice and Adelaide, who reminded me of the importance of the love of learning.
Each time, when the days in my truck were lonely and I was tired, someone would be there at a rest stop to remind me of hope, optimism, and future-mindedness.
Again I met the vast vast landscape of Australia, which never ceases to remind me to practice modesty and humility.
And I met MYSELF, over and over, as I moved across Australia kilometer by kilometer, reminding me of the importance of not losing sight of my spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith. It was such that kept and still keeps me going.
I wish for all of you out there to have an amazing season - may it be autumn or spring - and may you each have people in your life always reminding you of SOMETHING...
Warm thoughts from back in Melbourne,