This week is the start of a long-term process of consolidating our belongings. From two plastic bags on the Hawkesbury River we will eventually take all our belongings out of storage and the many other places that we have left our stuff in the UK and put them in a house that we will buy at some point after our return to the UK. At Oatley we successfully reunited our suitcases and bags with each other and marvelled at how few of the clothes that we had brought to Australia in October last year we had actually worn. Still we had to cater for all kinds of weather, even though it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Having settled into Oatley, for the coming week, Frances took us out in the afternoon to visit the nearby Oatley Park. We had a pleasant walk around the coastline which is popular with local people seeking some fresh air and bush walking on a small scale. We could have gone swimming off the beach if we had brought our swimmers.
The evening we returned to Balmain to have supper with Malcolm and Lindsay who I know from South Africa and from whom we sought advice about our travels around Australia. We went to a lively Vietnamese restaurant which gave us an idea for a future trip to this neck of the woods. It was good to recount some of our stories to them particularly as Malcolm has been following our travels via this blog and Facebook. We also caught up with news about friends and surprising mutual connections – that’s what FB does for you.