Acknowledgement of country

In the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. I pay my respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.’

South Western Australia

I’m Archi, a plus aged person living in Beautiful Brisbane, Australia. I’m lucky that the accident of my birth provided me with advantages in life such being born in a country safe from wars on its own soil, a free education system and human rights that are not enjoyed even by many other Australians.

Home and Away with Archi

I was told throughout my childhood and early teenage years that I was a square peg in a round hole and that was true. The hole was the problem – it should have been square. When I turned sixteen I left the location of that round hole and didn’t look back. I don’t know where I got my desire for a life that was completely foreign to that of my parents and siblings. It’s been a life that has taken me to quite a few places around the world where I’ve experienced what is is like to unexpectedly be caught in the middle of an impassioned political process in one country and to be marooned in another due to a nation wide civil disobedience event that went on for weeks. It’s a life that gave me a beautiful partner to travel through life with, three children and four grandchildren. Nowadays, when we are travelling, a message “Where ARE you guys?” immediately tells us that there has been a tsunami, earthquake, new virus or political problem that we may not be aware of somewhere near to the travel plan we provided to our children.

Thirty years ago I finally found my forever home here in Brisbane, Australia.

Covid, and an uncooperative spine, mean that I don’t travel so often or so far from home so the stories in my blog will mostly be from memories made over the past fifty years. I hope that you enjoy reading them. I read several travel blogs so maybe I’m reading your stories too!

Our last camper – a Mercedes Vito Valente

Val took us around Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia before our cranky bones forced us to part with her. She was a dream to drive and custom fitted with everything we needed and more.

Lookout along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road is deservedly known as one of Australia’s many “must do” drives. Over time the power of the mighty sea, wind and rain has carved into the landmass resulting in cliffs of amazing colours atop the untamed Tasman Sea.

Charlie the Teardrop

Charlie was built by my son and proved to be a great little caravan to for me to tow 8000km across Queensland then into the Northern Territory and Western Australia. What great memories he gave us!

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