April in Australia. You'd be hard pressed to find somewhere in Australia that isn't spectacular in April, but having spent a week on the Sunshjne Coast there last month, I can confirm that "idyllic" doesn't even begin to sum up our recent trip home.
We were itching to get back to Australia. We had our brand new baby and four Grandparents eagerly awaiting cuddles. We waited and waited for the paperwork to be processed and as soon as we received Lachlan's passport, flights were booked. We won't talk about the flight over, it wasn't ideal, but once we touched down it was all irrelevant. We were home. And this time, it really felt like it.
Australia will always be home. Although Pete and I no longer really have a tangible place to call home within the sunburnt country, as soon as we start flying over our vast and barren land, I find it hard not to get choked up. We've been away for 6 years now, and I for one am starting to really feel a strong pull back to the mother land.
For this trip back though, it could only be brief. We had a special wedding that i was so excited to surprise the Bride and turn up to, and Pete could only take a week off from work, so we had a grand total of 9 days in Australia. We decided the only possible way we could manage to see everyone in such short timeframe, would mean they would have to come to us! For the first time ever, we plonked ourselves down in one spot, and aside from a day trip for the wedding, we stayed put. It was the only way it could have worked and it really did. We got to see both of our families and they were able to all spend time with Maddie and have some cuddles with Lachlan. Without needing to pack bags and relocate every few days like we ordinarily do when we go home, it meant we could settle into life on the Sunshine Coast for a week, and boy oh boy, life was charmed.
Sunshine Beach is about two hours north of Brisbane and is coastal bliss. There are small beach towns dotted all the way up and down the coast, with wide open beaches and roaring big waves. We lucked out with spectacular weather for the entire time, which meant lots of time swimming in the surf and soaking in glorious blue skies and fresh salty air.
We spent a day in the car to drive to my friends wedding which was in rural New South Wales. Set in some of my favourite Australian country, we made a surprise appearance and watched my gorgeous friend say I Do. Not thinking we would make it back for the wedding but being able to turn up was incredibly special. I will never forget Bridgets face when she saw us standing there, and I am so happy to have been able to be there for the day of her life.
And it isn't meg-made without a little dedication to food. Oh Australia. You tasty dish you. We didn't eat extravagantly, but just the simple things are done to perfection. One bucket of prawns please. One bucket of prawns received.
And the abundant options for gluten free food makes me almost weep for how much easier and more delicious life could be!!
But let's finish on the high point. Fairy bread. Ice cream. Enough said.
No matter how far, or how wide we roam; we still call Australia home. Oh how I miss it.