Thursday, 21 January 2010


I was just re-reading over the blurb on our yurting page, reflecting on the list we wrote outlining what we hoped would be true of our time away. There is a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that all the things we hoped have been experienced, more so than we could have imagined. Caravanning does not necessarily equal a less stressful, simple lifestyle, we’ve seen plenty of stressed, busy families, but it has been true for us.

We have loved being nomadic - the freedom of mobility, we have been awestruck and had our souls soothed by the beauty of the Australian landscape, we have slowed down, shed our normal routines and responsibilities, we have been surprised by how little we really need, we have enjoyed cooking and eating and an active lifestyle.

Our yurting adventures have given us an experience of a different kind of living, it has broadened our perspective. We can appreciate the positive things about our yurting and our urban lives, as well as be aware of the challenges each brings. We do not need to choose one over the other, we do not need to try and import one to the other, they remain separate and different ways to experience life. Neither better than the other, just different. We love aspects of them both and struggle with aspects of them both. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to participate in both, to have a rich and varied life.

We have made choices to pursue these lifestyles and there are consequences, some anticipated and some not. In the end, we have one life, we want to make the most of the opportunities we have and the opportunities we create.

We dream of a time when we are based in Melbourne six months of the year and travel the other six, where we grow older and wiser, at peace with ourselves, each other and our world. We’ll adopt our yurting philosophy of having a general plan, setting out in that direction and seeing what unfolds. Who knows what adventures lie along the way, what twists and turns, what unexpected surprises will reveal themselves.....

'Living'  is the most precious and wondrous adventure of them all.