I haven’t posted much on the blog this year for a number of reasons but most important of these is as stated above: we recently made the move from Brisbane to Perth, travelling thousands of miles in the ute (or pickup) across the breadth of Australia. Not being game to travel down the East Coast again, I only joined the road trip from Melbourne but from then on it was a straight six days of driving through acres of Australia.
From the broad and busy lanes of Victoria’s Westgate to the gusty shores of Ceduna, we sampled bits of the country both metaphorically and literally (Smokey Bay oysters are legendary!). I also came as close to a mother-baby pair of whales at the beginning of the Australian Bight as I’ve ever been and honestly, should be. The Eucla caught me by surprise with its wide expanse of beaches in the distance, big fat rainbow and the sweet garden behind the motel someone had lovingly nurtured.
At the pace of 110kms there were few occasions where I was game enough to wind down the window and chance my phone-camera being whipped away, so most of the snaps I took were through the glass. The one featured above is amongst my favourites.
I’ll be making a few more changes to this blog as I settle back into Perth. Amongst other things, it can no longer be titled ‘Academia from a Scooter’! That’s right, I had to let my baby go (sob).
I’m looking forward to the second half of this year as there’s a book to deliver and a brand new project to get stuck into. The shift was partially prompted by career opportunities but also by a sense of needing to be where one belongs. Right now, for me, it is Perth, Western Australia where I start a new gig as Early Career Research Fellow at Curtin University in the last week of July. The switchover from a focus on teaching to research should be fun. Here’s to a new-old beginning!