Marvellous May: A Picture a Day

I have been thinking about this blog post for a few weeks now, but for some reason, the creative juices were just not flowing. Maybe it was the fact that May was a bit of a mixed bag for me or maybe it is because I am going through something of a ”shift’ in the direction I want my life to take. Either way, the words just weren’t happening.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure they are ready to flow now, but the end of June is fast approaching and I haven’t even written my Picture a Month update for May yet. My sister Fiona is going to kill me.

Before you stop reading, don’t worry, this isn’t a post about how shit my life is, far from it. I know I am very fortunate indeed, but I have reached a certain level of dissatisfaction in my current job that I have not experienced before, and it has really got my thinking about my next career move.

Is it post-holiday blues? Who knows. Either way, no one wants to read about employment woes when there are so many other wonderful life experiences to cherish.

One of those was welcoming the month of May in the glorious Pacific Ocean paradise of Vanuatu. We went for Mr B’s birthday, and got to appreciate 10 days of pure unadulterated blissful pleasure. I cannot tell you enough about this little known country. It is breathtakingly beautiful and so untouched. A real gem. And what’s more, only THREE hours from Sydney, a rarity in itself.

The fact that we stayed in the most remote of locations, with limited (read: none) access to the internet and no television meant I had time to think, relax and truly enjoy life’s precious moments with Mr B. You know, the ones that often get swallowed up in the mayhem of everyday life – the sound of his voice, the colour of the sky, the smell of the ocean. It was a feeling of complete and utter happiness.

Needless to say, coming back to a cold and busy Sydney was a shock to the system, but there is only one thing to do when you have post-holiday blues. Book another one. Yes, that’s right, within two weeks of landing back on Australian soil, we had already booked our return flight to London for Christmas.

Boy am I excited. Not only do I get to see my beautiful family and friends at the most amazing time of year, but I also get to go to spend a WHOLE MONTH with them. Even more exciting is the trip I am taking with my Mum and sisters to visit the Christmas markets and beautiful European city of Vienna. I am literally counting down the days.

Obviously, returning from one expensive holiday to immediately book another means the rest of May was relatively quiet. Winter in Sydney is coming, in fact, it is already here, and this means evenings snuggled on the sofa, with a good book and a glass of red, another one of life’s most treasured moments.

This was my May.


Tanna Island, Vanuatu


A room with a view


One final sunset in paradise


A misty morning


Winter in Sydney