Home Among The Gumtrees

It’s been almost a month since I was home in Australia and the lack of Summer heat here in Galway has me longing for the warmth of the Brisbane sunshine.

When you live abroad, you really begin to appreciate all the little wonders of your home and the town you come from. Whenever I’m back in Brisbane, I feel so fortunate to be from such a wonderful city with near perfect weather and to have such tremendous people in my life. Even the dirty brown Brisbane River makes me feel a touch warm inside!

Naturally, it’s always hardest leaving my home and family at the end of the few weeks. I’ve always had a super close relationship with my family which makes it so joyous being back with them, but heartbreaking leaving again. It’s so easy to settle back into home-life and it feels like you’ve never left, so having to board a plane back to the Northern Hemisphere is still devastating, even after 3 years of living away.


It might sound like I’m not happy where I am which isn’t true; I love Galway and the life I have here. I’ve worked incredibly hard to settle in here with a job, friends and various opportunities, which in turn makes the dilemma of what country we should live in even more difficult. In fairness, Galway is such a welcoming place and it’s very easy to get to know people here (and easy for people to get to know you!) which is such an advantage. I’m actually very lucky to have a second home to come back to. In the end, we don’t really know where we will be in the next few years, we just have to follow the opportunities as they come and see where they lead us.

I thought it’d be nice to share a few pictures we took out the front of my house featuring one of the most important boys in my life: my dog Zeppelin! I’m totally a crazy dog lady and basically treat Zeppy like a little furry baby. It’s probably a bit weird and embarrassing, but I don’t care. He’s family.


I hope you enjoyed this latest post. It’s a little more personal and less fashion related than I had intended it to be, but hopefully that’s not a bad thing. If you’ve got any thoughts, I’d love for you to leave them in the comments below!

Until next time…



Special thanks to our family friend (and photographer extraordinaire!), Marcus Ghikas, for the family photos!

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