|Sunset near Candelo|
So as you might know, I have come down to Eden, my childhood home, for a few days to help my mother who is quite sick with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I've managed to organised care for her in respite for a few weeks (which is a miracle that there was room but also that she has agreed) and hopefully she'll be well enough to manage on her own in a few weeks but if not we'll reasses our options and lives then. It's tough anyway with ailing parents but when they live 8 or so hours drive away (and are pretty determined that they are still independent) then it's doubly tough. I'm totally exhausted from all that has happened today (Jonty is also sick and coughing up blood from nose bleeds) but I was lucky to spend the evening with a very close friend and her husband and it's been wonderful.
Driving to Eden from Sydney is a big undertaking esepciaclly when you do it by yourself with 2 small kids and a dog! I'm blessed that my kids are amazing on car trips and despite my daughter getting car sick othe moment the road begins to wind (and Brown Mountain is extremely winding) there are no complaints or "are we there yet?".
|almost a full moon|
|pretty little rocky rivers|
I usually drive through Canberra and down Brown Mountain rather than taking the coast road. The coast road sounds romantic but in actual fact most of it is about 50km inland and through forest so it's not as though your travelling along the beach and coast anyway. Going via Canberra means less towns, lots of freeway and less stops. A quicker trip all round.
|love me a cow|
I love once you are down Brown Mountain and arrive at the beautiful hinterland surrounding the villages of Candelo and Wolumla. Candelo is still about 55km from Eden but it's when it's starting to feel like I'm home.
I don't know if I love it so much becuase it is ACTUALLY beautiful or if it's because I know I'm close to home.
|the evening mist!|
Click through for more beautiful scenery around my (childhood) home town of Eden. Just stunning. No wonder I love the beach, coast and countryside.
Thanks everyone for your kind words about my mum both here on my blog and directly via email and sms. I really appreciate your kindness.
Tomorrow I'll have a post on furniture painting and I'll also be driving back to Sydney via this beautiful countryside again. Please wish me safe travels and wish my mum good health!
|and Charlie enjoyed the view also!|