I hope you’re okay!
I am now well established in Kilmore, in the Australian countryside and I must admit that it feels good to be away from the constant noise of the city.
For those who do not yet follow my Instagram account, I strongly advise you to do so to follow my adventure day after day.
Last week, I made several trips back to Seymour to spend time with Lillian.
Last Wednesday I spent the day in bed, I was very sick.
That didn’t stop me from cooking a parmentier hash (called Shepherd’s pie here!) that was very popular in Taya #victory.
On Fridays, as usual #oldcouple, we have breakfast at the caffeine bistro in Seymour. A moment of sharing and a way to reconnect after a long week for Taya.
A month ago, on October 16, Taya proposed to me. I’m not sure I talked about it here, but I shared a photo of our rings.
For the record, Taya proposed to me a few hours after I returned to Australia. I wanted to find the perfect ring and I found it a week later, with the help of my mother-in-law. A few days later, Taya’s ring broke and was taken back to the jeweler. Today (22 Nov), after 3 weeks of waiting, it is back, finally!
At the moment, we do not know what we will do in the coming months. With my visa expiring on January 5, one of the options would be to return to France with Taya (who does not want to travel outside Australia alone), and stay a few months to work a little before going back on a trip to an English-speaking country.
So we decided to sort through Taya’s belongings.
On Sunday, we started in the bedroom and after several hours of sorting, we collected two garbage bags of clothes and some items to give away.
On Tuesday we celebrated our 3 months together by re-enacting our first date. So we took the train to the city, visited the aquarium (smaller than the one in Sydney but great anyway!), had lunch at Schnitz’s, a nap at the botanical gardens (it was 35 degrees outside!), said hi to Daniel in the city centre before doing a little window shopping for Christmas presents. Back home, pies for dinner and off to bed!
Yesterday, Thursday, was scheduled a job interview at Taya’s brother’s work. Despite the extreme temperature of 40 degrees, I walked to the office. Unfortunately the boss was not there, so I left my resumé at the front desk, and hope to be contacted soon. According to Brett, the boss would be willing to sponsor me, which means I could stay longer in Australia! Nothing is certain, I will of course keep you informed.
There was a lot of wind yesterday, and around 2pm we had a power outage. Taya came home around 2:30 p.m. from work, and all of a sudden we were dealing with a real sandstorm outside, the house was shaking!
Deprived of electricity and therefore air conditioning, we spent the afternoon in short and t-shirts in the house, despite being 40 degrees inside. We did board games, and tried to take a nap…
Around 5pm the temperature dropped to 18 degrees, but still no electricity! A short tour of the city centre, all shops and restaurants were closed, without electricity as well. Only the Coles was opened thanks to the backup generator. An extreme situation for employees who had to close all fridges and freezers.
Around 9pm, the electricity finally came back! It’s time to do the laundry, a game of Xbox online with Connor, a friend of Taya and off to bed!
This morning, breakfast in Seymour, Taya started work at 11am and I spent the day with her mom. I’m going to get the ring tonight😍
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Kisses to all! ❤️