On a recent walk in the beautiful coastal town of Merimbula, these boats caught my eye. Something about them made me stop. After taking these photographs, I realised what it was.
The boats were tied up, as if held back. They were restrained. Of course, that’s what you do with a boat when it is not on the water. You keep it safe. But still, they seemed a little sad, almost as if waiting to be freed, to be unleashed upon the open water.
“The boat is safer anchored at the port. But that is not the aim of boats.” – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
“That is not the aim of boats.”
These boats felt like the perfect representation of the last two years. In so many ways, we’ve been restricted. The freedoms we enjoyed so obliviously were suddenly snatched away. The people we longed to see were so much further away than the distance between us. The plans we made with hopeful hearts, so far out of reach.
Then I saw this boat. Still not quite free, but hopeful. Still anchored, but edging towards a dream. Still unfulfilled, but tiptoeing towards a promise of something better.
Here’s to 2022, may it bring us the opportunity to explore new waters, the courage to leave the shore, and the people we love, to row with us.
On a recent visit to the Motherland, I ate like a local and took photos like a tourist. Here are a few of my favourites:
Intricate carvings on a Hindu temple
Crouching Lion, Not-so-Hidden Dragon protecting a Chinese temple
‘Nasi lemak’ – Malaysian Breakfast (or Lunch, or Dinner) of Champions. Authentic apart from the melamine banana leaf.
‘Teh tarik’ – savour the condensed-milk-sweetened, frothy deliciousness of ‘pulled tea’.
And then, the most beautiful thing I had seen in a while. A gift from my sister to our mother after my father’s passing. My parents in the 1970s. Captured and secured within a silver locket, so they may remain together although apart.
‘Sometimes words aren’t the right words to say,’ to quote a Passenger song. This week the words just didn’t flow. So if the old saying is right, that a picture says a thousand words, here are 6000 of my best.
1000: Rainbow sky in Cremorne
2000: Palm Beach sunset
3000: Clouds at sea – Balmoral Beach
4000: The Sky says ‘Dance!’ and the clouds pirouette