My 3rd week in Sydney. Staying till near-end of this August. Spent time in the City, Katoomba, Berry, Lake Conjola and soon Gold Coast. Not the best of time, winter and all, but family time is for all seasons. Right? Even had bonding moments with our pet dogs, one of which is now 14 y.o., growing blind and “puppy-ish” (the equivalent of childish).
I’ve taken time to meet with friends I haven’t seen for a while, visit museums and galleries, sit through a concert, chill at a rooftop cocktail lounge by myself and clock 72,076 steps in a week to meet a Fitbit challenge. All burned calories swiftly replaced with road stops for donuts, pies and shakes 😜 With a couple of nieces, I’ve even gone house-hunting in Katoomba and Casula as we now wait to close the deals 🙏🏻 But the last 3 days, it’s been raining and I dare not even step out of the house. Instead, this flaneur is busy playing indoor games with 2 young boys, in between lethargic episodes of reading and watching home movies.
One of my nieces wanted to take me to Kiama. A friend invited me to a weekend in Port Stephens. We’re even thinking of heading back to Cupitt’s Winery & Restaurant in Ulladulla where we had a lovely time. But no, I’d likely chill and simply watch my sister baking in the kitchen while I plan and arrange our Gold Coast holiday. Idle much? Maybe. But it’s a luxury to spend these “idle moments”, unmindful of time, free from all anxieties, enjoying cup after cup of good homemade coffee.
So yes. Flaneur on the loose may not exactly be apt. Rather, Flaneur Under House Arrest is more like it. 😀