The thing I love about travel (aside from the obvious - new experiences, immersion in foreign culture, food, language, society, visual stimulation etc) is the unpredictability of it all. Travel truly shows us how little control we have over greater events. Even the most carefully laid plans can be thrown into chaos, and it is that which often brings the most to one's travel experience.
Yes, even in straightforward, simple, first world Australia, a holiday can go a bit haywire. But with the bad always comes the good.
So, we arrived at the Royal Mail Hotel, royally looking forward to our 10 course degustation at the best country restaurant in Victoria, only to find that I had booked for the wrong weekend.
If there is anything worse than being told there is no Room at the Inn, it is being given that message with carsick, tired, hot and dirty children in tow.
But, the hotel took pity on me and my incompetence and let us stay the night in Mt Sturgeon Homestead, an amazing 8 bedroom homestead complete with grand piano and drawing room, built in the 1870s , nestled in the shadow of the Grampians mountains. A really evocative, Picnic at Hanging Rock style environment which we would never had the opportunity to experience.
Once ensconced in our holiday house, I came down with a bad cold, throat infection and sinusitis.
But if I hadn't been a bit sick, I would have been rushing all over the place and may not have had the inclination to sit staring mindlessly at this view for eight days.
Or to read 7 books.
Or to pick yellow and purple daisies with my daughter from the garden.
Or to spend hours looking for albino snails on those same daisies and transplanting them to their new, not as nice home (a white saucer).
Or to gaze at this lovely dune garden and fantasize about how I would decorate my holiday house.
And if I hadn't been a bit out of it, I wouldn't have put a hot pot down on the beautiful wooden kitchen bench top and made an awful white scorch mark. And if I hadn't done that, I wouldn't have found a website called Tipnut, which told me that these can be removed by applying an iron on steam setting over a tea towel. Isn't that incredible - heat to remove a burn!
It is always nice to be home though...