Two weeks today ‘down under’.
Two extremely busy two weeks: establishing a home in a quaint little house in very small country town, where it has hardly stopped raining, SubhanAllah! The first few days upon arrival were in the minus temperatures! Teeth shattering shivers! Amazing contrast to the high forties we left behind in Madinah al-Munawwarah. Tears are permanently welled behind the eyes. The yearning so many of you used to express when I was there now fills this heart. Khair Alhumdulillah.
Apologies for being so absent, not only from this space but from individual emails and whats app, but we have discovered the location we are in does not have the correct cables for connecting to the net. We are still investigating other options. Meanwhile we are on very limited access.
The area is stunningly beautiful. Surrounded by forests, bush trails, historical walks, waterfalls, spectacular coast line an so much more. Google Otways Victoria for an idea. The local flora and fauna vibrantly displays Allah Ta’ala’s unique array of artistry. If the wind were not so icy I would be sitting watching the birdlife in the garden all day. The antics of the Rosellas and King Parrots are hysterical. This site calls the area a bird lover’s paradise. The Southern Right whales have been wowing the locals for the past few weeks. Kangaroos, koalas, echidnas are close by. Insha’Allah once almiskenah has a reliable connection more will be shared. There has been no time for serious photography as yet. The misty mornings creating atmospheric scenery, but so far we have been on various priority missions preventing stops and starts on the country roads. Spring bulbs are bursting treating us to jonquils, daffodils, snow drops, hyacinths and an all time favourite lily of the valley, SubhanAllah!
The local community is wonderful! We needed a jump start one morning and had no idea what to do as we knew no one. We walked to the local store, which is also the post office as we do not have mail delivery, one of the super friendly staff immediately dialed ‘Sam’ who within minutes was at out car connecting the leads. One afternoon we heard a knock at the door to be met by one of the young locals presenting us with a magnificent hand baked sourdough loaf as a welcome to the area! These are people who probably never seen a niqabi or a man in a dress! Everywhere we go we are met by friendly and chatty people. SubhanAllah! So refreshing and totally unexpected.
Alhmdulillah spinning is back in my life! A beautiful wheel was found, similar to one I used about four decades ago! And a visit to Tarndie last week, where I also used to buy fleece from all those years ago resulted in a gorgeous silvery grey to black fleece. Then looking at the local community notice board the other day I saw a sign saying there was a spinning wheel in need of TLC to be given to one who would use it. Within hours of calling the number a sad neglected wheel was delivered! After a few hours tending to it, it was humming away with wool spun on the bobbin. So for the moment there are two wheels in the house!! Amazing!
JazakumuLlahu khaira for all the previous comments many of you have made. So touching and loving, helping me to submit to this huge change in lifestyle. And as much as Allah Ta’ala has made the transition smooth Madinah al-Munawwarah is Madinah al-Munawwarah, forever calling. Allahu ‘Alum what is written for any of us. Alhumdulillah ala kulli haal.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.