Lily’s Adventure In Oz – Part One

I met lovely LILY WELLAN a few years ago on a photography course and we have been following her life through leaving school, starting a business, life at University and now her travels in the big wide world.

When we contacted her recently, it was after hearing about some of her adventures in Australia. She is a very busy young woman and it has been a delight to keep in touch while she enjoys her adventures.

Lily Wellan

Lily says: ”I am a busy bee working two hospitality jobs six days a week, but enjoying it none the less. I cycle to work everyday and the weather is delightful (and it’s supposed to be winter) so I can’t complain too much.

“It had been on my mind for a long time to come to Oz. My sister lives here with her partner and son and she always told me how wonderful it is. I then met Ben (my partner) who is a surfboard shaper and wanted to explore shaping in factories in Australia and expand his knowledge in the field, so it ended up both of us wanting to go at the same time and it worked out really well.

“The flight was so long, but arriving to the warmth and family on the other side of the world felt amazing. So, currently just travelling at the moment, and when I first arrived I went on an all-girls surf retreat, it was great to integrate myself with some local Aussie gals and get in the water. It’s been great fun living here. We lived and worked on the Gold Coast for three months to save up for a big road trip with a group of our friends from the UK.

Lily having breakfast next to Uluru

“We drove in convoy along the east coast all the way round to Adelaide which is a long old way if you check the map. It’s a great drive, though. We drove along the Great Ocean Road; even when its grey skies (which it was) it’s a beautiful drive: long, winding cliff roads with the vast blue ocean to your left.

“In Adelaide we ran out of money, so we picked shiraz grapes in the Barossa valley – it was long hours and sticky work, but fun to be outside and to be doing some different kind of work. While we were there, the yearly wine festival was on. It was great to taste some local wine and watch the big crazy floats streaming through the town – which carried lots of wine-drunk locals.”

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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