Lily’s Adventures in Oz – Part Two

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, university and now travels in the big wide world.

Following on from Part One, Lilly says:

We also drove out to the outback and camped under the stars for a few days – even now I think it’s one of the most amazing places I have ever been. So red and wild and vast, it’s exactly how you would imagine Australia to look. While we were doing our road trip we camped in a rooftop tent; it folds out from the roof with a ladder that extends – it’s the comfiest, cosiest tent I’ve ever slept in. It also felt pretty reassuring to be off the floor, away from the snakes, spiders, scorpions and huge ants (welcome to Australia!).

Hiking across Kings Canyon

The insects here really aren’t that bad, I have seen some big spiders (huntsman and golden orb weavers) but they really do just keep to themselves (touch wood) and lucky for me I have a boyfriend who will always catch them and put them outside. The golden orb weavers are pretty insane; they can make such huge webs which hang like canopies in the trees overhead – it’s quite overwhelming when you first see it, but you adjust to it.

Me in our roof tent, and friends enjoying the morning sunshine

Though I am loving Australia, I am excited to be leaving in November and heading over to New Zealand where I’ll be staying for a year with my friend Esme. I am excited for this new chapter to unfold.

I graduated from Falmouth University just before our Oz trip. I was pleased with my results and the work I produced. I feel it has inspired me and helped me to find my niche. I am currently on the hunt for a good camera as I sold mine before I left for the trip. I am excited to explore creating a business – I feel I must be creative in some way.

Polaroid of us sitting by our car

Sometimes this place feels a lot like the UK, as everyone speaks English and there are lots of similarities, but then you’ll see a rainbow lorikeet or huge pods of dolphins in the crystal clear water. Yesterday I was watching whales splashing around in the sea as they migrate north at this time of year. This place is truly magical In so many ways and I feel very grateful to be here.

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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