New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day

New Year’s Eve 2005, it was 42 degrees and we brought Natasha home from hospital. Andrew took a photo just before we walked in the front door: Natasha has her eyes closed against the harsh sunlight and I have that exhausted, exhilarated look you only see on new mothers and marathon runners.
Bringing Tash home from hospital
New Year’s Eve 2007, it was again 42 degrees and I asked Andrew to take another photo on our doorstep. This time we’re bringing Natasha home from the Brunswick pool. The squirming, photophobic little bundle we brought home in the middle of a heat wave is now a funny, affectionate, assertive and discerning little girl who asked specifically for the “red icy pole” she is holding in the photograph. What a difference two years makes!
Bringing Tash home from the pool
Now it’s New Year’s Day 2008 and I’m waiting for the promised cool change to come through and wondering how I’m going to cope with months of such weather when we head to Cambodia later this month. It may be madness, but Andrew and I are packing up ourselves and our daughter and heading to Southeast Asia for six months’ sabbatical. The plan is to spend time together, write fiction, catch up with friends and travel. We have a lovely family minding our house thanks to a brilliant scheme called, I’ve been able to get leave without pay from work, and we figure we might as well go for it. No doubt there will be times when I’ll wish we hadn’t, but I can’t resist the idea of another adventure. It’s 10 years since we moved back to Australia after living in Southeast Asia, and although I’ve visited Laos and Thailand since then, it’s not the same as settling in to live the life, rather than just seeing the sights. I just hope Natasha is as beguiled by the region as her parents are.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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2 Responses to New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day

  1. tezmilleroz says:

    That grimace on her face as a baby is a classic – a newborn, and she was already pissed off at the world 😉

    Have a lovely day! 🙂


  2. Helen Morgan says:

    I’ve been looking back recently at the photographs of Tash as a newborn and it amazing to see how she has grown, but how also she still looks the same. Well done Tash for knowing that the touch of red was required to bring this shot altogether!

    I’m sure your adventure will be worth it. It’s the thought of our adventures having pretty much well come to an end which depresses me. One must have adventures!

    All the best to you three and looking forward to following your progress!


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