Sullivan’s Creek is an important landmark at the Australian National University. Flowing from the nearby suburbs, it trails up to the back of Toad Hall, one of the student dormitories here at ANU and where I currently reside. In fact, Toad Hall was named as such because the Sullivan’s Creek gave the first residents here a feel similar to the Wind in the Willows.
I’ve been to some parts of the campus since I arrived here and so far the back of my dormitory is my favorite spot other than my room. There are times when I would just sit on the grass while watching the ducks and birds playing in the water or on tree branches. It’s a simple view but here is where I compose my thoughts after a day of reading. It helps me stand back from my readings and contemplate about what to write next.
In the mornings, the cockatoos are my alarm clock and at dusk the sunset fills my room with relaxing warm colors. I’m glad that I am this close to nature but usually a beautiful ambiance such as this gives urges of sadness…homesickness, which is somehow good because I can silently dwell with it in a beautiful way.
By the way, spring officially started this month here but it is still cold. I’m seeing a lot of flowers around the campus and some trees have started showing off their leaves. Everyday there is something new somewhere, a blossom, a leaf, and these changes remind me how time can quickly pass by and give me hope that soon my studies will be over and I will be reunited with my husband again. In the meantime, I’ve got to finish this thesis proposal.
Happy spring everyone (at least from here down under)! ^_^