I took Seth and his friend out to my old teenage haunting ground at Jubilee Lake in Daylesford yesterday. What a blast from the past, I even managed to find the treacherous path that I used to walk everyday between the lake and my house, still there after all these years, albeit a lot more covered in blackberries now. I can still see the attraction of the place, perhaps even more as an adult, it is deeply peaceful and tranquil out there. The ancient trees and lush undergrowth seems to whisper they are so alive and the gentle rippling water is hypnotic and enticing.
Whilst the boys paddle-boated around in the glorious sunshine, I sat under an old willow tree by the bank of the lake and read my book in the cool shade. We enjoyed some fresh salad rolls for lunch and then walked around the lake and visited the carbonated spring water pump, that has clearly had a major overhaul since my teens. The taste of that eggy, fizzy, sulphated water took me back alright, I never used to carry a water bottle back in the day, so I would often head out to the spring to quench my thirst. I recall it having a more offensive taste as a kid, I actually thought that it tasted pretty good yesterday and it was chilled, just goes to show you how your tastes do change and mature as you get older.
Filled with nostalgia, and adequate time to smell the flowers, run my hands through the lake waters and observe the butterflies and bees busy at work, I feel quite rejuvenated. If nothing else, I have really learned to identity my personal triggers and my releases this year, which is actually a very zen way to start the year, perhaps it's a sign of better times ahead, but in the very least it is a sign that I am getting to know myself a lot better which is quite possibly the very best outcome of all.
Must say a fond farewell to David Bowie, who left the planet this week. You made me want to be taken by the goblins as a teenager, you made me rock out loud and proud flying my freak flag on many occasions and you were every bit a rock legend 'with your silicone hump and your ten inch stump'. Your music will live on forever. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on David, safe journeys....
Release Date: 1986
Running Time: 101 mins
Starring a young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in the scariest pants that you will ever see, Labyrinth is a fantastic 80's family movie, filled with magic, fantasy and adventure. Directed by Jim Henson (this was the last feature film he made before his death in 1990) and produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth is an exciting and unique mixture of puppetry and music that will get your toes tapping and your spirits high.
15 year old Sarah (Connelly) is annoyed about having to take care of her toddler brother Toby. After wishing him away, the Goblin King (Bowie) steals Toby and takes him to the Goblin realms. Sarah must navigate a dangerous labyrinth full of tricks and deceptions in order to get her brother back. Along the way she encounters a Dwarvish Hoggle, a talking worm, a large beast and a sheepdog riding fox, that assist her through the maze.
It's an all out modern twist on the Wizard of Oz, with Sarah being the Dorothy character that is lured away from Kansas by a malevolent sorcerer and thrown into a world of wild unpredictability. Bottom line is that it's fun and fantastical, and has always been a family favourite in our home.
FINAL SAY: It's only forever, not long at all.
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