For the first time I have travelled to the city of Perth as a part of my media career. This was a step forward out of my comfort zone as I have not departed on many solo trips before. ‘Oh boy’ does it give you a sense of achievement… Not that it is a very difficult task but being able to travel by plane solo I think takes a fair amount of courage. I have never before travelled outside of my own city for work and this was a new adventure for me.
The plane trip is a long trip, as it takes four hours and the time zone difference was 2 hours. I didn’t suffer from too much jet lag but I was more confused with the times on my devices, like the very one I am writing on at the current moment. What is your favourite way to pass time on a plane? Do you watch movies to swallow up that time? I love to listen to music on extremely long flights, as it takes my imagination to another place and I can be in a creative space. Otherwise, I listen to music until I fall asleep. I never have been much of a movie watcher.
I was in Perth for two nights, I flew to Perth the Sunday night and was I surprised. The city is so flat compared to Melbourne, and when I say flat not the atmosphere or the ‘vibes’ but the landscape and buildings. Only a handful of skyscrapers can be seen, still standing was the original beautiful old buildings that would have been there when the city was first established. I filmed on the Monday, 27th of August for a full day. The sun was out, a little bit of rain but not too much, so almost perfect filming conditions. One of the biggest challenges with filming for tv is on the day of shoot, I find it sometimes hard to keep my energy levels at a high. I find myself tired and lacking energy and with a plane trip thrown into the mix certainly added to that…
On the second of filming we hit the wrong weather gods as we were running in and out of extreme rain storms. It was very challenging and it did affect the amount of work we could finish. We finished filming at 3pm, as my film crew drove me to the airport as I was (as I write this I am in the plane, enjoying some turbulence…) catching a flight home that afternoon.
As a summery? It was a full on two days of work and weather challenges, the exhaustion was very apparent but overall and those negatives thrown to the side it was a lot of fun. I did get to see a part of Australia I have never been to and see some beautiful landscapes along the way. Keep tuned as there are a fair few segments I will be sharing soon from The Garden Gurus.
Until next time, happy gardening!
Bonnie-Marie Hibbs – The Gardener’s Notebook 2018