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Being a public holiday here last weekend we went to Robe, a pretty coastal town in our state that we’d visited before but only briefly, hence the return trip to explore further.

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We weren’t sure what the weather had in store for us, having left in one of the worst storms on record for Adelaide, flooding roads and washing out traffic lights, so we wanted to be prepared for any rainy days when we could be room-bound.

So after much thought, I opted to take a notebook (a Paperblanks, one of my favourite kinds) and a pencil over a tablet and book. Risky?! But it paid off, big time. I managed to write seven, yes seven, new poems, albeit not publishable at present but getting there, and it felt good scribbling raw, something I hadn’t done for a while. So here’s my advice – go back to basics when travelling, the old-fashioned way, but then with vistas like these…

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what poet wouldn’t be inspired!

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