January 27 2016 was the day I realised that I am one of the most fortunate beings on this planet.
On this day I became acutely aware of my own mortality, of the incredible importance of the love I have for my family, friends, for Moon Haven and for our wonderful Moon Haven family.
You see on that Wednesday morning, after collecting my adult son Ben from the airport (he was returning after his latest travelling adventure) we were driving home on the Forrest Highway… a car crossed the road in front of us.
The driver didn’t see us and kept on driving …right into our path.
We were travelling at 100 kph…
The inevitable happened… I saw it unfolding like I was watching a movie on a 3D screen… and Yes …time did seem to slow down.
My valiant Celeste (my gorgeous Ford Fiesta) did her best to protect us when we T-Boned the Ford sedan just in front of its passenger door.
She triggered her life saving airbags, her seatbelts tightened and her crumple zone…well, it crumpled perfectly…absorbing as much of the impact as she could.
How we fared
It could have been oh so much worse… but in effect the other driver and his passenger walked away with a complimentary night in hospital, a nasty shock and some significant bruising…
Ben was not so lucky and ended up having to undergo emergency surgery for internal injuries and now has a huge belly zipper to show for it.
As for me… I am thankful that I only had a fractured wrist, a cracked rib or two and a nasty case of bruising from the seatbelt.
Looking back at the accident and its aftermath, I am feeling incredibly for so many things and people.
- For modern safety equipment in our cars…. air bags, seat belts, crumple zones
- For our amazing, gentle and compassionate emergency services ambos (Fran and Jason- both made me laugh despite the cracked ribs!), our emergency fire service guys and gals, our caring and professional police officers and the wonderful members of the public…Jane… Ian and several others (whose names I’m afraid say I am unable remember their names) who took care of us immediately after the accident.
- For the wonderful emergency staff in the Peel Health Campus emergency department and the State Trauma Unit at Royal Perth Hospital and of course my sister Robyn, dad Murray and partner John who have helped us in so many ways over this time.
- To Laura who, with Marri’s wonderful support, has kept Moon Haven humming along during this period. (Chris was away snowboarding in Japan when the accident happened…thankfully he returned this week!)
Where to now?
So it looks like I will be away from the Moon Haven Cottage for some weeks.
I already miss going to the cottage, playing with our herbs, oils, helping to solve issues and sharing my enthusiasm for all things natural.
Most of all I miss meeting and sharing with our visitors to the cottage…our beloved Moonies.
As I am unable to drive for a few months while my wrist heals, and am housebound I hope to be able to use the time to write and video more helpful hints and ideas to share with you all.
Heck I might even get to finish writing the book I have had on my ‘to do’ list for years.
But for now I am just counting my lucky stars and am thankful for all the wonderment that surrounds me.
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With much love and appreciation
This article was written by Moon Haven’s aromatherapist and founder Leonie Gully.
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