10 February 2012
Gathering Gratefuls - Join Me For A Stroll....
Amidst the topsy turvy of everyday life, there's something that's always guaranteed to lift my spirits & give my battery a boost - a walk around my neighbourhood.
We are very fortunate to live in a space that is defined by natural bushland and most of the properties in our area are five acres or more which means that any noise is filtered by space = peace.
Luke is my most regular walking companion, but when we can Captain V and I will take a stroll hand in hand and debrief our day or sort a particular dilemma that may have arisen.
I thought you might like to join us and gain some insight into our pocket of the world.
Here's a quick round up of some of the treasures you will encounter as you gulp in large lungfuls of clean, fresh air and enjoy the constant chatter of the myriad birds sitting amongst the abundant flora.
1. As you come to the end of our driveway, this is the sweeping curve of our street entrance.
2. Great gums are plentiful and at different times of the day and year they change their outfits to stunning effect.
3. Luke usually has his nose to the ground sniffing out all the messages left by his neighbourhood pals.
4. & 6. Jewel colours of gum leaves whether they are on trees or scattered on the ground delight me always.
5. & 9. Not a soul to be seen. When a neighbour does appear a quick chat or friendly smile is waiting.
7. A blooming beauty bathed in sunshine.
8. & 11. The Scribbly Gum & Bloodwood are plentiful. I love to pick up bark shards & display them in our home.
10. There are often treasures to be found. My favourite are feathers but sometimes my eye is captured by something shiny like this emerald green glass shard glittering amongst the bitumen stones.
12. & 13. Although most yards feature native plants, one garden in particular sports a tropical feel.
Here you see beehive gingers and palms. Very few homes have fences and these particular neighbours have recently acquired a miniature pig called Elvis who grazes in the front yard unrestricted by fences.
I like to keep an eye out for him to say hello and share a pat whilst oggling the gorgeousness of the yard.
14. Violet & Velvet live in the bush behind our home but are regularly spied hopping down the road. Violet also has a young joey who is just beginning to make forays out of the pouch, I've christened her Veda.
15. 18. 19. 22. More floral beauty
16. An Aussie Christmas card moment - red & green against a bright blue background.
17. Mr Luke himself - bandanaed and ready to rock the hood.
20. Self sown daisies in our front bush garden - I love it when Mother Nature decides to paint a splash of sunshine yellow in unexpected places.
21. Ever since I was a little girl I've kept an eye out for trees with faces. Can you make out the stern brow and snubby nose of this fellow?
Did you enjoy that? It was fun to share my place of gratitude with you and I'll be thinking of you this weekend as I step out to for a wander.
The dynamic Bronwyn is gathering a great big basket of grateful posts just like this over at her place.
Be sure to pop on over this weekend and have your own wander around the happy hearts of Blogland.
If you've got some time up your sleeve and are looking for recommendations for a great book to read, perhaps you'd like to join in with our 'Vive le Livre!' book club. I'd be thrilled if you jumped on board.