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.

Happy weekend!

40 comments:

  1. Oh, I feel so refreshed now after that virtual stroll, Lovely! Thanks so much for taking us on a wander - no wonder it calms you down ☺. J x

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    1. Two of the 'Gifts' and I have just returned from what can only be described as an evening romp through these quiet streets - with each of us racing Luke and having lots of giggles.
      You've got to love Summer and extended daylight.

      Thanks for visiting Lovely,
      x

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  2. Just beautiful! Thankyou for sharing! I love the face in the tree...

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    1. Me too Kirsty. The best I've seen is a giant smiling face in a huge gum at my parents - always fun to keep an eye out for, a bit like the Ents in "Lord Of The Rings".
      Happy weekend!

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  3. How lovely ... thanks for the beautiful turn around your neighbourhood. You live in a lovely inspirational area! :)

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    1. So true Tracey and I give thanks for our time in this special space every single day.

      Hoping you have a great weekend ahead. x

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  4. You live in a bee-oot-iful spot, F. Thanks for the wander, it's such a nice thing to do with you as I sit by my daughter's bed waiting for her to sleep. x

    PS - I owe you one book! Been flat out! x

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    1. We're also blessed to live in a house with lots of big windows and french doors so that the gorgeous surrounds actually feel like they're part of our home.

      Hoping you get to enjoy the great outdoors with your fabulous family this weekend B,
      xx

      PS: No worries about the book, there's always next month = yay!

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  5. Enchanting. How I would love to take this stroll with you (in person). It's much greener than I imagined. I see a horse face in the tree. I've never looked for faces in trees but I will do now!
    Love the wildlife, love it :)

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    1. What a treat that would be J but of course you're with me whenever I make a 'feather treasure' find!
      It's very green here for most of the year. The grass tends to brown off in the winter months but the abundance of leafy evergreen trees compensates for that.

      Now that you mention it, I can see a horse face too....will have to have a better look today, might christen the tree "Flicka'.

      Happy weekend to all in your busy household.

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  6. For the first time, I met some young kangaroos in a petting zoo recently. I'm jealous that you have them in your backyard...with names. Beautiful animals and certainly great shots of your neighborhood! :-)

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    1. I know it's a little loopy for me to christen the wildlife but they around our home all the time [actually I'm surprised that I can't see them out the window right now] that I couldn't keep referring to them as 'the roos'.

      So great that you could take this virtual walk with us, I'm sure you'd really enjoy this pocket of Oz.

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  7. What a beautiful place to live, thank you for the guided tour. Have a lovely weekend.x

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  8. Thank you so much for that - beautiful - it makes me think I may just be ready for living outside the city... hubby would be thrilled to live on acreage one day (just the thought of " any noise is filtered by space = peace" makes me smile)

    Deb @ home life simplified

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    1. Actually Deb one of the reasons that I relish it SO much is that we're thinking about moving closer to town as the children are at an age where sport & social activities mean that we're buzzing back and forth ALL the time plus a big chunk of each weekend is devoted to the maintenance of the yard. So I'm making the most of it whilst we're here.

      Happy weekend, I hope you get to take a big walk in a lovely park or someone suitably peaceful & uplifting.

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  9. a beautiful scenic area to stroll in. love those scribbly gums! so cool!

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    1. Hey T!
      Actually I had a whole series of macro shots of the many different tree barks that I see on my walk but thought that might be a little OTT for most Gifters. May put them into a collage down the track.

      Hope all is well in your pocket of the world and things are starting to green up beautifully,
      x

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  10. I just love how much space you have...so different from here (see my latest post...we are seeeking such space for our hols tomorrow!)
    And real life kangeroos? Love it.
    It's hard to take a walk (especially hand in hand) and not feel a little bit better isn't it? even in suburbia!
    Wishing you lots of love for a happy weekend
    fee ♥
    (how are those blocks coming on? have I missed them?)

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    1. Yes fee we are fortunate. Wouldn't it be fabulous if you could come over here for a holiday!
      We actually live in the Aussie cliche as the roos come within a couple of metres of us and are always grazing close to the house - not the norm for most homes of course, but we're lucky that they ignore Luke's vague attempts to scare them off.
      As for the blocks, I've made two sets and can you believe it didn't take photos of either one - may be able to ask the kid's music teacher if I can snap the ones that I gave her though.

      Happy weekend in the chipper nelly household with all the shennanigans that may or may not eventuate.
      x

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  11. Felicity, this is wonderful!
    It looks like such a beautiful place to be.
    Your photographs are wonderful, and thank you so much for taking us along here!
    xo.

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  12. Thanks so much Lisa, it is a wonderful and beautiful space and I'm about to take Luke for a walk very shortly to breathe in the cool morning air before a busy weekend begins,
    x

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  13. What lovely surroundings for your walks - lucky you!
    I'm loving the long summer evenings for walking too - our neighbourhood is not nearly as serene as yours but just as fascinating

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    1. The cool pockets in the early morning and evening are such lovely times to walk and I must confess we are spoilt for choice within and beyond our neighbourhood - my favourite (and Luke's) being the dog beach at Sunshine.

      Maybe you could share a neighbourhood walk on your blog too - how about it?
      x

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  14. Hello Felicity, I read this post after just getting back from helping my son deliver newspapers around our leafy suburbs here in Sydney. I really enjoy looking at the trees and gardens and the letterboxes, which I took photos of today. So serendipitous to then see these lovely photos of your neighbourhood. We're so lucky to live in beautiful places and to take the time to SEE the beauty.

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    1. Oh Seana your description of leafy Sydney suburbia evokes memories of my childhood when I'd visit my Grandmother in Artarmon.
      I loved peeking over the red-bricked fences to see all the gorgeous trees and flowering shrubs and I hold such happy memories of rolling down the long grassy slope of her backyard - thank you for sparking this it's a gift.

      Happy weekend Lovely!

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  15. Thank you for taking us along this time F! You are blessed to live in such a beautiful spot filled with nature and peace. Margie

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    1. Anytime MM - glad I could share a snippet of what makes my neighbourhood so special.
      This morning when I took Luke for his stroll I thought that it would be neat if I could capture the sounds of the space too - perhaps I'll strap a video camera onto my bike.....then again it might make everyone a little giddy, so perhaps not!

      Happy weekend!
      x F

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  16. Oh Felicity I have been on such a journey via you and Bronwyn!! What a lovely idea I will have to check in frequently for a regular dose of gratitude.

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    1. Lovely to see that you'd visited Julienne.
      Bron is such a treasure and if you're ever in need of a pick-me-up her virtual kitchen table is a great place to gather.
      Happy weekend!

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  17. Just gorgeous. What a lovely area you live in and no wonder you love talking a stroll. Looks and sounds like pure delight to me to start the day such a way. N x

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    1. Pure delight is just right Naomi. I've just taken Luke for his morning stroll & sniff and am reveling in the freshness of the morning.

      Happy day Gorgeous!
      x

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  18. I love your virtual tours. And this makes me think I want to live in your neighbourhood. Thanks. So beautiful! xx

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    1. Yes! Yes! Yes!
      Come and be my neighbour!
      xx

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  19. Such a beautiful trip around your neigbhourhood. My puppy knows all my woes, such a good trusty companion, he looks back at me, he's so eager to please. Love Posie

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  20. I know exactly what you mean and our big furry lads are true gifts for sure.
    Hoping that you might be able to join me on a stroll around my neighbourhood later in the year.
    xx

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  21. Hi Felicity, oh what beautiful surroundings you live in. I love taking nature walks with my girls and picking flowers and just taking in all the small things.

    On another note, I can't wait to come up that way this weekend for the ironman race, staying on Hastings so right in the thick of it. Fingers crossed for the weather.xx

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    1. Hey Karla, I can imagine that walks with your girls would be a treat especially when there's a bunch of flowers to be gathered.

      A friend of ours is competing in the Ironman competition this weekend, not sure if we'll brave the crowds but will keep an eye out for you if we do.
      x F

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  22. Love a walk around my neighbourhood - and anybody elses for that matter. There's always something new to see - and, sometimes, smell. Today I walked around an old stomping ground of mine and it was the smell of the water that took me back. It's the little, sometimes even teeny tiny, things you notice that make each foray special.

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    1. You're spot on when you say that it's the small things that can take you back.
      Smell is an instant memory jog for me and the joy of smelling Pepperina seeds crushed underfoot is unsurpassable for a speedy connection to my childhood.

      Happy day!

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Felicity x