17 February 2012

Gathering Gratefuls - Beyond The Fenceline

Happy weekend lovely you - I hope you've got fabulous plans for the days ahead.
Last week I took you for a walk around our neighbourhood streets to give you a little insight into the my pocket of the world.  This week we're venturing 'out the back'.

The first picture on the left is taken from our downstairs pool area.  You can see that we're surrounded by native bushland all across the back of the property and we're fortunate to not have any neighbours living behind us for about 1.5kms [that's almost 1 Mile for my US friends].

Well that's not entirely true as we have a family of kangaroos who've taken up residence just beyond our back fence and who regularly hop through to snack on the lawn surrounding our home.

I'd never really thought about exploring beyond our fence before, but seeing the roo trail that they'd stamped into the native grass got me intrigued, so with my mate Luke to help me shoo away any slithering surprises, I took a little adventure the other day.


Once we'd navigated our way through the long grass we opened onto a clearing and I was absolutely delighted to find this most glorious space. Before us was a sun dappled glade with big areas of grass that had been flattened by the kangaroos as well as 'sleeping nests' [my terminology] in the long grasses where you could see the outline of their bodies where they've obviously been laying down.

The roos were out and about so we were free to relish the morning sun and take in the magic of this peaceful clearing. I snapped away trying to capture the sunshine and gentleness of the glade whilst Luke scooted around with a big smile on his face, sniffing & snuffing and every now and then snaffling down a kangaroo pooh - gross I know, I guess they're a doggy version of Maltezers!


If you look very carefully at the picture on the left you can see the roofline of our home through the trees, the view our kangaroo friends would have as they go about their business in their lovely home.
It's obvious that humans never come here and nature is very happily following her cycles unimpeded which is such a gift in this day and age of 'progress' and 'development'.

Something that I learnt after sharing last week's neighbourhood wander, is that it would be nice to have you share in the sounds as well as the sights of my walks - so today I've added a little video.
If you're sharp-eyed around about the 26 sec mark, you'll see 'roos view' of our home from the glade.

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Today's 'Gathering Gratefuls' post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Jill, who shares my love of animals and this week lost her beautiful black dog Dan - heart hugs to you precious lady.

For a dose of happiness this weekend why not go exploring beyond your own fenceline and be sure to visit the glittering Bronwyn to read the 'Grateful Notes' she's gathering on her welcoming kitchen table.

Happy weekend!

45 comments:

  1. Felicity, this must be such a wonderful place to live.
    I cannot even begin to imagine being able to walk outside and see kangaroos!
    I wish you a beautiful weekend my Friend!
    xo.

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    1. Well the mind boggles if you did actually live here Lisa - your opportunities for amazing photography would be endless.
      Special weekend wishes to you Lovely,
      x

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  2. So many gifts my dear. Happy you are enjoying them all!

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    1. You & Quincy dog were in my thoughts as I posted this MM.
      Hoping that you're snuggled down and cosy in your happy home this weekend.
      xx

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  3. What a wonderful place to live in. You are truly blessed.

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    1. So true Sweetheart.
      I try to relish it as much as possible and sharing it with my lovely Gifters is just one more way to do just that.
      Happy weekend,
      x

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  4. oh hello, big beautiful black bear luke!!! what a great area you have! even with roos!!! :) (and i'm sorry for your friend's loss of her sweet pup!)

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    1. Hey T, yes Luke & I have the best time exploring.
      You know he 'talks' for his walks don't you? I'll have to try and capture that on video one day.
      Thank you for your condolences for Jill, I know you understand.

      xx

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  5. Big black boys always steal my heart away. I can see Lukey has the same gentle giant nature of Danny. Live and let live.

    I have not stopped crying, but it is the way I grieve. I wanted more time with him, but he was suffering so. Part of him had already left us. He needed some relief.

    Walking around the hood with one's special friend, is a time for living in the present. Noticing nature and to me it was my moment of feeling connected and spiritual.


    I love the Australian bush. I can really relate to the spiritual gesture of our countrymen and women when they talk of "my country".

    Your "country" Felicity, I can feel your connection and how it must give you so much comfort and inspiration.

    Thanking you for the bottam of my heart.
    xxx
    Jill

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    1. You're so right about the gentle giant natures of our boys.

      Luke always gets the most lovely compliments whenever we venture out, although today we were waiting to buy some chutney at street stall and the exclamation was "Ooh, he's got such a big head!", made me giggle.....do you know the Mike Meyers line?

      I'm sure there will be many, many tears but I'm also sure there will lots of fond rememberances along the way too, know you are in my thoughts as I wander 'my country' over the weekend.

      xx

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  6. Oh my Felicity!!! You live in such a gorgeous place!!! I loved this amazing walk with you today. I think you are very blessed to live among all this beauty!
    sending many hugs your way...

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    1. That's a huge compliment coming from you June!
      Your pocket of the world is so replete with beautiful blooms but mine is a bit more of the freeform kind of beauty.
      Thank you for your hugs Lovely - right back to you,
      x

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  7. What a fabulous location and it is a little boy paradise!!! My two would adore exploring through the bush with you. xx

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    1. The Captain and his First Mate would ABSOLUTELY love living here!
      I bet they'd find a way to make a teepee in the glade and you wouldn't see them for hours on end - a true boys paradise.
      Hoping there's days of sunshine and sand ahead for all in your home,
      x

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  8. Forget the paradise beyond, I want your pool and floodlit tennis court! Resort living! Every day is a holiday! You'll never want to leave!

    (Sorry, got carried away thinking I was a real estate copywriter there).

    Enjoy your beautiful home all weekend, Flick. x

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    1. Hey gigglemaker.
      The tennis court is a special treat, although I must admit it's more often used as a cricket pitch/footy field by the 9yo in our home than for actual tennis, though he's pretty good at that too [curse the grunters at the Aussie Open for introducing bad habits to impressionable young minds, am thoroughly over it!].
      We do appreciate just how fortunate we are Bron and you're always welcome to visit, there's a guest bedroom ready and waiting!
      xx

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  9. Wow, how do you ever leave your home?! I am amazed that kangaroos casually come by your house - sounds like a dream. Do you walk to school across a rainbow bridge too? :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend! XOL

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    1. Have you read my about a double rainbow landing in the front garden Laura?
      Seriously check it out in my sidebar, it's titled 'Rainbows Over My Home'.
      Hoping that your weekend ahead is 'F'abulous,
      xx

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  10. What a beautiful life you lead & amazing appreciation for it. Love Posie

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    1. Can't wait to see you in your very own idyllic rural homestead soon Gorgeous!
      Knowing that you're going to enjoy THE BEST weekend - big hugs!
      x

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  11. OK I seriously want to come retire to your home - i think I could find inner peace there. Enjoy it felicity (as I know you do)

    Deb @ home life simplified

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    1. Perhaps we could let out our home for Blogger conventions! There's plenty of room with great hosts even if I do say so myself!
      Happy weekend,
      x

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  13. thanks for that wonderful trip, you live in paradise!!!

    Have a nice weekend,
    Elena

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  14. I'm with Deb, although why wait until retirement! What a glorious, soul feeding place to live. A pool. How I miss my pool. Nothing beats diving into that water - especially in the privacy of my own backyard where nobody can see me in my suit :)
    Perhaps, someday I will walk along that path, past the fence, with you and beautiful Luke.

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    1. Confession - I really don't make the most of the pool as much as I should but have a couple of months left so you've given me a big push to splash in!
      As for a visit - come on over anytime for a stroll with Luke & I.

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  15. How lovely! I love the Australian landscape, and how wonderful that you live within such close reach of 'wildness'. I could very much use some of that peace and quiet ... our neighbourhood is a lot more suburban (too suburban for my taste). Still we don't have back neighbours, so that's a plus (we back onto a park). Have a lovely weekend! :)

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    1. Fortunately Tracey the wildness is displayed mainly in the abundant wildlife and our little rooby family.
      I ran over a snake yesterday afternoon, but happy to report it was at Rugby Union training and many kilometres from home.
      Happy weekend, enjoy your park!
      x

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  16. The colours of your bush there are just gorgeous, I so love that colour of green. How lovely to live in nuture and how lucky to really appreciate it too. Thanks for this glimpse at your bit of bush, and kanagaros too!

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    1. Although we don't have the changing colours to match the seasons that our Northern Hemisphere friends enjoy, the hues of green actually alter and we've been truly fortunate to have had lots of rain so there's lovely vistas everywhere.
      Here's to a wonderful weekend Lovely!
      x

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  17. I never tire at looking at photos of your beautiful home. Your native setting looks so peaceful :)

    Kate
    xx

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    1. Thanks Gorgeous, it really is a special spot - although Saturdays are the day for all the ride-on mowers to crank up the volume!
      xx

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  18. Hi, Felicity! So much catching up to do.Talk about a beautiful sanctuary, all that flora and fauna at your doorstep...literally! Do all the animals come out at night for a chin wag? Hope you're having a lovely weekend x

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    1. You're gorgeous Paula - I'm sure the animals do come out to chin wag at night but I can't hear them because the 'Shutup!' frogs are making such a racket. I bet you can guess why I christened them so!
      xx

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  19. Ooh, the tranquillity just oozes from this post, Felicity. I'm so pleased you get to savour it every day. J x

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    1. Ah my perceptive friend - savour it? I do indeed!
      xx

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  20. In a perfect world, I'd love to share two walks a week with you my friend. One at your place, one at mine. xx

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    1. You made my heart skip with this possibility Shelley - just imagine!
      xx

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  21. What beautiful surrounds - I'm so glad you appreciate them too
    xx

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    1. Always Ally - deeply and honestly.
      xx

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  22. My goodness, you really
    are out in the bush! I missed
    the neighborhood walk, so
    I'm off to have a look. I do
    love a lazy Saturday when I
    can indulge my blog reading!
    Hope your weekend has been
    relaxing, as well!

    xx Suzanne

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    1. Oh those lazy, hazy, cosy days of winter - I can but wish for them today as we walk around dripping in perspiration and looking forward to our foray to the beach this afternoon!
      xx

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  23. What tranquility Felicity it looks so gorgeous!!! You have a tennis court oooh wish I lived closer I would be knocking on your door for a game hee hee.

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    1. Hit and giggle is about as good as I get Lainey but you'd be welcome anytime!
      x

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Although I'd love to reply to each and every one, this isn't always possible, but know that I read and appreciate them all.

Felicity x