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.
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.