Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Friday



When you live in a beautiful place there really is no excuse to be inside.



Recently I have revived my walking 'program' and have been loving the added bonus of being surrounded by amazing scenery, fresh air, blue sky & the sounds of happy birds.


I guess this is one of the reasons we moved to the country, and one of the reasons we stayed! To be in an environment that is so inspiring, invigorating but also soothing & serene, where cars don't dominate our lives, where there isn't a billboard for miles.


I know not everyone wants this, or are in a position to make such choices. I feel lucky & happy that we did and could. Our kids may not have some of the facilities of the city, or even of bigger country towns. And yes I do miss the different cultures of the city, getting to know people from other places and their experiences, the delicious food, oh & the trams! But I can't really think of anywhere I'd rather be, than here.


Yesterday Sunday & I went for a bush walk with the dogs, just at the end of our street. Max & Daisy had a ball, especially in the creek that runs along Doctor's Gully. Sunday threw stones into the water holes, chatted, sang, ran & jumped. We looked for things for our nature table and scanned trees for koalas.


This morning I went down to the lake, what a great way to start the day. It helped that the sky over head was a brilliant blue, after a week of cloudy days it was like heaven. I'm going to take you on a walk with me now, I want to show you some of the beautiful things I saw this morning.



First up I parked near the bridge that runs between the two lakes. From this bridge there are amazing, sweeping views of the water, quite breathtaking, especially at this time of year.



As we walk along, looking at shadows and the sun on the water, ripples and ducks, can you hear the sounds of cracking & chomping?


Yep, some gorgeous native birds having a feast of bright, red berries.



There must have been something pretty good in those berries as the birds don't seem at all bothered by people or noise & are super relaxed. I wonder what's in those berries, I might try some too!



I love the way they use their little clawed feet to eat. I'm not sure what type of birds they are, I've never seen them around this area before, have you?

It's such a beautiful lake to walk around, what about this view?



Lots of autumn colour, lovely old houses and pretty vista's.



And of course, geese!


I hope you enjoyed that little walk. It's so good for the soul isn't it? After feeling pretty crap for a while it's great for me to be enjoying these kind of experiences.


On the home front I didn't have much sleep last night as I was worrying, and sad, about Shorty the turtle. He disappeared from his little eating container, just as the kids were going to bed. Billy was so sad, we all were. We looked everywhere but no Shorty.
Good news though! After the kids went to school this morning I had another look and there he was! Under Bill's desk. Yay!!! So he is outside having a sunbath now to warm up. Phew. There is going to be one happy boy here after school!

Hope you all have a happy weekend, maybe you'll be out enjoying this gorgeous world of ours too xo

19 comments:

m.e (Cathie) said...

definitely good for the soul!
what a lovely tour & such great pics Beck.
hope you have a great weekend, enjoy!

BOB & MABEL said...

Beautiful photos and what a lovely town. Its amazing whats on your doorstep, we all need to reconnect with it sometimes.

GardenofDaisies said...

I am so glad you found Shorty!!
And yes, you do live in a beautiful place! Thanks for taking us on your walk today!!

Kate said...

Oh my goodness, Shorty is back!! HOORAY!!
I wish I could be there to see Bill's face when you tell him. Thanks so much for taking me on the walk around the lake this morning. One day soon I'm going to have to get off my bum and come with you. have a great weekend. XX

A Country Girl said...

Those are beautiful pictures - it seems strange to see autumn on the other side of the world when Spring has jsut arrived here!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh lovely, only i just returned from my walk with the dog & first time in my life i have rope burn from his lead, distracted by a child, the lead almost slipped out of my hand. It stings like buggery. Can't function without ice on it, ooooowwwwww, love Posie

Little Ted Canvas said...

Lovely post & what great pictures, it really is a beautiful part of the world. Enjoy your weekend, especially with all this wonderful sushine...

Lizzie said...

Thanks for the walk Beck, I love your part of the world and even though it's so close I don't get there enough. I don't know what the birds are, although they look like they belong to the cockatoo family? They all seem to love the Hawthorn berries though, we've had great flocks of cockies stripping the berries off this last week...
Have a great weekend.
Lizzie
xxx

Steph said...

Hey Beck! Hubby says they are Gang Gang Cockatoos (females and maybe juveniles). The male has a bright orange head (he works for Parks and Wildlife...hubby, not the cockatoo!). Apparently their call is like a cork being drawn from a bottle. Crazy! Your photos are superb!! What a beautiful place to be :)

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for taking us on your walk today Beck. What a beautiful part of the world you live in. Such amazing photos.

Enjoy your weekend.
xx

Knicky Knacks said...

What beautiful surroundings. We moved from Melbourne to a little coastal town about 18 months ago and I thank my lucky stars every single day. I walk along the beach and think 'how on earth did I manage to get this'. It's funny - was in Melbourne today for work and had lunch down China Town. Dumplings melted in my mouth. Whilst I loved every minute of it, I was so happy to return home. I had no idea what I was missing until I moved down here. A little bit selfish of me, but I'm keen to keep it a secret!

Copper Patch said...

Glad you got out there and enjoyed the stunning day.
Ab

Heidi said...

That was so nice, thanks for sharing!!! I loved the little houses.

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

What a gorgeous place you live in.

I'm not sure what kind of birds they are. Some kind of parrot I'm guessing.

teddybearswednesday said...

What a gorgeous post. I really enjoyed being taken on the walk with you , all the beautiful pics, ( loved especially the birdie one, I love too how they eat and their expressions)
SOOO glad Shorty is back, he is very very very cute.xo

WarsawMommy said...

Ah, the beauty of nature... lovely!

messyfish said...

Yep! They are gang gang cockatoos. They hang out in pairs and mate for life. Cool huh!? And they love to be watched. Hence your excellent pics. Love your town. We moved to the nsw sthn highlands a year ago. Miss the BBQ ducks in Chinatown and the Indian spice shops, but would trade it. Best kept secret the country. Especially now we have the net and can stay in touch with the world.

messyfish said...

I mean would NOT trade it! Whoops...

Bird Bath said...

oh yes, always love to have a little stroll through your blog :)
Thank you for showing the darling little birds, I've never seen these before either - they seem to be some type of galah or cocky? but cuter.
Glad to hear you are enjoying the lovley autumn days.