Gratitude Bell and Cascades Walk

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On Saturday, the 2nd of March Peter and I did walk up to the NAN TIEN GRATITUDE BELL. This bell is being chimed in gratitude for our ancestors. I love the sound of this bell. It travels far across the surrounding country.

The walk was quite exhausting for us oldies. But we enjoyed it. We walked slowly and took frequent rests. Later on we met up with our granddaughter and her friend at the Nan Tien Tea rooms. We were happy that they had come from Newcastle to visit us for the weekend. Son Martin had also come for a weekend visit from Benalla in Victoria and was happy that he could meet up with his daughter.

Saturday night we went for dinner to the Dapto Leagues Club where we met up with our daughter Monika and a lot of her family. The next day, on Sunday, we went with our visitors to the foot of Macquarie Pass for a little walk called the Cascades Walk.

 

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7 thoughts on “Gratitude Bell and Cascades Walk

  1. What a beautiful place to visit and walk, Uta. The sun gently shining through the trees is so lovely! I’m so glad for you to have had visits from your family. The meaning and significance of the Gratitude Bell is particularly special, Uta. Seems like a wonderful weekend to me. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Debra, for commenting. Yes, we love this place. It is so peaceful!
      We always love family visits. And you are right, to be reminded of our ancestors is always special to us.
      A week later, on Sunday (March 10) we had another beautiful day with Caroline, Matthew and Matthew’s Mum. It was a lovely late summer day and we all went to the Port Kembla Swimming Centre. Later on we had a great lunch at our place.

      https://www.google.com/search?q=Port+Kembla+swimming&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi3uuOwgfzgAhWCj-YKHU1eAp0QsAR6BAgEEAE&biw=1229&bih=603

    1. Yes, we had two beuatiful walks on that weekend, Carolyn, one on Saturday and another one on Sunday. The best thing was that some family took us to these beautiful places. πŸ™‚
      Since Peter and I are very elderly, we went at our own pace, while the others could roam about at their much faster pace. πŸ™‚
      Hugs, Uta πŸ™‚

  2. Nice pictures, Uta. Walking no matter at what pace is good. We too try and put in a daily walk, especially now that it is getting cooler. So many different gardens to look at and with the seasons more pronounced here in the Southern-Highlands, it makes for an extra pleasure.

    1. Thanks, Gerard. We find that early in the morning it is never too warm to go for a little walk, that is we walk for a little bit every morning before breakfast. I take only about 4 or 5 minutes to walk to my favourite trees in the park behind our complex of villas. Peter and I usually leave our place together. I do walk very slowly just to stretch my legs a bit. Walking back home I can usually walk a bit faster. Peter uses some spray on his tongue that helps his breathing. He aims to walk straight away at a faster pace for 8 minutes. He walks quite a bit faster than I walk. I watch him walking in the park in the distance. On the way back, when he passes me, he calls out (just for fun!) Good Morning! And I call back: Good Morning! The whole park area feels to me very private, meaning even if I owned the whole area, I could not make any better use of it than walking there for a few minutes every morning! These days the sun comes up later and later. So often we miss out on some sun when we walk early in the moring. However, I love the mornings, when the sun does shine through the trees! When daylight saving is finally finished, the sun will be up a little bit earlier again. πŸ™‚

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