I have lots and lots of friends in the park. There are probably hundreds around close to my humble abode. I keep thinking I should really count all these friends and remember everyone’s pecularities. But so far I haven’t attempted yet to count them all. There is a cluster of them right between a few soccer fields. These are my special friends, and I know them pretty well. But I don’t really know exactly how many there are. I assume there would be at least one dozen, maybe more in that cluster.
What would I say to them, if I could talk to them? I might perhaps say the following: I love it, that you are there. I thank you for letting me hug you. I wish you a very, very long life. I love you so much!
A few days ago I could see some bits of a rainbow. I tried to take some pictures. But all the colours were gone before I managed to catch them with my camera.
This month we already had quite a bit of rain. I always love to go for walks in the ‘bush’ after it has been raining. Walking among trees and breathing in this beautiful fresh air is just wonderful. I recently took a few photos when the rain stopped for a while. We are very much in the midst of winter now here on the East coast of Australia: Even during the day it does not get very warm at all. In our Yoga class Peter and I were given a few tips how to warm the body on a cold morning. It is really not necessary to keep the heaters on all the time. One can warm the body just by moving a certain way. These Yoga movements are very relaxing. It is like a meditation. All it needs is to take the time to concentrate on my own body, on my breathing and how the different parts of my body move or keep still.
As far as taking pictures is concerned, I find when I take a picture of something I teach myself to look properly at the subject. I like to look at some details in nature. Often I am amazed how the camera sees more than I ever do.
I just love my early morning walks in Lakelands Park. I usually walk just across the grassy soccer fields.
I am always so happy when I get up very early in the morning and see the sun gradually coming up.
When we have an outing, it usually takes me quite some time to get ready, even though I don’t normally bother about any make-up. I think the most time is taken up just packing my boobs into some bra. It is such a strenuous job! Peter takes less than half the time to get ready for going out.
We feel that our weeks are very, very busy these days. And getting busier by the minute! Apart from doctor’s appointments and shopping trips there are now Tai Chi classes on Monday, Yoga classes on Tuesday, and I continue to go to the slow movement exercise classes for seniors on Thursdays. On Friday I continue to have a games afternoon with my friends.
Today I missed out on my seniors’ class. I felt I needed a break. Watching the German news in the morning we found out that it is a holiday today in Germany: It is the Thursday ten days before Pentecost Sunday. This Thursday is a public holiday in Germany as well as so called Fathers’ Day. On this day all fathers in Germany are bound to have a day out on their own without wives or kids! This is tradition. This day out is very much enjoyed by the fathers.
Peter and I pretended we have a ‘holiday’ today too, enjoying it with a lovely glass of chilled white wine for lunch. At around 2,30 pm we expect our daughter Monika to come for a visit together with her grandson Carter, who is now a very enjoyable one and a half.
I always find my walks more interesting when I can take some pictures while I am walking, that means I really like to just stroll along. Taking pictures gives me an excuse to walk at a leisurely pace. I like to walk slowly so I can better notice a few details about what is beautiful to look at.
Right now, I think I need a break from reading articles on what is going on in the world. There’s just too much to read, and I cannot possibly read everything that interests me. However, I am very glad that so much information is available on the internet. Unfortunately, sometimes it just gets too much. For relaxation I’m now going to publish some more pictures that I took on a little walk a few days ago.
I started this post in the morning. It is evening now. In the meantime Peter and I watched the above Video. We watched it with several breaks in between. You can find this video also here on Dr. Stuart Bramhall’s site:
Stuart did write a film review about it. It is a BBC production directed by Adam Curtis. Stuart says that in this fascinating documentary, Curtis explores the link between the rise of Putin and Donald Trump, the Brexit vote in Britain and the fabricated War on Terror. Having watched this video now, I must say that I too find this video fascinating. While watching it, I often thought, that we live in a crazy world. Really, it is extremely difficult to see what is “normal” in our world. We all seem to be manipulated by one power or another. Now back to my pictures.
That morning I took at first a few pictures in Lakelands Park. One of my neighbours came along and talked with me for a while. I took some photos as she went further along the footpath. She said she wouldn’t mind if I took a picture of her. However, the close-up photo I took of her did not turn out very well. So I am not going to publish it.
I could not help myself, this morning I went in search of that little tree again. Did someone collect all the berries from it? Is this why I cannot recognize it any more? Anyhow, it was another glorious morning. I was happy to go for another walk in Lakelands Park while taking more pictures of big trees and the bush along the creek. I also made a bit of time to sit down on that special bench reading one chapter of The little Prince.
Peter just returned from his morning run. We’re soon going to make another cup of tea.
This morning I took a photo of this T-shirt. I think I’ve had this T-shirt for more than ten years and I am still wearing it! Admittedly only at night-time under my pyjamas. So this old T-shirt still keeps me warm at night. And I had always liked this Ancient Chinese Proverb!
By 9 am I was ready for my morning walk. This morning I remembered to take my camera along. It was a lovely winter morning full of sunshine. The escarpment looked very clear in the distance. I think today we would not to have any worries driving up Macquarie Pass!
On the way back Jenny, one of my neighbours, called out to me. She had just started her morning walk. She stopped to talk to me for a while. Then she went on and I went home for a cup of espresso coffee.
Here is Jenny walking:
We had our espresso sitting outside in beautiful sunshine. Peter served the espresso in cups like these: