Bushwalkin’

Bushwalkin’

A long day today at work with no computers and no phones.  Difficult to get any work done and especially frustrating as this is my last week before I go on a month’s leave, so I’ve got plenty that needs doing.  I filed and sorted invoices, shuffled paper around and looked out the window a lot today.  It was chilly, but bright and sunny outside, so I decided to take a longer lunch break and have a wander in the nearby bush.

We are lucky enough to be surrounded by bushland on all sides (pretty much) at my work.  It won’t be there forever ; we are soon to have new premises built which will take away most of the natural flora and landscape.  While a new building will be nice and bring all my workmates back together in one place, it will be sad to see the loss of the trees and wildflowers, not to mention the birdlife and reptiles.  I worry about the cockatoos and skinks, snakes, and possums that make their home there.

So today I soaked up the sun, wandered among the grass trees and banksias, and took a few happy snaps of the surrounding bushland.  So many beautiful textures and colours.  I would have been quite content to amble about by myself for hours, but that’s probably not the safest idea and I was still expected to be at my desk (albeit positioned near a window so I could stare out of it) until home time.  Such a shame.

I should go for a walk more often during my lunch break. Most days I don’t even have a lunch break.  I just forget to.  I often eat at my desk, which is naughty, I know.  I sit at my desk, grumbling at my computer, drinking too much tea and getting fat.  A daily midday walk would be much more productive and would mean I could forego my after-work walk which, I must admit, has also fallen by the wayside, much like my promise to eat better and stress less.

So, today, I walked.  Not far and not too briskly, but at least I got up from my desk and got some fresh air and sunshine.
Hope you managed to do the same today (or can at least promise to try to do it tomorrow).

🙂

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A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country

This weekend just gone, Hubby and I spent a day with my Dad and Step-Mum on their property in Boyanup (South-Western Australia). They have 85 acres of lovely farm land, with waterholes and a pine forest, wildflowers and native fauna (translation : lots and lots of kangaroos!).  The weather was gorgeous – bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds and a beautiful sea breeze – just right for going on a nice walk through the fields and bushland that they are lucky enough to have right on their doorstep.  At the moment they don’t have any livestock on the property (sometimes they agist the neighbour’s horses and cattle) as they are in the process of re-fencing the whole area and tidying things up after a recent fire (started by a nasty little firebug on a trail-bike – my dad lost 30 acres of land and trees but it was a blessing no livestock was hurt or their house burnt down!) but Dad is thinking about getting some deer as they are low maintenance (and secretly, I think he just thinks they’re pretty ha ha). I took a few snaps as I went along on our walk – won’t you join me?

SANDPAPER WATTLE

BLUE SQUILL FLOWER

SWAMP / WATER HOLE 

JARRAH TREE

GRASS TREE

WATER HOLE # 2

“THE GIRLS”

DAD’S PRIDE & JOY (MARGOT THE TRACTOR)

THE OBLIGATORY FARM GATE (ONE OF MANY)

So, just a short entry today (to make up for the complete lack of any entries at all of late – I apologise).  Hope you like the pictures…please watch out for snakes and close the gate behind you 🙂