Lens-artists photo challenge : Everyday moments

As I sidle past the biblical three score years and ten and then some, the sedentary life of everyday moments cocoons me. The daily walks around the garden that morph into 1-2 hours of weeding, pruning, touching, smelling, observing, watching things growing.

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(A lot has changed this month, but more about that in another post)

Then meals to be prepared, washing to do, occasional bouts of housework. grevillea lorrikeets 014_3000x4000

The shopping.

 

The daily afternoon walk. Sitting on the deck with a glass of wine as the sun sets. Marvelling at the beauty of this lonely lorikeet as he braves the onslaught of the Noisy Miners to savour the nectar of the Grevillea.

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Nervously looking around for the noisy miner birds.

The coast is clear so he tucks in…

Then the enjoyment of  reading blogs, commenting/chatting with the blogging community. The days slip seamlessly into weeks and months and suddenly 2 years have rolled by since I was on the road. The routine of every day living in one place has become my way of life.

But my gypsy soul is stirring, nudging me to action. Remembering the excitement of travel, the wonder of discovery. For years I roamed the world, then for 4 years explored Australia. Visited all the major cities, crossed the endless, golden Mitchell grass plains into the outback.

The Matilda Highway

Tramped through the bush and wandered through the verdant rain forests, gazed in wonder at the beauty of West Australian wild flowers spread before me  in their carpets of colour. Constant change was my everyday moments.

Those memories are making me restless, tugging at my heart-strings and I’m feeling the urge to roam again.

One place I have not been and the thought of it stirs my imagination. It is in the far west of the New South Wales outback. It is an iconic city steeped in history and stories of a rugged past when pioneers poured into the area in search of riches. The summers are almost unbearably hot. The dust swirls in red clouds coating everything and the winters are bitterly cold. It appeals to my inquisitive nature, I want to see what it is that draws people to this city that in 2015 was declared a heritage city. Yes the whole city is heritage and it is the only city to be honoured with this title. Broken Hill….

“When you think of regional Australia, when you think of mining, when you think of the ethos of Australia, you think of Broken Hill,” Environment Minister Greg Hunt said.

“From Pro Hart to Priscilla to Perilya, it’s a town that covers art and culture and mining and industry and the outback of Australia.

“The silver, the zinc, the incredible resources that have characterised Broken Hill have been the basis upon which so much of Australia has been built.”

So it is with anticipation I start preparing to take to the road again. More in the next post.

Cathy at “Wander Essence” is my inspiration for making preparations. This amazing lady is going to walk the Camino Track next month and her post on her preparation is a great influence to me. Do check it out

 

59 comments

  1. Pauline no one can not say you have led a rich and rewarding life as you embrace nature at every turn.. Keep wandering in your garden and sitting with that cool glass of wine of an evening.. Something I often do..
    Beautiful photos Pauline.. Enjoy Enjoy ENJOY!… ❤

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    • Thanks Sue for all your lovely comments. I’m looking forward to our adventure. There will be lots of photos soon. How has your garden survived all the heat you have had this year? I’m wondering what sort of summer we will have this year

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  2. Broken Hill is a fasscinating place. So much to see and experience – like tthe guy who has made a mock up of a mine underneathh his house, the outtdoor museum at Silverton and, my personal favourite, the sculpture park in a fenced area outside of town. The fence keeps out the wikd horses that I found very intimidating – they are huge.

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    • I’m really looking forward to exploring the area. We are staying a week, I hope that is long enough. I didn’t know about the wild horses I’m a horse lover so I do hope we see some. Are you settling into your new place ok?

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  3. I feel as you do Pauline-so contented here in my world with beautiful Nature all around and an occasional glass of wine to enjoy it with. But now and then my spirit pushes me to explore yet another corner of this amazing planet!! Look forward to hearing about your journey. And thanks for sharing your lovely everyday moments!

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  4. I can so relate to settling in and enjoying the everyday pleasures in our later years, Pauline. I don’t do gardening, but I enjoy walking, writing, reading, and just the simple routines of life. Especially enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day. I’m excited though that you haven’t abandoned your wandering self and are now called to explore another corner of your world. I look forward to hearing about your excursion to Broken Hill, where “the summers are almost unbearably hot. The dust swirls in red clouds coating everything and the winters are bitterly cold.” I want to go too!! 🙂 I’ll link this to my next call to place on September 27. 🙂

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  5. It is so easy to slip into a routine and be content with life which passes by at an alarming speed I have to say! Broken Hill was my first trip away on my own when I visited Australia for the first time in 1998. December and hot. So I know about those dusty days. I shall look forward to your trip and your impressions of this unusual place. And who knows, I may well get the wanderlust urge again myself one day, but for now I am content with the everyday life (well maybe NOT the housework). 😀

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  6. Now you’ve got me curious about Broken Hill! I love your curious spirit and share that with you. Your everyday life looks idyllic–gardening, wine… I love it! I have missed my garden since we moved to a condo, but there are always parks. 🙂 I’m excited to see Broken Hill through your eyes, Pauline!

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  7. Thanks for this peek into your life. Broken Hill. I’ve not been but I’ve always been interested to know about this. The preparation and planning are all fun parts of the trip. I hope the trip goes well. There is a serious drought at the moment and that brings all sorts of additional challenges.

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    • Yes the drought is devastating and the outback is going to be so different to the last time I was therein 2010 when they were having a good season with plenty of feed. Even enough grass to make hay

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