An invitation to walk in your neighbourhood and tell us what you see that inspires you , brings you joy or even makes you sad . Every day I make sure to observe something that gives me joy , and to be honest, living in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, it really is not hard to be inspired. I am forever grateful for the fact that I can breathe clean air, listen to a huge variety of beautiful birds sing and feel the green grass under my feet somewhere close by . I may see beauty in the colours and textures of a native plant such as this beautiful Banksia
And right outside my front garden was this noisy little Brown honey eater enjoying the nectar while the dew is still on it first thing in the morning. Isn’t he sweet?
As I was trying to catch Mr Brown, I had that feeling that I was being watched… and lo and behold there was this crazy fella just staring at me from about waist height in the bush next to me….. he is a Spangled Drongo, that is more familiar with the northern ends of our country and hails from the New Guinea area, but with our mild climate many of them decide to settle and call the Sunshine coast home. I am glad to have them and all their silly craziness…such agile fliers and hilarious loud cacklings…. they look amazing in flight with the fish tails and their acrobatics.
I am often amazed at how beauty struggles through to even the most industrial kind of surroundings ….
I would love to see some of your local areas as you walk about each day…. feel free to post and tag this page so that I can see what a day in the life is like at your place.
Lets start with things that put a smile on your face and then we can progress to other challenges .
Being Australian … lets call this the Backyard challenge
In response to the challenge Camera Lucida : The Colour Of Life
What colours my life? There are so many beautiful things that make the heart sing, and behind much of it is the sun , and the glorious light that it shines on everything around us to create a variety of captivating colours and hues. Instead of just one photo I will choose three things I have seen that absolutely colour my world
So yesterday, I finally got to redeem a long awaited gift from a dear friend , across the “ditch” ( from Australia) in New Zealand. We were childhood besties, and even though over 50 years has past and we rarely if ever see eachother, we are keeping that friendship alive via cyberspace and that is something to be ever thankful for technology for !!
Earlier this year, after the passing of my father , which had been a very stressful six months, I shared a deal on Facebook from one of those “super deal marketing sites ” ; this was a great value local package here on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland and I made an off the cuff comment about how I could do with this and so could some of my friends. Not being very financial I didn’t take the offer up myself but had shared it in case anyone wanted to take it up. At the time I had also contracted Ross river Virus which had left me feeling achy and tired and generally pretty awful for a few months.
The next day I got an email from the marketing company to say that I had been gifted an hour and a half of Bliss by my dear old friend. How awesome is that? When you haven’t seen someone for years and yet such a lovely connection is still there. She even tolerates my little quips on FB that accuse her of taunting me into some very risky behaviours as a child resulting in more than a few scrapesSuffice it to say, she was a leader !!!!
Back to the massage…. The time during the massage was just blissful….. the woman had a darkened room, with some beautiful oils to scent the air and her touch was just perfect for what I needed. She had a very peaceful kind of meditation music track playing with soft drumbeats that lulled me into a sleepy state….
Until the chimes started!!
Now I know from practicing Transcendental Meditation for few years that you are not supposed to be in a prone position and not supposed to go to sleep ( although inevitably that can be the case from my experience!!) but I sooo wanted to drift off. Every time the chimes cut in it was like being called for dinner in my grandparents day 🙂 So for an hour I lay blissfully drifting and running to dinner in my dreams !
After leaving there, and because it was in a beautiful beachside area, i took my camera for a little wander to find some birds ( of course) and I was not disappointed. I have not yet processed those images but will follow with a post including them next.
What I wanted to finish with was the after effects of this massage ….. apart from feeling relaxed, I went on to feeling quite unwell later in the day and into the evening.
I was wondering if any of my fellow bloggers who are physicians or health bloggers know if this is to do with the lymphatic system as it has happened twice to me now. The time before was after an intense reflexology chines foot massage a few years ago. Just a general feeling if being unwell and feeling slightly sick in the stomach. Today I still feel a little sluggish and weird and I am now scouring blogs in search of mild detox drinks that I can make to help my body seeing as it looks as if it is full of toxins , without causing me to pass out, give up food or other such dramatic suggestions.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this
Bliss Out everyone
While the rest of the world queued up for hours in department stores chasing bargains that they didn’t need to have….. I settle for a leisurely dawn stroll along my local beach. As the ad says …. moments like this….. “Priceless”
Each morning I wake to the happy chorus of the neighbourhood birds…..and each day it is a joy to experience. Something cool about listening to them start their business of the day that just makes me want to be up with them. Whether it is the flute like haunting call of the Pied Butcher bird, the repetitive machine gun trill of the Leewin’s Honey Eater or the crazy howlings of my resident green Catbirds….. or a combination of the whole orchestra….. mornings are music to my ears and make me feel that is is great to be alive!