Tag Archives: vacation

What I Love about Swimming

8 Oct

Margaret swimming in the river enclosure

A pretty place to swim

As an observer of life, I contend there are two categories of people: swimmers and non-swimmers.

Having read the title, you’ll know my sympathies.

As a swimming devotee for over three decades, I can vouch for its many virtues.

What better way to spend time outdoors on a sunny day than in the water? So refreshing!

As an exercise, swimming comes into its own.  Compared to, say running, swimming is gentle, and can be continued right up through senior years. It burns calories and promotes muscle tone.
To me, even more important is the relaxation: the feeling of escape from normal life. Humans are, of course, creatures of the land, and venturing into water seems to constitute a break from the humdrum of everyday activities. After swimming, people often say that they feel better. Is this just a matter of improved circulation due to exercise, or is it something more?

Those who like competition may well have the chance to join  Swimming Clubs, and this has the added advantage of social contact. Who knows what marvelous  new friendships you may make?

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Happy Birthday, Chicki!

6 Oct

Chicki’s 2nd birthday

Chicki

It’s not every day our little girl turns two!

Her day started with a much-loved present: a brand new rope toy, which instantly found its way between her teeth, where she held it for what seemed as long as possible  for a little Maltese.

After breakfast, we’re off to the park for a stroll on the promenade, and a sniff around the distant beach.

Time to head home, but, surprisingly we all hear a chorus: Happy Birthday to You! Sure, it was meant for someone else, but we added our Chicki’s name, and it became the perfect end to her special day out.

Happy Birthday, Chicki!

Strolling around my Favourite Place

4 Oct

Chicki on the promenade

Cockatoos flying

Kookaburra

What a lovely morning! Sydney’s run of Spring-like weather continues, beckoning  us outdoors, to see and feel its glory.

Chicki, my little white dog,  and I strolled along the promenade, besides the river. We seemed quite alone, save for a flock of distant white cockatoos, some magpies, kookaburras, and a few tiny swallows perching on the net of the swimming baths.

For a while, only the sounds of the birds disturbed the peace: but there playful and busy noises in no way detracted from the beauty of the scene.

What a charming, relaxing place!

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A Sunshiny Spring Day in the Park

1 Oct

Wildflowers by the river

Cockatoo feeding

Spring! The season for lovers, poets, and just about anyone who loves to see the renewal of life.

Spring! A time for celebration of nature’s beauty: wildflowers.

Spring! A day: today: when the white cockatoos squawked ever louder, flying higher, ever higher, then coming in to land on the branches of old gum trees. Squawking loudly: gaily raising the yellow plumage that adorns their heads. Swooping to the ground, searching for food. Delighting my eyes!

A glorious day in a native parkland, in Sydney, Australia!

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Chicki by the River

1 Oct

Chicki atop the rock

Our Maltese Chicki goes wild with excitement every day, as outing time arrives. It’s as though she cannot contain her joy at the prospect!

With so many sights, sounds and smells awaiting her, is it really any surprise?

Secretly, I wonder if she enjoys her role as a photographic model. Posing for the camera seems second nature! Like a pro, she knows what to do!

Here she is, atop the rock! All poised: so intrigued by her surroundings. The flowing river: the sands: the flora: the birds, reptiles, and animals. Can you sense her happiness?

What joy our pets can bring!

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Late Last Summer….

31 Aug

You’ve seen the images…..Chicki and me, late last  summer, down by the river.  Chicki was in her short summer clip, freshly trimmed up for our summer heat. The river, cool and refreshing, is home territory for a small group of wild ducks. Sometimes, a little family of ducklings swims along, behind them.

This is where I love to be. In summer I brave the water, sometimes even in the rain. In winter, it’s a wonderful place, just to relax and stroll around in. It’s hard to believe that Sydney is not so far away.

By the Seaside: Late Winter in Sydney

14 Aug

After the furious winds of the last few days, a calm, mild day made a welcome change. Tired of being cooped up indoors, I went to visit the seaside.

Uncommonly calm, the waves gently lapped the shores. No swimmers braved the cold, despite the water’s enticing appearance. Scarcely a soul walked on the sands.

On the promenade, however, it was another story. Young and old, and those in between, made the most of the day. What a charming variety of dogs accompanied so many of them.

Add sea-gulls, black birds, swallows, pigeons, and Corellas, and that’s it. A Botany Bay foreshore beach-side scene. Where else would you see such diversity?

A Taste of Spring

5 Aug

What a glorious day we’ve just experienced! Sunshine, caressing breezes, and perfect midday temperatures made Sydney, Australia, a wonderful place to explore.

With a maximum of twenty-two degrees Celsius at about two p.m., ditching our winter woolies was no problem. Hardly souls braved the breakers, with beaches recording (almost) enjoyable water temperatures.

Those whose tastes don’t run to the beaches could enjoy other treats. Magnificent magnolias are in full bloom now, with gorgeous wine-pink blooms atop bare branches. The recent rains have greened the gardens,  so many are fresh and inviting.

And to think: the official start to Spring is a mere four weeks away!

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out’s Review: A Taste of Life and Love in Australia

26 Jul

Oh: Happy day!

Early this morning, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out published a beautifully presented Guest Post featuring me, my family, and my writing.  Not surprisingly, she has set it out in a lovely and professional manner.

Late this  afternoon, Shelleyrae revealed her insightful and well-expressed review of my second book, ‘A Taste of Life and Love in Australia.’ In it, she speaks of each story as a ‘window into the nature of relationships’, and describes each as ‘thoughtful and charming’.

Pointing out quite correctly that the tales are often vignettes rather than Short Stories, she states that ‘the writing is evocative, inspiring emotion with well-crafted prose and natural dialogue.’

So, all in all, I’m absolutely delighted! As a self-published author, the road is proving to be uphill. Thank goodness that dedicated people like Shelleyrae are there to help smooth the way.

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After the Rain….in Sydney, Australia

23 Jul

Here we are again, in the park. It’s mid winter: the wattles are coming out, brightening the scene with their yellow balls of fluffy colour.

The rain is abating, and the air is fresh and clean. The dust has settled, making everywhere so magically beautiful.  Peace reigns supreme.

Suddenly, almost overhead, a flock of squawking, white cockatoos appears, flying jubilantly into the tall gum trees.

We are not alone.

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