I Spy … a Wattlebird who Spies Me

Took a break at lunchtime in the front garden, and watched the antics of this wattlebird that occasionally poked its head out of the grevillea it spends so much time in. It was spying on me, checking what I was up to.

A few minutes in the garden can feel so refreshing. It’s one of the pleasures of working from home.

Wattlebird

Text and image  © Michele Gierck

Bright Blooms Brighten the Day

A lockdown that lingers can’t stop beautiful blooms, the sight of which brighten the day, especially working from home!

So glad it’s springtime in the southern hemisphere.

Text and image  © Michele Gierck

Michele is an author, educator and a speaker who loves nature, and is passionate about it — appreciating and protecting it.

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Early morning inspiration

My best ideas rarely come sitting in front of a computer. Being out in the garden is inspirational. It’s one of the places where I can wonder, ponder, imagine and daydream. It’s my go-to space between bouts of writing.

Text and images © Michele Gierck

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We All Need Inspiring Spaces

It’s spring in the southern hemisphere. Even though we are still in lockdown, my garden, which is drenched in sunshine and blooms, is an inspiring space — not just for me but all the creatures that live there.
Thought some of you might enjoy this video –a glimpse of my garden.

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Text and image © Michele Gierck
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Have you had your fix of nature today?

I often get some of my best ideas out in the garden, when I feel as if I’m not thinking about anything at all. And then, SUDDENLY… a brilliant idea. Or at least a creative one.
Today is the first day of spring. Flowers are in bloom, the sun is shinning, and walking past this little patch of flowers, not far from my front door, feels fab.
Being out in nature is a great way to guard against lockdown blues. Have you had your fix of nature today?

Spring flowers front garden

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Glorious Gumnut Brightens the Day

How wonderful to step outside the front door and see the eucaplyptus silver princess in bold, bright bloom. No wonder the bees are attracted to it. And they are not the only ones. Even my little neighbours, aged 18 months and three, wonder at its beauty — the way the umbels pop their tops, and the blooms splay out.
This glorious gumnut brightens the day.

Image and text © Michele Gierck

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Michele is a specialist memoir writer, author, freelance writer, an interviewer and a speaker. She draws much inspiration, on a daily basis, from pottering in her garden.

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Gumnut Glory 3

A walk in the park is good for the soul

cockatoo on the hop

It’s amazing how lockdown can bring a greater level of appreciation of the world around us. Being out in nature is so good for the soul.

A walk in the park (we are allowed out to exercise) reveals nature’s sights and sounds, none more enticing than the sulphur-crested cockatoos. They are a delight to listen to and watch.

I could spend hours watching their antics and the group dynamics. This one, on the hop, caught my eye.

Pic and text copyright Michele Gierck

A Writer Needs A River

Billabong Tranquility (2)

In 2006, I wrote the following:

‘Writing was accompanied by slow walks in the park by the Yarra River: a dirty-looking waterway which meandered like a vagabond — constantly on the move, yet constantly the same. Or so it seemed. As children we loved that river. Pranced along its banks and splashed about in its waters on hot summer days. As an adult I rushed back to those riverbanks after each international journey: listening, absorbing, ‘shushing’ — bringing my being back home.’

These days, as I walk each morning by the river and the billabong (in the photo) I still have similar feelings — that being by the river is enlivening.

The quote is from my first book, 700 Days in El Salvador.

I’m happy to give away a couple of copies. Just let me know why you’d like to read 700 Days in El Salavdor.

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Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Appreciating the little things in life

Bee and Grevillea

What are you appreciating today? (Feel free to let me know.)

When times are tricky, it pays to really appreciate the little things in life: a phone call from a friend, a walk in nature, or even a bee buzzing around a blooming grevillea in the garden.

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck
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