Archive | April 2020

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.

(You can contact Michele via the contact page on her website. Or leave a comment.)

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

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
http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Finding our Special Spaces

We all need to find our special spaces. The places where we can just be. Perhaps even soak up the peace and calm in natural settings. (And sometimes we just need to imagine them!)

Birds at the Billabong

Or even spending time by the local billabong — listening, watching, and just being. That’s where I was this morning.

Birds at Billabong 3

Text and pics copyright Michele Gierck
Michele’s website http://www.michelegierck.com.au