Tag Archive | life

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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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.

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

Buzzing around the garden

Bee and Yellow Flower

Life has certainly changed over the last few weeks, but the calm and peace of the garden is comforting. Nature continues to spring to life: seedlings growing, flowers blooming and bees buzzing.

Picture and text copyright Michele Gierck
http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Can you think of a title for my new book?

Front Garden dry creek

I’m just about to submit the first five chapters of my next non-fiction book. ALL I NEED IS A TITLE. IF YOU CAN THINK OF ONE I’d sure like to hear it. Just drop a line on the contact page of my website http://www.michelegierck.com.au

This book is a post-injury come-back story in which the bush, the ocean and a bloke (a fellow) all play their part.

Here’s the pitch.

When Michele, a broken down sojourner (kind of Liz Gilbertish), meets Mac, a dedicated river scientist (think a young David Attenborough), she is drawn into his orbit, the gravity of which propels her onto an uncharted trajectory.

If you’d like to know more about this book, like the title and publication details, just sign up to the newsletter on my website.

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

This pic is the view of the front garden from my writing room.

Image and text copyright Michele Gierck

Gardens are Great, but the Bush is Best!

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Gardens are great, but it’s hard to beat a hike in the bush. There’s something about those tall tress and even the xanthorrhoeas. They are magical. Tramping through this bush is wonderful. Everything else, from city living, just seems to fade away.

This photo was taken at MtFrankland, in Western Australia.

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

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck