Tag Archive | ponder

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

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

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

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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A Writer Needs A River

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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

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