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.
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.
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.
‘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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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.