Tag Archive | wellbeing

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

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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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

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