Saturday, 31 May 2014

Days#27 to 30

Wednesday sunshine
Primary school play
High school sport
Tea and chats

Monday, 26 May 2014


Sunday morning
Eventually it was too hot
To stay out front


Despite the sunshine
It was a flat day
Even the stars are dull tonight

Sunday, 25 May 2014


I have been sleepy
And much less mindful
With my time outside

On these days
I still spend time 
In the morning sun
On the front verandah
Which seems to be 
A winter ritual
Tea and books
Hand in hand

As well as brief moments
With the chooks
Or at the clothesline
Sometimes I have morning tea
With the neighbours
Or walk to the library


Today showed me 
The pleasure of

When my time outside
Is mindfull,
It is also meaningful.

Admittedly we had a glorious
Grasse matinee
I saw a foggy kind of haziness 
Outside my window
And continued dozing.

It was a beautiful day
Reading to Artemis in the
Morning sun
Washing and drying
Hanging out the washing
Is a slow task
The mind can unwind
And flap around in the breeze for awhile
With the clothes
It is also methodical
I have my way of hanging and
I fold clothes as I take them off the line.

This afternoon there were 3 kookaburras
In the gum tree having a laugh
And I am usually accompanied by
Our dog and 2 cats

I planted the second rosemary bush
In the front garden
And we prepared the veggie patch
For whichever winter veggies we
Decide to plant

My treat before bed
Was looking at the stars
On this clear clear night
Seeing the clusters
That make the Milky Way 
Moving around the garden 
In the cool night air
To see beyond the tree branches
The southern cross
And a shooting star
I felt incredibly still and peaceful
And was reminded of nights
Under the stars
On the other side of the world

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


A Leisurely stroll down 
Macquarie street


Fun with kindergarten 

Monday, 19 May 2014


Walk to the library
Browse books at the street stall
Post some letters
Cup of tea and sunshine


Washing on the line
Cakes in the oven
Tea in the sun
Kids running in the garden
Relaxing with friends


I never realised
How much time
I spend
Hanging out washing
Hanging out with the chooks
Roaming around the garden


Exercise at school
With first graders
Running like crazy
Leap frog


Sitting in the back yard
On the wooden bech
Under the palm tree
Chooks clucking
Bella at my feet
Reading a memorable book.

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Outdoors today
Was not so mindful
Putting away
Full moon
Night shadows


Nothing like an outdoor office.

Monday, 12 May 2014


A stroll around the garden
Pick my first ripe lemon
The branches are heavy with fruit
Bella, crazy pup
See how she runs
The stars are out tonight
An almost full moon.

Sunday, 11 May 2014


Tea & toast
Made with love
By Artemis
Enjoyed with delight
In the autumn morning sun
While finishing a family read
What more could a mum ask for
On Mother's Day.

Saturday, 10 May 2014


How to have a work meeting.

Leisurely walk to Spirey View
Little rain showers along the way
Families in tow
Picnic for Peter's birthday
Casual meeting while families play


Hanging out a few loads
Of washing in the sunshine
Morning tea on the neighbours
Back porch

Thursday, 8 May 2014


Today's the day the teddy bear's have their picnic!
A true privilege to work with children outdoors!
Had a wonderful day with a kindy group and their teddies.
Walking, playing, making, exploring.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


An hour of sport supervision at a local high school
Tennis balls flying
Autumn sun

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Cup of tea in the morning sun.
Walk to the library instead of driving.
Lunch in the sun and finish a book
To a butcherbird's song.
Listen to the verandah roof creaking
Hardly anyone go by.
Admire the plants,
Must be a year since I planted them.

Monday, 5 May 2014


Lazy Monday 
It's getting colder
Talking to chooks and plants
Poop patrol
Play fetch
Magpie and kookaburra show down


Grey Sunday.
Clothes washed
Hung out 
Wind dried
Family walk
Flocks of galahs
Bella pulling eagerly
Drizzly return 

Saturday, 3 May 2014


A rainy night bought more grey clouds and a wonderfully crisp autumn morning.
Our time outside today was perhaps less mindfull; brisk walks from one shop to another, kids pushing the car for a kick start, feeding hungry chooks, playing with Bella in the backyard.
Some think last winter was mild, but it's pretty strange to feel this chilly so soon after the big heat we had in summer.

Friday, 2 May 2014


Improvisation needed.
Despite having spent most of the day in the middle of the Warrumbungles, due to work and cool weather most of it was indoors!
Friday night saved me.  Dinner awaited me too at the local chip shop!
Bella and I had an evening walk the long way around, in the dark and soon warmed up.
So part of my challenge will be to walk Bella more often and have little adventures together

I'll show you how to walk the dog...


I have signed up for the David Suzuki Foundation 30x30 challenge in aim of spending 30 minutes outside everyday for the month of May.
I started a day early out in the Warrumbungle National Park by checking out a nature trail for next weeks teddy bear's picnic excursion.  Luck shined upon me last year when I became a casual teacher at the Warrumbungle Environmental Education Centre.  Amazing work environment, amazing co-workers!  
All the elements were present and I indulged in some big rock energy meditation.  While the creek trickled a little tune, I breathed in earthy fragrances and watched the rain ripples make infinity circles on the pond surfaces.
On the drive home, I did something that I always mean to do but never do...I stopped to pick wild flowers on the side of the road!
Incredibly, I inspired Artemis and Armand to enjoy the afternoon sun on the front verandah, which turned into rolling on the grass with Bella, target practice on the kids with a giant nerf gun, plant pruning, poop patrol, phone calls and reading in the hammock!
All that before day#1!

Photos pending...

Somewhat simpler but no less agreeable...a cup of tea and some bibliotherapy on our north facing front verandah in the autumn morning sun, chat with neighbour included.