Sunday, November 19, 2006

An hour in my gym ...

... with my favourite exercise equipment. I live on a hill, almost in town, and yet a hop, step and a jump - more specifically less than a hundred meters- away is paradise. Maggie and I have been walking here her whole life; one of the reasons I chose to buy in the same area I rented. Today we thought you might like to join us...

I actually snapped the photo above quite spontaneously, as Maggie turned back to see what I was doing. Photographing a flower for you actually. I rarely take a camera with us and she wondered if her Mum was ok.
The lovely thing about out paradise is that it is full of interminable contrasts, tiny native flowers no bigger than your little finger nail, and towering trees; wide paths where we can meet walking friends and animal tracks we have tramped for years without meeting anyone. The old granite quarry is a favourite spot and the first glimpse of it always lights up my soul. There are parts of the quarry which take me to my beloved Kimberly (the region in the far north of Western Australia). Can you see the bitumen road? We walk through my cul-de-sac, across this road and into wonderland. We also exit this way.

Many evenings all three cats greet us at the top of the street ( I am the second house down) and walk home with us. How funny it must look, as if I have taken all four of them walking. Charles, the scallywag, will wind his way through my feet and then Maggies', tempting us to tumble down the hill. Then begins the rolling, he wriggles cross-ways, on his back, down the road in front of us!! Tonight he hit the side.
I took more pictures, this is the maximum blogger will let me load so I will save the rest for another post, perhaps tomorrow. I have a little old Kodak 2.1 megapix' camera, my trusty friend, has been dropped so many times that all photos have to be framed with the assumption that anything in the top left hand corner 'should' end up in the middle. Tonight it has once again served us well.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You live in a wonderful place! I enjoyed the walk through paradise. And I especially liked the end where the cats meet you....the one rolling on its back just looks happy to see you.

And if these are the photos you get with a "broken" camera then you must be a fantastic photographer!! I thought they were all just beautiful (and I clicked on each one!)

Anonymous said...

I so enjoyed joining you on your stroll through paradise. How fortunate you are to have all this right there for the enjoying.(we have to drive a ways to see anything remotely close to this) I love the image of the cats awaiting your return...and btw, these photos are amazing, that camera is definitley a worthwhile friend.
XOXO

Dotee said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk Julie. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

Love seeing Maggie look so spritely. And those native wild flowers are gorgeous!

I smiled at the thought of your boys greeting you at the top of the hill. Charles is just too funny with his rolling! He is obviously very happy to see you and Maggie.

Ronnie greets me every night by rolling on his back. He rolls and turns and gives me a big meow!

Your camera takes great shots BTW.

xxxx

Lisa said...

Beautiful! Thank you for taking us on a walk with you and I am so tickled hearing about the cats waiting for you and the antics on the way home. That is so funny. I'll be smiling and laughing about that all day. lol

Daisy Lupin said...

Thank you for visiting my site. I love the photographs you have taken of your walk, especially your cute cat rolling on the road.

jessica said...

I love your gym. Nature offers us such beauty, fun and challenge. Lovely photos. I too love to go out to "my gym".

Kathleen Marie said...

What a beautiful area you live in. I can understand why you decided to live there permanently. Blessings!

One Crabapple said...

oh that is hilarious about Charles wiggling this way ! I would love to take a walk with you and Mag and come back to find the kitties waiting and walk the rest of the way home laughing and tumbling over kitties.

Beautiful place you walk.

Your Gym. Nice area you live in. Very nice!

One Crabapple said...

oh and the Spontaneous Shot you spoke of with MAggie coming back to find you. That shot is perfect ! the way the road winds up the center of the picture. You couldn't have set it up any better ! and then at the end of your post you mention that your little camera is tweeked and on it's last crooked leg. Darn GOOD shot !!! Bravo !