Australia, Photography

Morning Walk

I often complain about the weather here, particularly in summer, however, this morning was so delightful I would like to share a photo or two of my morning walk.

The mist was rising off the football field, not a cloud in the sky, a gently zephyr and a very pleasant 13 degrees –

( NOTE: how do we get access to those special symbols in this new wordpress editor. Does anyone know?)

My little Schnauzer was most happy to join me, occasionally stopping to sniff some interesting smell.

Walking like this is one of the best things in life.

We don’t always appreciate these small moments in life, our mind is cluttered with the problems of work, family or the world.

Golden sunlight filters through the trees

Nature can be restorative if we find a moment to appreciate it.

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday.”

I Alice Earle
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63 thoughts on “Morning Walk”

    1. Winter mornings like this are very special, but we are lucky here to have them quite frequently in winter. And your summers are more moderate than a Queensland summer. Less humid I think?

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  1. We had a gorgeous day here too. I don’t know what temperature it got to but I was in a t-shirt for some of it. It’s funny. I had a bit of a gratitude day today and yours is the second post I’ve read that mentions being thankful for things we have. There must be something in the air.

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      1. It does, I agree. The cooler periods and Winter seems to agree with me better. We have very high humidity and heat in summer, and the older I get, the more it saps my energy. I can get more down in winter, I think. Summertime is five months long and I just want to sit and read during that time. I am not too productive in summer, Maggie.

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    1. Thank you, Marion. Benji is a great name for a Schnauzie! I used to have a Scottie who are very close genetically to Westies. So I have a soft spot for them. A lot of Westies here get skin irritations, as did my Scottie. How was your Westie?

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      1. Our Westie just got skin irritations later in life, she lived until the age of 13 and although I love little dogs, I don’t think it’s fair to have another right now as we are away so much. My sister in law has a blue roman cocker spaniel called Milllie who is 4.

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  2. A beautiful way to start the day πŸ™‚

    To answer your question ‘how do we get access to those special symbols in this new wordpress editor.’

    Compliments of 360North – If you want the symbol for degree eg 32Β°

    PC -Hold down the Alt key, and on the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard, type 0176 or Alt+ 248

    Mac -Press Option Shift 8.

    iOS -From the iOS keyboard on your iPhone or iPad: First hit the β€œ123” button to see the numerical keypad.Now you can access the degree sign by tapping and holding the 0 (zero) key. This will reveal the degree symbol, and this can be selected through a pop-up menu that appears over the key.

    Android – Switch to the numbers and symbols keyboard. The degree symbol should appear on one of the pages.

    OR You can do what I do – copy & paste it from another screen πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hey Sandy! Thanks a million for that comprehensive info. The special character used to appear in the tab of the old editor so I was looking for it there. I think this way is so much easier. I use this alt + numbers for the Scandinavian vowels so I can definitely use that.

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    1. You can always do a cyber walk with me, M- R and Restless Jo has a walking post each week (apart from her summer sojourn). Don’t be a Luddite. Dive in…. it is better in so many ways, but does take a few weeks to get used to.
      You should only experience a few episodes of yelling expletives and desk thumping before you become one of the ‘converted.’ You won’t look back!

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      1. No, me old china: across the road is a cattle sales yard. Happily it’s closing down soon: the sight of those poor animals I would find distressing, were I to venture over there of a Monday. What is this activity Amanda mentions, pray tell ?

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      2. You almost certainly remember Monday walks that don’t have to take place on Mondays? I’m just back from a beautiful sojourn in the Azores, celebrating 70, though I hate to say I’m now nearer 71. Horrors! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  3. Dear Amanda!
    I love morning walks too – because nature feels reborn then, after the night. And I, being there, then gets to feel a little bit of that too. πŸ˜‰ There is something so gentle and dreamy, and – at the same time – so promising and energetic!
    Beautiful post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I am no expert in the editor, but I have just made a test – and yes, you can copy chars in from elsewhere on the Net. Cumbersome, but… it works. πŸ˜‰

    Wishing you a truly wondrous week, dear Amanda πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Elena, Great idea to copy and paste. I am also going to use the alt + numbers that Sandy mentions in her comment here.
      I am thrilled that you also like morning walks. Nature does feel reborn. There is a real sense of hope and anticipation that the day ahead will be filled with joy and potentials! I do love that. I hope your week is wondrous, too, dear Elena. When do you hear back about your exam?

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      1. Dear Amanda, thank you too πŸ™‚
        Yes, it’s been a great week – despite the thunderstorms πŸ˜‰
        It will take a while until I hear back about the exam though. But at the end of the month, they say …
        I try to steel myself with patience and distract myself with the garden πŸ˜‰
        Best wishes for the weekend! πŸ™‚

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      2. Tusen tak for det! I have been working on my Norwegian. As it is quite similar do you find you are understanding Norwegian programs on TV easier now you are clever with Dansk?

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      3. Dear Amanda πŸ™‚
        I have visited Norway several times, because my mother-in-law is from Norway – and it truly is the land of faerie tales!! It is difficult for me to really understand what they are speaking though, for the music of the language is very different from Danish, even if the words are spelled almost the same. In Denmark … they talk. But in Norway – they sing!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        I don’t have time for television these days… with all of my hobbies – composing music (and recording, editing, mastering!), photography, video making, writing stories… and now, opening a blog! Whew! πŸ˜‰
        But – it’s very exciting! And each of these things are like a huge universe in themselves, slowly unfolding for me as I explore it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        And now – my mother has come visiting us! And all my friends and relatives all want to see us at once! Oh, sweet chaos!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
        But when I get a little time, I read your posts – with great joy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        Wishing you a happy summertime – full of excitement and wonder and exotic experiences! (I have never been to Japan… πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ )

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      4. Elena, I am so happy you found my blog. It makes me happy to know that there are readers out there I can connect with.
        And you are quite right about the Norwegians singing. Their voice goes up and down like the mountains!
        Hvor kommer i Norge svigermoren din fra? It sounds like you are a very busy person. I would love to hear more about your composing music and video. Have you posted about that somewhere on your blog?

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      5. Good morning, Amanda! πŸ™‚
        I am also delighted that we found each other! Both because your posts are so heartwarming (hyggelige) and engaging, and because I really love to chat with you πŸ™‚
        My mother-in-law comes from just outside of Oslo, a small town named Kolbotn. Her grandparents were from Hammerfest. πŸ˜‰

        I have written a bit, on my blog, about my activities. In the about-page (“My Dream…”). And in the right-hand widget pane, there are also links, both to my YouTube channel and to my pages on Flickr. Possibly I should make things more visible though, especially my YouTube?

        I have been composing for several years. Initially classically inspired piano pieces… until my husband bought a really exciting program for me – Propellerheads Reason – and an electronic piano! A huge new universe unfolding before me!! So many possibilities and wonders… and so much time. πŸ˜‰
        And I thought that I would be able to just record my music, and it would sound great. Heh! But when I listened to it afterwards, it sounded, well… let’s say: not so great. πŸ˜‰
        Oh, I cried and cried! And my husband told me that we could sell the house and pay a professional studio to make a CD with my music. Or, if I preferred, he could study it with me…
        After considering it for a while (how practical is it to live in a tent these days?), I decided to settle for the second option! But actually, achieving studio-quality sound (or even something reasonably close to it) is arduous work, and I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to work with this – and for his heroic patience (both when I play and when I work! πŸ˜€ ).

        After a while, I began to make videos with my music, got myself a channel on YouTube – and uploaded my work.
        Oh, the joy! Sharing my art with the world! Having it appreciated by thousands and thousands of enraptured viewers! Uhm… well… no, not quite! πŸ˜‰
        I even got some unlikes! And thinking about all that work, all that nervous energy, inspiration, countless hours … and then some “!Β€&Β€%#/&#%&%” dislikes it?!?
        More crying, I am afraid… πŸ˜‰
        Until my husband quietly told me that nothing new is ever universally appreciated. Great art always invokes great emotions – both positive and negative. And he really believes in me – so he was actually happy (!) to see that I was able to invoke negative emotions as well as positive!
        He is really strange at times… πŸ˜‰

        And then, after a while, people began to write to me that they not only think my music is beautiful and enjoyable. But also that they feel much better after watching and listening to it. And it was like I got wings! πŸ™‚
        So I gave my videos to one of the larger dentist clinics here, and they began to use it on their viewscreens while they worked on people. And they have told me that it is a great success, both for themselves and for their patients. They were so grateful and asked how they could thank me, and whether I could make some more! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ : )

        So I began to believe in myself again, working hard to make better photos, better videos, and better music for them. πŸ™‚
        And actually, I got a dream… My husband still thinks it is totally utopian. But I believe in it. And anyway, dreams are something we reach for, yes? They do not have to be too realistic… πŸ˜‰

        I wish you a truly wonderful day, dear Amanda! And as a small gift for you, a video of Norway which I published earlier this year…

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      6. I found your wonderful comment, Elena. Well almost half a life story. But that is great, as now I know more about your wonderful journey with music. It must have been disappointing to get dislikes, but there are plenty of other people who apprecite your music, and it reaches loads of people who might never get to listen to it, especially those who go to the dental surgery! Your husband is very wise! And now I will go and listen to the snippet you sent me. Tusind tak for det, Elena. I am very happy to know you. P.S. my son is a musician so I can relate to hours and hours of work in the studio and in songmaking. It is his passion and his curse, in a way.

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    1. Aha! Thanks Alejandro. I can revert to Classic editor within a block. Funny that they don’t make it as a direct option in the Gutenberg editor. I appreciate the help. πŸ™‚

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