Monday, 5 February 2018

The Adventure of 'Lonely' Gaitor and Leslie Ladybird

For various reasons, today's Gaitor Girl hike was cancelled. I really wanted to get out and about after 4 days of drizzly, but lovely rain. Last night I phoned a friend and asked if I could drop in for tea and toast. I was given the nod and had planned to set off about 6am.  I woke early, so as the sun rose, Leslie Ladybird and I were heading out the front door.


Leslie spotted two of her friends.

A short rest stop.

The sun was on our backs.

We enjoyed the creek reflections.

Weeds took on a special beauty in the early morning light.


Eye-catching trees.

 It was definitely a morning for enjoying reflections.


A distant view.


Sensational waterlilies were enjoyed to the max.





Decaying but beautiful.




Unbelievable that almost 12 months ago, the footbridge I am standing on, was totally covered by flood waters. A boat that went adrift was caught in its railings.



7 kms under the belt, time to relax in the garden paradise of a very special friend.

As the timed neared 10am, Leslie Ladybird and I stopped to check our newly planted begonias before diving into the pool to refresh our feet.

I was able to extend our return journey, giving a final distance of 16 very rewarding kilometres. My motto is " It is not the distance. It is the journey" So true this morning. I will also add, "You don't have to travel far, to find nature's beauty."

18 comments:

  1. Lesley ate a Lot of toast! I love the flowers, and I'm glad you got out to get these pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  2. My favorite shots this time were of the water lilies. Such vibrant color! And I also liked the reflection with the lily leaves and the culvert. It appears you made the most of a canceled outing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kim. It was a lovely morning and by myself, definitely had fun with the camera.

      Delete
  3. Way to make the most of a walk to your friend's house. Those water lily photos are gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Linda, I wasted quite a lot of time snapping away to capture their beauty.

      Delete
  4. Beautiful wild flower photos, proves that even just a walk to a friends place for tea can be hugely rewarding

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Any walk is good. This was a bonus morning.

      Delete
  5. Wonderful shots. Love those water lilies!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. They were a stunning colour.

      Delete
  6. What a wonderfully serene and beautiful morning - just perfect!
    First I thought I can feel the calmness and the fresh morning air... but then I started to think that since I don't know what kind of smells there are, I can't really imagine everything. With different kinds of plants and soils, a summer morning smells probably very different there. :)
    Have a great weekend! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It certainly was Sara. Yes the air was lovely and crisp, but on this walk not too many aromas. The birdsong though, was glorious.

      Delete
  7. I've never seen pink lilies! So beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lovely to have shared them with you Mary.

      Delete
  8. This is a delightful post with a bit of whimsy and glorious photos of flowers. The vibrancy of the red gum blossoms is just beautiful. Nicely done Helen!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Many thanks Lynda. It was suburbia, but who would guess?

    ReplyDelete
  10. I would never have guessed that this was a suburban walk! Those water-lilies look amazing. It's snowing here, which is fine, but nice to see some flowers and sunshine too. Lovely photos, I particularly like the reflected culvert or bridge (?), perhaps that's the mathematical side of my nature appreciating a circle.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Houses all the way, but being on the edge of the city limits, lots of lovely green space and country views to be had.The culvert bridge, [3arches] was just begging to be photographed in this lovely morning light. It seems the snow is widespread across Europe. I look forward to your pics of it, as you continue eat up the miles.

      Delete