Walk and Enjoy

Walk and Enjoy
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mind, Body and Soul

Hello dear friends, hope you are all enjoying your weekend and beautiful weather wherever you may be. We are somehow lucky here down under, as winter has been really mild with only a few showers here and there. As always, I have been busy with my work, with few hours to spare in the garden during the weekend. Our little potager has been productive, while the rest of the garden is slowly coming to terms . A couple of weeks ago, we visited my husband's Auntie and cousin at a suburb where he grew up and spent most of his childhood years. It was then that we decided to organise a day of bush walking in the area.

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I'm linking to: Rooted In Thyme Simple and Sweet Friday, Sandi for Tea cup Tuesday,

I am not a health freak nor a fitness fanatic, but I believe that balance is the key to a sound mind, body and soul.

Today seemed a perfect day, for an outdoor getaway

So we gathered; me, hubby and family

We started from Kalkarri

Off the beaten track, we groan and moan, and struggle along the gruelling path

Forty five minutes later, we reach the top with view over looking the Marina, where the water is turquoise clear and million dollar boats are moored.

Hubby feels the need to pose

Something caught my attention, it's hollow, it's bare and stripped of its summer leaves.

Anyone for a paddle?

We stopped for coffee and tea with a couple packs of hot chips for energy

Schools of fish in abundance just beneath the river's surface.

Surely the ducks didn't mind, swimming atop these schools of marine life

After our brief chat, off we started the steep climb back.

I helped myself to a couple of camellias, to brighten up the sticks, the stumps and the trees as my subject.

On top of a rock formation

And inside a cavity of a speckled gum tree

Can you see the eucalypt oil emitting in the horizon?

One of the most common native species around; grass tree

Looks like we are back where we started

We stumbled upon a catastrophe of a once beautiful tree

As a gesture of  gratitude, there I left the battered camellia blooms, as a memorial to this once gigantic king of this bush.

Hubby is patiently waiting, as I said my goodbye to the tree and my little posy.

I was panting and puffing and my legs were a little wobbly but grateful that I did a favour to myself and feel like I burned few thousand calories.

This is my hubby's old house, where he grew up, filled with love and happy memories.

Some of my market finds, brightening up a corner in this wintery day.

My mismatched $2 market find cup and saucer (left).


  1. What a wonderful hike! Thank you for sharing. The camellia blooms were a pretty addition too. You also have some lovely finds from the market.


  2. Oh how I loved looking at all your beautiful pictures. So many beautiful views. Love the fish in the water with ducks. Looks like you had a wonderful hike/walk. Such pretty tea cups to share too!

  3. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I have certainly enjoyed your lovely photos!
    I am your newest follower!

  4. Beautiful photo's of your outing!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  5. What a great hike! Way to go!
    I'm so glad your winter isn't too cold. It sounds perfect!

  6. Hello Aida, what a fantastic journey. I feel like I passed it with you. Eyes sated views, only fatigue, fortunately, I do not feel :-)
    You have a daughter in Sweden? But there's so cold :-);-)
    Just kidding, I'm happy for this trip.
    Cup, as usual, beautiful. I like your sensitivity.
    Warm greetings!

  7. Hi Aida,
    I so enjoyed looking at all your photographs! I love a good, long walk. However, after having a heart attack last October at a relatively young age, it's taken me all this while to get back in condition. I think I'm almost back to normal. Yea!
    Placing the little flower here and there as you did reminds me of world travelers who photograph their teddy bears all over the globe. Fun!

  8. getting out to woods and water is a healthy thing for mind and body. good for you - and to visit your husband's home area. :)

  9. That is your winter?! Oh, how I wish our winters were so beautiful! Your winter looks more like our spring. Our winters here in northern Illinois are bitter cold and we get lots of snow, too. I'm glad you had such a lovely hike.

  10. Thank you for taking us along to your husband's home turf! A beautiful place with lovely blue water and interesting plants. I love that you can see the fish through the crystal clear water. The speckled gum tree has very pretty bark. A nice touch of beauty with the camellia blossoms, too. Very nice shop finds - it seems you had a wonderful time. I agree that getting out in nature is good for body, mind and soul. Happy that you were able to enjoy both nature and family. xo Karen

  11. Thanks for taking me along on your little family outing.

    I thoroughly enjoyed all the sights.

  12. Hello Aida,
    very pretty shop finds:)
    And thank you for a walk :)
    Warmest regards:)

  13. Dear Aida,

    You are always on an adventure of some sort, whether it be hunting for treasures or hiking the hilly landscapes of your beautiful country, it's always a joy to be included! There is such a variety of geological features where you hiked, so much to study and wonder about. I love the pink camellia you left behind as a gesture, as it truly does brighten the surrounding area.

    Have a wonderful week, my friend!


  14. Hello Aida,
    I cannot imagine having a winter like yours. Ours this past season was too long and cold, fraught with many blizzards. I hope we don't have another like it for a very long time! Thank you for taking us along on your outing. The rock formation was quite interesting and the camelias were lovely. Cute teacups too. I'm sorry about the Giveaway being offered only to those in North America. The cost of mailing is extremely high here. Actually, the very first giveaway I had went to Australia and it took three months to get there. I thought it had gotten lost. So, Hubby said no more over seas. :( Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea.


  15. Love the scenery photos!! Just beautiful! I wish I could go walking and enjoy nature but unitl I get my knee replacement surgery, that is totally out of the question!!

    Love your new treasures!!

    Thanks for stopping by!!


  16. Hikes are so great! I often hike with my camera and so enjoy it that I return home elated and anxious to see the pictures! I love to take nature shots, as you can tell by my posts on my blog!!

  17. I so enjoyed your nature walk - seeing a part of the world I have never been and probably never will.

    I *love* that pic of the lone duck on the water with the fish below in the clear water. Well done.

    Have a splendid day. : - )

  18. It looks like a splendid place for a walk, hill and all. A good view makes it all worthwhile. I like how you used the camellias in some of your photos; they`re a beautiful flower!


  19. Such a nice hike and you show us such a pretty pictures of the views. I love the way you were using the Camellia blooms. Nature is so wonderful! Your thrift shop finds are very pretty too. I am a bit behind with commenting these days, so I think you are meanwhile up to another hike .

  20. What a wonderful hike and well worth the hard work to see the boats on the river. I loved the camellia flowers being left on the fallen tree.

    Have a wonderful week xx

  21. Hi Aida, what a beautiful day you had. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  22. as usual, enjoyed your picture and story telling. cant wait for your next entry.

  23. Hello, dear friend! What a beautiful, but indeed grueling, hike! And I have never seen pink pink camelias..how magical...
    I couldn't agree with you more...balance is key.
    Thank you for sharing this loveliness, sweet Aida...
    Oh...you can still link up with Anita if you'd like to do the blog party!
    Love to you...
    Stay warm and cozy...
    - Irina

  24. Hello, Aïda, thank you so much for becoming a member of my blog. You live in a beautiful country and this kind of day outdoors makes one so refreshed and happy. All the best from Paris !xx