I'm afraid that walking is still a problem but if I take it slowly I can walk around a couple of blocks, then I have to sit down and my legs are swollen and I wonder why I did that! It has been so long since I took my camera for a walk, (I seem to rely on my Iphone) that yesterday I got it out of it's case and took it on a short walk. By the time I got back all of the above had happened and it hasn't been until this morning that I got to look at the photos.
All this activity is in preparation for my 2020 classes. I want all new projects for my teaching. I'm not sure that any of the photos will suit but I like looking at them and I live in a small paradise so there are things right outside the front door. At this time of year the light is very clear and the shadows attractive. This is the road outside my house, I've already done something on those trees but I love their tangle.
There are always interesting clumps of grass and bushes.
Or flowers that have escaped into the verge.
I always keep my eyes peeled for the wattle. They seem to move around. (I have visions of those wattle trees lifting their skirts and walking to a new location with better light and aspect.)
And by the time I walk the 500 metres to the end of the road, which is at the top of a small cliff and is at the southern end of the island, I can stand and look down on the beach in three directions. I felt like yelling out to this man "Hey the tide is too low you won't catch any fish now".
And this dog had a thing about the tinnie. He just kept barking at it.
Then I lift my eyes and can look right down the bay and can see the border rangers. I wonder if I will ever get to go walking at O'Rielly's in the rainforest again?
Looking in the other direction, (north) there are numerous tracks that lead down onto the golf course and then into the mangroves.
I am always a bit careful walking here as I know there are lots of pythons living in this section and once I get down to the edge of the mangroves I go in another direction. I have spoken to lots of people about the 'feeling' I get at this point. Something seems to say "you can't go here". I asked some of the indigenous women about this and they told me is was a "man's place".
I then walk over the old tennis courts where the children and I played tennis every holidays, lots of precious memories flash into my mind about these times.
Now I sit with my grand children and we look for all the animal shapes hiding in those cracks.
Walking down a new section of path I come across a Rubber Tree that has escaped from it's life as an indoor plant and is in the process of growing to it's full glory.
Along with a Monsterio that has wonderful leaves and should have some good fruit soon.
Out the end of the path and I turn for home. Some of the houses have interesting gardens and I think that this Bromiliad will make a great project.
The colours are delicious.
Or maybe this family of Magpies.
I love this vine growing over a trellis. The sun is so bright that the orange flowers look bright yellow and a different species. Maybe another potential design.
And then there are the 'Mother of Millions' flower, that might have potential.
So, two or three ideas. The walk was worth the pain.