Walking may just be my new favourite thing. Two years ago I sold my car, partly in an attempt to move towards a more simple, ethical lifestyle and partly cos I wanted to save some money. Since then I’ve always had Koren to bum a cheeky lift from if I needed. Recently, however, she sold her car in preparation for her huge adventure overseas and so now, with no fallback plan, I gotta walk more places.
This has actually turned out to be a really great thing.
My favourite trek is the path from my home to the Kelvin Grove farmers markets, an adventure which is quickly becoming my Saturday ritual. Brisbane is so beautifully lush this time of year, the trees are flowering. Luminous blue Ulysses butterflies are everywhere, delicately skipping from plant to plant.
I love how walking forces me to slow down, breathe, take in my surroundings and appreciate Brisbane’s true beauty. None of which you get from hooking around in a car all day. Plus I get to practice my photography and take loads of photos of pretty flowers.
This morning, armed with shoulder totes, camera, hat, my iPod packed with new tunes complements of Koren (ok, and a slight hangover), I headed off to the markets. The temperature was absolutely perfect, the sun was high in the sky and there was a cool gentle breeze – wonderful walking weather.
My photography skills are still coming along so probably don’t do this stunning morning the justice she deserves but here’s a few of the things along the way that made me smile.
I love flowers. Can you spot the little guy in this one? It was only when I got home and opened the photo on my laptop that I noticed this tiny insect had photo-bombed my flower shot. Love!
Aren’t plants remarkable? I love how they easily adapt to change, growing up and over walls if they have to. I surely could learn a thing or two from plants.
Another bonus of walking is discovering stories about my town that I’d never known before. These plaques are scattered along the walkway from the Kelvin Grove bus stop through into the main streets of the suburb.
And when I got home, this cheeky little minx was fast asleep on the front steps. How wonderful to be a cat.
What’s been making you smile lately?
Love Alana xx