nature

Take A Walk Through Dorset U.K.

Today I am inspired by a fantastic walk my husband and I completed last month. For six days we walked 118km through South/West England, the majority of the time through County Dorset. It was beautiful. It was peaceful. It was inspiring.

There were hours upon hours when we had no human contact. In that time we came face to face with sheep and cows but they don’t hold a very good conversation!

At the end of each day we stayed in beautiful, comfortable and welcoming Bed and Breakfasts. Here we could have a bath, a drink with the locals and a good hearty meal.

We walked through fields, through woods, across a working airfield, an active golf course and through gorgeous villages. We had lunch at an ancient castle ruin, in a graveyard, by a lake,  on the side of a track and on top of a coastal cliff.

We got scratched by blackberries and stinging nettles. We saw Doe in the woods and wild pheasants on tracks.

Every day was new. Every day was inspiring. The scenery, the fresh air, the sunshine. All inspiring. All enjoyable.

Thank you to On Foot Holidays for transporting our luggage each day, for booking us into the loveliest Bed and Breakfasts and for your magnificent walking instructions.

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On top of the world

Today I am inspired by a photo and message I recieved from my daughter.

The photo is of her on top of Mt Titlis in Engelberg, Swiss Alps. Her caption simply said “On top of the world”.

What a great caption. It says so much.

Mt Titlis is 3,238 metres above sea level. To us Australians that is close to the top of the world. The highest mountain in Australia is 2,228 metres above sea level.  Mt Titlis is in the northern hemisphere, which to us Australians is also the top of the world. And then of course there is the feeling of elation as she looked out at nature’s beauty and as she said to me “The most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” She was on top of the world.

We feel on top of the world when our soul is filled with excitement, when our hearts are pumping with love and when we have a great feeling of satisification. We have achieved a goal. We are feeling incrediably lucky. We are on top of the world.

The photo and caption were beautiful and inspiring and a reminder that you don’t have to climb a beautiful mountain to feel on top of the world we just need to embrace life and the opportunties it gives us.

 

The Mighty Sea

Today I am inspired by the mighty sea.

Last week I spent a few days at Dalmeny on the south coast of New South Wales. It is a place I have visited often, in fact on average, twice a year for the last 24 years! It is a beautiful coastal hamlet with two glorious long beaches perfect for walking on and one small beach perfect for taking time out to reflect.

The mighty sea and wind were at their angriest the week before my last visit. A huge storm travelled down the east coast of Australia. Winds battered the coast, waves swept in with a mighty force. As if that wasn’t enought there was also a king tide. It was as if nature and the mighty sea were saying “look at me.”

Whilst in Dalmeny my husband and I took a walk along a 2km stretch from the small beach to the boat ramp. I was inspired by the waves crashing in and the whirlpools created by their force. This was a normal winter’s day. No king tide or storm, just waves crashing onto the coastline.

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The mighty sea stirs so many emotions. It can be fierce and frightening. It can be calm and reflective. Quiet or loud. On this day the sea was strong and bold. It was powerful. It was mesmerizing. The white peaks were fresh. The whirlpools were crazy. It was inspiring and fascinating. I was at times standing there totally mesmerized by the beauty and power of the sea.

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The storm and king tide have left an impact on the coast line. The small beach perfect for taking time out to reflect is now sandless. The king tide and storm have stolen all the sand and left sharp edged rocks in its place. Trees along the edge of the beaches are flattened or swept back against the face of their protective cliffs. Bits of trees are scattered on the beach. New rock pools have formed. Cunji, seaweed and sea urchins are lying hopeless amongst the rocks.

All of it a reminder of the storm and king tide. All of it a reminder of the power and wonderment of the sea and nature. All of it inspiring.

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SNOW WHITE

I am not usually inspired by snow. I do not like the cold and on the few occasions I have been on snow trips I did not like the whole feeling of being disorientated in a sea of white. So you may be wondering why I am writing on my Inspiration Blog about Snow!

Last month my family and I were fortunate enough to visit Boston just after Winter Storm Juno. There was a lot of snow. More snow than any of us had ever seen. It was white, it was pretty, it was cold and it inspired me to take many photos.

So whilst we may not enjoy the climatic conditions we are experiencing we can find some creative inspiration in the postcard scenes they have created. Everywhere I looked I could see a great picture and click there goes the camera to capture the beauty forever.

Enjoy these few photos.

 

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Colors of the wind.

Today I am inspired by words I read on some street chalk art today. Those words are “The color of wind”.

What color is the wind?

The wind that breezes through at the end of a hot summer’s day is a cool blue. Refreshing and light.

The wind that howls in the middle of a hot summer’s day causing havoc with bushfires is a fiery red. Hot and out of control.

The wind that blows in a storm in the middle of cold winter’s day is a gloomy grey. Dark and cold.

What color is the wind?

 

Garden Blossom

Each morning I open my kitchen blind to be greeted by this sight.

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The blossom inspires me to smile. It inspires me to get out and enjoy the spring weather.

The blossom reminds me that it is spring time.

Spring time, a time to renew our energy.

Spring time, a time to be inspired to go walking, cycling, jogging.

Spring time, a time to enjoy the changing gardens, the birds singing, the bees buzzing.

Be inspired this spring.

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Queen Charlotte Track New Zealand

In December 2013 my husband, daughter and I had an inspirational experience in New Zealand. We walked the 71km Queen Charlotte Track on the South Island.

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All along the walk I was inspired by the natural beauty of this amazing landscape.  With green hills sweeping down to meet the crystal, blue water, my heart was filled with serenity. With clear air and birds singing happily I was inspired to believe that the world is a magical place.

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My prayer now is that all humans recognise this beauty and be inspired to keep it pristine. That governments respect the landscape and don’t set out to ruin it with mining, or too much tourism. It is landscapes like this that we need for inspiration, that we need so we can enjoy nature at its magical best, that above anything else we need to preserve.

ROSES

My favorite flower is the rose. It is a majestic and beautiful flower. The fact that there are so many varieties of the Rose is a bonus, it gives you the opportunity to never be bored by a rose!

I find Roses inspiring. They make me feel loved, happy and refreshed. They always bring a smile to my face when I am given roses for a birthday.

Roses say love, friendship and goodbye.

Yellow roses = friendship and I care

Yellow roses = friendship and I care

red rose bud in my garden

red rose bud in my garden

vibrant roses for a special birthday

vibrant roses for a special birthday