I feel very very lucky to live in a place that is surrounded by bushland. All it takes is a few steps outside the front gate, and I am in the Bendigo National Park. This bushland area is my backyard and my recreation area. There are many kilometres of walking tracks that surround our house, so I’m able to have my choice of where to walk, any time that I want it. I walk there almost every day, always with Oscar, the friendly toy poodle. Walking in this area is very calming and meditative as I rarely ever see another person. I do my best thinking and planning on these walks, having my phone at the ready to take notes, as nothing seems to stay in my head for long, these days.
The tracks are mostly, rocky and hilly, so by the time we have finished our walk, Oscar and I have had a great workout. You will notice in the photos, how dry everything looks. However, though it is dry, what stands out to me is the tinge of green. We don’t see that very often, but there has been rain during the past winter. From now until autumn, it will only get drier. In spring and summer there are snakes and goannas to contend with. They are everywhere here, though it’s a while now since I’ve seen a goanna. Now that summer is here, Oscar is kept on the lead due to snakes lurking in the undergrowth where he loves to investigate.
We have lived our ‘totally off the grid’ lifestyle here for just over four years now, and I never do forget how lucky I am. In 2020 when the pandemic struck, and we were put into isolation, I was doubly aware of how lucky we were. We were seeing people on the TV news, who were locked down in cities and apartments, with very little space around them. We are surrounded by our twenty acres, with a huge garden which would be fantastic enough. To top it all off, the Bendigo National Park is on our doorstep, so, really, we have had very little to complain about. During covid-19 restrictions, I was able to walk the tracks surrounding our house, without the worry of coming into contact with others. It’s been a very difficult year, but I do feel very fortunate due to where we live.
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