It is almost Christmas, and these trees (red flowering gum) are blossoming all over the place. It’s a funny old time of year – lots to do and lots of pressure – hopefully all towards the cause of happy times and good connections, but there are so many people who don’t find it easy, and for whom it is a sad time for all sorts of reasons.
This morning I took Kaye’s dog Jackie for a walk (her special end of year treat from me!) through the linear park along the Sturt creek (drain really) near their place. It was lovely – these trees flowering, a mother duck and about 8 little ducklings in the drainway, another duck in the pond with its bottom in the air and its head under water finding something to eat. There were magpies prancing around everywhere and singing their own carols. It was peaceful and a relief.
I also wanted to mention these great cards, produced I think by the council down south, which I put in letterboxes around the place – reminding me, and hopefully others that it’s not just about stuff, but what we do and how we think about each other. Not wanting to sound all preachy, but I do get sick of the emphasis on consuming – food, presents, even good times become a competition (not that I haven’t been known to overindulge myself of course).
So all the best to you all and here’s wishing us all simplicity, some peace and a spot of happiness along the way.