Cycling home from the boys childcare centre as the sun was starting to slump into the western hills I saw in the dying shafts of light and in the exhillerated faces of my children, why we have moved to the ‘country’…. open spaces, quality time with family, fresh air and natural beauty.
We’ve started to explore our new surrounds by bike – boys in baby seats on the back – their little bodies swaddled in mittens, scarves and helmets. You see so many more details when you’re traveling at bike speed (I’m searching for fence, gate and garden inspiration), you get a cheery greeting from locals, and all the while… exercise! The Bong Bong track that encircles Bowral is only a couple of blocks from our house, so very excited about future adventures.
One of the real treats of the area, and very pleasingly our home, is the abundance of bird life. We’ve been visited by flocks of white cockatoos, galahs, currawongs, magpies, kookaburras, a hungry butcher bird, many types of colourful parrots and my absolute favourite…. a huge flock of about 30 yellow tail black cockatoos wield their way around the skies above our home at least once a day… sometimes on three or four occasions. They love the large Liquid Amber that drapes over the back of our house and the tall stand of pines on the boundary. Their screeches are quite haunting and archaic, you could almost expect a large triceratops to appear over the horizon. To have these special creatures around is so precious and every time their calls scratch their way through my day, it brings a smile to my face.