Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Walk #58 – Astronauts

(This walk was done last Saturday. My main blog's been down since then. Hence the posting here.)

Hot today. Started out at 8.30 but I was sweating pretty freely pretty quick. It was overcast when I set out and I hoped it’d be cooler than yesterday. But there’s storms forecast for the Sydney region and so it’s a muggy day. Maybe we'll get a storm up here. Haven’t had one for yonks. I like storms.

The clouds cleared as I walked and the morning birds were noisy. I was walking seventies streets again and seventies streets have a lot of gums and paperbarks. Gums and paperbarks are native trees and they bring native birds. All those native bird noises and gums and paperbarks make you feel like you're in the bush not suburbia. Very pleasant.

Because of the heat most of the dogs were laying down and just watched me with mild interest as I went past. Normally, even on a Saturday, they rush to the fence barking their heads off.

It smelt like Spring. A faint whiff of orange blossom coming over someone’s fence, some beautiful white roses with a good fragrance and more jasmine. More daisies and bottlebrushes and wattles are flowering every day and the azaleas are still going strong. The lilac trees leaves are going yellow and will drop soon. Then the streets and backyards will be dotted with soft purple flowers.

Today’s walk was the 12th last. My map is very nearly finished now. It was a hot walk and I was glad to get home. But the satisfaction of colouring in another street on my map never wanes, no matter how hot or cold it gets.

2 comments:

Suzanne said...

"But the satisfaction of colouring in another street on my map never wanes, no matter how hot or cold it gets."



I can barely remember what that feels like, but I seem to recall, dimly, that it was extremely satisfying.

Spike said...

It was and will be again.

How's the temperature up your way? Starting to drop yet?