Sutton Walks

Many evenings after the dinner dishes are done the kids and I go for a final frolic out-of-doors.  We have been doing this all Summer as, truly, the best part of those hot Summer days is when that fierce sun sinks down into the faraway hills and his glow dims to a deep golden.  It is best for young porcelain skin and my light-sensitive eyes.  

For us it is the best of ways to relax, a way for my kids to witness nature going to sleep, and a time to stretch our limbs in new ways.  Sophia, such a monkey, climbs higher every time up the tree next to the park.  We hunt for natures goodies, climb down rocks to be near the tiniest pond which flows under the bridge, and find that there is beauty even in the smallest details.  We watch the bees, find where ladybugs set up for the night (a few dozen all on one plant), we see galahs cawing to eachother before they go off to sleep and we always see the rabbits out on the grass eating up before they wriggle into their burrows for bed time.  I love seeing these things through my childrens eyes. Everything is unique and wonderful to them and I find myself joining in and encouraging this wonderment. We say goodnight to all the living things as we go back to our house. I point out the ants who are extra busy before it rains. I follow the flight path of the bee, one of my favourite of all living creatures. I share their enthusiasm entirely and I hope I foster it too.

I will miss this wonderful space we have had in this little village. It has been most pleasant for our family to have this massive expanse as basically an extension of our backyard. I am totally grateful to Australia for the vastness it provides. I love this feeling of space, room to stretch legs and be private whilst being utterly surrounded by practically nothing but nature and while still have neighbours in calling distance. It is perfect. I am thankful.

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We actually found some leeches in this water hole, so this is the last time we will be doing this here!Sutton Walks0011

Frogs eggs, it has been many months since there was such a big batch of eggs, today also we saw many bugs mating and I think it must be time for the Autumn baby boom.

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That lovely, dominating, fatherly structure, the Sutton Village Hall. Here, in this village, the community spirit of the past still carries on. Just one reason why I love this village so much.Sutton Walks0030Ladybug0001

Lady bugs seem to love this plant. Plantain is great for so many things, not least totally alleviating insect stings. The leaves, roots, seeds are all edible & also can be used medicinally as a poultice. Sutton Walks0032 Sutton Walks0033 Sutton Walks0034Sutton Walks0042 Sutton Walks0041 Sutton Walks0044

Yes, we did eat these, and no, we did not die.  I am growing more confident in my ability to identify and cook wild mushrooms, so far there are only about 3 that I am totally confident with.  Books and experienced mushroomers are the most help here.

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Another day:Sutton Walks0114 Sutton Walks0115 Sutton Walks0116 Sutton Walks0117 Sutton Walks0118 Sutton Walks0119 Sutton Walks0120 Sutton Walks0121

To me, this picture is Sophia all over, free, abandoned, expressive, wild. She is a lot of fun.

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The humble bee. This creature is not to be underestimated, as those around the world experiencing colony collapse disorder in their hives are now learning first-hand. (Many American fruit/nut growers ship hives upon hives of healthy Australian bees over to their shores where our bees are destined for certain death.  They pollinate and await the Varroa Destructor mite which heralds their demise. Thankfully this mite has not made it to Australia…yet…let us hope it never will.) Decades of pesticides are biting us in the rear-end. I hope Australia learns before it is too late. Anything we can do to ensure the vibrant future of our natural habitats and animals is not enough! I never understand people who couldn’t care less about these creatures. If it were not for these tiniest of animals the naturalist and scoffer alike would have no food; no fruit, no nuts, no veges, even flowers would shrink from sight.  God built all sorts of wonderful systems into the way this world works and it is out of a pure love of His creation that I am driven to protect it. I can not understand the apathy.

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This one I did not eat, often these mushrooms, if they are too close to trees, will carry slaters, and this one did, though in every other respect a superb mushroom.

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Sophias finds.Sutton Walks0133 Sutton Walks0134 Sutton Walks0136

This is a tree I never see in flower. I suspect it is a brief, once a year event.Sutton Walks0137 Sutton Walks0138 Sutton Walks0140 Sutton Walks0141 Sutton Walks0142 Sutton Walks0145Sutton Walks0150 Sutton Walks0152

And an au natural slippery slide.Sutton Walks0160 Sutton Walks0161 Sutton Walks0163 Sutton Walks0164 Sutton Walks0165 Sutton Walks0166 Sutton Walks0170

Beautiful Dancers.Sutton Walks0172 Sutton Walks0171Sutton Walks0179

This boy, that face, that hair! <3

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