#1262 My mini environmentalist

We parked at the local homemaker centre and got out of the car after school.

“Mama look!” She pointed to an empty car spot a few metres away. There was crumpled up packaging on the ground, from one of those Woolies Lion King ooshies that has most kids in a spin.

“Someone opened theirs up and left it there… I’ll throw it in the bin.”

I hesitated. It was on the floor. It was dirty. Who knows what had gone over it.

She hadn’t thrown it there.

I stopped my thoughts in their tracks. Sure she hadn’t been the cause of the litter… but she cared… she was taking action… how dare I even think to dampen her fire, when the intention was so pure, so positive, so genuine?

“Ok,” I replied slowly. “Just don’t touch your face after!”

She picked it up and held it at arms length as we walked over to the nearby store. On our way I spied a bin in the corner and pointed it out to her. As she dropped the empty packaging in the bin she said so proudly, “see, look how beautiful the road is now!”

Awwwww. My heart. ♥♥♥♥

I was so happy. So proud. Kids like her are changing the world, bit by bit. I know many think the state of our future is in crisis… what with an over-emphasis on technology, increasing mental health issues, and overuse of natural world resources among many, many other things…

But the little things make a difference too.

Baby girl is the first to compliment or say well done to a friend who has achieved something.

She tells me it’s important to give to people, as it makes them happy.

And she knows littering is not good… for anyone, especially the Earth.

If all of our kids took little steps like these, no matter how big or small, or many or few, well then the state of our future Mother Earth may be a beautiful one indeed.

 

#1258 Saving Winter orchids

Several weeks ago on a particularly windy and wet Winter’s day, I looked out the window and saw our orchid buds on a long, strong branch… but yet hanging dangerously low.

They looked as if they would bloom very soon. The problem though was the beating they were receiving from the weather, which is why the branch was suddenly drooping to one side, putting strain on its base.

I went outside and tried to lean the branch along the wall of the house. It seemed to work, as it now leaned vertically along the window side… I went into the house happy, and every so often peered out to see how they were doing through the continuing bad weather.

It was as if I knew… the day wasn’t over and once again I saw them hanging to one side. I was worried the base would snap due to the fierce pressure being placed on it, and so again I rushed out.

This time I pushed the heavy pot to an angle. I used the lean of the branch to my advantage, and having pushed the pot far enough, the lean was now against the window… not hanging loose amidst the wild Wintery weather.

From then on in I was able to check on my orchids, with happiness. 🙂

Today I took this picture.

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They are blooming beautifully. I know I adjusted them so, and yet I feel like they are peering in on me, showing off their amazing beauty, leaning in towards the window with that extra effort, glowing ever so much more than what they would have and whispering “thank you” for my efforts.

And I said “you’re welcome.”

What a tremendous gift from Mother Nature. ♥

#1228 Orange sunset no. 2

I feel so lucky, when I get to look out my bedroom window and see this in the evening.

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Not every evening though. Some nights are particularly spectacular.

Who am I kidding. Mother Nature is beautiful in some way, each and every day.

There are some pretty cool colours there, so let’s take a closer look.

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Wow. A beautiful orange sky. I love when the horizon shows off like this at the end of the day. As if being sunny at the end of June wasn’t exciting enough for us Melburnians… then, this.

♥♥♥♥

#1218 Sunday Our Day no. 3

After waking this morning so tired and sore, we had to head out into the sunshine, and replenish ourselves by nature’s hand…

We walked down a nearby street towards the beach later in the afternoon. There is a café on that path (how awfully convenient) and we sat amidst it’s large and looming trees (above) as we all shared in some Sunday arvo coffee and treats…

Before stopping by at the nearby park (awfully convenient for baby girl) where we sat in the blinding sunlight and watched her play

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(that’s her singing Jasmine doll also watching her play)

And then we took the most curious and leisurely of strolls down a street we had never been in. We observed the tall and overgrown trees lining the street, the immaculate beach houses, and pictured us maybe one day, FAR in the future, in a kind of house like that…

You can dream. ♥ (You all know what happens when I dream…)

It just shows that you can explore and find adventure in your day, within your own backyard… and often all you have to do is turn a different corner…

#1187 The layered sunset

Going from my increasing success at being able to capture the perfect ‘one’ since we made our Sea Change, when I looked out the window and caught the colours, they were beautiful… still, I knew I was about 5 minutes too late.

The layered sunset:

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Imagine how magical it would have looked if I snapped it on time?