I've been walking the streets of my home town these past few months. I have been inspired by some of my Instagram friends who obviously get up much earlier than I, capturing sunrise over the river and town. There was an aerobic element to it too, when I was joined by a girlfriend and we'd chat and gossip the whole five kilometres. Rain didn't stop us, but there was one time we had to phone a friend for a lift when the threat of lightning put paid to our sabbatical. Unfortunately, our routine has been interrupted and I find it harder to get out of bed when there's just me for company. Hopefully life will get back to normal and we will be back pounding the beat.
I don't do music or podcasts, but there's plenty to keep me amused. Watching gardens through the seasons, admiring some of the very old weatherboard homes and the care and attention people have paid in their restoration, watching as repairs to our flood-damaged town get underway - and listening out for the ever-present birdlife, no matter what the season.
And here's an interesting aspect about local birdlife, the prevalence of whipbirds in our town. Walking the far back paddocks near my home I often heard their distinctive call but earlier this year, when the busy road in front of my home was cut by floodwater, I discovered a colony (?) just across the road, and then again, walking through a scrubby section near the centre of my town, there they were again.
So hopefully I will be back on the beat this weekend. Daylight saving for now means it's too dark to even contemplate weekdays. Well, that's what I tell myself.
And for the record, I am a fan of daylight saving. And when the weather eventually settles into some sort of pattern, I will be able to enjoy that extra hour in the afternoons.
Have a great weekend.