A Winter Walk.

It’s Winter here. While all too easy to complain about the cold, and sink into a melancholy barrenness, I challenged myself to look out for flowers, colour and inspiration when I went on my regular walk around the Mt Penang Parklands near Gosford, North of Sydney. While Winters here are generally fairly mild without any sign of snow and ice, it’s still a season of slumber, hibernation and low expectations.

Candlestick Banksia

Early on in my walk, I was delighted to stumble across the golden Candlestick Banksia. It felt like a proof of concept that there’s always something positive, you just need to seek it out and not only focus on doom and gloom…or what’s missing. You just need to keep your eyes open and be careful what you filter in and out.

That said, I must admit I was disappointed to see the state of the water lilies which were in the last throws of seasonal death. When I was there last, they were just past their peak, but I had such a wonderful time photographing them and I even filmed them swaying around in the wind. They were magnificent and almost seemed to come to life. However, while the lilies were no longer beautiful in the conventional sense, they were still quite photogenic with their striking wiry forms, even if they weren’t instantly recognisable in the photos. A bit of intrigue and abstraction is good.

Water Lilies

Anyway, I’ve been trying to get out for more walks and I do try to mix it up a bit. It’s also really good to be able to get outside again after months and months of rain. What with avoiding crowds and shops etc to avoid covid and not being able to exercise outdoors for such long stretches of time, I noticed an impact on my mood but even more so on my neurological functioning. I’ve been actively fighting back against that, but it hasn’t been easy and I’m finally starting to feel I’m turning the corner.

Anyway, please stay tuned as I have more walks to come. Meanwhile, have you been on any interesting walks lately? I’d love to hear from you and put a few links in the comments.

Best wishes,


Reflections in the pond.

7 thoughts on “A Winter Walk.

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    That reflection is simply breaktaking! Stay warm. I’d gladly trade places with you. It was 101ºF yesterday and probably will be near the same today and for the next few days. I’m already counting down the days until autumn begins. 🥵

  2. lindamaycurry

    This week walks will be mainly up the backyard which is quite steep. The wind broke many branches and clearing them up made us aware of the sad state of the garden. Jungle is a better description. Every day for the next couple of weeks we will be weeding and chopping. A bit of sunshine and no wind is all we need. My photos will be of any flowers or interesting plants I find in the wilderness of our back yard. Loved your pictures.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Linda. Jungle relates to our garden too. I’m trying to sort out the house atm and sort out my books in particular.
    Have you ever been to Camellia Grove Nursery? They used to be at St Ives near my parents’ place but moved out to Glenorie awhile back. I’d actually thought they’d closed down. I thinking about going out there for a drive. I used to live out in Galston.
    Hope things with you are going well.
    Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    That’s hot even by our standards. Our weather is really beautiful atm with the occasional chilly patch and mornings are cold too. Nights, I’m usually rugged up inside and don’t notice the cold too much.
    I usually have Lady or Zac on my lap and that’s wonderful too.
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
    Best wishes,

  5. lindamaycurry

    We have friends in Hornsby Heights who drove us to several nurseries although I can’t remember which ones. We enjoyed meals and coffees but it was years ago. They have moved to an over 55 complex with no garden to worry about. I’m not ready for that yet although they have a lot of fun.

  6. Rowena Post author

    They might’ve taken you our to Swane’s in Dural: https://www.swanes.com/ I remember going there with my parents as a child and having devonshire tea and scones out there. My best friend and I are planning a trip to Camellia Grove and we might go to Swane’s on the way. What a fun day!

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