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A view of Sydney Harbour, CBD, bridge and all.

A view of Sydney Harbour, CBD, bridge and all.

On top of the world.

The Hawkesbury area North of Sydney.

The Hawkesbury area North of Sydney.

We departed the house we were minding in Canberra. Our flight plans did not coincide with our hosts. We left a day before they got back, it would have been nice to welcome them home but they would probably be tired and Peter was happy to mind Millie the dog and would drive us to the airport and pick up his daughter and family next day.

Wonder Woman at Work.

Wonder Woman at Work.

We were grateful for this and the enjoyable stay.

Flowering plants multiply flowers die.

Flowering plants multiply flowers die.

Pauline and I wanted to make it a warm welcome for their arrival home. Pauline Added the feminine touch to our tidy up. I know they will be happy just to be home with familiar things.

A statue at Canberra Air Port.

A statue at Canberra Air Port.

Our trip home went well only minor flight delays. That allowed me to take some photos at the airport, of sculptures, people and windows. I have plenty of photos for the Lingering Look at Windows, blog.

Best to be early.

Best to be early.

If I get organised, Pauline can tell you I just go with the flow. I am not saying I let Pauline do it all. What I am trying to say is I fit in with the inevitable changing my plans to suit prevailing conditions.

Tasteful wall decorations.

Tasteful wall decorations.

 This post is about the beauty of things that are a source of joy like flying home. Flying is always exciting providing we do not let it become stressful. Impatient to get there is a spoiler of any journey. If you have a delay there are lots of things to do.

Beautiful people.

Beautiful people to talk to.

You could walk and look at the unfamiliar surroundings. Walking is a good idea as you are going to be sitting while in flight. Observe the diverse range of people, note their dress, their moods and just watch all the activity.

Happy travellers.

Happy travellers.

 We love our home with its beautiful garden. There are no gardens liked it in our area. High fences and walls are the fashion and every inch packed with large expensive housing. If there is any garden at all it is low maintenance manicured and sterile. Nature is not welcome with chlorine in the pool instead of fish and water lilies.

Stop over at Sydney.

Stop over at Sydney.

If there is a fish pond it is not balanced naturally air pumps keep it oxygenated. Everything has to be pumped up artificially. Pauline and I have our beautiful oasis we have the best of both worlds at Burleigh.

Pauline in our back garden.

Pauline in our back garden.

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Sydney The Harbour Bridge, The Gardens, CBD , looking to western suberbs.

Sydney The Harbour Bridge, The Gardens, CBD , looking to western suberbs.

 

FLYING HIGH.

The Coat Hanger and inner harbour.

The Coat Hanger and inner harbour.

People often remark, you are always smiling. I am not always smiling, life is not perfect, and everyone has problems. I am no exception to life’s laws; everything changes, grows old, wears out and eventually disintegrates. We cannot always have things as we would like. Aware of this truth, I can smile in the knowledge that I cannot cling to the pleasant and the unpleasant will pass. I smile because this is a wonderful world just waiting to be explored and appreciated.

South of sydney.

South of sydney.

When you are smiling the world tends to smile on you and I am as happy as a dog in a sausage factory. Flying to Hobart we pass over my place of birth and get a photo of the Sydney harbor Bridge.

Leaving Sydney looking south.

Leaving Sydney looking south.

It is the same age as me and still keeping up with the modern pace of life. Take a look at these photos, and you will understand why I am smiling. Pauline and I are House sitting our friend Bertal’s lovely warm house. She is off to holiday in Rome for eight weeks. We have two lovely little dogs to keep us amused.

Burtle outside her house leaving for

Burtle outside her house leaving for Rome.

I expected the weather to be cold and windy. Instead the weather is mild and mostly warm and sunny. I have thermal underwear but they are hardly necessary.

My room for eight weeks, Mount Wellington view out window.

My room for eight weeks, Mount Wellington view out window.

This is the first time I have flown with more than a carry-on bag, but the weather will change it always does. Till then I am having no problem smiling and when it does change I will rug up like an Eskimo.

Pauline at the flower show.

Pauline at the flower show.

Sunday we went on the bus to the City Town Hall to see a flower show. It was fantastic both the venue and the flowers. You will have to visit Pauline’s blog to for more on that. Click the link <Pommepal.wordpress.com>.

Pauline and dogs City of Hobart in background.

Pauline and dogs City of Hobart in background.

We left the dogs for two hours when we got back we asked our neighbor, Caroline, if they barked. Yes one barked so we now have a new plan.

One of my jobs is to feed the birds.

One of my jobs is to feed the birds.

Pauline and I are making the most of this weather. One day Pauline takes the bus exploring and I take the dogs walking. Next day I take go on the bus and Pauline looks after the dogs.

Taking a break from walking.

Taking a break from walking.

The house is two minutes walk to the beach and walkways. So it is turn about for a change of pace Pauline does the house work and I have been having fun painting a couple of garden ornaments.

The Bonsai forest, giant trees 50cm tall.

The Bonsai forest, giant trees 50cm tall.

We were taken the dogs included in ,our new friend, Kimbra’s car up to the top of Mount Wellington. It was a real scenic tour taking in the dams and parks on the way back. See Pauline’s blog for more information and photos.

Pretend you are flying high.

Pretend you are flying high.

I have put in photos I took of natural Bonsai landscapes; I just need to put in a couple of miniature Chinese statues to add to the illusion.

Making friends.

Making friends.

To quote Paul Simons “I am still crazy after all these years,” I still see animal shapes in clouds and see faces in notches on trees. The same as when I was a child. I have grown up but I do not intend to grow old.

Looking out the bedroom window.

Looking out the bedroom window.

I will try to smile even though I wear glasses and hearing aids. I could also use a shot of silicone jell in my creaky joints. We can be in pain but we do not have to suffer. Remember all things change both the pleasant and unpleasant.

Looking up to my window.

Looking up to my window.

You can spend your life like a ship, safe in the harbor, but ships were not built to stay moored in the harbor. Get out and give life a chance to show you how wonderful it can be. You could be flying high smiling, but be prepared for bad weather take a life jacket or parachute, an umbrella or an over coat or whatever it takes.

View of Hobart from Bellerive Beach.

View of Hobart from Bellerive Beach.

You know if you smile it rearranges all your wrinkles and they do not look bad at all. If you go around with a worried look on your face people can mistake it for a desperate look and think you are not a nice person. A smile lets people know you are happy and you look like a winner and it is not long before you are a winner.

Green and gold on blue in the golden hour.

Green and gold on blue in the golden hour.

Sometimes you need a bit of help like inspirational music that is why I want you to click this link  <When your smiling, the Zimmers – Vimeo>. It works for me and a good inspirational book “Peace is every step.” Thich Nhat Hanh. It is also a good idea to slow down and take a few deep breaths and let the world catch up to you.

Walking keeps you fit.

Walking keeps you fit.

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