It’s so easy to take everyday things for granted. But after our recent five days camping in the King Valley region, leading up to the Australia Day long weekend, I’m reminded again of why I love my country so much.
Traveling and blogging gives me a chance to appreciate and share this land of abundance I live in.
Life in Australia is not perfect. No place is. There’s disharmony and ugliness here too, however there’s also lots to be thankful for. And that’s what I choose to focus on.
The King Valley region, much like Australia as a whole, is a land of extremes that blends brilliantly. A bit like the Italian wines that are produced there.
This is a land of fertile vines.
It’s a land of hard working, passionate people, celebrating the Italian spirit and tradition through wine making, food and stories. A multicultural society that’s added much to the Australian way of life.
Here I am with Linda at Chrismont winery. I connected with her instantly. It was like we’d known each other for years.
This is a land of welcoming hospitality and friendship.
This is a land of opportunity and freedom, where we can be ourselves, no matter our heritage.
On our last night in the King Valley we were invited to an Australia Day bbq at the Cheshunt Community Hall where we rubbed shoulders with the locals.
This is a place of natural beauty.
A vast land where it’s easy to find peace and tranquility.
It’s a land of rocky trails that often leads to surprising destinations.
Sometimes to reach them we need to be willing to get off the beaten track and out of our comfort zone.
But it’s worth the effort.
This is a land of history that spans the ages. If these rocks could talk imagine the stories they’d tell.
There’s awe inspiring beauty that stirs the soul. And it’s everywhere. Not just here.
It’s all around us. We just need to look up to find it.
May we all feel that sense of awe, light and hope, wherever we are.
In a world of unsettled times let’s not lose sight of our ability to feel and create our own abundance.
Let’s choose to focus on all that we have to be grateful for, no matter how simple and ordinary it might seem. For it’s then that magic happens and the ordinary becomes the extraordinary.
My wish is that we never lose hope for a better world, regardless of the land we live in.
Life may not be perfect but we can all do our part to ensure our own world is kind, compassionate and nourished. And when we do that surely kindness and hope will grow.
Wishing you all peace and light as we journey into a new month.
In response to Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Land