Reflecting from the rural coastal region of my hometown of Coolongolook NSW watching the smoke from bushfires in the distance near Forster/Tuncurry NSW. Here I am spending some time with my Mum and preparing for a speech at the local Primary School tomorrow.
It is beautiful to see some green foliage within the scene and beneath my feet for a change. My Mum loves her garden… from shrubs and flowers… to growing plenty of fresh produce to make into jams and relishes. The coastal region does attract a lot more rain than our western area.
Today, it is a beautiful day in paradise and I am appreciating my beautiful surroundings. Roses in full bloom, flowers sprawled across garden beds and healthy vegetables growing in abundance. This morning I helped my Mum pick fresh blueberries and strawberries before breakfast.
We then enjoyed fresh fruit with yoghurt and her variety of home-made jams on toast. Whilst my Mum and visiting Aunty are working hard in the garden, I have been catching up on some work and preparing for my speech tomorrow.
I have been invited to Coolongolook Public School… to speak about my childhood, my life, my businesses and to inspire these young students. It will also be Grandparents Day with special visitors. This is where I attended Primary School many years ago, so I am very excited to return as a guest speaker and to see the changes first-hand. My intention will be to motivate my audience, encourage their confidence and dreams, and to inspire success.
Travelling down the mountain yesterday, heading towards the coast, I noticed very thick smoke on the horizon and high winds which would be causing havoc and spreading the fire. The bushfire is in the Forster/Tuncurry region, with people sadly losing their homes in nearby areas. Volunteer firefighters are doing what they can, around the clock, trying to keep people and their properties safe.
The smoke is not blowing in this direction, so cannot be smelt at all where I am. My hearts goes out to those victims and those in the vicinity of the bushfires. It doesn’t matter where you live… you never like to see fire threatening lives nor belongings.
So today, I share with you this photo, showing the smoke in the distance and ask that you spare a thought for the NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers protecting others and working in harsh conditions of heat and thick smoke.
Rural Reflection #27…
I like this photo because it depicts my upbringing with my family, the beautiful surrounds and Mum’s passion for gardening. The gazebo was an addition that Mum erected later in life, that has a special connection to a family friend and is indicative of life and death. That special friend was taken far too soon as a result of a farm accident. For me, this gazebo is a symbol of him and the value of family friendships. His memory will always live on through his beautiful family.
I also appreciate having some time out here today at my Mum’s place admiring her garden and the effort that her and her good-hearted sister put in to keeping it so beautiful. I do not have a green thumb so lack the expertise and passion this involves. But I certainly do grasp the beauty here, and understand that water in our environment makes all the difference.
What better place to feel motivated and inspired? I feel like I can breathe here and relax. Admiring the beauty around me, whilst holding my family close to my heart.
Take care, Karen.
“We might think we are nurturing our garden,
but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.”
~ Jenny Uglow, Author