Sunday, 9 August 2009

Sunday Scribblings "New".

G'Day,
The Sunday Scribblings prompt this week is "New".
I am a bit cynical sometimes but... There is nothing new in this world.
Everything has been here in one form or another right from the beginning of time and throughout history.
Every drop of water ever made was here right from the beginning, it all gets recycled and redistributed as part of the earth's cycle of renewal.

Symbiosis.

Every drop of water,
every grain of earth,
every atom of carbon,
all reused and reused again,
in different forms,
to make our world what it is.

We are all a part of the cycle.
The seasons of the year,
the birth and death of earth's flora and fauna,
the making and unmaking of the land and the sea.
Everything.
Eternal.

Long after we have gone,
the earth and the universe,
will continue its renewal.
In this renewal everything becomes new,
Reborn.

Symbiosis, I like that word!
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I just took these pictures a few minutes ago in Macarthur park, beside our house.
On cold days (like today) the Roos come out into the open spaces to graze and soak up the sunshine. In the warmer weather they stay mostly in sheltered spots during the day and come out at dusk and dawn to graze.
I counted 14 in this mob. Big bucks and some does, with a few smaller young ones.
They are standing looking to make sure I don't get too close, and are alert and ready to take off to a safer distance from me.
Look at her, she is coming this way. That is too close! Boing. Boing.
That is the big male standing alert and watching me. He would have been taller than me by a long shot and very powerful and well built. They can grow to about 6 ft tall.
Canberra is pretty cool in that it is a big city with allowance and consideration in its planning to incorporate local wildlife. There are Kangaroos and birds everywhere even right near the heart of the city. The suburbs are built with these parks and walking tracks linking them with nature corridors, which encourages the animals. I love that. The roos can be dangerous on the roads though and lots of them are hit by traffic all the time. There have recently been culls of the roos. The conditions here are made more favorable for them because of the grassy areas and parks, so they can breed up to levels that are detrimental to themselves and the environment. Of course there are always complaints, but there are so many of them. I have been lucky not to hit one on the roads so far, with gods blessing I hope I never do.
I guess our intervention makes itself felt in strange and opposing ways in nature all the time, doesn't it. We try to be kind and find that if we interfere with nature we cause an imbalance, that in the long run, is not so kind at all.
The first picture on my blog today is also in the park beside my house. It is Cootamundra wattle in bloom. There are many different wattle species in Australia and there is always one type or another in flower all year round. Cootamundra wattle, Acacia Baileyana, is one of the species native to the area around Junee where I lived before coming to Canberra. Junee is just down the road from Cootamundra. Out of its native area this tree becomes a feral pest. But just look at those beautiful fluffy balls of blossom. It brightens up the coldest winter day and makes me go ahhhh!
I planted a line of them along the fence in our paddock beside the house in Junee. Beautiful. Only one is still alive now because the others succumbed to borer attack which killed them. They have a short life span of about 10 years but seed readily, and renew themselves which is why they can become such a nuisance out of their own environment.
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Speaking of new. I will soon have to find a new place to live. This house is being sold and as it is above our price range we will have to go. It is maybe a good thing as it could be the impetus to make us buy our own home and not pay off someone else's investment mortgage for them. It is something we have been talking about ever since we moved to Canberra but we were put off by the price of real estate here and had been procrastinating. Well....things are not going to get any cheaper are they. In fact the market here is starting to go up again. There was some talk of it dropping slightly because the govt first home buyers scheme will end in a few months time, but I am not holding my breath. We went looking at open houses yesterday, 5 of them. I am looked out. There were 2 that seemed o.k. One in particular was o.k. not far from here and close to shops, beside another one of those nice nature corridor type parks etc. 3 good size bedrooms, yard not a bad size, though garden practically non existent, well , I could have some fun with that. The main bedroom has an en suite, I want one of those, I insist, I am naughty and don't want to share. It had good potential. It is funny though, last time we bought a house all we had to do was look around art a few, choose and offer for it. Now there is competition between buyers and you are lucky if you get a look in. we went o an auction in the morning just to watch what went on and learn. The house was very very nice and we knew it was obviously going to be out of our price range as soon as we saw it even if we had intended to buy that one. It sold for $577,000 and there where 5 people seriously bidding for it. It was a 4 bed & office, renovated home, landscaped, built in probably the late 80's, with a lovely sunny atrium in the center of it.
One day I will get a new home. Not newly built but new to me, and it will have a little patch of dirt I can play in and feed and plant and grow in.

16 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Loved those pics and your poem is so true.
Hope you get that house one day.

Whitesnake said...

Dream weaver...........you keep it up and ya will get there....

Old Grizz said...

always happy when I visit your blog. it's like a breathe of fresh air. your writing is wonderful and fun to read. keep on writing

Sweetest in the Gale said...

Life is a constant recycling...it's somehow comforting. Your poem expressed that wonderfully. I loved your kangaroo pictures! Good luck with your house situation.

Serena Shay said...

Symbiosis - I like that word. :)Great poem! Good luck with the house hunt!!

Dee Martin said...

Good luck on the house hunting! I LOVE the pictures and that Canberra planned for incorporating wildlife into the city.

Dee Martin said...

PS Thanks for your kind comments on my story :)

floreta said...

brilliant poem! i agree with you completely. i'm moving to a new place too!! :)

Shadow said...

hate to say this dear linda, but you know what is new? the buds on my trees in anticipation of spring, yipheeeeeeeee

Bobbie Sandlin said...

LOVE the poetry! I found your pictures such a delight!

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