Australia, when it is not being buffetted by typhoons, razed by bushfires, innundated by floods or ravaged by droughts, is blessed with a wonderful climate where sunny clear-blue skies predominate even in winter: truly a Lucky Country.
A couple of years ago, in preparation for our re-patriation from Asia, we bought a small house on the southeastern coast of Australia – our little patch of the Lucky Country – where we intend to retire.
The town is aptly named Eden.
Almost surounded by the eponymous Twofold Bay, this working fishing village and popular holiday resort boasts a safe deepwater habour for recreational and working boats at its heart, beautiful swimming and surf beaches within its boundaries and National Parks all around. It truly is a little paradise!
More about all of that some other time.
Our neighbourhood sits on an estuary, a salt-water inlet, where we can join others in walking running or cycling on the elevated Allan Gibson boardwalk, running through the tea trees. This is our little slice of paradise.
It will take us some time to be able to identify the bird- and plant-life along the boardwalk; every time we run or walk along it there are different lights and colours.
Of course, we are not the only ones using the boardwalk, which links the estuary to a sporting ground, a camping site and the beach, and even when there are no people in view, they are in evidence. Weekends and holidays, it is busy with people cycling, running, fishing, walking or just sitting reading.
Although we have moved in, it will probably be some time before we really “retire”. Still, when it is so nice being at home, we might travel a little less.
Whether you are at home or away: Happy Rambling!