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Connecting with nature

February 5, 2017

I have just returned from walking my dogs and I would like to share with you, how important it is for

me to spend time immersed in nature.

As always, I have arrived home feeling invigorated, re-energized and very grateful for my life, including the peace and quiet of my environment.  I am very lucky to live in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. This is my 20th year here and I never grow tired of having space, birds, animal life and lots of trees around me.

I love the Gold Coast because we have such a wonderful choice of how we want to reconnect to nature. We have some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. And we have all sorts of amazing places and walks to go on which are only a relatively short drive away.

I live on 10 acres with 2 other people (in separate dwellings) plus 2 donkeys (Pepe and Jose), 2 cattle dogs (Blue-Belle and Rosey) and 4 cats (Mia, Tululah, Frankie and Cosmo).

I am also very fortunate to have a 450-acre property adjoining mine. The owners of this land don’t live there; they just use the land to run a 200 head of cattle……yes, I have had to put a lot of work into training my two cattle dogs not to chase them! The owners have always been O.K with me riding my horses (both deceased now) and letting my dogs off -lead to run amok, chasing wallabies that they will never catch, swimming in dams and creeks, and generally having a great time.

Along the way on this walk, I also get to see and hear a wide variety of birds, the occasional platypus in the creek, goannas and of course, lots of wallabies. I sometimes see a koala bear in a gum tree and today I actually saw a big male koala lumbering up the track ahead of us. Fortunately, I had put my dogs back on their leads as they got quite excited about this new, strange-looking critter that might be worth chasing! When the Koala spotted the dogs and me, it just calmly moseyed on up a gum tree to observe us from a safe height. What an amazing sight he was though!

I must start taking photos to go with these blogs.

It is on these walks that I really feel connected to a Higher Power and I am again reminded of how that Power is always with me. It is also a time when I go through my “Gratitude” list. As mentioned in a previous blog, it is easy to take what we have for granted. So, for me, I need to give thanks on a regular basis, for all the little and big things I have in my life. I always include a big thanks for my amazing environment that daily nurtures my soul.

I am also hugely grateful for the opportunity to start Sharman’s Therapy Centre, working with people in a way that I have wanted to do for many years. All this in a peaceful and nurturing environment.

How lucky am I?

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