I’m trying to cut down more and more computer work.  For some weird reason I can’t fathom, my astigmatism (double vision) seems slightly worse since my hospital stay last week and now that the days are getting a wee bit warmer and Spring is on the horizon, I’m trying to channel my energy into some  possible new hobbies or pastimes.  Don’t know what yet.

Over the past 18 months I’ve cut back to 60 blogs to follow (instead of 140) – many of which were no longer posting anyway.

Many of the interesting writer’s blogs have been in the cull.  I just find it hard to read much in one sitting. (although, funnily enough,  I can type long posts myself 😀  just have trouble proof-reading them a zillion times to rectify the typos).

This is not because I have no desire to fill my morning with these wonderful words of wisdom or adventure, but simply that energy, eyesight and health are starting to deteriorate a wee bit more.

One of the best blogs I follow is by Karl Duffy.  It’s not a nature or photography blog, but a Mindfulness blog and I find his daily quotes or book extracts are nearly always inspirational, positive and uplifting.

In a life filled with health restrictions, I need all the help I can get to remain focused on what I can do, (not what I can’t).

Karl Duffy’s post for today seems relevant to me.  Do take the time to check out his posts and see if his blog is one that you might like to follow ( Mindfulbalance ).

Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I have gone to it mainly by way of mistakes and surprises. Often I have received better than I have deserved. Often my fairest hopes have rested on bad mistakes. I am an ignorant pilgrim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led — make of that what you will.

Wedndell Berry, Jayber Crow, A Novel

NOTE: The images in this post were made at Port Melbourne Beach (the shells and Silver Gulls) and Brighton Beach (with the colourful bathing boxes) – too far away now I live in one of Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Perhaps when the days get longer in Summer’s DST (Daylight Savings Time), the longer bus/tram or train (or all 3) might be fun to travel on simply for the journey and looking out the window (if not a long walk along the beach).

Sometimes the best photography locations I’ve found simply by getting on a bus or tram and going to wherever it took me (to).  That’s how I discovered Port Melbourne Beach and Station Pier (where the overnight ferry leaves for the island state of Tasmania – a place I’ve been many times as a child – staying on my Grandmother’s dairy farm during school holidays).

Selling my car in November 2003 was one of the best things I ever did in terms of getting a little more adventurous in urban living – one is forced to use the Public Transport system and travel through suburbs and bayside beaches I’d previously ignored.

(although I do sometimes wish I still had a car to drive up the country and mountainous regions in my State eg. The Dandenong Ranges National Park past the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne).

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14 thoughts on “BEING LED

  1. You are fortunate to have so many very good options of places to visit and what from here seems to be an excellent transportation system. I can see you getting restless now too with Spring approaching! What a great time of year!

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    1. I have been restless since last Summer, Terry 😀
      The weather was absolutely gorgeous today – blue sky and really quite warm if you stayed in the sun. Saw the remains of a brilliant sunset coming home in a taxi from the local Asian fresh food market (and wishing I was more mobile).

      I love the start of Spring. I notice the bird’s nest is still in the bare-limbed Japanese maple. Wondering if there’ll be some occupants soon.

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    1. Thanks for your concerns, John. Have not been too good for weeks and scrounging around for some archival images to keep my blog going.

      (Ambulance and heart scare last Tuesday week and 3 days in the cardiology ward, but ok now. Trying to think of some new hobbies to embark on that don’t take too much energy and are easy to do from my Room With a View – note the change of blog title). Have even been too tired to do much blog reading, so am cutting down for about the 3rd or 4th time in 2 years).

      Hope you are well and still exploring the urban landscape and seaside views down closer to your home.

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  2. Hi Vicki!
    Being totally honest I have to say that this post- with the lovely quote and absolutely awesome photos of the beach has totally inspired me. It lifted me up. I think I will visit it a few times before I feel like I have taken it all in.

    xo from Japan

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    1. After a long winter, I figured we needed some beach images to remind us of the coming Spring (and Summer).

      I love that quote Karl Duffy posted on his blog. It reminded me of my life (in general).

      xox from Oz.

      PS just noticed a post notification from your blog – will pop over to check it out, now……


    1. From memory, (not too good tonghtLOL), they were bluestone steps, or paving, with a thin layer of sand on them. While it looks dry sand, I might suggest it was damp (from a rain shower?), hence the clarity of the shoe sole imprint.

      I believe I have another similar photo, totally unrelated to this particular beach and time.


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