When I was a child, this block had an old asbestos shack on it where we spent long weekends and school holidays, but now it has a proper house and even something of a proper garden (all native Australian plants, of course!). There are plenty of things to like about it but probably my favourite thing is the peace and quiet. There are not too many benefits to having a child who loves to get up at 5.30am, but one is that I get to experience the peace of the bush as the birds are waking up. I even made you a short video to demonstrate!
I just wish that I could record the smells that went with this video and send them over the internet. The fresh bush scents are incredible. Much better than fresh sheets. Sweeter than just a nose full of eucalypts. I really can't explain!
Wherever I travel in the world, I crave these kind of experiences. Earlier in the year when we were headed to Europe, a number of people asked me why I would go to an isolated place like Inis Meain, the tiny island off the Irish west coast, but to me it was obvious - what a perfectly gorgeous place to visit. Open space, green, fresh air, all of it rejuvenating and refreshing for the soul. Similarly, I loved travelling around the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, and adored getting out into the desert, with nobody else around, seeing the brown dirt and low scrub stretch out in every direction with a few dead trees as highlights. I love it!
I'm a city girl at heart, and I don't think I could ever live out in the middle of nature, but I really truly love getting out of the city to see these kinds of places. Even when it's just for a night, it's refreshing, gets new air in my lungs, and resets my brain a bit.