It has been 5 weeks since we left our home by the ocean to move back to the City of Brisbane and be closer to family and friends. We are finally settling in and although we are now back in the suburbs, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have natural beauty surrounding me.
Regular readers know that I run, so I’ve been using my morning runs or afternoon walks to discover my new neighbourhood. Despite being surrounded by townhouse complexes I don’t feel shut in. Our townhouse complex is small with only 7 residences. We have a two-storey home and there are lots of green spaces that I can see from my windows.
Despite our yard backing onto neighbours, it is private. The neighbours have some beautiful trees which are visited by birds. Sitting in our courtyard, which needs some work, I’m having fun discussing ideas with my son-in-law who is a landscaper. I enjoy watching and listening to the various birdlife. You would not think you were less than 10km to a major city or 5 minutes to a major shopping mall!
Connecting with nature is so important for our health and well-being. It is an opportunity to move our bodies, reflect and be mindful to relax a ‘busy mind’ and of course, it enriches our soul. It certainly can lift the spirits and our mood.
Who doesn’t feel good taking a deep breath and admiring the beauty of the natural world?
On my first run, I discovered that we lived less than 1km from the beautiful Minnippi Parklands. This area is actually made up of several parks and I’ve only explored the one closest to my home. One side has playing fields, some gym equipment and the other side has beautiful picnic and bbq areas with a lake.
The area also plays host to the monthly Music in Minnippi a pop up music concert held on the second Sunday of every month in the beautiful Minnippi Parklands, Tingalpa near the duck pond viewing platform. which I’m hoping to attend with my darling in the future.
I love this little bridge that I cross to access the lake area. Bridges always suggest new possibilities to me – what adventures lay beyond?
This has become my regular running or walking route and I take a moment when I reach the lake to admire nature and the various bird life. It is such a pleasant and calming place to enjoy.
On my morning runs, I see people working out on the gym equipment or with personal trainers in the park. I see walkers, joggers and those taking their pooches for a morning walk. The afternoons are mainly walkers, dog walkers and joggers and it certainly is an area conducive to getting outside for some exercise and nature.
The area has been designed with health and fitness in mind with lots of walking paths and bikeways.
I’m enjoying exploring and discovering the delights of my new neighbourhood and what it has to offer for a healthy lifestyle to enrich my mind, body and soul.
What is your neighbourhood like? Do you have green spaces where you can connect to nature?
I’m joining Denyse Whelan for her Wednesday’s Words & Pics linkup