One of the main things I have to do on a house sit is “walk the dog”. All dogs love going for “walkies” and Mitch is no exception. It is also a good way to explore the new area.
So would you like to come with me for the afternoon walk?
The house is on a spur high above the surrounding bush, and it is hilly. Just across the road is where Mitch is taken for his morning walk, before breakfast!!! Then again at precisely 4-30pm…
That hill is very steep, it feels almost vertical and it certainly got my heart pumping.
I had to stop, catch my breath, and, of course, take a photo. I think Mitch was quite pleased to sit down and wait for me.
Almost to the top. This is my second stop, (puff, puff, puff) another photo of the view looking back down the hill. Are you still with me?
There is a picnic area with free BBQs and these lovely gum trees were casting elongated shadows, pointing the way through an avenue of trees
Finally we reach the summit and find a bench (this is for you Jude) and look at the view. It is late afternoon and you can see my long shadow.
But the walk isn’t over yet. What goes up must come down. So now I head down the other side of the hill.
This is not so steep, it has a path that winds gently down through the bush and steps make the descent easier.
It is an attractive and well maintained piece of bush and plantings of bottle brush, Grevillea and various other species line the track. I had to stop to photograph this unusual white bottle brush.
Mitch looks back “come on” he seems to be saying, “we are supposed to be walking”…
We finally reach the end of the track where it comes out onto a road, so now we turn round and go back up the track and the steps to the summit. It is still quite steep and a challenge going in the opposite direction. But here we are back at the summit.
This is the view inland over the Border Ranges. More areas to explore.
Just as we reach the bottom of the hill this fit young thing swished by.
That was my first walk with the dog, the day we arrived. It is now 3 days later and I have scaled the hill five times. I am very pleased to report that this morning I made it to the top without a stop…
Restless jo is an avid walker and her latest ramble was on the Algarve border. She has inspired a cyber group of walkers from around the world to take us along on their walks. You may like to join them.