our evening walk

Monday, November 11, 2013



Every day  in the late afternoon or early evening — I take Clementine for a walk. It started as a way to get her to sleep, but now it's one of my favourite parts of the day. Sometimes I push her in the pram, but more often than not, I carry her close in a carrier. I love to watch her as she slowly surrenders to sleep. Her squishy cheeks against my chest, her pouty lips, her slow belly breathing...

As I walk past old sandstone terraces and tiny workers' cottages, I peer into open doors and windows. I can't help myself; naturally nosy, I like to see how other people live. And I wonder about the families I see — where do they work? How many kids do they have? How long have they lived here? I also catch myself daydreaming of the day when we have our own little cottage with a backyard to play in, and a letterbox where the mail doesn't go missing.

 But even though we don't live in our dream house yet, I'm reminded of just how charming our neighbourhood is. And it doesn't cost anything to admire the beauty all around us. Especially at this time of year, when the jacarandas are in bloom and their purple blossoms litter the footpaths.

19 comments:

  1. I love this Gaby! Joe and I do evening walks in our neighbourhood a few times every week and I love it too. The fresh air feels nice, I love catching up with him with no other distractions and it gives us time to be thankful to live in such a beautiful place.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I often take walks to experience that same feeling - admiring simple pretty things around the neighbourhood. And I often do that with my grandma too, looking at the different houses, "i like that one, not that one though..", wondering who lives there... lovely post! x

    ReplyDelete
  3. As usual, you make the simple look beautiful. That does look like a lovely neighbourhood! x

    ReplyDelete
  4. lovely! I'm like you Gaby! I love to peek inside people's houses too as i walk by (if and only if their windows and doors are open, not a stalker here hehe) hahaha..same reasons, I like to imagine their story...

    ReplyDelete
  5. There's something so peaceful and rejuvenating about going on walks with a little one in tow. When I nannied I would go on walks every day, and it was so refreshing...for both of us! It distracted the little guy and allowed me to get caught up on my thoughts and to really discover my town.

    ReplyDelete
  6. You have a very good style. Do you have a flickr account? or tumblr?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Ah, the sleep walk, I miss the ritual of having your baby close enough to smell the top of their head and the feeling of their warm breath on your chest. There is nothing like a child to help you stop and breath in the beauty all around you. I am glad you are enjoying motherhood so much Xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. There are so many beautiful cottages in your area! Beautiful photos. Kellie xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. I hope you've got a raincoat for today's walk! I agree, walking around your neighbourhood is so refreshing, and it's remarkable what being out of the house can do for your clarity of mind with a little one. I hope your sleep is being snatched where it can be. This too shall pass. x

    ReplyDelete
  10. so pretty. and the weather seems to be nice enough. we've been covered in sweat.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely! I'm also a bit of a peeping tom when it comes to beautiful old homes.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I miss the Jacarandas that sadly don't grow in our colder climate. I know what you mean. I am curious and envious when I pass a beautiful farm with an old homestead or cottage. One day! I agree, we need to be happy with where we are right now :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. I say you don't have to live in your "dream house". There's too much pressure--for me anyway on myself if I think about it. One of my biggest goals in life is contentment...

    Love the routine of a daily walk:)

    xo

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh my! Our mail goes missing too, it drives me crackers! Beautiful pics xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely photos! I'm also a Canadian expat. From Winnipeg originally, now living between London and Cape Town. I love finding other blogs by Canadians! X Jane http://janeheinrichs.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your neighbourhood is lovely - it's nice to be settled in a neighbourhood, even if you haven't snagged the right house just yet. x

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lovely images of a precious time of day. What a beautiful writer you are! So happy I found your lovely blog!
    (new follower via bloglovin)
    -Kait

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from you, and if you ask me a question I'll answer you here (or by email if your email is linked to your profile) x

 

this little port © All rights reserved · Theme by Blog Milk · Blogger