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I’ve always liked walking, whether a gentle stroll in the park or a tough hike in rough country. And, now that the weather is not so blister-hot I can get in a good brisk walk before  I feel the need to retreat.Of course, it probably helps that I’m always up well ahead of the flatulent sparrow!

And the walking here, I have to say, is not too onerous. Some of the beaches require a bit of huff and puff, but we have a lot of level areas.

Yesterday, after dropping The Man at his office, I drove about halfway home and parked the car at The Gooseponds.

I often do a “half walk” here if I have a lot of other work to do.But twice lately I’ve had the time to do the full walk – about 8kms. All paved and level, which means I often meet people with walking canes and mothers pushing baby prams. And hardly anyone fails to return my “good morning.” Joggers, of course, can’t afford to stop and chat, but quite a few people will.

And, of course, there are always the camera buffs. IMG_4842

The odd-looking yellow thing is an exercise machine. Throughout this park are various pieces of machinery for completely bonkers   keen athletes to stretch various muscles. I think it’s just possible that our local Council employs sadists!

We lived in a flat near this park before we bought our present house. Some lucky people have this  over their back fences! If you think you could handle it I know a place for sale…IMG_4836

Buy this house and your view will be…IMG_4837

Council johnnies have been planting new trees, among them, Leichardt Pine



Someone’s garden extends right down to the walkway! Paw-paws (male and female), bananas, lemons and  what look like like dwarf peaches.Even pumpkins and Monstera.I wonder what’s growing up near the house?IMG_4863


I was reasonably confident  of identifying a, but I called  a Council boffin to check.He didn’t know the botanical name, but when I quoted the Aboringinal one, Kurrajong, he agreed!IMG_4876


My blog friend in Norfolk posts some intriguing pictures from his walks.Gloomy-looking ponds, in dark woods, where witches are said to have been drowned in ye olden days. So I thought I’d pop a spooky tree in , just for him…(His blog comes with a content warning so if you’re really curious, ask me in comments for a link.On the other hand, if you have a “thing” for Aidan Turner ain’t no warning gonna hold you back!)


And just so that another friend doesn’t feel too left-out, I have some fruit to remind him of MauiIMG_4871

The sky had darkened by the time I reached the far end and I felt the need to turn on some light…IMG_4855

Now,  I’ve very likely bored you to tears with dreary images and haven’t written what could properly be called a post.You know, one with a lot of words and deep meaning and significant resonance in the current international political theatre… yes, that sort of thing.

Well, to make up for my lack of incisive journalism I’ll leave you with a “what the hell is that!”

Answers in comments. No prizes.IMG_4896


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

26 thoughts on “I WENT WALKING…

  1. If it were on my walk it would be a hardwood nut, like walnut or hickory, with hull. I like Aidan’s photography. Hope you were near enough your car when the rain began!


    • No, we don’t have such nutty treats here.Well, we can buy them at the shop, but they wouldn’t grow here. Rain? What rain? By the time I got home I could see a few puddles and a trickle in the gutters.


  2. Yay, walkies! Personally, I would avoid the yellow torture machines. Lovely vegetation on the route, especially the coconut palms.

    Mystery Item: McNugget® that was dropped on the carpet?


    • I did try the Yellow Peril. Once. They are geared and one set of “wheels” turns more easily than the other. Clearly, made for big, butch types to attract their more gentle opposites. Sexist!

      A McNugget? Brilliant guess, but not the right one.And, anyway, the crows would have scoffed it.


  3. I go out walking after midnight…

    I’ve used those contraptions in Benidorm, great fun when you’re two sheets to the wind. .

    Is the mystery item a fungus of some sort?


    • The Yellow Peril is in Benidorm? Weren’t the vast fleets of pedallos enough for them?

      And your guess? No, not a fungus, but we do sometimes see some pretty weird fungi.


  4. Thank you for taking me on your walk. Loved it.
    Tree gall?
    Other than that I am clueless. Here and everywhere.


  5. Oh, you’re very welcome.Actually, you could do this walk quite easily.Or how about on wheels? I could pull you along on a skateboardy-type thing. Or maybe we could borrow Mr.Lax’s hiking poles.
    That Mystery Object? Well, it does look like a gall, but there’s nor cigar for you, sorry.


  6. What a lush & verdant land you stroll in! So beautiful & full of life! I almost expect kangaroos to stampede across the park & gangs of koalas mobbing the trees. Thank you for sharing these spectacular fotos with us! I love the close up of flowers, the gardens, the coconut trees, & the neat tree with the cool looking hole. You live in an amazing place. And kudos on a five mile walk! Wow!

    I love the pic of the seaside on your header. Is that Mako Island in the foto, from H20? Any mermaids sightings?

    My first guess at the mystery foto is that it looks like a celery root.

    My second thought was, Oh, I hope it’s not that Noni fruit a friend in Hawaii tried to make me eat. It smelled awful & it tasted awful, I thought she was trying to poison me! So now I call it a No!No! fruit! No to the smell & Hell No to the taste!

    P.S. Came over from IDV’s & seen ya at LX’s & MJ’s (Infom.). Have a great weekend!


    • Welcome aboard! Let me fill you in on the local wildlife…the rumour is that most of it hangs out in head-banging night clubs down town.There are no Drop Bears [ ] this far north of Kings Cross.
      I don’t know about mermaids, but a friend has a house over there so I’ll ask her.
      And the mystery object is not celery root.And most certainly not Noni! There is a tree in the Botanic Gardens, just a few metres from a rather pretty spot where weddings are often celebrated.And when the over-ripe noni fruits are dropping…let’s just say that it can’t be a very auspicious start to a marriage!


  7. I love your header too!!! Am jealous of the blue skies. Am jealous full stop!!
    Anyhow, is it a sea sponge or something to do with wasps? Or it is something that fell off a nekked man on Infomaniac.


  8. Fantastic assortment of trees! We here in the Centre of Canada have elms, black spruce, scrub willow (if ground that gets wet regularly) and oak (if on dry ground). It gets too cold here for fruit trees other than apple. Saskatoon bushes are in some places too, so if you like saskberry pies or jam, there you go!

    We also (unfortunately) get common burdock that grows massively huge and has mostrous burrs that hook into everything… including your skin if you touch them! Hate hate hate them.

    I think that mystery object looks like a singed styrofoam ball…


    • I remember a couple of Canucks arguing the merits of bluberries versus saskatoons. I think beer was involved!
      Styrofoam ball? What a good guess.I didn’t know it could be singed.My styro balls get anywhere near a flame and they melt! Try again.


  9. Whatever it is, I’m not cooking it.


  10. I’ve come back for another guess. Is it a quandong seed?


    • Ooh! You are SO close. Work on that Aboriginal thing…
      And Quandong has reminded me of woman who always called it “condom.” She’d been on a coach trip to some forest and came home with tales of all the condoms they found and were allowed to collect…


  11. That garden with all the fruit definitely has bodies buried in it. You should mention that to your Norfolk friend.


  12. Yay! Walkies photos! I love the spooky tree – It appears to have two legs (which are enabling it to stride away from those other common trees without legs).

    Is the Mystery Item an unripe dwarf peach from that garden with the “funny” fertiliser that Kyknoord pointed out?

    ::wonders if Leichardt Pines can be grown in cold and miserable England::


  13. A dwarf peach, fertilised “illegally”? Nope. Mitzi is the closest so far.

    And you might get a Leichardt to grow somewhere like Kew Gardens or RHS! Alternatively, just hang on til global warming speeds up and then you’ll have Triffids everywhere!


  14. Does the plant it belongs to have purple and yellow flowers with shiny black berries?


  15. Is it an Australian sandalwood nut? I’m guessing here.

    Also, are macadamia nuts cheaper in Australia? Some of the local parks in the cities here have large pecan trees that fruit & drop nuts, free for the taking to whoever wants them. I like collecting them, roasting them, & turning them into pralines.


    • Oh! I developed a love of walnuts as a kid…and then I discovered pecans and bye-bye walnuts! Macadamias? A bit rich for me, but I know people who grow them and jealously-zealously guard them against poachers.Of the schoolboy and avian type! They are not cheap in the shops, but I suspect that’s down to the packaging.Home-made praline knocks the socks of cellophaned store-bought. What’s the nearest airport? 🙂


  16. My very late thought was a lump of ambergris but I don’t see an Aboriginal connection so probably not. Now I can read your new post to find out what it is. Excellent mystery pic.


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