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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published April 14th 2020
Neighbourly exercise
Feel guilty driving to your normal location for your exercise walk? Well, don't, just walk around your own block. Looking at your neighbour's gardens instead of a walk through a park, around a lake or along a creek may seem a little boring, but it needn't be.

Poking through the fence.

Your walk around your block will take you past houses you may have driven past perhaps hundreds of times but have you really seen what is on visual offer?

Family walkers.
A family walk.

A splash of colour at 40 kph will turn out to be a beautiful garden of roses. Stop and smell them.

Worth smelling.

Keen gardeners will have flowers in bloom at any time of the year, so there is always some to admire.

I like the way the recently constructed footpath went around the tree.

You can admire other people's gardens. Some may look like yours, but others may be a beauty to behold. You may get some good ideas for your own garden.

A sharp eye will spy this.

Garden ornaments. They may have some meaning to the owners, or maybe they are just exercising their artistic side.

decorated post
An interesting sight.

Letterboxes. While driving through the country we often notice unique looking letterboxes. An old milk can, an ex-oil drum or a handmade work of art. In the country, you may only see one every few kilometres, but in your street, there is one every 20 metres or so. They are all different, usually quite mundane but occasionally some look quite interesting.

letter box
This one has been there awhile.

letter box
Now, this is different.

Walking the dog. Your canine friend will appreciate new scenery and smells if you normally drive them to their exercise area.

Walkers with dog.
This could be a park walk.

On my around the block walks, I am not alone as many of all ages are exercising, many accompanied by children with bicycles.

Many were out and about.

Having lived in the same street for over 45 years with my usual mode of transport the car, I was amazed on my around the block walks how many different species birds were seen and heard.

little wattle bird
Little Wattle bird.

A parliament of chortling magpies.

Watch out for overhanging branches, as they can catch you unawares if you are looking at gardens.

overhanging branches
A hazard for the tall.

Many, many years ago when my late grandmother from the country was staying over for a few days we would often go for an after-dinner walk around the block. She was a keen gardener and often on our walk she would gather a few cuttings from close to the fence plants. Not recommended unless they are impeding your progress and should be removed for safety reasons.

We are encouraged to shop local, so why not exercise local!

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Your Comment
Great use of your daily walk. Lovely photographs.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6037) 398 days ago
Excellent recommendation and commentary, as always. A highlight to read.
by nicbe (score: 0|4) 398 days ago
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