I am very fortunate to be surrounded by parks. During my six (or so) minute walk home from the gym, I pass through a lot of parkland.
In Adelaide's nicer parks, there are benches everywhere. They make me want to plant myself on one with a good book.
Along with the benches, there is never a shortage of wildlife.
In the evening, I almost always find our friend in the trees.
I always walk past one of Australia's most beautiful sporting grounds: The Adelaide Oval. It will be quieter now that the cricket season is coming to a close, but there are still events there year-round. If footy moved here now, I would be a very happy girl (the Adelaide Crows and Port Power play in one of the western suburbs, but they are probably going to move here in a few years).
I enjoy passing this water fountain, although I swear it doesn't run all the time.
Today, I was happy to see ducks swimming in it. They would have needed it on such a super hot day. They are also spoiled with the river across the street.
There is a tribute to cricket, of course.
The greenery is breathtaking. Adelaide's grass usually isn't this green at the end of the summer, but it rained more than usual this season.
Soon after the park in front of the Oval, I arrive at St Peter's Cathedral. Since we live so close, we have the blessing of seeing weddings all the time. We also get to hear the bells. I'll save that for another time.
It's a pretty view from our place.
Or is this view better? Take the bird out of the equation. Don't let the bird influence your decision.
Nah. Bird or not, I like this view far better than the latter.
Finally, I arrive back in our courtyard. I see Chippity Hippity and the three plants that were housewarming gifts from friends of Al's parents. We got a chili plant, a fern and something else. Given that Al and I have zero gardening experience, we're hoping that we won't kill them. Let's hope that one of us inherently has a green thumb.
And that's my walk home! Not too bad, eh?
ABOUT jennifer Martin, MS, RD, LDN
I am a Chicago-based Registered Dietitian working primarily in Acute Clinical Care. I started this blog in 2010, before I even knew that I wanted to be an RD! Now, as an active dietitian, this blog will become part of my life again. Read about my current healthy habits, but please peruse my old posts (from 2014 and before) to read about life as an RD student and my previous years in Australia!