Behind the gym is a swampy area that has a board walk running the length of it. At 6.00am, instead of getting on a treadmill at the gym I go for a walk out on the board walk and I say hello to all the kangaroos that pop their heads up over the marshy grasses to watch me as I go past. There is such a beautiful variety of them, small tan-coloured wallabies and big muscle-shouldered grey males. Their eyes and ears follow me as I walk along and call out a good morning to them. Some mornings recently I have had the privilege of watching the males battle. They ignore me completely which is great because I can watch them unhindered.
One morning, there were three smaller kangaroos on the gym side of the fence. It is a six foot high fence and the kangaroos were jumping along the perimeter looking for a way back to their mob. What was most interesting was the large male on the other side, clucking and jumping along with them on his side, looking very anxious that they should be able to get back to him. I herded the girls on my side towards what I thought was the opening and the large male on the other side watched me with great agitation. Isn't it difficult when you want to help something and they just don't get it and battle you! I talked soothingly but I don't think they got it. At one point one of the girls turned towards me and thumped on the ground with her long forelegs, so I stood really still and let her turn back towards the opening. They eventually rejoined their mob and looked back at me. I don't think they were saying thank you or anything, I think they were just making sure I wasn't still following them and annoying them.
On this walk there are several ponds and what looks like a billabong. There are ducks, herons, cormorants and a variety of grey long necked birds that are also probably a species of heron. In the trees there are rosellas, galahs, magpies and wattle birds. It really is a spectacular place. I also keep my eyes peeled for snakes but it is still cool at 6.00am so I feel quite safe from them. Often I see rabbits and I always wonder what is the point of giving them white tails that make them more visible to predators... I think I read somewhere once that it serves as a warning to each other.
After my walk, I head back into the gym and do a half hour session with my lovely trainer Blake. Today I did chin-ups, dead lifts, hammer curls, reverse flies, pull-ups on the rings and bicep curls. (I have to learn the names of all the moves as I am doing Certificate 4 in Fitness) Now I am stuffed, eating porridge, talking to you and hoping that the load of washing in the machine gets done so I can put it out before I go to work.