Sapphire misted mountains

Screen shot 2014-11-28 at 8.11.13 AMNo, that’s not me indulging in some purple prose, that’s Australian poet Dorothea McKellar.

This is one of the places I go to maintain equilibrium. If I’m cross, sad, tired or depressed, this view will restore me. I sit on the fence for 15 or 20 minutes and just let the quiet and beauty in through my eyes to fill my head. It does the job every time.

The Indians have an expression for it: Taking Darshan, (from the Sanskrit: दर्शन). It means ‘Auspicious Sight’, or beholding with reverence. I don’t expect a sight of any divine being, but I do sit and become peaceful, and simply appreciate and feel thankful that this is available to me.

I have many things to be thankful for. For many of you out there, it’s Thanksgiving today. In Australia we don’t celebrate it, but I thought it was an opportune moment to count my blessings, enjoy being alive, and show you my go-to for peace of mind. Nice, isn’t it?

Have a good day.


21 thoughts on “Sapphire misted mountains

  1. ordinarygood says:

    What a wonderful spot to spend time in contemplation. Australia is so incredibly vast. I love all the blues in your photo.

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it lovely? And just… there. Not swarming with tourists, fast food vans and information centres, just all by itself and peaceful. There’s an information board, some parking spaces, and lots and lots of huge, silent space.

  2. Gail says:

    Thanks for bringing Dorothea McKellar to my attention, Kate. I’m googling her poems and really enjoying them.

    • katechiconi says:

      She’s one of my favourites, and the one that resonates most is My Country, from which the title of this post is taken. It absolutely sums up why I’m here, and my continuing love affair with Australia.

  3. EllaDee says:

    Truly beautiful. I think our eyes and spirits need to sometimes behold space, distant vistas and skies. It somehow centres and nourishes us. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been there but I’ll check the map, and check it out.

    • katechiconi says:

      I always have the feeling of being filled up with a deep calm which displaces all the silly rubbish that’s been preoccupying me.
      To find Griffiths Lookout turn sharp left onto Maynards Plains Road when you reach Mountain Top on the Waterfall Way, then take a left turn onto Mountain Top Road after about 1km. Go all the way to the end. There’s plenty of parking, wedgetail eagles – and silence!

  4. Penny says:

    Hi this is Penny from Ward 2A, nice to get a mention on your blog. I am on the Gold Coast killing time until I go to my daughter’s graduation and have been fossicking in Op Shops and found a Country Living book for $2 yesterday with amazing pictures of quilts, one was a hexagon quilt which inspired me immediately, luckily,I had small hexies with me and fabric in my travelling sewing kit and was able to start. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! How lovely to hear from you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog – don’t forget to look at the sewing kit tutorial link I gave you if you’re planning to carry your new project around.
      I’m home at last, feeling fine and doing well. Maybe I’ll see you in 6 months when I’m back for step two of the reconstruction. In the meantime, welcome to Chiconia, and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Kate x

  5. We had a comforting-cum-awe-inspiring view from our old house. It’s pretty good here, but flatter, therefore not so inspiring.

    • katechiconi says:

      Nothing like a spot of totally overwhelming beauty to reduce one’s problems to a manageable size, I find. Hope the cold winter weather isn’t too painful for you. I’m daily grateful for a lack of cold to cripple my arthritic joints!

  6. tialys says:

    A beautiful view. We have the french pyrénees outside our windows (shame about the telephone wires crisscrossing in front of the view but that’s France for you!) and I love to watch them at this time of year for signs of the first snow on the tops.
    You’ve reminded me not to take it for granted.

    • katechiconi says:

      The French have a talent for reducing the sublime to the mundane, I find! I’d love to see some photos of your garden/view/surrounding countryside, if you fancy doing a blog on the subject…?

  7. dayphoto says:

    What a beautiful view…and it’s yours to enjoy…to sit on the fence and become one with it. WOW!


    • katechiconi says:

      Unfortunately the place itself is in another state, near where my sister lives, so I can visit it when I’m with her. The rest of the time I have to bring it up on screen and just remember! But yes, when I lived there, I felt very privileged.

  8. […] thanks to Kate, this time we had a new place on our day-trip agenda. Kate’s directions “To find […]

  9. […] your busy brain is stilled. I was ‘taking darshan‘ (for more on that, have a look at this post), and it helped.  I was still sad, but also filled with rejoicing that the world had been blessed […]

  10. What a perfect spot. Darshan – yes. 🙂

  11. […] point at which I can start to see my dearly missed mountains is always a favourite. Up there is my chiefest happy place… And of course, family and friends I don’t get to see […]

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