A Sentimental Mountains Walk


“In Theory, one is aware that the earth revolves but in practice one does not perceive it. The ground upon which one treads appears not to move and one can live undisturbed. So it is with time in one’s life”

Marcel Proust



In this current life of perpetual travel and change its amazing to remember that I 9nce lived a settled life for fourteen years in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. When an opportunity arose for a short house sit in the Mountains, I decided to revisit my old habitat. While the names of the coffee shops had chnged, there was little evidence of other changes. When I think of the towns, cities and regions which I return to and see the evidence of change in big and small ways, this place, once my beloved home had remained fairly resistant to the tides of evolution. The biggest transformation was in me, I was no longer the same person I had been when I left the Mountains ten years before.

I took advantage of the cooler weather that the Mountains are famous for and set off into the bush at Springwood for Sassafras Gully. Walking down the step descent-while imagining the workout my leg muscles would get on the return journey- I breathed in the fresh bush scents of Lemon Myrtle,  Boronia  and Angophora while touching the ancient rock formations and started to relax and release the concerns of the outside world. This was the reason I had chosen to live in the Mountains for such a length of time; the healing power of its ancient land

The weather turned inclement for the rest of my stay, stopping me for any further explorations in the bush but I made the most of the time by reflecting on past journeys, happy that I had taken the chance to return before moving on.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

T. S. Eliot

5 thoughts on “A Sentimental Mountains Walk

  1. What a gorgeous place! How nice that you went back and found so much the same. The place where I spent the first 20 years of life has changed so radically that I hardly recognize anything anymore. It makes it hard to want to go back and visit.

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  2. The great views and fresh air in the mountains must have been great. I can easily see why you loved it when you lived there. (I wonder what my old hometown looks like now…)

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