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This week my husband and I found a walk that is much closer to our home and a good distance to walk (>25km) although it lacked any mountains. We started in Goorooyarroo Reserve and walked around the back of Mulligans Flat Reserve then followed the same route to return to our car. We had quite nice weather with about 14C maximum and no other people walking and just a school group on bicycles riding on one section of the track. The purpose of the reserve is to preserve biodiversity in Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum grassy woodland, a critically endangered type of temperate woodland.
Most of the section of Goorooyarroo Reserve that we walked through is degraded from grazing and clearing but it was still lovely to be walking outdoors and through a grassy woodland, which is different to the other types of forests we’ve walked through this year.
We walked past a tiny and very shallow swamp that looked like it would easily dry out but there were lots of bundles of frog’s eggs floating on the water.
Spring is a perfect time to do this walk because of the abundance of wildflowers, including a delightful white flower called Wurmbea dioica (Early Nancy).
In 2008, a rabbit, cat and fox proof fence was built around the Sanctuary at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve that is 11.5km long. Next the feral animals were removed and some native species were reintroduced including in 2012, Eastern Bettongs. This marked the first time in a century that this species was living in the wild on mainland Australia.
My husband shares an office with an international student. When he saw an echidna for the first time he described it to my husband as a spiky pig.
Towards the end of the walk the persistent feeling of walking on a large rock returned but otherwise we both felt great as we fasted, walked at a good pace, enjoyed the scenery and reveled in the luxury of a shared day off to spend walking in the beautiful Australian bush. The start of my project in the Middle East is drawing near but I still have not managed to secure a visa. After many months of delays on the project start-up and the long hours that I’ve been working lately to fulfill my many roles at work, we are feeling a bit stressed. It took us a few kilometres of arguing and bickering until we found our rhythm together, cleared the air and were able to enjoy our time together in harmony and without children interrupting us.