ABC Perth Saturday Breakfast finds that serenity and Bonnie Doon is all around us

How’s the serenity?  That question has a special place in Australian culture as a great line from the movie, The Castle.  The Kerrigan’s serenity was getting away to Bonnie Doon. It’s more than a great line though.  It’s an important part of life. We all need to seek out opportunities to experience the serenity and this morning on Hidden Treasure we want to know where you go to find serenity.  Where’s your Bonnie Doon?

Can we start with why serenity is a hidden treasure?

Serenity is a hidden treasure because it recharges us.  Serenity is what we all crave, either at that little café around the corner after peak hour, the park bench at the top of the hill at sunrise or sunset, the path around your local lake or an annual escape to a camping ground where flannel shirts and smoky green wood rule supreme.

Serenity in the Avon Valley

My Godfather, Uncle Mike, always says he wasn’t born in the Kimberley but when he’s there he feels home.  Serenity can be a sense of place as well as a sense of rest.

For me, the Dryandra Woodlands are an opportunity to let everyone sleep in while I watch the world wake up with a cup of tea and a gingernut biscuit, seeing how long it takes the rising sun to melt the frost on the grass in front of the woodcutters cottage.

Being on a boat always gets me as well.  Being on the water feels removed from the problems on land.  When I’m on travel jobs I always request opportunities to get on a boat; an old fishing boat, a ferry, a barge, it doesn’t matter.  I might tell my client it’s about providing a great description for my story but really, it’s just about me loving the serenity I feel for being on the water.   

Let’s look at some ways people find serenity:

Go small; local cafes and parks.

Go large; being overseas to escape the weather (poolside lounges and day spas).

Getting out of the city; this one time, in the Kimberley.

Camping; slow down the routine, slow down the heart rate.

Bushwalks; breathe deeper and rest awhile.

Being away from people

Sunrises and sunsets

Proving to Tom that the sun comes up every day and gives us a chance at a fresh start

I took my mate Dennis out in my dad’s boat once.  The mighty Red Witch.  I remember we caught fish, we caught the salty spray in our faces but what I remember most was the filling of the soul, the filling of the tank to get back into the fight to tackle the noisiness of life on land.  

Find your Bonnie Doon and you’ve found hidden treasure.

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