6:00AM: The day starts with Sasha, our fluffy and enthusiastic border collie jumping on my bed, wide awake and eager for a walk. Every morning, for one hour, seven days a week, regardless of the weather, non-negotiable. I am not a natural early bird, so after four years of endurance, this habit has become a badge of honour.
We skip down 50 steps and a winding path through the reserve to Cremorne Point, along the waterfront, passing the wharf. The first ferry is arriving from Circular Quay. Otherwise it is still and peaceful, with the shimmering city skyline across the harbour. Beautiful and always changing, I never get bored with it. Uninterrupted and without distractions, I let the mind wander.