Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Peggy is conducting an auction of donated goods to raise money for a neighbouring family in tragic circumstances. Please read the story on Peggy's blog. There are some lovely items up on the site ready for your bids, and more will be added in the next few days.

I am offering a set of 3 aprons (photo below and description also on Peggy's blog) and would be very grateful to anyone who would like to make an offer. ALL money raised will be donated to this very deserving cause.
Posted by Picasa (Note: all bids are in US dollars.)

Monday, August 28, 2006

'The Green, Green Grass of Home'!

Couldn't you just get down on your knees and eat it?

The back lawn in May.

Today after its first mowing.

Front lawn being 'planted' in May.

First 'haircut' today. The allysum hanging over the wall in the above photo managed to drop several thousand seeds which grew faster than the grass and I spent several hours this weekend pulling them all out. Some were even flowering.


Kerri has been nagging me (ever so nicely, of course) to take a photo of the mulcher. So here 'tis. Also several bags of garden waste from Michelle and Russell's gardens, and a huge heap from our own.

It took about two hours to turn all of this ....

.... into this.

Posted by Picasa
Allysum, osteospermum, penstemons, geraniums, pelargoniums, gaura, convolvulus, chrysanthemum, centranthus, daisies and several other bits and pieces all finished up like this. The compost worms will think it's 'Christmas'.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Feathered Friends

The parrots have been enjoying a variety of seeds in the birdfeeder nearly as much as we enjoy watching them. These shots were taken through the glass door as I didn't want to frighten them away be going outside. First it was a pair of Crimson Rosellas followed by a pair of Eastern Rosellas.

(If you click on the birds you will be amazed at how quickly they will grow...lol)

Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Is There Any Cure ....

.... for my increasing accumulation of addictions. First it was sunsets, then sunrises, clouds, trees, bark .... and now, pathways and roads. Where will they lead me? I wonder what is around that bend? Undoubtedly more trees, even the occasional wattle (acacia) tree. The Golden Wattle is Australia's national flower. It self-seeds readily and really brightens up the bushland towards the end of winter.

I actually went walking this afternoon to photograph the dark clouds coming in from the west. Guess how much rain we got from all that darkness? That's right, one spot!

Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

Cloud, Sun and Trees

The clouds were there this evening, the sun was setting and I followed some different tracks over the hill which at least gave me some slightly different views. The eucalypts are an integral part of any photo in this area.

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 17, 2006


This evening I went for a walk around the hill - the first time in several weeks that I've felt up to doing so. Alas, there were few clouds and the sunset wasn't anything special.

But I couldn't walk around with a camera hanging idly from my wrist, now could I? So I took photos of tree trunks instead. These are mostly eucalypts of one variety or another.

It was nearly dark when I arrived home. This is the cherry tree in the front garden.

And this is just because I haven't taken it for a long time.Posted by Picasa

I've just realised that looking at bark and tree shapes could become almost as addictive as cloud watching. Let's hope I don't look at the trees TOO closely whilst I'm driving.