Category Archives: Australia

Friday’s view


Yellow iris – first flush    Coupled with pale pastel rose   Ready for the long weekend – this afternoon’s view from the back deck – happy weekend gardening 🙂   

Posted in Australia, bushland, Floral arrangements, garden photography, mountain gardens, Yellow iris | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Magnetic Island


Captain James Cook named this island in 1770 believing it caused interference with the magnets on board the Endeavour. By the late 19th century Europeans had settled the island. This island has captivated us. Simply enchanting in mid winter.

Posted in Australia, Beach walks, beaches, Great Barrier Reef, History, Ocean photography, photography, travel, winter | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

He’s back!


Our resident kangaroo has returned for the summer. This time he’s made a friend – our middle cat Albert. Enjoying an afternoon relax under the weeping apricot. Just don’t eat the roses, mate! He’s such an old boy. He can … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, cats, garden writing, kangaroos, photography, Weeping apricot, wildlife | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Peppermint Gum


To my non-Aussie readers you may presume this post will tout the benefits of masticating a certain confectionery. No. Or indeed if you are crafty you may presume a perfumed, gluey substance suitable for many projects. To my Aussie readers … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, bushland, countryside, Eucalyptus trees, Fraser Island, Gum trees, Humour, mountain gardens, photography | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Autumnal Flora and Fauna


Our friend Mr kangaroo is a surprising sight in our front garden amidst the golden foliage. Such a contradictory image – a giant kangaroo nestled under a deciduous, European, weeping apricot tree – staring right at us!

Posted in Australia, autumn, Autumnal foliage, countryside, Deciduous trees, Foliage, garden diary, garden photography, garden writing, Horticulture, kangaroo, marsupials, mountain gardens, photography, Weeping apricot | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring or Autumn Take #2


After visiting the Melbourne International Garden Show, I am again confused . Are we in autumn? Then these wonderful tulips belong to the Northern Hemisphere not Down Under. e This interesting contraption from fifty years ago sorts the bare bulbs … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, autumn, garden features, garden landscape design, garden photography, garden writing, photography, tulips | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Valentine’s Day from a secret friend


We have a tall, dark, 6 foot stranger living in our garden. We thought we heard him a few weeks ago. We thought we saw him a few days ago. Then today, here he was staring straight at us. He … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, bushland, cats, countryside, Fire, garden photography, gardening, marsupials, mountain homes, pets, photography, wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christmas recycled


Visiting Daughter Number Two in Sydney this weekend we came across an interesting recycling concept – Reverse Garbage. The idea is you buy household items which have been discarded by others, fill a bag or buy individually. I came across … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Christmas, Christmas decorations, consumerism, crafts, memories, photography, recycling, Sydney | Leave a comment

The Light of Democracy


It always amuses us that when we go on holiday we are drawn to the historical aspects of the city or place we are visiting. As we drove through Ned Kelly country on our way here to a Canberra, we … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, art Deco, Australia, democracy, garden features, History, Parliament, photography, politics, Prime Ministers, travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Weird and Wonderful


As we return to Term 3, I am always grateful that we are able to get away from work – both at home and school. It always seems that school work is like house work – sometimes appreciated, greatly needed … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, Australia, climate, food, letter boxes, memorabilia, memories, mothers, photography, Queensland Homes, South East Queensland, travel, vintage, winter, World Expo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment