Monday, December 15, 2014

OUR WORLD - Christmas madness

Recently I had occasion to be in a shopping mall
you could not see the merchandise for all the decorations

enough twinkle lights to blind the unwary

wreaths the size of small barns
floating overhead

it all put me to flight

on Saturday I had to do some shopping at a supermarket
and was overwhelmed by  columns of bears
almost twice my height

like rows and rows of soldiers bearing down on me . . .

needless to say, I fled in disorder

the spirit of Christmas was buried under
mountains of commercialism.

Whatever happened to Christmas with home made 
personalised presents and a few chocolate sweets for the children?

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS & I Heart Macro - Feijoa Flowers

My Feijoas have just finished flowering
and now, I look forward to the fruits
of my labours

they sport such intricate flowers with bright colours
and even if one does not appreciate the fruit, which  I love,
their evergreen foliage and spectacular flowers certainly 
deserve a place in the garden.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

OUR WORLD - New Arrivals

A little while ago my granddaughter purchased two
little 3 day old Jersey heifer calves
destined to be our milk supply in years to come.

Jersey mik has a higher fat content than other milkers
so, should I live so long, in three years time
we will be enjoying our own milk, cream, 
sour cream, butter and a variety of cheeses


being so long legged, like giraffes, 
they were still a bit wobbly on their pins

not sure whether she was playing 'hide and seek'
or feeling safer with support on both sides

whichever, she soon backed out again and joined her sister

a lot of bottle feeding at this stage but,
when they come into mild, we will have 
enough milk to feed any number of orphaned lambs and calves
as well as supply the extended family.

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Friday, November 28, 2014


Just got home from the Farmers' Market
and had to show you this beauty
I met outside a shop in Angaston

I had never before seen such a cactus flower


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

SkyWatch - A walloping storm

Last Saturday at the Angaston Farmers' Market
a great storm arose
do enlarge for a fuller effect

the light changed

and multi-coloured clouds with pink and green in them 
gathered in the space of a few minutes

they darkened and started turning into horizontal ropes

then a mixture of rain and hail bucketed down

as lightning flashed vertically and 
horizontally at the same time

driving was a bit hair-raising and at a snail's pace
but we got home safely none the less.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

TODAY'S FLOWERS, Nature Notes & I Heart Macro - Gems of the Desert

Most people would find this to be a hot, 
dull and fly ridden landscape

but if you still your mind and open your eyes
it becomes so much richer

at your feet bright little gems of nature appear

they may be few and far between
but all the more precious for that

this tiny yellow flower at my feet
at the edge of a kangaroo trail I was on
looked very much like an orchid although
I have not been able to find it
in a book or compendium of native orchids yet

the golden glow of an Acacia offsets
the red seed heads of native hops
while the silver grey of Blue Bush
lends yet another colour variation.

life is often savoured so much more
not in the fast lane but in the quiet moments

roses and peacocks may be stunning
but it is the shy violet
that so often moves the heart

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

SkyWatch & FLORAL FRIDAY - Dark clouds and desert flower

We were so lucky to have a thick cloud come up
and drop 4.5 mm 

everything in the garden perked up for a little while

a slightly closer view of our rain bearing cloud and sunset

a tiny white star gleaming in the desert
for Floral Friday

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