Sunday, April 17, 2016

More wonders of the World - a little patch of God's garden


Memories of New Zealand last December

A fast raining little river flanked by lupins
who could help stopping to admire?


couldn't stop on the bridge
so had to walk back from the road verge 
up the hill a bit


but it was so very worth while
of be engulfed by the massed perfume
and multiplicity of colours

as a bonus they were flanked by elder bushes in full bloom
which are prolific in this beautiful country

an elderflower infusion sponged on hives 
and many other rashes 
shrinks them away within a few days,
even allergic reactions to antibiotics 
that manifest in large welts


these lupins have covered acres of land down the hillside
some call them invasive weeds
but what is a weed but a flower out of it's desired place

only people wanting to
force their own will on a landscape
think in therms of flower and weeds

Sometimes, just sometimes, God steps in
and creates a flower bed of this magnitude
that leaves one speechless with awe at the beauty

I will never forget the wonder of the scent
almost visibly hanging in the sun-warmed air

it was so hard to drag ourselves away . . .


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

SkyWatch -- Hope and disappointment


To all my dear friends and followers
I am so very grateful for you all who call in
especially when you leave a comment

I am getting older, not as old as I still hope to become
but some things are no longer as easy as they were.
Although I immensely enjoy all your posts,
I get so tired in the evenings, I cannot find the
words to leave a fitting comment.
I wish it were not so . . .

Here is something else I quite desperately wish for
although I kno, in many parts of the world 
they are getting much too mush rain
here it has been bone dry
for so long, I hardly remember what rain
or rich, moist soil feel like


we have not had sufficient rainfall since 1995
and it looks like another dry autumn.
In a good year, my windows are covered in huge rain moths at night
this year I have only seen one!!!

Small wonder I look longingly at these cloud


and all I have been getting is this


don't take that the wrong way,
I'm not complaining,
I'll take beauty in whatever guise she comes in
and these amazingly tender sunset tones
in the Eastern sky are always a balm for my thirsty soul


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Some small wonders of Autumn


The Valotta lilies, Cyrtanthus elatus
 have put on their lipstick


shy Naked Ladies unfolding their beauty


to burst into bloom and still
demurely draped in shadow play


and when we look into their hearts,
they show us their very soul


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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Autumn crocus


It has been a very long, dry summer
a few weeks ago we had our first rain event 
and hoped the long dry was over

no such thing, we had almost 2" in one go
and not a drop more

it confused nature even more,
spring bulbs are popping up
plum trees are in full blossom 
and
my autumn crocuses, Colchicum burst into bloom
which only lasted for a few days 
as the heat came back . . .


at least they were brilliant for those
precious few days


please click on the photos to see more detail


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Sunday, March 27, 2016

OUR WORLD - Happy Easter !


Wishing a Happy Easter to one and all
who celebrate this Christian feast
and all those who celebrate Spring and the
renewal of life in general.


For the first time in my life
I was on my own on this day,
not lonely, just at peace and happy to be alive.

I pray for peace on this beautiful planet 
in these troubled times . . .

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Monday, March 14, 2016

OUR WORLD - A special wedding in the family


Seldom do I put up such a personal post
but it was such a happy occasion 
that I could not just keep it for myself.



my very special grandson (left) and his best fried 
awaiting the bride
under a splendid Eucalypt on a hill in a vineyard


his beautiful bride arrives
looking like a princess from a fairy tale


the happy couple cutting the cake

as  their wedding present, his baby sister and partner
both chefs,
did the catering for some 140 guests
and a great time was had by all!

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

OUR WORLD - more from my NZ trip


A rare sandstone outcrop
a high-rise for many birds
and home to ancient petroglyphs


there is such a lot of wisdom in this sign
if you read the fine print


unfortunately, as in many places.
sacred sites and ancient petroglyphs
have given way to graffiti
and senseless destruction


happily, at least now, it is securely fenced off


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