Saturday, April 18, 2015


Leave home for four days to enjoy the warmth to the desert
return to transformations at home

amazing what a few drops of rain will do

my chrysanthemum thinks it is Mothers' Day already

the paddock below my garden shows the faintest 
touch of green and the Wild Wood
is changing into it's golden mantle

the stocks that have given me joy all summer
are more vibrant and have embraced a self seeded
ruby chard in their midst

snapdragons have been joined by a lonely broad bean 
and carpet of parsley

I tend to leave thing where God plants them
they grow much better there and save me the trouble
of getting them established elsewhere

While the other half of the world is bursting into spring,
I am thoroughly enjoying being in the gentle season of
of autumn, cooler temperatures, rain and comfort food.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

OUR WORLD - Gin & Tonic in the Outback

A rare opportunity to head to the Outback
and settle on the porch with a G&T
as the desert light changes
over the diggings

yes, I had a rare chance to go to Andamooka again
where there are opal diggings in all directions

we found a welcome visitor in the house
a stumpy tail lizard who hat made himself quite at home 
being afraid he would not find enough food and drink inside,
I picked him up and took him outside

getting on in years and lacking driving endurance
I seldom get a wonderful chance like this
but when I do, I jump at it

walking among the old diggings
hoping to pick up an opal chip or two
and wondering whether it was worth
digging this Great Wall of China

it looked somehow as though all this effort had been in vain

it was only 4 nights away, 
two of them on the road
but so well worth it

if only to be away from home for a bit

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