Friday, 2 December 2016


Tomorrow (I can't wait until tomorrow) we will make the journey over to the island we love.  It's been a whole year since we were there and I have missed it so. 

A long stretch of beautiful beach.

We'll cross the bay on one of the barges and I know, as soon as we dock and drive off, that I will feel that first sense of peace that will deepen as we drive out, seeing familiar roads and turn-offs and trees. There'll come a point along that road where the first glimpse of the blue ocean we'll be beside for the next few weeks will come into view. A sliver of sea-blue happiness!

Blue waving rolling in to the shore.

In our old ute will be everything we need for the next couple of weeks.  The rest will be far away. Too far to swim back for! My blog will be back here too, waiting for me to wash off the sand, hang up my beach towel and share a little more of this most beautiful place with you. 

Take care.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Just Before Summer Comes

The cool of the early morning and the shade of the late afternoon are the best times now to work and enjoy the garden. The heat chases me inside in between times! Topping up the sugar cane and lucerne mulches on our garden beds has been a priority this past few weeks, as we strive to retain moisture in the soil for plants over the coming Summer. 

There are many flowers, blooming in our garden, ready to greet the new season:

Star-shaped Jasmine lines a fence! Inhale deeply when passing!

Little blue star-shaped Borage flowers. Bees love them!

Deep yellow zucchini flowers.  Zucchinis to eat soon!

Blue and White Agapanthus.  Front fence flowers!

A fancy, ruffled Cosmos flower.  The most delicate of pinks!

 The  creamy, waxy flowers of  Stephanotis. Sublime perfume!

Periwinkles (vincas) in bloom. Simple and sweet!

 A cluster of tiny Cherry Pie (Heliotrope) flowers. The scent of vanilla!

Little yellow Marigolds. The colour of the Summer sun!

Pretty Society Garlic flowers. Edible and garlicky!

Native Ginger Flower spike. Blue berries soon!

All that work in the garden has its rewards, doesn't it! 


Monday, 28 November 2016

Changing Seasons

Just a few more days of Spring left, according to the traditional European seasonal calendar, but the weather is already changed here.  Perhaps this November, with its bursts of very hot days in the low to mid 30Cs and its thunderstorms, really reflects a uniquely Australian season (for areas to the south of Brisbane). A season, called Sprummer, that is more in tune with our climate and the behaviour of native plants where we live.

In his book, Sprinter and Sprummer: Australia's Changing Seasons, Dr. Tim Entwisle argues that the traditional four seasons we're all familiar with and that all 'change' with the turning of a calendar page, could be extended to these five seasons:  Sprinter, Sprummer, Summer, Autumn, Winter.  You can read more about his seasonal thoughts here.

I feel Entwisle's 'new' seasons help me to think, in a different way, about what is happening both in my local area, which features much bushland and native plantings, and in my garden. Sprinter, which Entwisle describes as an early Spring in August and September, is when flowers in native bushland and in our gardens burst into flower. I remember the fluffy yellow wattle coming into bloom along the paths where we stroll in the afternoons, a native blossoming Entwisle links to his/our Sprinter season.  

 Wattle in bloom.

Sprummer, a season for October and November, is described as a time of changing weather and a second flush of flowering. As I think of Sprummer now, I think of the the high temperatures we've had, the welcome thunderstorms that have brought rain and the lilly pilly hedge just over our back fence that is now covered in little creamy puff-ball blooms.

Lilly pilly blossoms.

As for the Summer that's on it's way, a four-month season that stretches from December to the end of March according to Entwisle, I distinctly remember last year feeling that Summer would never end. I have that same feeling now too, that Summer will be long and hot here where I live. Perhaps it is that extra month Entwisle added in!

How do you view the seasons where you live now?  What signals changes in the seasons for you?