Autumn

I am sorry to see the last of the Glory Vine’s red leaves preparing to drop and join the colourful drifts along the verandah edges. But the little maple trees are taking up the Autumn baton from them. At my last home, the Liquid Ambers were the light sources of dull winter days, but here […]

It’s Autumn, so many locals are burning off their grasslands, or setting fire to their stacked bonfires of fallen branches and creek logjam clearings. Being Autumn, it’s also a time of misty mornings and low-angled sunray surprises in this valley. This particular morning I was treated to a combination of them both, as the sun’s […]

My Glory Vine is wearing its Autumn garb; when the leaves turn red, right? They look red, as I come out to the verandah, with the morning light behind it. But then I step outside and look back at it and the shade of the main leaves externally is so different that I have no […]

The ornamental grapevine leaves are now red, so the little green tree snake who visited it in its summer green is no longer camouflaged. The best it can do is mimic stems. Here it looks as if it has green frog fingers as well. Although its head is teeny, thumbnail size, as you can see, […]

It’s autumn, and I welcome the cooler mornings, but we are also having daily deluges more like tropical summer storms. In the first five days of March we had 124 mm — or six inches if you’re my age — and that’s on top of what we’d already received in 2017.  By New Year it […]

It’s mid-Autumn; at last the nights and mornings have turned cold. The slow combustion fire warms me at night; the sight of Autumn mists rising from the valley warms my spirit of a morning. The dew and the sunshine cause even the electric fence and the wretched Setaria grass to take on beauty. I am […]

Autumn, my favourite season, when crisp sunny days contrast with fire-warmed nights.  Taking a photo of the glory vine’s red leaves, it struck me that my roof embodies the contrasts inherent in my life here. Here I sit in the midst of constantly surprising, stunning natural beauty, and yet just look at my roof, bristling […]

I am wallowing in the daily delights of my mountain, after too long away. Tassie is a permanent seductress for me, but so is home. Even the wet days have been a treat, as I am snug and warm in the cabin, with the slow combustion fire on and banked right down. The mud brick […]

I’m loving being home for a spell, especially as the weather is so beautifully verging on Autumn. Here it’s green and fresh and clear and the wallabies and I are fully appreciating it! All the ‘garden’ trees, like the Chinese Tallow Tree, look happy. For some reason the Lemon Ti-Tree is only flowering on one of […]

As the last red leaves fell from the Glory Vine, this exquisite little nest, round as tennis ball and about the same size, was revealed. It was knitted with gossamer threads and moss onto three twigs, like grandma making a sock by going round and round on her three needles. Quite empty, it and its twiggy […]

The temperature is dropping to 5ºC to 7ºC of a morning. Autumn’s not over but my verandah colour effects almost are. The white-flowering wisteria is more gold than green, and when backlit by the sun, it’s an absolute visual gift to me whenever I look up from my computer. The developing definition of the curving […]

There’s little flowering right now in my forest, but this pink one caught my eye. Hadn’t seen it before, and there was only one.  So, naturally, I got the camera and went closer. Which is when I realised it was a fungus, fleshy rather than flowery, fat-stemmed, the cap splitting into ‘petals’, lightly frilled, with a gill-fluted […]

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