garden

There are many small birds here but they do NOT stay still for photos for me to share them with you. Swallows, Willy Wagtails, honeyeaters, finches… I will have to take to sitting outside and waiting, with camera poised. I think that’s called birdwatching. Thankfully the flora here is slower moving. Alongside the small creek […]

After a few days of welcome (if inconvenient for moving house) heavy rain, the bare trees are glistening in the morning sunlight, and the bulbs beneath them are struggling to lift their heads. I love winter birches: for their bark and the lichen it attracts, for their bobbles and fine branchlets and twigs and the […]

As the grass grows more slowly, the wallabies and roos are being driven to eat plants they don’t regularly fancy.  This wallaby was being very intense about one of the rosemary bushes, which are all grotesquely pruned each winter to leggy topknots. Several branches were held firmly together in his paws while he stripped them. […]

When I look closely at the things nature creates, I am very often overwhelmed with admiration. For example, this side view showed me the superfine and tiny holding points of this bejewelled web, suspended from the possum-chomped twigs of the climbing rose. Like upturned arms, ready to have the wool wound on for grandma… I […]

As in much of Australia, it’s been dry and hot here. My small dam is really a large pond. Unlike my main dam, it is not springfed, but filled by runoff plus what is collected from my shed roof and piped to it. Both rely on rain of course – and we’ve had almost none. […]

I am so glad to be home for the end of 2013. Since September we have all reeled from one Abbottrocity after another. I need some peaceful time where the protected Nature here can make me briefly forget how much it is under attack elsewhere, like at Bimblebox. So the camper is off the ute […]

The leaves have fallen from many of my garden trees and vines, so the seed pods are spectacularly visible. This White Cedar tree is a rare deciduous native, Melia Azedarach, often called Persian Lilac for its flowers, but also Bead Tree, for the now-obvious reason. They are indigenous to my region, amongst many others. I […]

I finally stole half an hour to pull out some old tomato plants and onions add a bit of compost to the vegie garden — and look what I uncovered. Damn, I thought, more plastic that got into the compost and didn’t compost. But I couldn’t recall what on earth it might have been the […]

Just when I thought it was cold enough for any sensible snake to have gone to sleep, so had relaxed my vigilance around the house yard… Out of the kitchen window, I spied my old mate, looking quite spry and healthy and not all sleepy. It was sniffing around the tankstand overflow pipe, which is […]

I can’t help rushing out with the camera on the rare mornings where light overnight rain or heavy dew coincides with a brighter morning. It can’t be too sunny, or the precious jewels thus revealed will have been dried up. Then all I’d see would be a spiderweb, miraculous in itself, but more common. On […]

Each summer these powerful plants re-shoot, sending up thick stems metres into the air in a race to the roof with the Glory Vine. I do have to tie them to the verandah railings before they become top heavy, as dozens of burgundy pods explode into these elegant blooms. Beautiful as they are in cream […]

My house yard fence, so painstakingly erected and heightened over the last 17 years, is slowly being dismantled. No easy task, as the tussocks have grown through the netting, but my helper is so much stronger than I am. As the four gates have been open to the wallabies and roos for nearly two years, […]

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