seasons

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 […]

This Spring the Welcome Swallows and the Willy Wagtails have both chosen to raise their families on my verandah. The Willy Wagtails built a tidy and solid new nest, a smooth cylinder of cobwebs and grass and bodily fluids. The slack Swallows just re-used the old one; didn’t even shore up the crumbling structure, just […]

September was wet enough, but appropriately gentle. October is delivering its rain in tropical tantrums, with sunshowers and rainbows and start-stop deluges. This double rainbow appeared on the very first day of the month, to announce how things were going to be. A week later and we were treated to another fulsome beauty. Sadly, no […]

The end of a Spring day when the sun is still setting north of west brings the last of the light low over my ridge’s shoulder.  It finds the far escarpment and paints it gold. The wallabies have been in clover — literally — as Spring has sprung with flushes of flowers on welcome plants […]

Spring is here, with welcome rain freshening the creek, which had slowed and dropped alarmingly. Having only one tank here, when I used to have four, is nerve-wracking. Nights are still cool enough for a fire, and mornings are bright and crisp. Not so crisp as to make me want to stay in bed, however. […]

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 […]

A yellow Robin has appeared, flicking itself from one bush or tree or tree guard to another, more like a wind-blown leaf than a bird in flight. It stays still in any one place for such a short time that it’s hard to get a photo of it. When it lands on the ground you […]

It is chilly of a morning, tempting to stay cosy under the comforting weight of the blankets — and yes, I still use woollen blankets, not doonas. Well, those blankets just haven’t worn out, some even after 45 years, as my wedding present Onkaparinga apple green one is. My frugality dictates that until they do, […]

After so much rain, the early summer heat is encouraging growth and blossoming and inviting birds and bees to sample the offerings. It doesn’t seem to bother the plants that this heat alternates erratically with chilly mornings and nights. And of course these are all plants blessed by being despised by my munching macropods! My […]

Soaking up the morning sun in front of my solar power shed door was this wallaby mum and her helpful joey. In between de-fleaing mum and racing around the shed, he’d return for a drink. She left her pouch open to the sun’s warmth and his frequent suckling. Within the pale pink pleats, is that […]

We all know how mothers have to be on the ball to keep an eye on the young. This was borne home to me afresh by my wallaby mates lately. After days of dreary chilly rain, the sun came out. The only wallabies that seemed even half-awake were the mums with toddlers. This one had […]

Much of this winter has been spent at the computer, writing more book talks. It’s cosy inside my cabin, with the slow combustion wood heater going all the time but fully banked down, as once the mud brick walls have heated up, they hold the warmth. No heat transfer at all. But I am also […]

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