Spring

Now that Spring is showing itself and the weeds amongst my ‘lawn’ are seeding, clouds of teeny grass finches are harvesting them. The ones now visiting are gorgeous little birds — Red-browed Finches, native to Eastern Australia’s coastal edge, or at least east of the Dividing Range. They have a red rump, pink legs, a […]

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. […]

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 […]

After last weekend, my spirit was in sore need of healing. Especially as I’d spent, not just Saturday, but the past week in town standing on hard cement all day each day, offering hopeful one-liners and how-to-vote leaflets for The Greens at the pre-poll booth too. So getting back to the Mountain was urgent. And […]

The resident macropods have killed all my roses bushes by their perseverance in eating every shoot or bud that dares to peek through the sad grey wood of the remnants. But they do not eat bulb leaves or flowers. I don’t know why, but I am very, very grateful, because each winter I am treated […]

Having been away from the mountain for a few weeks with the latest book tour means that I was prepared for the worst, like bush fires, or trees blown down and across the track, when I returned. I wasn’t prepared for the best, which is what I found. The winter jonquils were finished, but Spring had […]

The walk at Lees’ Pinch Lookout in the Goulburn River National Park is only an 800m round trip. At this time of year there were more native flowers blooming than I’d see in most gardens. Fantastic rocks and sinuous young, whitely unscribbled-on Scribbly Gums formed the settings. Yellow predominated, but apart from the simple open […]

It’s still as cold as winter of a morning, but the irises are heading skywards for summer. The most proudly regal flower I know, their fistfuls of blue-green broadspears of leaves were lately joined by tall spikes of tightly furled buds, and now the topmost of these are opening. They droop their lower lips and […]

My stone fruit trees agree with the snakes; they reckon it’s Spring. The apricot declared it first, prematurely, and lost most of the blossoms in a rainy spell. Of them all, my favourite is the Santa Rosa plum’s simple white blossoms, their stamens topped with gold, and set in softest green. The bees like them […]

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