Australia · autumn · garden flowers · Mount Warning · native Australian birds · Tweed Valley

Something to Sing About

Would you just look at that … after days of nothing other than mist and cloud, today the sun is shining once more. And there’s not a single cloud in the sky.

One of this year’s baby magpies has taken a liking to perching on my veranda clothes line during the wet days, and seems to want to continue doing so, regardless of the weather.

With less rain weighing down petals, I see flowers around the garden returning to their perky selves once more.

It’s so good to see the sun again, I feel like joining in when Mr. Magpie chortles his happy song! ❤

Australia · autumn · garden flowers · memories · Mount Warning · rain

Once Upon a Time …

Once upon a time, we had this glowing orb in the sky that we liked to call sunshine. Sadly, it is a distant memory …

Also once upon a time, I could see a magnificent mountain range from the back of my home, complete with a majetic mountain which caught the first rays of sunshine each morning on its peak.

We are assured that one day, sunshine will return. When will that be, we ask? When the rain ends, we are told …

Australia · autumn · basics · cooking · rain · subtropical weather

A Wet Easter Monday

On a day when I hardly saw my back garden let alone Mount Warning, due to this mist and low cloud, I spent most of the day working on a university assignment, which is due this Wednesday.

During constant reading of any description, I find I need to take regular breaks, usually in the garden. What to do when it’s raining heavily outside? I baked a loaf of bread instead.

It’s been many years since I baked a loaf of bread, although I always bake a batch of hot cross buns every Easter. This year, I baked two batches, and they turned out so well I was inspired to try bread baking again.

I started simple, just a plain white loaf, and the result was a beautifully crispy golden crust and soft white bread inside.

It was a pretty good way to spend the final day of the Easter long weekend, here in the damp subtropics.

Australia · autumn · garden flowers · in my garden · rain

On a Rainy Day

When the rain returns, as it did today, and Mount Warning is hidden by the clouds again, as it was today, those are the days when I can share a random assortment of photos taken around my garden during finer weather.

Mandevilla

When I took this photo, I didn’t realise a tiny spider was also admiring the flower.

The first three photos are plants in my front garden. The last is the beginning of a flower that will open more fully over the next few days. I think, from memory, the plant is a bromeliad. It’s a shade-loving plant that my son-in-law planted about ten years ago. Back then, he stuck a shabby, dry plant in the ground, and a couple of days later he told me it was probably dead and he’d just take it out. I persuaded him to leave it, assuring him that I’d keep an eye on the plant, and if it didn’t show any signs of life, I’d get rid of it. As you can see, the plant thrived, and every year it produces these rather eye-catching flowers.

During the next week, I will have to take each day as it comes with the photos I can take, which will depend on the weather. Rain is predicted every day, but if I keep an eye on the mountain during the day, I might just catch it peeking out from behind the clouds, if I’m lucky. 🙂