Australia · Changes · family · gardening · grandchildren · Mount Warning · native Australian birds · Tweed Valley · winter

Approaching the middle of winter

It’s a glorious time of year in the subtropics! Each night is cool enough to warm the house with our fireplace, I can wear cosy winter clothes for a few weeks, and on Monday I spent the whole day gardening without breaking out in a sweat at all.

Today we had our third day of rain for the week, so gardening has been put on hold. It wasn’t too difficult to stay indoors to keep dry and warm though. The valley – and most of our garden – has been hidden by mist all day, so todays photo of Mount Warning is one I took last week.

It had been overcast weather all day, then as nightfall approached, in the distance, beyond the mountain and grey sky, a strip of light sky appeared. It was a stunning sight, and something a bit different to our usual sunsets.

“Life” has taken up more of my time than usual recently. What with final university assignment writing at the end of semester 1, and various family events, my blogging, and visiting blogger friends’ sites had to be put on hold. Also, my son, daughter-in-law and two of my grandsons have moved in recently. They sold their home, put a deposit on a new home, but when the building report on their prospective new home wasn’t up to par, they pulled out of the sale.

Meanwhile, houses in our area are in high demand. With more people buying than selling, house prices are on the rise, and Covid 19 is the culprit. People are selling up and leaving the capital cities, where covid “lock-downs” have become a regular occurance. Many people are relocating to areas such as ours where we have been virtually covid-free from the beginning of the pandemic, searching for freedom.

The changing market has forced many locals into a similar situation, so they simply have to be patient. The right house will become available for my son and his family eventually. In the meantime, I can enjoy grandson-cuddles every single day, which isn’t a bad thing at all! ❤

I have one last photo for today of a pair of kookaburras, taken last month, looking at something that obviously caught their eye. They are gorgeous characters, these birds. 🙂

Hopefully by tomorrow, the weather will have cleared and I will see the mountain again!

Australia · blessings · garden flowers · gardening · window

Glorifying Winter


As I write, it is just after 9 am, Saturday morning, and I’m about to head out into the garden.That’s where I’ve been for the last two days. My aching muscles and joints are a small price to pay for the end result of what I am involved in, preparing the garden for the wedding of my youngest son and his beautiful bride-to-be.

So here it is, August 1st, the last month of winter here in Australia, and the sun is shining, the skies are a brilliant shade of blue, the highest temperatures this week have reached around twenty-two degrees Celsius and even the newest plants in my garden are already in flower! What a magical time of year this is.

I’ll only add one photo today, which shows the purple flower of my Tibouchina tree, right outside my front door. The surrounding pink is the flowers of a potted Azalea. I have a number of young Azalea bushes in the garden, both in the ground and in pots, and all are in bloom right now. As much as I would like to think that they will still be in flower for the wedding in early September, I doubt that they will be. I’m also confident that my garden will have flowering plants galore though, to compensate for the lack of Azalea blooms.

During July I have been catching up with my blogging friends, becoming reacquainted with some I had lost contact with, and also discovered new blogs and made some new friends. I have discovered a new and very happy rhythm with blogging, I like it a lot, and intend continuing with more of the same from now on.

Okay, I’ve already changed my mine about adding only one photo. I took a photo of the July “Blue Moon” last night, just before coming back indoors from my day of gardening. I can’t leave that photo out, can I? The moon sat so low in the sky that it hid behind a palm tree leaf, and I quite like the silhouetted image.

Blue Moon
Blue Moon

The Baby Shower last Saturday, that I mentioned at the end of a post the day before the event, was a huge success and I took so many photos, which I will share here next week. For now though, I must return to the garden, where the men are working on the “heavy stuff” and I will continue with my weeding, mulching and re-arranging. I have already lined up one of my daughters to go plant shopping with me next weekend, which is always a highlight of the gardening experience. Emma and I have our little ritual, she loves to choose the plants with me, and when we arrive back home again, she will make me cups of tea whilst I do the planting. No dirt under the finger nails for my girl! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend, and I hope the sun is shining as brightly on your world as it is on mine. ❤