Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gifts of May




My garden loves me more than I deserve - and I'm not complaining. Watching my Red Intuition rose produce beautiful blooms, one after the other is delightful.




Mother's Day brought more than just gardening assistance - they certainly delivered on the suggested chocolates - with plenty to share (which was the idea)!




Master J came home from uni for a few days to join his old school's Duke of Ed. camp. They bushwalked through the Minyon Falls area.




This is near the top of the falls - you can just see the Pacific Ocean on the far horizon to the left.





 Minyon Falls is about 2 hours drive from where we live. The waterfall drops over 100m/yards and the natural bushland is beautiful.












While Master J was away on camp we bought an outdoor fireplace for some family fun. It's surprising how quickly two packets of marshmallows can disappear!




My order of Gutermann Extra Fine threads arrived, cleverly packaged to keep postage costs to a minimum. I'm thoroughly enjoying hand sewing with these threads - and have ordered three more colours.




Gift of Grace is the name of this rose. It was gifted to me some years ago but it has struggled along in a pot until recently. Now that it's been planted in the garden it is rewarding me with the biggest rose blooms I've seen.












We are enjoying a magnificently warm week for the end of autumn, so we enjoyed a quick visit to a local park today. The weather is just too gorgeous to not enjoy such wonderful outdoor surrounds.



Sharing at Our World Tuesday.


31 comments:

Kim said...

What fun-filled family times you always seem to share. How lovely to sit by a fire and roast marshmallows and look into the embers. I'm supposing those chocolates weren't stacked in an orderly high rise for very long. What a glorious rose your 'Gift of Grace' is, quite stunning...but then a name 'gift of grace' could be nothing but bounteous, could it.

Giga said...

Słodki prezent dostałaś na Dzień Matki. W pięknym miejscu są dzieci na obozie. Jednakże Twój spacer z dziećmi w parku jest również uroczy. Pozdrawiam.
Sweet gift you got for Mother's Day. The children are beautiful place to camp. However, your walk with the children in the park is also charming. Yours.

Patchwork and Play said...

What beautiful roses Karen! The bush must be enjoying spreading its roots, like your son is, hopefully! Melbourne weather has been equally Spring-like today! It will hopefully make winter, when it surely arrives, a little more bearable! Happy days!

Erin said...

Love the pics. great to have J home for a short visit. Didn't know the park had new equipment!! a visit to the park is on order now

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The previous equipment was sadly destroyed by fire late last year. We hadn’t been for a visit until Saturday’s very quick quilt photo shoot so thought a proper visit was in order! The general consensus amongst our children is that the new play equipment is more dangerous than the old.

DeborahGun said...

I know I should be drawn to the beauty in the photos, but really I am just imagining what Lindt Zest of Lime tastes like :-)

geanina said...

gorgeous imagines!:)

Erica Sta said...

Lovely Family Life .... Wonderful roses, and many excellent chocolate: It seems, it was a fantastic day :)

flowersandhome said...

You live in such a beautiful area of the world Karen. Such amazing nature! Breathtaking!
Gorgeous roses in your garden. Mine are all in large pots as you know but are now all hanging down again, some branches broken, since it's been raining so much. I think we don't really have a climate for growing roses, too much rain. The Hydrangeas are looking more promising. Can't wait for them to bloom.
The outside fireplace looks like so much fun and nice to sit around all together. Brings back memories of campfires in the Ardens when I was younger.
Have a lovely Autumn day Karen, Spring here looks(and feels) more like Autumn right now as well actually ;) Think I'll bake a cake ;)
Marian

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures of happy times!! So much beauty and one can almost hear the laughter! Thanks for sharing, Karen!!

Lisa Gordon said...

What wonderful family times, Karen, and your roses are just gorgeous!

Filip Demuinck said...

Very nice waterfalls and I would try a few of these chocolate bars.

Greetings,
Filip

Dirk Rosin said...

very nice posting !

Cathy said...

Your country is beautitul, and I do appreciate you sharing some of its beauty in photographs.

Chocolate...hum...this speaks of love of an higher order!

Anita Johnson said...

What a beautiful place! I love that outdoor fire pit, how fun!

Linda said...

Love the water pictures and that rose is scrumptious!

Linda R said...

Well it sure does look like you guys are enjoying the month of may. So many wonderful photos. I LOVE roasted marshmallows.

Hugs~

Japy said...

Fantastic landscapes. Greetings.

SarahZ said...

You are most generous in sharing your gifts :) Such a wonderful variety....

The Editrix said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this post. :) Lovely to see pictures of everyone. The pictures of the park brought back memories.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I thought you and J would enjoy looking. J’s camp photos needed a good bit of editing but turned out ok too. Another good reason for me to keep blogging…..

:)
Mum

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Looks like everyone had fun, beautiful falls.....and the rose is gorgeous

Dorothy Adamek said...

Hi Karen, May has certainly delivered some wonderful gifts your way. Happens to me, too. I'm a May baby, very close to Mother's Day, some years even ON Mother's Day. So I am inundated with beautiful gifts and words. Love May, and I love those roses!!

Blessings for a wonderful weekend,
Dotti :)

Mary Huey said...

Lovely roses, Karen -- mine are just beginning to show buds -- hopefully the deer won't notice them, too!!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots - and mmmm - all that chocolate!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like fun times for the family. The camp and waterfall hike..The roasted marshmellows and chocolate are yummy.. Lovely scenic shots and your roses are gorgeous! Have a happy week!

Gary Phillips said...

Beautiful colours!! Boom,Bobbi & Gary of the Vermilon River.

Jill Harrison said...

I had never heard of Minyon Falls - they look spectacular and a great place for bush walking too. I will have to look it up on Google.
Your rose blooms are beautiful.
Cooking marshmallows - a favourite evening pasttime when we are camping.
Have a great week. I am joining you at Our WOrld Tuesday.

Arija said...

Wow, great chocolate overload. My roses are still flowering and oh dear, oh dear, my tulips ar coming up . . . in autumn!!!
Lovely when the children do nice things for one on Mothers' Day and every other day too.

Michelle Bartholomew said...

That waterfall is amazing! I love seeing the landscape shots. You live in a beautiful country!

Liz said...

What a wonderful local park! I don't recall this one but perhaps I was far too busy during the 11 months we lived in your town. I had a preschooler and was pregnant, hospitalised a few times and gave birth to my second child.

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