Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunny Gazania

9 am

A little bit of sunshine to brighten the day! This rather small gazania opened this morning, shining brilliant yellow in our garden.

8:20 am

9 am

11 am

11 am
The humble gazania, so very stunningly beautiful.

Sharing at Weekend Flowers (voted equal first place), Macro Flowers Saturday, Flowers on Saturday, Macro Monday, The Simple Things.

Visiting This Morning?

Would you like breakfast at out dining table........

Or maybe a seat in the lounge room? I can see the computer desks, but where are the computers?

You could play with a sander, we'll find a spare mask.

Fancy sanding the tiered skirting boards or window edges?

You'll have to ask nicely if you want the power tool. Master T will show you how.

Maybe you'd rather stay and help with the sugar soaping and painting, or the big clean-up afterwards - we have paint and plaster dust right through the house, despite our best attempts to contain it.

It's all good. Maybe you'd rather visit in a couple of weeks.....

Sharing at Photo Story Friday.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Promise" Fulfilled

Early this morning a beautiful rose bud was starting to unfold. A few hours and spring showers later.....

Quite different to our house, some painting work in progress, filled with plaster dust and paint sanding, drop cloths and temporary disarray. Thankfully our living areas are showing promise also, just of a slower kind.

Sharing at And Then She Snapped, Pink Saturday.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Still Fruitful

Monday I shared some of the beautiful flowers I found in our neighbour's yard. Although we live in town there is thankfully room for a few fruit trees. P and L have a couple of lovely mature orange trees and as you can see they are now covered with sweet blossoms as well as some of last winter's fruit.

Below are a couple of photos I posted early June, the day P and L gifted us with some of the delicious fresh fruit from their trees.

We do have an orange tree which we planted a couple of years ago. It has just grown it's first handful of flowers. Maybe in a few years we'll have oranges to share with neighbours too.

Sharing with LEM: Orchard (and chosen as a favourite),  Rachel's WW but With Words.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Very Pretty

Come and enjoy some of the delights I found in another neighbour's garden. With an open invitation I gratefully explored their yard with my camera.

 A special highlight was this beautiful Australian native "bush" orchid. Each tiny flower is only about 1/2" or 1cm across, about the same size as the creamy bush orchid flowers I showed last week which another neighbour grows. They are so delicate and pretty. This time I've included photo which shows the plant structure more clearly.


A grevillea, another native plant

This last flower is a purple petrea (thank you Eva), it grows on a strong vine/bush. It appears to be two flowers in one with the smaller flower opening out of the centre of the long-petalled flower - quite fascinating.

I'm very grateful for wonderful neighbours on all sides. Thank you L and P for your kind invitation - there will be more delights to share another time.

Sharing at Macro Monday, The Creative Exchange, Sweet Shot Tuesday, White Wednesday, Today's Flowers.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wet and Wonderful

Yesterday's rose

"Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!
 Do you know how God controls the storm and causes the lightning to flash forth from his clouds?
 Do you understand how he balances the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill?"
Job 37: 14-16

Last night, early this morning and again this evening we hear the sounds of thunder and gentle rain. Spring storms are bringing their welcome rain (with no damage so far). Even the kangaroos at church were wet through.

Today's sunset shows amazing clouds, balanced with "wonderful perfection and skill". 
I don't know what tomorrow will bring but I know who holds it, and that's enough.

Sharing at Our World Tuesday, Good Life Wednesday.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Front Yard Surprises

What a delight it was to see not one, but two kookaburras (large, native Australian kingfishers) having a quick fly and dance in the shrubs of our front yard this morning. They weren't the only birds seen from our driveway. A little earlier today we had a short visit from two beautiful galahs, having a feast on seeds amongst the grass.

I love seeing birds in or near our yard, 
especially as we live in town.
Earlier this week we even had a 
white-faced heron check out our back yard
for a brief minute.

As I was turning to go back inside this morning
after the galahs flew off, something white caught
my eye near our letter box. Could it be....
yes, it was.... a rose in our garden!

We have tried several times to remove some old roses which weren't doing very and replace them with Australian native shrubs. However some of the roses refuse to give up. I cannot remember ever seeing this rose bush flower, even when we were trying to nurture them. I had no idea what it's flower was like. I walk through my garden everyday, camera at the ready, and hadn't even noticed any buds on this rose regrowth. Then this morning I found two perfect, rather small rose flowers!!!! I won't be trying to remove this rose bush again - it can stay as a welcome survivor.

I hope your weekend brings some delightful surprises too.

Sharing at The Simple Things, World Bird Wednesday, This or That Thursday.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Early Morning Joys

Some of the delights which brought joy to my eyes in today's early morning light, in my own garden.
The blueberries are beginning to set fruit, our first marigold flower (with a dewy centre) and some more joyous poppies.

Delighted to share in the very first This or That Thursday with Deb Duty.
Macro Friday.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sweet Memories

Taken very early one morning, a couple of years ago......still favourites of mine.

My youngest daughter, now a happy three year old with a head of ringlets, still filling our days and nights with cuddles and snuggles.

Sharing at Living Every Moment: Anything (chosen as a favourite).

Whites and Pinks

One last look at the treasures found in my neighbours' yard. Flowers bloom for a "season" only and some of these have already succumbed to the hot sun and the changes of time since these were taken a few days ago.

Thank you M and R for the opportunity to share the beauty of your flowers, it has been a delight for me.

Sharing at Alicia's WW, Rachel's WW, Texture Thursday, Weekend Flowers, White Wednesday.

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