Saturday, 3 May 2014

Grandma turns 80


Friday, 2 May 2014

Hidden visitor...


Can you see him among the daisies? A two-metre python wound through the shrubbery yesterday, then climbed onto the garden table and up the verandah post onto the roof.
We were all delighted, of course. What a beauty.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Waiting ...


... as golden leaves tumble and crackle on the ground, for warm fires and snug sofas, fragrant stews and the smell of hot baking bread.
Winter is on the way ...

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

On the windowsill


The garden is abundant with these candy pink, swirly-petalled dahlias ...Maggie calls them the "Barbara Cartland of flowers". But then we all need a bit of silly glamour in our days ...

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Potting for Mothers' Day


I've been settling a garden resident into a new home, to make sure it will be healthy and growing profusely in time for Mothers' Day. I divided this soft and lacy maidenhair fern from a larger plant with just a sharp trowel and some gentle pulling.
Now to find a shady spot on the verandah, and remember to water often.

Monday, 28 April 2014

An April birthday

 Birthday mail ...
 an afternoon tea party ...

candles for wishes ...


rosy wrapping ...

handmade woolly socks ...


 ... and a flowery bed cover, perfect for autumn snuggling.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Fire engine fun

Each year, just before Christmas, the local volunteer fire brigade challenges the kids to a water fight along our little town's streets. Kids spend hours filling water balloons, building barricades, putting on swimwear, and getting hosepipes ready to battle Santa and his firefighting friends.


 Excitement was high as they turned down the road ...


And then the battle was on!


The kids didn't really stand a chance.


But part of the fun is getting soaking wet.


And Santa threw (waterproofed) bags of lollies out the truck on the way past ... an extra Christmas treat.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

We've been busy...

picking (Granny Smith apples from our tree) ...


harvesting (beans, cucumbers and baby toms)...


winning (at the local agricultural show)...


 painting (walls and doors) ...


sprouting (bean sprouts for Pad Thai) ...


fixing (the wooden verandah railings and steps) ...


building (an IKEA bench-box for the front door) ...


cooling down (with homemade banana honey ice treats) ...


welcoming (unexpected guests, as well as family and friends) ...


eating (snowpeas grown by Eric for his cub scouting gardening badge) ...


camping (in the garden, while the house paint dried) ...


enjoying (a row of golden sunflowers in the garden) ...


(and a Barbara Cartland-esque pink dahlia about the size of my hand).


horsing around (this is Moonshine, who lives next door and visits for treats) ...


and playing amidst a glory of snow-white petals.


Friday, 3 January 2014

Family New Year Get-together

Each year after Christmas the extended family gets together to share news, exclaim at how quickly children have grown, feast and chat.


This year we hosted the pot-luck on a glorious day sitting on the verandah, followed by a swim, copious cups of tea, dessert and long walks in the garden.


Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Day

The stockings are full ...


It's so early! But you can't keep these two in bed ...


The tree at Granny's house ...

Opening gifts ...


Adam's new pull-along dog, a gift from his brother ...


Axl and Nic ... we were so lucky to have them here on the day ...



... and Oliver, unmistakable with his big hair-do ...


A Christmas feast ...


Joy in shining eyes!