Sunday, March 29, 2020
Posted by Gemel at 8:20 am
The weekly changing of the bed linen is seen as a time for fun and games by Bear and Charlie who like to dash in and out of the covers and pounce about on top as I try to remake my bed.
It certainly brings a lot of happiness to a normally mundane task........
Posted by Gemel at 8:18 am
Each day is a moment closer to one of my silver princess eucalyptus trees flowering for the very first time.
In the four years since the two trees have been in the ground neither has bloomed thus far.
The silver princess is a striking beauty growing in a graceful weeping way, her flowers amazingly attractive and I am certain that birds and insects will flock to her once the flowers open, perhaps even a few new varieties of birds and insects will come to the garden once her perfume fills the air.
I have been watching her with a close eye, each day the flowers are closer to opening and I am really excited to see these flowers unfold, but unfortunately the pink and grey galahs like to play in this tree and already two of the buds have been knocked off as they goof around so I am having to shoo them off so they don't break off the remaining buds.
Hopefully in the next week or two the flowers will be fully open and add another aspect of beauty to my little garden of natural wonders.......
Posted by Gemel at 7:58 am
Raindrops clinging the leaves as the morning greeted me yesterday was a glorious sight indeed.
The subtle scent of the yucca flowers drifting in the breeze.
In the six years of being here at the cottage this is the very first time so many flowers have appeared on the yucca's at one time, so high up that I had to stand on a chair to try to capture close up shots of these tulip like flowers in the dim morning light.
Doing a bit of research I have discovered that most of the yucca plant is edible, and have found a recipe for fried yucca flowers, which is made with a tempura type batter.
Seeing I have loads to choose from I am going to try this recipe.
Collecting the flowers I will have to be mindful of ants and insects that just love the sweet nectar.
This summer has seen the garden have a growth spurt with everything thriving, a couple of casualties with the acacia trees, but the acacia salinga unfortunately doesn't have a long life span so I was expecting these to self germinate before the mother trees began to die off as yet though no saplings have appeared as yet......
Posted by Gemel at 7:33 am
Saturday, March 28, 2020
A colourful flower caught my attention first, followed by several other delightful blooms.
Some never stop to admire or smell the flowers they may pass during a day, me, well I always take note of what I see stopping to take in as much of what I encounter as possible.
As my walk lead me towards the bank of the swan river all sorts of things caught my attention.
Especially a couple of jelly fish which captivated me for such a long while, fascinated as I watched them gracefully gliding beneath the water.
The swell of the water with ripples dancing across the surface also made me pause, as did the parkland along the waters edge.
But the most fabulous sighting was of eight black swans, two together on the river itself and six others having a drink of fresh water from a puddle.
Black swan numbers have declined such a lot and this was the most I had seen in one place, such graceful and elegant birds.
Nature is the our most graceful gift, without her we would not be here, whether her creatures or flowers and trees I encounter on any day here on Earth, nothing ever escapes my attention.......
Posted by Gemel at 8:09 am