The Rush to Flower: September 14, 2019

After a week of cold winds and low temperature (a return to Winter really), Spring is back with us today, and the warm weather is hastening plants into bud, leaf and flower. Without further ado, here are this week’s six. One: Iris hollandia (above) is relishing the warm days and its cerulean petals echo the…

Basking

It seems some folk will do anything to get exposure to the sun, although I wonder if it really was warmer four metres up a tree than on the ground. Is that a look of immense satisfaction? An ‘I’m the king of the castle’ moment? Or perhaps, ‘It isn’t really all that comfortable up up…

The sap is rising… August 31, 2019

The weeks are hurtling by with the swiftness of an arrow from a bow, it seems. No sooner has one weekend finished than another looms. Spring is upon us here in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. Each day more leaves and blossoms appear: growing things are doing what they do in the predestined…

I’ll light the fire. SoS: August 17, 2019.

‘I’ll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that we bought today….’ Crosby, Stills Nash and Young Today is a taste of Spring: a cold start, but later warm, sunny and still. Warm enough to sit outside and have a morning coffee and enjoy the collection of succulents in the blue…

One Kind Word

‘One kind word can warm three winter months’ Japanese Proverb Mr MG has been travailing in the studio and out of the artistic endeavour and angst has emerged this work which I think fits the proverb perfectly. What do you think the story behind this painting could be?

Brrr! SoS August 10, 2019.

Bleak is the best word to describe today. An Antarctic freeze has buffeted its way from the south bringing with it the coldest weather we’ve had in a long time. Snow has fallen not far from us, and a small amount of rain, bringing the total for the whole of winter (so far) to 13.2…

Mt Arapiles

Protruding from the Wimmera Plains in Victoria, like a whale breaching the waves, Mt Arapiles is a mecca for rock climbers from all over the world and it’s easy to understand why this is so. Its crags, chimneys, bluffs and labyrinths of gullies provide many challenges for anyone who is mad enough to put themselves…

Cold, mostly: SoS June 22, 2019

It’s been rather cold here in the Central Tablelands of NSW. A couple of mornings where the minimum temperature was almost -7 degrees (well below average for this time of year) really made us take notice of Winter, and we still have the two coldest months ahead of us. As often happens after a frost…

A Temple to Demeter

During the Second World War, there was a glut of wheat in Australia, and for obvious reasons there were difficulties in the exporting of it. As well, hessian sacks and corn bags (also used for wheat) were in short supply and the need for somewhere to store an enormous amount of grain became urgent. It…

Winter arrives: SoS June 8, 2019

It’s officially Winter here in Australia, and after an Antarctic blast during the week, the weather has settled itself into the more common pattern for us: frosty mornings followed by beautiful sunshine and warm(ish) days, although it is, in fact, cloudy today. We’ve been away for a couple of weeks south to Victoria, and I…