SoS, 16 November 2022

It’s a quick six from me this week. Unexpected and most welcome visitors have claimed some time: a very enjoyable visit to the local growers’ market was a lovely way to spend the morning. Locally grown olives and bottles of olive oil, wine for which the town and its environs are famous, delicious baked goods,…

Time for Roses. SoS November 5 2022.

Altogether there is a baker’s dozen of roses in the back garden. Most of them are positioned amongst other plants as I prefer that to putting them in special rose beds with almost bare soli around them. The latter is probably good gardening practice and no doubt better in terms of rose health, but mine…

Irises, SoS, October 22, 2022.

There used to be an Iris farm not far from us, but it closed down a couple of years ago. I liked going sometimes to choose an iris or two to plant in my garden. The proprietor would carefully write the name of the iris in black pen along one of the plant’s strappy leaves,…

Wet. 💦 SoS 8 October, 2022.

Early this morning, during a break from the rain, I stepped outside to take some photos. There’s a paddling pool in the back garden that wasn’t there before. And the rain has continued most of the day. Dams are full, rivers have almost broken their banks, swirling brown water rushes along every creek, people are…

Winter Begins. SoS June 18, 2022

‘Winter is a season of recovery and preparation’ Paul Theroux. We are well into wintry weather now in the Central Tablelands of NSW, and it’s quite difficult to find six things of interest in the garden. Two tonnes of topsoil have been spread on various gardens and on part of the lawn, a massive effort…

Autumnal Beauties: SoS 28 May, 2022

Autumn is slowly coming to an end in these parts. Often the days are very warm, dry and cloudless at this time of the year, but because of our protracted La Niña event there has been a lot of cloud and sunsets have been magnificent. I’ve taken a number of photos of sunsets recently, but…

Falling leaves drift by my window. SoS, May 14 2022.

There has been a great deal of rain in the Central Tablelands this year. Already, twelve month’s rain has fallen and we’re not halfway through the year. Our Mudgee garden is waterlogged and water from two days ago is still lying in the gutters around the edge of the garden beds. We’ve had nothing like…

A Grey Day. SoS, November 13, 2021.

It’s a grey and windy day. Large amounts of rain have fallen in the last week or so, over 100 mm, the garden is saturated and today is a day to stay indoors. It’s much more like a winter’s day than a sunshiny spring one. The temperature was 10 degrees mid morning, when with the…

Showery, flowery, bowery.

‘Spring is showery, flowery, bowery’….the words of the old rhyme don’t always apply to spring in these parts, but this year, they’re particularly apt. More rain fell during the week and the back lawn is even spongier than ever. It has been cold as well, and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped a massive growth spurt…

Of Showers and Flowers.

It’s a showery day here in the Central Tablelands of NSW following a week of wet weather. There has been a lot of rain, and even a tornado (about 100km from us) which destroyed several houses and caused much media interest as tornadoes do not happen often in this area. Fortunately it didn’t last long,…