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Joyfulness and finding a garden through the gate in February

Joyfulness, Budlea, butterfly bush, sustainable garden, beneficial insects , butterfly, monarch butterfly, old world garden , simplelgardening, thrifty garden, big red geraniumArtist’s palette of swirled oil paints
Riotous and exuberant shapes and textures

Look no further!
Go visit your local nursery for a free lift of spirits

Free you say!

Yes definitely because no money changed hands.

By letting my mind be refreshed and calmed on a hot hot day under the misting sprinkler.

Joyfulness, Budlea, butterfly bush, sustainable garden, beneficial insects , butterfly, monarch butterfly, old world garden, simple gardening, thrifty garden, big red geranium, garden gate, misting sprinkler, through the garden gate in February, marigold

I remembered …
Lavender cutting/slips growing under some greenery
Hibiscus cuttings/slips slowly growing roots in a glass jar
Red trumpet creeping vine cutting/slip started in a pot
Big Red geranium growing lushly from a cutting/slip

It was a stepping back in time of how old gardens were created.
Networking and sharing.

How to best utilise what I have at home in the garden…..just a moving round and swapping positions. Or repotting with large recycled pots from the neighbour’s hard rubbish clean out.

There was no instant gratification costing $$, just some methodical or random planning and a little patience.

Have you ever done this?

Joyfulness,  red Hibiscus, hardy colour for the garden

Hedging plants, hardy plants, Bunnings, instant garden colour

Hedging plants, hardy plants, Bunnings, instant garden colour

Blessed

Alexa-asimplelife

Joining Through the Garden Gate

Farmer gets a wife

of 1978, country life, country wife, rural living, old homestead , stone cottage, visiting a farm with children, cookery the Australian way, scones Impressions from my sister in law. Memories of 1978. #farmergetsawife Agriculturalists gets a wife City bride new to the country City spouse new to the country City girl marries her farmer City miss weds her rancher All of the above are depending on from where you live in this world. Different expressions….same meaning “I married […] Continue reading →

Message in a Leaf

Leaf, play, sense of adventure, simple living, #considerthelilly, #momentintime On the first day of August Which now seems light years away It being the last month of official Winter in Australia. I was wishfully speeding the approaching Spring on to valiantly burst out of Winter’s very tight coat So, I took a stroll with one of the grandsons A quick walk before the early […] Continue reading →

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air, gardening in spring, propagate plants, Adventure, children, Fun in the fresh air, Gardening with children, grandchildren, Memories, raise a child, sense of adventure, figaro dahlia, Nastertiums , geranium, Big Red Geranium, orange blossom, pruning hedges, hedge , Lavender Today the sun does shine beautifully here in Sydney. Contrast to yesterday when the same sun was out but the wind nearly blew one over. Even sitting here in the kitchen I could hear the wind gusts roaring through some tall gum trees at a park over the road. I know in some parts of […] Continue reading →

More than skin deep

More than skin deep, Adventure, Australia, country, first impressions, home made, joy, Memories, More than skin deep, observe a lesson, Observe with a quiet spirit, sense of adventure, simple living, rural living, glass louvres, fly screen, antique wheel rim , antique door hinge, vintage paint, fencing wire, fence posts, old window, rain water tanks, fuel tanks, Hahndorf , new car, old homestead What do you see Your first impression When you compare First fleeting impressions hit the eye immediately. How plain How happy How tall she walks How sad they look How harried they appear How naughty that child Wow, beautiful or handsome Wish I had some of that But that is only an impression Not the […] Continue reading →

Savour The Moment

Savour the moment, winter comforts, children, circle of friends, food for the soul, grandchildren, joy, Memories, Memory snaps, nature versus man made, peace, reflection, reinvigorate, Reliving memories, savour the moment, Sharing, time to ponder Wishing with all my heart that I could paint… Longing to paint and capture that emotion Holding our youngest grandson recently At one with the calm Australian bush scene before me Quietly standing sheltered from the rain Under the pattering metal roofed verandah Falling big plops of rain Dripping from the corrugated iron roof edge […] Continue reading →

Swiftly fly the days

Swiftly fly the days, Tags Australian bush,Bellini Intelli, children, cousins, family, grandchildren, joy, Memories, Remember when, sense of adventure, simple living, Skinnymixers recipes, 1950's children Darting Swallows far away to our North. Where spring is underway. Busy, oh so busy, Building or repairing nests For shelter, nurture and home. Such has been life…. Moving into another house. Loving it here. A snip of a Rose here, finding a home for this. Food for a group , or just for one. […] Continue reading →

Finding beauty in the simple life

Finding beauty in the simple life, lavender hedge, find a thing of beauty every day, memories, prepare for retirement It has been so very long since my last post. So long that I cannot remember what I wrote about without checking back. If I do pause to reminisce and check my last article then the internet may drop out. The pause will be like discovering a drawer full of old photos. Memories. Ghosts. Sadness. […] Continue reading →

#when

Chocolate chia pudding and then horror, chocolate chia pudding recipe, family, home made, Lindt Cafe, Martin Place siege , Quinoa, support network, Australia, chia recipes , sadness, emergency personnel , save lives, protect lives, mourning, Australian flag, patriot, Aussie , national pride, old apple tree, apple blossom, Moorlands farm #when … A single word so full Many a dream, Of hope and maybe Full of memories Sad and good, Joy and reflection Is it a noun or verb or I know not what? A word full of Life’s lessons past or future Full of the maybe, what if, I’m not sure, or shall we […] Continue reading →

#Pause

#Pause, contentment, country, family, first grandchild, garden, joy, memories, pause, hit the pause button, peace, sense of adventure, Pennywise@morgueFile free photos Hitting the Pause button… My kitchen table Bare feet Perfect for sitting and thinking Door open to the back garden Slight breeze from outside Slow whirling fan on the other side How blessed Washing on line showing off its drying flip flying dance I can just sit and ponder At nature, even in a small […] Continue reading →