Archives for 

Retirement

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

Senses

charged, refreshing rain, walking in the rain, stop and look at the rain, #itsraining, #coolchange Happenings in the space of an hour Plan to go out to run some errands Discover it is raining a little but we head out anyway Follow the iPhone Maps App lady’s voice to the recycling facility Told, Oh sorry, we don’t collect these things. You will have to wait for your Council Dangerous Goods […] Continue reading →

A Kind of Instant

made, instant meal, Proverbs, Proverbs 31, soup without the tin, Virtuous woman Home late after a full Sunday out House is dark. Key turned in lock Greeted by Coldness Lights on Easy flick of switch for heater’s warm glow For others a more time consuming fire to be stoked We are so blessed with manifold creature comforts Home It embraces us and whispers welcome A much loved […] Continue reading →

Glamping … A new camping

Glamping...the new camping, pretend play, children, family time, grandmother, Imagination, imagination play, joy, make do, make time to play with children, Memories, play, raise a child, reconnect with children, camping with children, chill time, quiet time for children, play tent for one, visiting Grandparents, how to keep young being a grandparent , easy fun with grandchildren, frangipani tree, frangipani Glamping. A child’s perspective … We have fun glamping We have the glamping tents up lots It’s real cool Raining or sunny They are so much fun A place to chill Or pretend, ‘specially us boy cousins That’s the very “bestest fun” All you need are sheets and cushions LOTS Grandma always has heaps for […] 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 →

#frozen#moment in time

#frozen#momentintime, Care Alert, Care Alert for peace of mind, Care Alert smart dialler, Dairy free, dairy free cake, Pause button, refreshment for the soul, #frozen#momentintime A moment in time Fleeting sight through the dappled shade of stately trees A man walking Red setter dogs on long leash in one hand Long Whipper snipper brush cutter in the other hand I could have imagined it were a laird on his croft Or a master of his estate Tramping his lands Minutes […] 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 →

Post-it note to remember

Do you keep a diary, family time, grandparents and family time, happy, Memories, Post-it note, Post-it note to remember, sense of adventure, support network, team work, Renovating, hedging, garden hedge, garden hedge for privacy, children playing, re-purposed toys, soaking rain , deep watering, raindrops, new growth, morgueFile free photos, anitapepppers, clay in the hands of the potter, post-it note, jdurham@morgueFile free photos This is a Post-it note Notebook Diary to myself To remember Old-timer Waiting patiently for a new outfit Having been so very patient Hoping to be smartened up Forgotten Neglected Once so bright and fresh… A garden bed Waiting Waiting a year? Old drainage removed from two sides of garden Thanks Liam and friend for […] Continue reading →