Saturday, 20 June 2015

Berry Beautiful!

Out and about at this time of year you can't help but stumble across berries. 
Lilly Pilly, Wild Raspberry, and the orange spiky one?  Well, I used to know it but now I don't.
 ( It'll probably come to me in the middle of the night! )

Anyway I bet they are all a great winter feast for the birds and they brighten up the track.














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You'll notice Cobba sitting patiently waiting while I take photos....
well I was actually waiting patiently too, for the cattle to come across the road back home.  
So of course perfect time to click a photo of the fantail high up above us!

Every time of year has its highlights doesn't it.  
What are yours at this time of year where you are? 


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Ripples


Winter is here. Mornings are colder, evenings come earlier. 
 By the time I've finished the outside chores my fingers are feeling like icicles.  
Let's race inside and get the fire going.  Hold on.... just take a look at that sunset!  


The ducks on the dam are swimming in swirling circles,
 the ripples overlaid with gold leaf.




'Eternally Grateful'.
  This heading caught my eye as I crumpled up the newspaper to start the fire.
 I stopped for a moment to read on.....

A young mother was thanking a man for saving her son's life.  An ordinary day turned out to be quite the opposite. Her toddler was choking on some food and unable to dislodge it she ran out onto the street screaming for someone to help her.   Other cars had driven past but he had stopped and he saved the little boy's life. It seems these people live on the same street and are now good friends.  A heart warming story with profound and far-reaching consequences.


'Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness 

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.'

Scott Adams




The kettle's boiling. Time for a cup of tea.
Pull up a chair by the fire and we can toast our toes together.
 Do you take sugar?


Thursday, 28 May 2015

You can't stop the waves......

Life is a series of waves, up and down, up and down.  
One of those 'downs' found my elderly Aunty unexpectedly taken into hospital.
Off I went some 3 hours south to the beach side town of Port Macquarie to visit her.
I arrived in the evening and as visiting hours were not until 10am
 I thought I would catch a beach sunrise the next day.  


Ha! Well, 6 am found me sitting in the car park staring through the rain spattered windscreen,
surrounded by VW campers and panel vans
 with their occupants still hidden from sight in sleeping bags.


 The sun crept tentatively into view, 
and unbeknownst to me so did the surfies .




But it wasn't long before there was a pitter patter and out came the umbrella.  


Those surfers had sneaked past me while I was engrossed in taking photos
 and there they were catching a wave in the rain!





Out popped the sun and for a while things looked up.




Clouds still hung threateningly on the horizon.
You never know what's around the corner.  



There was just time for me to grab a quick coffee and a bite of breakfast 
before heading into the hospital where Aunty was so happy to see me.
She told me how wonderful the ambulance officers had been
and we laughed when I recounted my beach adventures.

"You can't stop the waves  ~   but you can learn to surf."

Quote by John Kabat-Zinn 








Thursday, 14 May 2015

Autumn ~ From Balmy to Biting


Stirring the porridge on the wood stove I think back to the beginning of May
 when the full moon was out. 
There was a warmth in the air, moisture too.  
That's what caused the fabulous rainbow ring around the moon.  




I scurried up the hill to the west in the early morning



The light shining on this web was just like the ring around the moon the night before.


 I was just in time to catch that same full moon going down behind the farmland.


The mist lifted to reveal bright autumn foliage on the liquid amber trees.


By afternoon the sun's heat tricked us all into thinking that summer had never left. 
The bugs came out in their masses, great feasts for the birds!








The evening sun slid slowly out of sight leaving us bathed in it's warm glow.



Fast forward a week or so and things are changing fast. 
The wind whooshes through the trees and leaves are defenseless, 
falling falling falling....




A chill fills the air, summer's really gone.  Winter's not here yet,
but from the feel of that bite in the wind, it won't be long.



It's comforting to think that whatever the season, 
wherever we are,
 that same moon shine's down on all of us.