Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Neighbours

How I enjoy it when my neighbour asks if I would mind feeding their dog and giving him a bit of a run,  because they'll be away for a night.  That means I can venture down the road; sometimes I walk, other times if I'm in a rush or if it's raining I take the car.  They have a gorgeous garden and at this time of year there is a delicious display of spring flowers, gerberas, freesias, violets, camelias, a vibrant yellow grevillea and a profusion of primulas, to name a few.  I was even lucky enough to see a Macleay's Swallowtail in the veggie patch, though it flits its wings at such a pace that it was really hard to get a decent photo. 
(Just to clarify...the first photo is actually through a spider's web...not a window as my husband thought.)












As I was writing this post, the following words from the theme song
 to the long running  Australian TV series 'Neighbours' kept playing in my ears!
To excuse myself, I don't watch it, but we all know the theme song, 
which I learnt today was written by Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch.  Well fancy that!

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours With a little understanding, you can find the perfect blend Neighbours, should be there for one another That's when good neighbours become good friends Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours Just a friendly wave each morning, helps to make a better day Neighbours, need to get to know each other Next door is only a footstep away

I love visiting my neighbour when she's home too, because she is a friend as well as a neighbour.
Are you lucky enough to have a neighbour like that?

Bye for now


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    1. Thanks Denise! I hope your Autumn is blooming.

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  2. So nice to go for walking the dog and at the same time have the chance to photograph quietly their beautiful garden. That swallowtail butterfly looks so exotic to me and love that picturesque road I suppose the road to your neighbours.

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    1. That's right Janneke, it is our road and though it's shared by others of course, I still call it our road! These swallowtails are gorgeous aren't they and I agree, it is nice to quietly photograph, though equally it is nice to sit with my neighbour and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat.

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  3. Hi Jane, what a lovely post. Everything is so lush where you live, you must be close to the ocean and get lots of rain. Oh, love the shot through the window. I'm beginning to expect a photograph from an unexpected perspective . . .that is one of the things that sets your photos apart from the ordinary, that and your perfect talent for capturing the light. We are blessed with wonderful neighbors and it makes life so sweet:)
    Have a lovely week.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie, isn't it funny that we both posted about neighbo/urs this week? We are very lucky aren't we. By the way, I should have said but that photo is through a spiders web, not a window. My husband thought exactly the same as you so perhaps I need to write that above. Hope you have a lovely week too xx

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  4. We have three properties neighbouring on ours and get on well with all of them. We enjoy chatting to each other over the fence and occasionally pop into each others homes but not a lot - a nice balance. I particularly like the last shot in your sequence though it lovely to see the spring flowers. Our garden is getting ready for the best of its spring display.

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    1. A nice balance - that's exactly what you need isn't it? Enjoy your spring garden display...are you OK for rain now?

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    2. Yes we have had rain. Again a nice balance :-)

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  5. So nice to hear you have good neighbours. We love ours here in France, Jo and Jean-Claude, they're in their 70's and only live next to us from April to October (the winter is too cold for them!) but they're so full of life and love a good laugh! Envious of your photos as always Jane and that butterfly is beautiful x

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    1. It's good to hear you have lovely neighbours too Katherine. It makes all the difference. Pity they fly south in winter and leave you to deal with the cold alone! x

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  6. I have a lovely neighbour who is also a friend - we look after each others garden when we go on holidays. Unfortunately she has sold up due to family circumstances and will be leaving in October - I will miss her terribly. Your neighbour has a lovely garden - I wonder what those pretty lilac flowers are - I don't recognise them. Have a lovely weekend Jane.

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    1. They're primulas Elaine. All in a swathe across a shady piece of lawn. Or do you mean the button ones amongst the yellow freesias? I think they are a scabious of sorts. I can understand that you will miss your neighbour so much. I do hope that your next neighbours prove to be equally friendly. I'm going to a spring plant fair on Saturday...that should be fun, and tempting! x

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  7. Ooh. Love that garden - and lust after the yellow grevillea. I first saw one last year, and have not (yet) tracked one down for our jungle. A neighbour (as opposed to someone who lives nearby) is a wonderful thing. The basis for a community.
    Love your spiderweb shot too.

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    1. Yes I love that grevillea too, and my neighbour says she is going to try and take some slips so fingers crossed. I am off to a plant fair today so that should be fun. You are right about neighbours and community...much like in the blogging community too. Lovely to see you :)

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  8. Ohh what a truly wonderful garden. And how lucky you must feel to leisurely wander through, taking it all in as you. Beautiful.

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    1. You're right, I do feel lucky to be able to take a quiet wander round such a pretty garden.

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  9. Jane, I would have thought the spider web photo was trough a window. Wow! I am glad you have nice neighbors. We do too. We never had someone living next door we didn't like. The house on our right has been a renter for 15 years, very well kept and every time it changes hands we are sorry to see the families move on. I think we are just lucky.

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    1. Isn't that great that you've always had good neighbours Zsuzsa. And I just bet that you are a great neighbour to them too. Do they enjoy the smell of delicious cooking coming from your house?! x

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    2. I don't know. Al and Pat keeps bringing me cheese from their travels. How are you Jane? I am thinking of you. Be well.

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    3. Hi Zsusza, sorry I missed this comment until now. I am fine, just been really busy, and I do appreciate your asking. I'll get back to bloggy things again soon I hope. x Jane

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  10. We currently have new neighbours onn both sides, both young couples that at a stretch (I'd need to have started very young) could be my children ... I will be interested to see how that affects the neighbour dynamic.

    Lovely post and photos Jane.

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    1. Thank you very much Annie. Yes, that certainly could be interesting when you are sandwiched between two young couples. Hope it turns out well for you.

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  11. Your neighbours have a lovely spring garden. We also lucky to have good neighbours. I t must be so difficult if you don't get on. Sarah x

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    1. Yes they really do have a lovely garden at all times of the year Sarah, but there's something special about spring isn't there. I agree it would be tricky if you weren't lucky enough get on. You hear some terrible stories.

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  12. First I too thought like your husband, but then if its a web then its really superb.

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    1. Well thank you Haddock, and for visiting my blog too!

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  13. Gorgeous photos, Jane. I love the pearly lace of the spider-web photo.
    Amalia
    xo

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  14. Thanks so much Amalia. I never cease to be amazed by the intricacy of webs.

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  15. Gorgeous flowers. They brighten my heart!
    And I'm in love with the first and the last, in green and blue. With precious jewel raindrops, and a road I'm dreaming to follow...
    Our house is in a small courtyard we share with other families, and we are blessed by fantastic neighbours !

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    1. That is so lucky that you have great neighbours Amélie, when you are all so close together! I'm glad you enjoyed visiting my neighbour with me.

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