Tag Archives: Sydney, Australia

It’s Springtime: It’s Wistaria Time!

13 Sep

Here in Sydney, Australia, we are in the midst of Springtime glories.

Judging by perfume, colour and form, one of its top contenders in the stakes of delight must surely be Wistaria.

Though its glory  is as short-lived as it is spectacular, its presence is surely one of nature’s special treats.

Not so popular in modern gardens due to its very vigorous growth, it’s still to be found in abundance in some of the older yards, and sometimes it’s seen twining along a front fences: even trained as a standard on a trunk-like support.

The illustrated display is growing in our back garden.





In the Australian Bush: Spring is Coming…

12 Aug

Here we are in mid August, and Spring is just around the corner.

In our local parkland, the native flora is bursting into life.

Some of the most charming flowers are the tiny ones that cluster near tall trees.

Here’s a photograph I took just a few days ago, in Sydney, Australia

Australian bushland

Australian bushland



Here Comes Summer!

30 Nov

Here in Sydney, Australia, where Ron and I live, today is the last day of Spring.

Where did it go?

So few of the glorious warm, but not too warm, sunny days so ideal for strolling in the park, reveling in your own garden, dining al fresco, or lolling on the beach.

Instead, cloudy skies that gave way to showers and, sometimes, steady rain: interspersed with uncomfortably hot days were, for a large part, our lot.

The result? Lush, well endowed greenery Spring-cleaned by nature, all set to please our senses as the new season rolls on!

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V for Variety!

3 Nov

Here in Sydney, Australia, we are yet again currently going through a patch of unsettled weather.

Today it’s cool and wet, yesterday warm and dry, recently hot and sunny….

What a place to be!

Those of us who love the sound of rain on the roof  have today had their fill; others who love to bask in the warm sunshine have reason, too,  for their high expectations! Summer is just around the corner!

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The Swimming Season Starts!

1 Oct

October is here, and in Sydney, Australia where I live, this means the swimming season has started.

I had a dip today, my third since the winter break. It sure isn’t getting any warmer!

The weather is cool: most people are in their jumpers or jackets. The water, and by water I mean unheated, salt water, is exhilarating! After the first couple of hundred metres you start to thaw out, presuming you haven’t thought better of it and beaten a hasty retreat.

It’s about then that you actually start to enjoy yourself, taking in the delicious salinity, and the freedom and interest of being outside your normal sphere of living.

And afterwards comes another good part: sitting in the (albeit weak) sunshine, dry and dressed,  admiring the scenery.  Visitors stroll by.

“What’s the water like?” they ask.

You know the answer. You have authority. You have experienced it!

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