Full moon eclipse

My amateur efforts photographing the full moon / lunar eclipse last night (first 5 photos). I got tired and went to bed before it ended so the last photo is actually of the moon tonight. All as seen from our back yard.

Jacaranda

Our Jacaranda tree looks rather grand from this angle but move around about 90 degrees and you’d see that half the tree is missing, thanks to the way it has been trimmed to allow for the power lines that run past it.  We’ve lived here for almost 3 years, the tree was planted and being cut well before we arrived.

Every year it generously drops it’s beautiful mauve flowers to decorate the yard with, as well as those large round pods containing the papery seeds.  They fall on our lawn and never become new little trees.

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I’ve collected and planted some of the seeds in a pot filled with ordinary potting mix and a few actually germinated (shown above). These grandbabies will be the first of many I’ll grow.

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Great Ocean Road

A spur of the moment road trip last week after a morning trip to Melbourne. We ended up spending the rest of the day stopping here and there along the Great Ocean Road, from Torquay to Port Campbell. The smoke from the Gippsland and other fires (hundreds of kilometres away) is more visible in the sunset photo, but our drive all over the state was marked by the ever present haze.

Not the Moon

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Rather, a fabulously refreshing day in the garden, especially after planting some of the below plants the day before into our work in progress – a garden, with a path that winds through, complete with cubby house, teepee which is soon to be shelter to a sandpit, an old swing and a couple of raised beds exclusively for the kids to plant in… so far.

Pear Blossom

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Pear blossom

Pear tree from our old garden in Rushworth. I don’t remember this one fruiting in the 18 months we were here (it probably did though!) but I do remember the lovely old beurre bosc pear tree I had in another yard in South Australia, beautiful sweet fruit.

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Hart Lagoon

On one of our walks at Ramco Point, which is tucked away between the Murray River and Hart Lagoon in the Riverland region of South Australia.

Purple Frost

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Some have mistaken this for purple cabbage, but it is in fact an heirloom brussel sprout plant I grew in a previous garden, although not too successfully if you count harvest as success (but I’m pretty happy with the photos).

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I’m not sure why the brussel sprouts didn’t form as expected. The leaves are also edible, but they’re a little tougher than something like spinach; I’ve used them in a soup once before (stay tuned).

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They were growing in a pot in the shade over the Summer as I’d planted them too late the season before. I moved them back into the garden when the weather cooled down.

If you have experience or tips growing brussel sprouts, I’d love to hear from you.

Winkie Scrub

Part of the scrub that surrounded our place in Winkie, South Australia, an extension of the garden, where we often wandered.

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Poppies growing in our old Rushworth garden, from seed collected from our old Ramco garden in South Australia.

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Pink Galahs enjoying the rain (photos from Rushworth, Victoria, video from Leeton, New South Wales).

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Morning Chill

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Wood Wood, Victoria, last Saturday morning at around 8am. A cosy -2 degrees celcius.

The Wooden Sea Dragon

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(Story told by my 7 year old Middle Man)

Once upon a time there was a big ship with lots of pirates who were in their beds. Then a spooky sea dragon came up out of the water and they all woke up and started to scare the sea dragon away, but it didn’t work. They knew what would make it go away – if they threw a piece of wood at it, it would turn to wood. So they threw it at the sea dragon and it turned into wood for a hundred years. Read More

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