Covid-19, growing your own, New Book

The New Covid-19 Garden

Well, to be honest, it’s just the same garden, it’s just that I’m thinking about it a bit more than usual, because I’m home more often, not going anywhere else as often. And I’m working on a project, that has brought gardens into the general conversation, as other people also, are staying home, and getting out more into the garden.

These Covid-19 Lock In times are a bit scary, really, when you think about it, so being in the garden, where Nature is in charge, and life is so much more predictable can be such a soothing thing for us. You plant seeds, and as long as they get sunshine and water, it is almost guaranteed the seeds will grow, and the plants you wanted, will arrive.

Many people have begun a new vegetable patch, when they’ve never had one before, or they may be extending what they have in their vegetable patch, so they are growing all of their vegetable needs, and don’t have to venture out to the shops to get them, they only need to go into the garden for them.

At the moment, in our garden vegetable patch, we have growing Snow Pea plants, Garlic, and possibly some baby spinach. I say possibly, because these plants are tiny, and they may be weeds, we’ll just have to wait and see how they go/grow … We have some other things growing soon too, there is another raised garden bed, manured up and ready to go, as soon as Graham, the main gardener is ready too!

I have fond memories of picking fresh Snow Peas last season. There’s nothing fresher than picked from the plant and popped into your mouth, to chew on and swallow, yum!

Snow Peas from last season

I’m spending most of my time inside though, working on another Covid-19 related thing – a book. The title of this book will be “Plague Invasion – Creative Writing Responses to Covid-19”. If things go to plan, this book, an anthology, will be finished and printed, ready to be launched in early 2021. I’ve put a call out to the online world, and to writers and poets I know, for poetry and prose, to go into this book.

The works are coming in, the book is growing, larger and larger, as I insert each new piece of writing. I’ve made the decisions about this project, and have noted the feedback received, and adjusted things accordingly. It’s looking good so far, but is definitely not enough of a book yet, I have more work to do in placing already received works, and also getting more in.

All contributors whose work is accepted will receive a free copy of the book (postage and handling must to be paid for if you live outside of Australia). I’m excited about the growth of this ‘plant’ and hope the product is delicious!

If this interests you, I am asking for submissions of up to three poems (thirty lines or fewer), and/or up to three pieces of prose, with a total word for the three combined of 2,000 words. Submissions are to be sent to kittycordo@gmail.com before 31 July 2020, and I hope to find your words arrive in my inbox soon!

I’ve been blogging about this project quite often, and if you’d like to read more about it, go to my writing blog

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Growing Our Own, Again

My husband and I went out to our vegetable patch this morning to see how the newly planted seeds are going. I already new there were two seeds that had popped up, because I saw them when I was out there yesterday, to get some herbs for a cup of herbal tea. And while I was out there this morning, I did the same.

I didn’t know exactly what the seeds were that Graham had planted, but when we were out there this morning, he told be me he’d planted snow peas and baby spinach, both excellent vegetables to have growing fresh, in any garden, surely?

We’ve been getting lots of sunshine, combined with the occasional stretch of rain, both necessary items for a growing garden, and there are now more than double the number of seedlings growing in the vegetable patch, as well as some opportunistic little weeds. I pulled up the cheeky little weeds, and marvelled at the lovely new plants that are supposed to be there. I love Nature!

I also have some things growing in the kitchen, just for a bit of fun. One of the things is for show, not for food, a cutting of a geranium. It’s growing in a nice sized jar, in water. That cutting has been coming along nicely, and now has roots growing. In the same jar, I have now put three cuttings of the mint we have growing out near the vegetable patch. It’s a chocolate mint, and yes, it smells of chocolate, when you sniff the leaves.

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The red capsicums there were bought, not grown by usΒ 

I’m hoping that soon, there will be new leaves coming on the mint cuttings, and I can use them to make my cup of herbal tea, or to pop them into a meal, for a slight hint of choc mint flavour and scent. I’ve also begun adding two other herbs we have growing outside, basil, and tarragon to my herb tea, as well as the thyme growing in a hanging basket on the patio, just outside the back door. I enjoy my cup of herb tea, every now and then, using our own fresh herbs.

I have a little bud vase in the kitchen too, and in that vase, I’ve put two garlic cloves, that had sprouted, and begun growing a stem. I’m thrilled with the way these two cloves are now growing, with lots of roots growing into the water in the bud vase, and with the stems growing and growing. From one leaf only growing on each, there are now three leaves on both of the cloves. I can imaging easily snipping off a leaf every now and then to liven up a cheese dish that needs an extra something.

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Growing, and growing. They look like spring onions, don’t they?

The garlic green parts can definitely be used as you’d use spring onions, giving a subtle garlic flavour to the food they’re served with, rather than the big bash of flavour as a clove would impart. Growing our own feels like a good thing, a very good thing. Many people, in our new Covid-19 world, are finding they have the time to look to the garden for their fruit and vegetable produce too, now.

If you’re one of those people doing the same, or you have any questions, I’d love to hear about it, please leave a comment.

 

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Covid-19, dogs, multiple sclerosis, weather

Missy’s New Friend, and Other Things

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Missy’s new friend?

My husband is currently doing a Lock Down cross-season cleaning session, and finding many interesting bits and pieces in search of a particular (unfound) thing. One of the treasures he found, was a soft toy I’d forgotten we even had. I don’t know how or why it is in our house, but given we used to breed Schnauzers, which is what the soft toy actually is, it isn’t that surprising we have it.

Missy was already in her favourite resting and reclining place in the house, her sofa, and Graham calmly placed the toy there, to see what she’d do, I guess. Or he may have just been putting it out of the way, while he kept on with his looking, and cleaning, and discovering.

Judging by the look on Missy’s face, I’m certain she is not keep on sharing her sofa with this particular ‘creature’. In fact, Missy got up about ten minutes ago, and the toy fell off the sofa, and Missy has stretched out more to reclaim her space. I love watching our dog, and interpreting what she does. I may well get it wrong sometimes, there’s nothing to be ashamed about there.

Trying to understand our pets is a good thing to do, and remaining open minded as we do this is important, because at times we may get it wrong, and our pets will try to teach us the truth. I know Missy as well as I’ve ever known any of the dogs that have been in my life. Missy and I have a connection, in that we both have a chronic auto-immune illness that requires treatment so we can live our best possible lives.

I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Missy has Canine Dry Eye. For my illness, I take a Gilenya capsule every morning. For Missy’s illness, she has Optixcare drops put in her eyes in the morning and evening every day. She will need this for the rest of her life. It’s usually my job to tend to Missy’s eyes. The illness causes ‘gunk’ to accumulate in Missy’s eyes, and she can’t see properly, so the ‘gunk’ has to be removed (carefully), and then one drop of Optixcare is put into her eye, and gently rubbed in.

This is a pretty well ‘in your face’ treatment, and Missy and I have developed a good understanding of it being a good thing to have done. Missy trusts me to be careful when I do this, and i trust Missy not to bite me if I accidentally hurt her slightly as I do it. It’s a good relationship, we have, Missy and I, one built on sharing, and doing our best to do what we do. Missy doesn’t mind if I sit on her sofa, at all.

To get back to the beginning of this post, the thing Graham was looking for was our Scrabble game. We’ve had this game for a very long time. It was in my family when I was young, and my mother gave it to me around thirty years ago, baby longer than that. We’ve played this game lots of times, and Graham and I decided last night, that we’d play Scrabble today.

A good idea, for sure, except, after and extensive search, the game remains unfound … Graham is the finder in our house, and if something goes missing he is almost always the person who will find it. He is a methodical thinker, rather than one who has flashes of brilliance … It works. Usually. But the Scrabble game remains unfound.

Is the day ruined? No, not at all. Graham is doing something different, something that will be of value to him, once it’s all done. And me? Well, hey, I’ve had something new to write a blog post about! It’s all good, if you can call anything about this crazy Lock Down Covid-19 time, good.

 

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Things Happening, Little Ones

In my garden.

I took a mini walk in part of my garden today, and with the gentle breeze present, was entranced by the way the bloom in one of our geraniums was moving …

I don’t know if it will work on this blog, I haven’t posted video here before, I don’t think, will it work? I hopes so. And if it does, you can see one of our many geraniums, blowing in the wind

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Haiku At Home

I realise not everyone has lots of ‘Nature’ options in and around their home. I am sorry for those people, because i know how much joy there is, if you can live your life, connected with Nature. I live on one and three quarter acres of land, in a rural area, with cropping farms around the place, and around 45 trees at my place.

I also have various shrubs and pot plants, some with flowers, some with interesting foliage. And because we have trees and flowering plants, we have lots of birds, different kinds of birds. I’ve been keeping a count of the different kinds of birds I’ve seen at our place, and there have been, I think it’s, 54 different ones. That number might be wrong … doesn’t matter, it’s lots of different birds, and every day, I know I can go outside and see at least five of them within ten minutes, usually up to ten more in fact.

And if I look into the sky, I know I’ll either see beautiful blue sky, clouds, or a combination of the two. A friend of mine, a fine poet, Coral Carter, has the most beautiful website, where she puts photographs of the sky. This is her site, take a look! One photograph of the sky from where she is at the time, beautiful! I have a few photos of the sky of my own, here is one:

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Unlike Coral, I have a tendency to include a bit of tree in my sky shots. I like trees, a lot! Here is a photo of mine of a tree, a Eucalyptus:

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Isn’t that a totally gorgeous tree? I think it is! Those elegant branches held out delicately but with great strength, just divine! I so love Nature and what she does! Some of it, anyway. The deaths are less than lovely, but without death, there would quickly be no room, because life keeps on going, growing, reproducing. We need death …

Anyway, the point of this blog post is to point out that there are many options for Haiku material out there, and if you look around, you will see things. Keep your eyes and mind both open for possible Haiku poetry material. I’ve sitting on the sofa t the moment, as I often do, and I’m watching a small group of Sparrows through the window just next to me, to the left.

The Sparrows are fluffing around on the ground (dirt), and having dust baths. I think they’re girl Sparrows, but they’re too far away to be sure, and the window and flyscreen are both a but dusty too. That simple little scene though, is a possible thing for a Haiku poem. I haven’t written it yet, but the thought is in my head, and who knows what may come of it.

Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry, very short, and the Westernised version is given generally as ‘three lines of poetry, with a syllable count of 5, 7, 5 syllables’. So very short. For my little Sparrow Haiku, I may look at the difference between the dirt and the green grass right next to it, or possible reflect on the swimming pool as the Sparrows other ‘bathing’ option. I don’t know yet.

But another important thing about Haiku poetry is the need for a ‘seasonal’ reference, and these Sparrows, doing their dust bath today, under a big blue sky, with no rain clouds above, on a lovely mild day, is a very Autumnal thing for sure. Thinking about these things I can feel a poem creeping closer … But even if this poem never actually comes into being, the thinking about all of this is a calming way to pass time, when there is little that I actually have to do at the moment.

Simple moments lived, and thought on, what joy there can be found in this way! If you have your own ways to find joy in your own life, I’d love to hear about it, why not leave a comment here, and I can feel your joy too!

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It’s several days later now, and I’ve finally had a go at capturing that ‘Haiku moment’. I’m not absolutely thrilled with what I’ve come up with, but it shows what I saw, in Haiku form.

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Our dirt driveway –

five female Sparrows

dust bathe together …

 

 

Any comments about this, or anything else Haiku related will be gratefully accepted, and commented back on! I quite like Haiku, and talking about it is always interesting, I reckon!

 

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I Love Trees!

There are lots of trees at my place around 45 of them, as far as I’ve counted. That’s including bushes higher or wider than metres, as well as real, ridgy didge trees like the two gum trees here. Oops, Eucalyptus, I mean. But it’s OK, gum trees are Eucalyptus, they’re the same thing.

So, I don’t know what kind of trees the Eucalyptus around us are, apart from beautiful ones. These graceful trees, the way they flex and wave in the wind, they are so lovely. And when the flowers come and bring the native birds, in their gorgeous colours, heavenly!

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Part of one of the gum trees

Not that we only have native trees out our place. The most eye-catching feature of our place, is probably the tall pine trees along part of our front fence. These trees are very tall, and every year, when the pine cones are at the right stage, Galahs descend on them, knocking down the pine cones, as they feast on the pine nuts inside the cones. I love Galahs, and easily forgive them for making the mess they do …

 

 

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Some of the Pine trees …

The front yard grass will never get back to how it was when we first moved here, many years ago, but we save money, by not watering it, as much as we used to. And driving on grass never does it much good, but we have to to park the car in the car port … Such is life, lovely lawn, or convenience … Convenience wins.

Life is like that, isn’t it, you get good things, but make sacrificesΒ  … Although the lawn doesn’t feel that much of a sacrifice, it’s more like an indulgence. Do you make such sacrifices, decisions, and so on? What are yours? Leave a comment, if you want, I’d love to read about it!

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Which Birds Will I See?

I’m sitting on the seat on the front veranda at home, listening to, and looking for birds. Only in a casual way though, simpy sitting here, ready to observe any birds that come along to visit … I’m not expecting a huge variety of different birds, just stoically prepared to delight in whatever I see. There’s been mostly both male and female Sparrows so far, no surprises there, they’re the most prolific bird in every count I ever do, at home.

At the moment, there’s a male Sparrow, perched on one of our geranium bushes in a big pot off to my left, and the bird is calling out quite loudly. No, now he’s just taken off somewhere else. I’ve seen either one White-plumed Honeyeater, twice, or two different ones, getting a drink from the drip tray of another geranium. And I’ve seen two Murray Magpies, one walking on the ground, the other one flying by, quite low to the ground, it may be the same one, I don’t know.

Now another White-plumed Honeyeater just had a quick sip from that same, drip tray, and then it flew away. I’ve also seen a New Holland Honeyeater, it perched in the closest shrub to where I’m sitting. I’ve just seen three youngish Starlings drinking from the birdbath further away from me.

Two Crested Pigeons have dropped by, one had a drink from the closest birdbath, and it perched on the head of the cement Kookaburra that forms part of the birdbath, and that always makes me smile, to see it!

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I didn’t get the photograph of the Crested Pigeon sitting on the Concrete Kookie’ head, but this is the birdbath I was sitting near. And of course, there’s a flamingo there in the photo to see as well! There are actually two Flamingos out there, plastic ones, both treasured Christmas presents a few years back!

Another bird visited, it flew in and perched in the pine tree closest to me. I can’t say it was for sure, but think it was most likely a Red Wattlebird. It seemed to be the right shape and size, but the distinguishing wattle on the throat wasn’t visible through the pine tree needles of the branch it was on.

I’ve seen another New Holland Honeyeater, or maybe the same one back again. I’m seeing Sparrows fly past, or perch somewhere within sight, very often. And just then, a younger ie smaller, New Holland Honeyeater just took a sip of water from that drip tray. And flew away, to be replaced by another White-plumed Honeyeater.

And now, oh joy, oh bliss, a large parrot just appeared, landed in a tree, but then disappeared … such a shame, but such is the way it goes, sometimes, when you’re birdwatching. The birds are going about their usual lives, and don’t care at all what I would like to see.

After a short break, I’m back looking/watching. A White-plumed Honeyeater perched in the Bush thing about six meters in front of my seat, stayed briefly, then flew off. This bush is a native plant that doesn’t have leaves, as such, but gets long green stems instead. It gets yellow flowers in late Spring/early Summer, that have a very strong fragrance. Sparrows often perch on the tree.

I’ve had a Crested Pigeon settle down about fifteen meters away, on the ground, in the shade of the wattle tree growing there, on a bit of a rise near our front fence. Birds often land there, on the bushes and trees growing next to, and on it. The Crested Pigeon seems quite comfy there, and might actually be asleep …

In the photograph above, you can see the wattle tree, and the shade I mention in the previous paragraph, and that is the rise near our front fence I mentioned. And I’ve just remembered another bird I often see and hear around our place, but more usually in the morning, and then in the early evening, and that bird is the Galah, a type of cocatoo, very recognisable, because of its pink and grey colouration. I hear Galahs in the morning, before I actually get up for the day, they fly squawking past our place, or drop in for a drink.

Even though I can’t always see the birds, because they’re perched out of sight, in our various bushes and trees, or on the roof, there is an almost constant stream of cheeps and chirps, and if I were an expert, I could identify the species for each sound. But rather than an expert, I’m an interested amateur, so rely on seeing the various birds well enough for identification.

One bird that I’m surprised not to have seen in this session, is the lovely Willie Wagtail. I did hear a sound that may have been one of them and I know they live and visit around here, because I’ve seen them building, and then laying eggs in a nest again this season, as they did last nesting season, on our old satellite dish attached to our house. Several baby chicks emerged from the eggs laid there, this year, and they’re often to be seen in the back yard … Around the front yard too, but not today, not yet, anyway.

The other bird I almost always see in both the front and back yards, is the Welcome Swallow. They are almost always perched in our carport, near our front door, but I didn’t notice them there today. I may have scared them off when I went outside to begin my birdwatching session …

Now I’ve gone back inside, the bird watching out there all done for today. I saw six different kinds of birds, plus the parrot I saw, which I know was a parrot for sure, but not which kind of parrot it was.

If you’re interested in birds around where you live, I’d love to know more about it, why not do your own birdwatching session and tell me what you see, I’d love to read about it. Just leave a message here, after you take a look, or if you already know what birds you often see, I’d love to hear about that too!

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Another Random(ish) Bird Report

Today I took advantage of an earlier than usual start to the day, and the cancellation of my usual Friday outing, and went outside to see what I might see. The weather bureau forecast a stinking hot day for South Australia, this first Friday of the new year, but it wasn’t too hot just yet, I figured, so off I went!

I like to look at the sky and plants and trees out there too, and watch the passing parade of cars as the people of Redbanks and beyond go about their daily business. There isn’t traffic anything like a town, I would rarely see more than one car every five minutes, in the morning or late afternoon in peak ‘going to and from work/school’ times. I watch them and sometimes muse on the times when I was one of those commuters too …

So, I have a nice seat on our front veranda, that gives me an excellent view of our two front yard bird baths, and some of our many bushes and trees, so we often have birds around the place, drinking, bathing, dining, and sometimes getting a bit frisky, if you get my meaning!

Anyway, I sat outside, with a pleasant enough breeze swishing my hair around, and watched and listened to the birds. The most common bird I see here never lets me down and I will always see many Sparrows, as I certainly did today.

I also saw Galahs, two White Plumed Honeyeaters, some Spotted Turtledoves, a Crested Pigeon, two Noisy Miners (or the same one twice), and a Starling. Then, just before I went back inside, (it was getting warmer …) I saw a sweet little Willie Wagtail! I suppose it was one that was born this season, I wonder if it was one I saw at the Northern side of our house, where there’s been a nest for some few seasons now. The Willie Wagtail landed about three metres away from me as I sat watching, then flew off to the further away bird bath, had a quick drink and then flew off somewhere else.

I thought my bird count for today would be a reasonable seven different species, but then I saw a Swallow zoom past me, and off away, so that made eight different kinds of birds. Then I came inside, happy to have had a nice time communing with Nature … Eight birds wasn’t the total for the day though, because once I was inside, on the phone at the kitchen table, I saw a Murray Magpie having a lovely time splish-splashing in the bird bath that’s only about five metres from the lounge room window, a fine viewing spot, and lovely and cool, with the air conditioner on!

There are other kinds of birds that are regular visitors, but not today. It isn’t unusual to see Australian Magpies, or hear and/or see Crows here. There are other birds too, I actually have a list of the ones seen at or from our place in Redbanks South Australia. On my list are around 45 different bird species. Some of them are seasonal visitors, some very rare, others come often, but not necessarily every day.Β 

Many of the Galahs I saw flew up into our tall pine trees (Aleppo Pines), as do many other birds. The pine trees are growing new pine cones at the moment, and I’s sure at the appropriate time, we’ll be visited by other kinds of cockatoos, or many more than usual Galahs, to feast on the pine nuts, once they’re ready … Our Almond trees have already had their Cockatoo visit, and this image shows what probably happened there, they had an almond feast, not us, again … 20200103_095445

I love to see them all, these birds, and keeping a record of them satisfies something or other inside my brain – a sense of keeping track on things, perhaps, in a life that sometimes is quite random … Anyway, the birds are a reliable and regular joy to me, and I hope and expect they enjoy being here at my place, maybe as much as I enjoy having them here!

 

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Hot Days – A Birds Seen Report

So South Australia, Northern Adelaide Plains, an unpleasantly hot and gusty day. This intrepid birdwatcher ventured outside, nonetheless, to adopt usual viewing position, and watch, and then come inside and report!

So what different birds did I see? Well, there was not a lot of activity actually in the bird bath closest to me, but I did see two different Murray Magpies have a drink there, and a Crested Pigeon.

 

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The bird bath in this image is further away than the other. This is the one where I spotted those black young Starlings, which I will mention at the end of this post.

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I saw lots of Sparrows, drinking from the saucers underneath some of the potted plants, near the bird bath (geraniums), and more exciting to me, I saw some Plumed Honeyeaters doing the same thing. The more uncommon birds are always more noteworthy, which is a shame, I suppose, because Sparrows are quite attractive little birds, really.

On with the count though – I saw around eight Swallows, possibly more than that, some zooming around in the sky, and another collection of them on the ground, near our window, which makes me wonder whether our house leaks some of the cool from our air conditioning out through the window there, which is my inside bird watching spot …

One other bird I saw was a Spotted Turtledove, which I think is these days called simply a Turtledove, or is that Turtle Dove? I’m not sure, but it really isn’t that important in terms of this informal and not scholarly blog …

The final bird species I saw as another common one, the Starling. Another common as mud bird, but interesting in their changing colours. I’m not certain, but my thinking is that the ones I saw were ‘teenagers’, younger birds in different colours to the adults. The younger birds are smaller, and more brown.

But I did see three or it may have been two quite black ones that were also smaller than adult size, so now I’m wondering about possible gender differences being linked to colour or is that the other way around. Different colours being linked to gender …

So, the total is seven different bird species spotted in the half hour or so I was outside watching. I may have heard a Willie Wagtail, but didn’t see one at all, so I’m not counting it in this total. I was focusing on the two bird baths I can see from the seat on the front veranda, and the Willie Wagtails are usually to be seen on the northern side of our house, but they do often drink from the bird baths out the front of our place as well.

While I was sitting out there, I saw something that prompted a Haikuesque poem in my head, a thing that sometimes happens, and I try to remember what it was and write it down, as I’m going to do now, so I can share it with you. I love Haiku, and being able to capture a single moment in Nature …

 

Crested Pigeon clutches tight

to electric wire in gusty winds.

Afraid of falling?

 

This little poem is certainly not a classic Haiku, there are too many syllables, and I’ve put my own thought strongly in there, with that final line, rather than leaving the poem solely as a comment on Nature.

It’s a little and gentle joke poem, and I like it, so here it is. If I’d taken my phone outside with me, I’d have been able to post an image of what prompted the poem, it would have been better, or even a video, better still. That way, you could have seen what I saw, with that bird bravely holding on for dear life against the vicious wind …

Before I came back inside, I saw that bird let go of the wire, and fly easily down to the ground, and then off again, somewhere else … An amusing moment, to me anyway!

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Hot, Hot, Hot! Poor Plants …

At the moment, South Australia is sweltering, suffering from overly ‘summery’ Summer. Heat waves and fires are common, many people facing the decision on whether to stay and fight fire, or go to a safe place instead. A tough decision that one. I will always go, instead of stay and fight.

At the moment, my husband is outside watering some of our plants, the ones in pots, at the front of our house, on the veranda, which at the moment is shady, but will get sunshine once the sun begins to go down again. These plants lend a cool feeling when I look out of the window and see them, geraniums, ferns, and others, refreshing …

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But the lawn has been challenged for sure, with parts of it having died off. The lawn has been watered recently though, so the growing parts look good, at the moment anyway. Our pine trees (Aleppo Pines), along the front fence are still steadfastly green, in there usual pine tree hue …

And the Saltbush plants we have growing are also steadfastly holding to their grey/green leaf colour and have seeds growing still. When I drive past the biggest Saltbush, I often think, I really should do something with the leaves and seeds, but I usually do nothing.

Muffins would be good, Saltbush and cheese, with spring onions, perhaps. But it’s so hot, and our oven doesn’t work at the moment anyway … It’s on the list of things to get fixed. Not on the top of the list though. With this hot weather, the swimming pool pump getting fixed is up at the top of the fix list!

And it’s not just plants that are suffering in this heat, the birds and animals are suffering too, of course. Our dog, Missy is fine, she’s an indoor dog, most of the time, and her sofa is positioned so that she gets much of the coolness from the air conditioner … Lucky puppy!

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For the birds, we have several bird baths, which get used by birds out there, of which there are many. I love to see the birds come along for a drink, as the birds are obviously glad for too! So far today, I’ve only noticed one bird having a quick drink, a Sparrow, but I’m sure there will be many more dropping in for a drink or a splash in the water, to cool down.

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At the moment, as I think on the hot weather, on the TV screen is a report about icy conditions causing troubles for people driving their cars … Nature is a wild and can be so dangerous, in many different ways, for those out in it … I’m staying inside today, as much as I can, and that might actually be all day.

Summer isn’t my favourite season, I much prefer Autumn, with the much milder conditions, a little rain, but also many mild days of gentle sunshine …

If you have a favourite season, which is it, and why? I’d love to hear about it, why not leave a comment here?!

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