Monday, 21 September 2009

I have a break; A week in the outback!

This is not exactly our plane. (Curtesy Wikipedia)

The Aero Commander is stationed in Lismore and Bill has to go and get it and fly it to Coolangatta airport where we can board it on Tuesday morning for a 2 1/2 hour flight to Bourke, where he has to refuel, then we are off for an other 3 hours to Leigh Creek in the Flinders Ranges. We, are 2 Pilots and four Passengers!
I am looking forward to this trip.
We are visiting
Leigh Creek
William Creek
Coober Pedy
Birdsville (for lunch in the infamous Birdsville Pub!)
Longreach
Charleville and more.
Wish me a happy holiday!


Thursday, 17 September 2009

SkyWatch Friday; Misty sunrise






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Sunday, 13 September 2009

Spring, no it's not Tulips, it's a..

Beaumontia grandiflora;





Beaumontia grandiflora, an interesting rare perfumed plant which has wonderful large white flowers with a sweet tropical perfume. It is a vigorous woody climber which is native to the region from India to Vietnam and belongs to the same plant family (Apocynaceae) as Oleanders, Frangipanis and Mandevillas which typically bleed a white milky sap from cut stems.

Common name: Herald's Trumpet
Botanic name: Beaumontia grandiflora
Climate: Will grow best in the warmer zones of Australia, . It prefers sub-tropical and tropical conditions to thrive .

Strongly perfumed plant for the garden
Attractive foliage during cooler months of the year as well as large white flowers through spring .
Twining growth habit that needs support.

Believe it or not:
Home is a shelter from storms-all sorts of storms. William J.Bennett

Friday, 11 September 2009

SkyWatch Friday; Conversation;



Please click the pictures! The birds are Rainbow Lorikeets, Trichoglossus haematodus.

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

Designer Stuff!

The huge, gorgeous flower of the Pitaya fruit. Already folded up as they flower through the night to attract moths, bats and other night flying insects.


Coleus; Solenostemon is a colourful easy to grow plant. This one is new in my garden. I have never seen one with those iridescent green spots. Perhaps it is a mutation. Please click to see the full effect of the spots.

I like this bolt of silk; the rolled up leave of Colocasia esculenta.


Brushstrokes leaf on leaf; Prayer plant; Calathea amabilis; The above Stromanthe amabilis.


The gracefully curved stem of a leave of the huge and attractive Philodendron x evansii.


I found a pretty family of Mushrooms.


My knot garden!


Believe it or not:
It is great to be in the state of "otium cum dignitate"!

Friday, 4 September 2009

SkyWatch Friday; A beautiful morning;


How I see the sky from my little patch in the world!

like this...
and like that.... sometimes a mirage of a jet plane...

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Winter "adieu";

Lagerstroemia speciosa (Giant Crape-myrtle, Queen's Crape-myrtle, Banabá Plant, or Pride of India[1]) is a species of Lagerstroemia native to tropical southern Asia.

End of winter this tree puts on a brilliant show with its colourful leaves before they fall to make place for the spectacular flowers that follow.



Poinsettias have sparkled all winter long and are slowly on their way out;

We are eating lots of lettuce; when the days turn hot they will turn to towers;


The sun is already warm enough to dry more herbs and Celery leaves which have grown over winter.
Bougainvilleas are starting to flower;


The seed of a birds nest fern has found lodgings in a orchid pot. These seeds are borne by the wind to the most awkward places.

The seed of a Begonia has used the same orchid pot;


Some of the Bromeliads are flowering at the end of winter;


Ardisia is still holding on to its scarlet berries;


Jacarandas turn to gold end of winter before loosing their leaves. To be crowned in October with the most delightful purple bells.



Believe it or not: Louis the XIV (1638-1715) was very fixated on a good nights sleep. He furnished his palace of Versailles with as many as 400 beds. Each one was lavishly carved and gilded and hung with beautiful tapestries.