Turn, turn, turn. Michelle W.
Seasons change so quickly! Which one do you most look forward to? Which is your least favourite.
Winter is a time of consolidation. A time to think about those over stuffed cupboards and giving excess to the op shop. Mulching leaves for the compost heap and making sure the compost heaps are full and prepared for spring. Pruning, weeding, planting and always being surprised by winter colour. When the garden is seen to, there is writing; a perfect occupation for rainy days. At night sitting in front of the fire knitting, what could be more pleasant? I wonder how long we’ll be allowed to have a fire? I feel privileged to have experienced such heating, as soon it will be a thing of the past.
Every season has its own special attributes. If I had to choose my least favourite, it would be the very hot days of summer, when it is over 40 degrees.
Here are some photos of some of my winter pursuits:
Shade cloth removed and sugar cane mulch applied.
winter flowering camelia
Budding cineraria to brighten a shaded area.
All year colour
Abundant Lisbon lemon tree
Knitted cat for Hazel.
Lipstick Acer ready for planting, to replace fallen tree.
Pineapple the symbol of hospitality from the internet
Seasonal Scents: S’mores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus—what’s the smell you associate most with summer? Ben Huberman
Arriving in Cairns in January, mid summer, the perfume of flowers wafted in the air. I felt I was in heaven. The balmy temperature attracted a myriad of birds, so many different species to discover.
Luscious fruits included fresh juicy mangoes, pawpaw and lychees. The smell of fresh pineapple was a delight to serve up to hungry children. Their favourite thing was to cut a pineapple in half, cut it into bite size pieces and put jelly crystals over the top! With toothpicks they’d devour this tropical delight. Washing off the residue in the local creek, we’d keep an eye open for snakes or crocodiles.
As it is winter here in Victoria, a southern State of Australia, we’re enjoying the opposite. I do love the four seasons, which are missed out on in the North of Australia. The wind whipping snow from the mountains makes it feel like winter. Smelling the different woods that are burning as we pass small dwellings. This will soon be a thing of the past. There is talk of when it will no longer be permitted.
How grateful am I that I’ve been able to enjoy having wood burning fires. It is one of my favourite things.