Wednesday, 7 October 2015


The Nerang Pool in Canberra's Commonwealth Park provides shelter for many a fowl, including ducks, coots, moorhens, black swans, gulls and a host of native birds. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend time in...

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


A cool draught of water on a warm day close to my neighbourhood in Northcote's All Nations Park.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme.

Monday, 5 October 2015


We often visit nurseries around town as we are keen gardeners and it's always pleasant to see what is available in new plant varieties, as well as buy some perennial favourites. In the last few years, plant nurseries have been increasing their stock of non-plant merchandise, away from the traditional pots, planters and garden supplies towards the home decoration side of things. One may find all sorts of objects, some artistic, others high kitsch, some appealing others ghastly, some desirable others quite not so...

You may of course the objet d'art or garden ornament you've always wanted in such establishments. Or if you're like me, you'll enjoy looking at the plants and end up buying several trays of seedlings, a pot-plant or two and even maybe some fertiliser (organic!).

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme.

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Welcome to the Saturday Silhouettes meme! This is a weekly meme that looks at SILHOUETTES in photography.

SILHOUETTE |ˌsɪlʊˈɛt| noun: The dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background.
ORIGIN - late 18th century: Named (although the reason remains uncertain) after Étienne de Silhouette (1709–67), French author and politician.
Night Flight

Friday, 2 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015


Narcissus  is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants in the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus. Narcissus has conspicuous flowers with six petal-like tepals surmounted by a cup- or trumpet-shaped corona. The flowers are generally white or yellow (orange or pink in garden varieties), with either uniform or contrasting coloured tepals and corona.

Narcissus were well known in ancient civilisation, both medicinally and botanically, but formally described by Linnaeus' in his "Species Plantarum" (1753). The genus is generally considered to have about ten sections with approximately 50 species. The number of species has varied, depending on how they are classified, due to similarity between species and hybridisation. The genus arose some time in the Late Oligocene to Early Miocene epochs, in the Iberian peninsula and adjacent areas of southwest Europe.

The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it is often linked to a Greek word for intoxicated (narcotic) and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection. The English word 'daffodil' appears to be derived from "asphodel", with which it was commonly compared.

The species are native to meadows and woods in southwest Europe and North Africa with a centre of diversity in the Western Mediterranean, particularly the Iberian peninsula. Both wild and cultivated plants have naturalised widely, and were introduced into the Far East prior to the tenth century. Narcissi tend to be long-lived bulbs, which propagate by division, but are also insect-pollinated. Known pests, diseases and disorders include viruses, fungi, the larvae of flies, mites and nematodes. Some Narcissus species have become extinct, while others are threatened by increasing urbanisation and tourism.

Here are some named garden varieties of Narcissus, exhibiting their tremendous variety and great beauty.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.
Narcissus 'Actaea'
Narcissus 'Goldfinger'
Narcissus 'Melany'
Narcissus 'Bazaar' 
Narcissus 'Up Periscope'
Narcissus 'Parisienne'
Narcissus 'Tresamble'

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Mangana Arts and Crafts is a fantastic shop in Olinda, Melbourne. Mangana is a treasure trove of a shop, filled with an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, which evoke a sense of craftsmanship and quality. The collection is vast and includes such items as lamps from Morocco, masks from Venice, jewellery from France and New York, leatherwork, and Australian crafts including sheepskin footwear, authentic didgeridoos, chopping boards, jewellery, hats and belts. It is one of our favourite shops in the Dandenongs and when visiting we always find something to buy there...

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Monday, 28 September 2015


This is a mural by Voir in Canberra's Civic precinct, on the Garema Café façade. Voir is "a Melbourne-grown, Canberra-based independent artist specialising in aerosol art, bright colours, strong shapes, and just a little too much for your eyes to manage." according to his website.

I was rather pleased I caught one of the chefs having a little rest on his break next to the mural. It somehow brings the sultry, larger than life, siren on the mural back into the real world...

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme.