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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

From the fungal archives

There are very few, if any, ephemeral fungi around at the moment. It's curious that, in the springtime when other forms of life are stirring and appearing for the first time (or x time, if their perennials), fungi are keeping their heads down. I photographed this one two months ago.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The magic of lanterns

Father's Day was a wonderful time for me; my children, grown now and with off-spring of their own, came home for the celebration and brought their new families with them. We ate very well, shared stories from the past couple of weeks and laughed at the liveliness of our children and grandchildren. I lit a fire in the wood-burner and one in the forest. We had candle-powered lanterns on the table and the moon was waxing near-full.

This beast...

...caused me some anxiousness while I was collecting scions from the Trotter orchard near Woodlands. It would have been fine; he was in the next paddock, only the fences were so flimsy, a butterfly could have pushed its way through...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Horseradish leaves

These have been hanging in my kitchen for over a year now because I like their straw-like colour, especially when the evening light catches them.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gnarled old tree

Out collecting apple scions from an old farm today and saw this ancient creature. In the paddock where the apples grew there was an enormous ram, pacing up and down. I'm always cautious around such animals, having watched youtube clips showing unwary shepherds being monstered by disgruntled, testosterone-driven rams and billy goats. This one, however, was a lamb :-)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A very pleasing letter

Chocolate coated strawberries

Birthday celebrations at our place today - you can't go wrong with chocolate or strawberries and a combination of the two is a sure-fire winner!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017