Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sunday Selections #302

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.   This week?  Not really.


I am starting with a trip to town I took last week.  All the photos were taken on my phone - which is usually neglected.

Starting with red clover in flower at the bus stop.  I don't think I have ever seen it flower before.



This is a new installation.  You will probably have to enlarge it to see some of the responses - and there were four or five more boards in place.  I don't think there is anything in particular I want to do before I die.  I am obviously sadly lacking in ambition.



It is warming up fast here.  I felt for the yarn-bombed trees.

 I always love the reflections in this building.

We had a brief sunshower/storm the other afternoon.  I found the light fascinating.  Twenty minutes later we had full sunshine and daylight again.







And more from the garden.


A gazania.


Yet another bearded iris.

And double delight rose - which has a delightful scent too.

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  1. liked your showery, afternoon shots :)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I liked it too. And the rain was lovely. More predicted today, and I hope it arrives.

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  2. What I'd like to do before I day, thought provoking.

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    1. John M: It is isn't it? And it seems that many people could come up with things to include.

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  3. Lovely little vignettes.
    For many of us a "trip to town" can be a quick trip to hell.For you, a chance to see the different view, the new slant.
    All the same, coming home to your garden must be like the paramedics' "green whistle"!

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    1. dinahmow: Thank you. Trips to town are not something I do for pleasure. However I am a beauty addict, and look for it (and find it) everywhere.

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  4. I think you are living a beautiful life - not just dreaming of it my friend <3

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    1. Cloudia: Some days... And I am so grateful for the beauty the world has to offer.

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  5. You do live in a wonderful place Child. Sunshowers are when the devil is spanking his wife, or so I heard as a child.

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    1. donna baker: That is an explanation for sunshowers I have never heard. In fact, as I stop and think I didn't hear ANY explanation for them.

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  6. before I die, I want to....

    I like that, S. xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Thought provoking isn't it? What would you like to do? Elimate family violence of course. What else?

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  7. The responses on the blackboard piece are so interesting yet so very normal. Brilliant.

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    1. Andrew: Until Joanne commented I hadn't seen the one she found. Sigh. Mostly they were positive. There is always one. And hopefully no more.

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  8. I love the little cloud bobble. The yarn bombed trees still make me smile. And, the blackboard is troubling. The usual goals, and down on the bottom, Kill you all. Not funny, and very sad.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I hadn't noticed that one. You are right it is sad. And I hope flippant. Which is also sad.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: That building is not far from where I do my voluntary work, and I love it in all seasons at all times of the day.

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  10. EC you live in a fantastic scenery your house looks great. Have a great Sunday

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  11. Storms are always beautiful and exciting, and you captured it well. Some of the storms we get in AZ are very cool, and short lived, and before you know it the sun is back out again. Sadly in the UK that isn't the case!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: We have had MUCH more rain this season than I can remember in years. Set in rain, showers, storms... Because we are so often in drought I welcome it.

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  12. Beautiful photos. Your sunshower storm (on Friday?) was our wild and windy hailstorm which damaged cars, windows and crops as far up as the riverland. grapes, apricots and peaches, ruined just weeks before harvest :(
    I really like the coloured paving around the yarn-bombed trees.
    That glass building would have fabulous reflections at sunrise and sunset.
    Scented roses are always better than unscented, what is a rose without fragrance? Just another flower.

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    1. River: I agree wholeheartedly about scented roses. Indeed until himself went on a buying spree we ONLY had scented ones. There are no others as well. Poor cousins I think.
      The coloured paving is relatively new too - and I really like it. You are right about the sunrise/sunset reflections as well.

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  13. Before I die, I'd like to see my grandchildren's children.

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  14. I doubt I've ever seen a red clover.

    All I want to do before I die is keep breathing...be alive.

    Have yourself a good week, EC...cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: The red clover was a shock to me too. I hope you and your furry overlords have a wonderful week too.

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  15. We often miss the things right under our noses don't we.

    My bearded ones are out as well :)

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    1. Cathy: Yes, on the missing things front. Sigh. Love the garden you showed us in your Sunday Selections.

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  16. Not sure if there is anything I want to do before I die but then again I don't really want to die.The weather here has been to hot to quick.
    That rose is very close to one I have and the perfume is wonderful some of the roses you buy these days have no perfume.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merlesworld: I really don't like roses without a scent. They aren't roses in my book.
      Our weather has been all over the shop. Hot and windy yesterday, showers, windy and quite cool today.

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  17. I love that installation. What an awesome idea to get people involved in art.

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    1. CountryMum: I really liked it too. I hope they continue it, and expand the program as well.

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  18. Love the photos around the storm! That iris is spectacular too. They are such showy flowers. I wish they lasted longer, just a brief flash of beauty and they are gone. Like any life could be I guess.

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    1. Marie Smith: They are showy, and are still coming out in droves. The benefit to excessive planting/overplanting. You are right on the philosophical front too. And I am grateful for beauty. Where ever I find it.

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  19. It's always nice to walk with you. Your flowers are wonderful and big.
    "Sunshowers" is a foreign word to me (sun + shower). Does it mean rain in the sunshine?
    Have a happy time.

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    1. orvokki: It does indeed mean rain in the sunshine. Often with no apparent clouds. It is usually very brief. I think this fits better under the heading of a sudden storm.

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    2. Sometimes we also have summer rain in the sunshine. Often, it is a foretaste of the great rain. Or maybe just a little rain cloud passed over. But there is always a cloud in the sky.

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  20. Your post soothed my brain.

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    1. Birdie: I am so glad. Some days our brains need a LOT of soothing. Hugs.

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  21. What a great idea to make a public board like that! Even better if you can help some of them people achieve their goal! I also laughed at the yarn bomb! How fun! Thanks for the smile!

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: I loved the boards, and will monitor them when I go into town. Even in warm weather, yarn bombing makes me smile too.

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  22. I do love your photos weekly. I think I am particularly enamored with the building and tree. What an interesting picture!
    I would love a rain shower, huge storm, 20 minute sprinkle even. We are parched right now.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Having lived (often) through drought I hope you get some healing, life-giving rain. Soon.

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  23. You took me away from all that is ugly...thank you for that. I may have to join your Sunday Selections one day soon. I think it is just what I need.

    Don't I remember you from Sunday Scribblings????

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    1. Barbara Torris: Welcome and thank you. Of course you can join us. The more the merrier. I haven't played Sunday Scribblings, but have commented (I think) on some blogs which do.

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  24. I always love your beautiful pictures. The trees might be overly dressed for the temps but they look quite dapper nonetheless. :) I'm with you... I wouldn't know what to write on that wall either. I have no burning ambition left in me.

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    1. River Fairchild: I don't remember even being goal oriented. Muddling along. One foot in front of the other. And some days that is an achievement in itself.
      The yarn bombing is delightful isn't it? And since I don't have to wear it, I can enjoy it.

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  25. As always, amazing pictures. However, if there was one thing that got me, it was that chalkboard. I just sat here and read it for minutes on end...

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    1. Robert Bennett: With at least four, and perhaps five, side by side you would have had hours of fun in the city. I do hope they keep it. And update it.

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  26. I like roses, and your last photo. The insect gives it that nice touch of reality. I've found that smartphone images do well as a backup for a camera left at home.

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    1. D.G. Hudson: Not one, but two insects. And some wind damage. I rarely remember the phone's camera. Which is indicative of my dinosaur status.

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  27. I like the shot of your neighborhood. Grounds us in reality.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Some days reality is to be avoided. I am glad you liked the neighbourhood though.

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  28. Such wonderful pictures. I believe I'm late since there are so many comments above mine! But I still wanted to let you know I appreciate your post. Thank you. :-)

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    1. DJan: Never too late, always welcome. And thank you.

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  29. Lovely pictures again. I find the yarn trees interesting but I don't understand the need to do it. Ha, ha. But colorful!!!!

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    1. Bookie: I think the yarn bombing happens - because it can. And there is always room for colour, fun and whimsy in our world.

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  30. That clover was something, and I've never seen a bearded iris until now...love the variety of photos. Before I die, I'd want to win the lotto, hire a body guard, and find a place beyond these borders that would have me...

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    1. e: After your recent experience I am not surprised at your wishes. Not at all surprised. And I wish that these dreams weren't essential. So much.

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    2. Thanks and does that wrapping at all effect the trees?

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    3. e: The wraps are very loose. I can't see that they would have any impact. I don't like the heat at all so they made me wince, but the trees should be fine.

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  31. Lovely Sunday selection.
    Interesting colours in the 6th photo from the bottom.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: It was a very odd sky. Short-lived, but impressive.

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  32. Hi EC - love the red clover .. great photo - so rich in its colour. It's amazing how the squalls come through and then the light changes as it brightens and clears off. Lovely photos .. I can 'see and smell' the rose ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I meant to add about the Yarn-bombing .. I'd never heard of it, til I wrote my Shakespeare post in August and needed a K for Knit and Knot, which used two quotes re 'knitting hearts' ... so now I know it happens in Aussieland! Cheers H

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    2. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I loved the clover too. And wonder whether any of the clover at home is also red.
      Yarn-bombing can be fun - and there is always room for colour and whimsy in my eyes.

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  33. Dear EC
    I bought some red clover seeds a couple of years ago but somehow forgot to plant them - I need to remember them in the Spring! I particularly like your atmospheric weather photos and the plant portraits.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I had heard of red clover but cannot remember ever seeing it bloom. I may have to keep my eyes open more.

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  34. There are many things I would like to do before i die but I expect most will remain un-done. You know, I was so sure I once did a "bucket list" post for my blog but it doesn't come up in a search.
    I like sun showers and yours is no different

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    1. kylie: Sun showers are often a joy aren't they? I sometimes wonder why I don't have a bucket list. I don't though.

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  35. i will love to visit this whole planet earth and sky diving .

    your sharing like always is joy to eyes

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    1. baili: Sky diving? That is braver than I could ever be.
      Thank you.

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  36. That gazania is worth a gazillion. Wow! Hope someone is looking for the person who wrote "kill you all" on the bucket list.

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    1. Granny Annie: The gazania is lovely isn't it? Sadly I think the 'kill you all' person has disappeared back into the community.

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  37. I had no idea that clover had such a pretty flower! And I want loads of those before I die statements...not ambitious, just greedy :)

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    1. Nilanjan Bose: Not all clover is such a vibrant colour. I am much more used to a more subtle white bloom.
      I hope you get to complete lots and lots of your before you die wishes.

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  38. You do the loveliest pictures. I did a picture of clover against a blue sky last spring and it's one of my favorite pictures I took this year.

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    1. Rick Watson: Thank you. We live in a beautiful world don't we?

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  39. I have terrible lack of before I die ambitions also. Love the red clover and the gazania is it? Looks like a bright little sunflower. I like it.

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    1. Strayer: Gazanias come in quite a number of colours, but the miniature sunflower is the only colour we have. At the moment.

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    1. Sandi: Thank you. I live in Australia's national capital.

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  41. I love the Before I Die blackboard. I might need to make one and hang it downtown just to see the responses. You do a nice job with the cell phone images.

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    1. Jono: I am hoping that they leave the Before I Die blackboard in place and that people continue to update it. And perhaps I will think of something I want.

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  42. Well you're not lacking in lovely creative shots. And reflection capture very delightful. I love seeing photos from out and about! Very enjoyable and inspiring for me to gather up some more too before the snow falls!

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    1. Karen S.: Thank you. I am looking foward to seeing what you capture after the snow falls. It is a beautiful rarity here.

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  43. Red clover is so cool! Never seen that before. Nice shots :o)

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    1. HBF: The red clover is unexpected isn't it? And very, very pretty.

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  44. I love the murkiness of those rain shower photos. They are eerie and beautiful. Red clover? That's a new one for me, but how pretty!

    Thank you for finding and sharing the beauty in your posts, EC.

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    1. jenny_o: As you know I am a beauty addict. And love that there is so much to find.

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  45. The flowers are beautiful, and so are the trees.

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  46. I don't think I've ever seen a gazania before. Wonderful photos, as always. Thank you for a glimpse into another part of the world. (I don't get beyond my own town much)

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    1. Carolyn McBride: Gazanias are fairly common here, and come in a wide range of colours. Not fashionable, but I love them.
      I am pretty much a home body too.
      Thank you so much for the excellent prompts you have been giving us with Words for Wednesday.

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  47. Thanks for the show around. My favorite were the trees

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. Fortunately I don't have to pick favourites.

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  48. Oh! Your garden is really starting to sing Summery songs! How gorgeous. It's just stopped being hot here and dipped fast from shorts/t-shirt weather to several layers and cold toes. My body feels offended:)

    Thanks for sharing the beauty of your red clover world right now.
    Big love from here to there,
    from my heart to yours,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: The weather can't make up its mind here. Hot/cold/windy/wet alternate. The garden is dancing to its own tune. As always. And I am revelling in its beauty and its gifts and mourning that I cannot keep pace with all that cries out to be done.
      Hugs.

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  49. What beautiful pictures. The red clover is amazing.

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  50. Not just the relectons - the strong lines make that building appealing.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: You are right. I hadn't realised that before. Thank you.

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  51. I loved the Before I die I want to... installation. Someone put Borrow 500 years from god. Another - "get a dog" - love the variety.

    So you have a mountains around you? I didn't realize that. I like the glimpse of your neighborhood.

    And the glory of your flowers - I'll bet they warm your soul.

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    1. Lynn: By most standards our mountains are hills, but yes, my city is nestled into a valley. And I love the play of light on the hills/mountains. At all times of the day and year.

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  52. Your flowers never fail to make me smile. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mason Canyon: My pleasure. The garden often makes me smile too.

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  53. Those tree dress-ups are so neat! I particularly love the fourth image on this post, which makes it look like the tree is living inside a kaleidoscope.

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    1. John Wiswell: It is fun isn't it? And brightens an otherwise dullish part of the city.

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  54. While you're warming up, we're cooling down--sort of. In CA we now have 70s-80s during the day and 50s at night. As always, I loved the Sunday pictures.

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    1. cleemckenzie: We are (mostly) warming up. I am so not looking forward to summer and most people on your side of the world are not looking forward to winter. Your current temperatures sound pretty good to me.

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  55. Wow your flowers are lovely - but the gazania is such a great colour.

    All the best Jan.

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you. That gazania is vibrant isn't it?

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  56. My father always planted fields of clover. The flowers were white with tips of purple. When he combined then, they were baled and were hay for our cows. the scent of the clover field was incredible.

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    1. Susan Kane: I am much more familiar with your clover than the red one. I had heard of it, but don't remember ever seeing it before. It supposedly has medical benefits too.
      And I agree with you about the scent of a clover field...

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  57. Those bugs have excellent taste --- choosing that particular rose to hang out on!

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    1. Molly Bon: I thought so too. I have been finding rose scented earwigs too.

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  58. Thanks for taking us to town with you. I love seeing all the things you notice along the way. The building does look like it has cool reflections!

    The board is fascinating. So many different thoughts!

    Beautiful pictures of your flowers. Always love seeing the different blooms.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. The board is intriguing and so far I have only spotted one nastiness. And plenty of positives.

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  59. Hello Elephant's Child,
    Have been so long that I could not post my blog update let alone visiting the blog written by a beautiful people like you all. I hope you are doing well.
    As always, your page is fully adorned with beautiful pictures and photograph. Sounds like the place you dwell resemble heaven - serene, clean and charming.

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    1. dumcho wangdi: Thank you. No, this is not heaven. And there are ugly spots, dirty spots, damaged spots here too. But plenty of beauty as well. Which is lovely.

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  60. Thank you for coming by my blog, from Sandra's blog, to say hello! Your pictures are stunning! Your sun/shower pictures are gorgeous! Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: It was a pleasure to visit you. Thank you.

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  61. How can you take such amazing pictures with your phone? Those flowers are gorgeous.

    We didn't have the "Before I Die" wall this year because of expected rain. It's alright. I would've written "Travel to Australia". I wrote that last year. But I've been too scared to travel. We'll see. I'm sorry you're lacking energy and motivation these days, EC. I'm glad, though, that you keep yourself active enough to appreciate surrounding beauties.

    Loving thoughts.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you so much. I mislead you a little. Only the photos in town were taken on my phone. The others were my trusted camera. I am a beauty addict, and am so grateful to find it everywhere.
      Someday you will get to Oz. And I hope you will visit.

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  62. What beautiful shots of the sky and flowers! A perfect rose!

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    1. Lady Fi: This has been a very, very good year for roses.

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  63. Look at the colors on that rose. I usually have a hard time picking a favorite amongst your pictures, but this time it is easy. I love the rose. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: Double Delight is a beautiful rose, but this has been an exceptional year for them. Lots of blooms, lots of scent. Bliss.

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  64. Lovely photos. Yarn bombed trees always seem weird yet fascinating to me.
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa: Yarn bombed anything seems weird to me (since I cannot knit). I love to see it though.

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  65. 'Before I Die I want to: Make our mom proud.'
    That is truly special. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sandra Cox: There are some very varied responses aren't there? Before I die I want to be Prime Minister? A brave soul there.

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  66. I love a bit of yarn bombing! Those trees look so good it's inspired me to bomb the tree in front of my house.

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    1. Chelsey: Welcome and thank you. I really like yarn bombing too - and would love to see photos of your 'bombed tree'.

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  67. There are times I love being out in a warm rain without any protection over me during the night or day, for I find the rain quite exhilarating!

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    1. Lon Anderson: I have lived through too many droughts to EVER mind the rain.

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  68. Beautiful shots. Just following the progression brightened my day. =)

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    1. Crystal Collier: Thank you. I am very pleased to hear that.

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  69. I've seen flowering clover but it's the short pink, not that tall lovely red.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I have never seen pink clover either.

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  70. The warming up fast part sounds good to me (though not to you, I know), but just the photo of the wet street put me in a funk because that will be the scene here everyday until at least May--but without any flowers.

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    1. Snowbrush: I can't imagine seeing rain that often. Having lived through some fairly horrendous droughts I always welcome it. Even here not everyone shares my attitude.

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  71. I love the pics of the yarn bombed trees. I'm considering knitting a little jacket for my new baby tree in the front yard. It's a cold winter here y'know!
    Also the things to do before I die board, what a great idea! I wish there was a board like that in my town.

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    1. Shammickite: I like the idea of yarn bombed trees becoming a global phenomenon. A lot. I hope that board becomes a permanent fixture.

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  72. I've never seen a red flower on clover. Very pretty although clover burrs are not.
    Gazanias! Reminds me we used to have heaps of them but all gone now. Hardy little tikes they are too. There's another that is almost the same but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it. Love them both as they are yellow.
    Once again you have shown us a great diversity so thank you for sharing.

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    1. Mimsie: I know your fondness for yellow blooms and thought of you when I put the photo up.

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