Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Sunday Selections #338

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?   I am feeling a bit like Hamlet as in '
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable. Seem to me all the uses of this world!'.  Which is a high-falutin way of saying the black dog is biting me hard at the moment.  This too will pass (it had bloody better).


In the interim, this week's Sunday Selections are mostly from the garden.  Going by the calendar it is still winter.  The garden seems to disagree.  Everywhere I look Spring-like things are starting to happen.

We have had white jonquils out for weeks.  This week some yellow ones, aka 'sunshine on stalks' have started to join them. 









There will be a LOT more daffodils to come, and the shoots are starting to break through the soil everywhere.  The very first sprigs of the wattle are coming out too.



There are Japanese Iris, Cape Daisies and wallflowers out too.  And lots and lots of tulip leaves poking through the soil.  I am hoping for an explosion of colour and scent in a few months.






The sky has resorted to some moody magnificence.





I turn to nature often - and she very, very rarely disappoints.

I am going to finish with a foretaste of a treat to come.  We went for a country drive, thinking we would stop in at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.  Despite a cold and windy day the carpark was absolutely packed so we decided against going in.  We will go back on a weekday when school holidays are over.  
The area outside the visitor's centre is well done though - and we think it is inviting.


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  1. There are some great pictures there. I love the ones of the sky and think they are very special. It'll be very sad to say goodbye to summer, but I know it'll be here again before I know it. I can't wait to see what picture you'll take when summer gets where you are.

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    1. Treey Stynes: Summer is not my friend. Most of the photos I take in summer will be very early or at dusk. And the countryside (and my garden) will be crispified. Your summers are more gentle - and more moist.

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    2. I MUCH prefer the other seasons; summer is too hot for me!!

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    3. fishducky: If I could avoid summer altogether I would.

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  2. In my mind, I can smell your wallflowers.
    No spring-y things here of course, but I am clearing masses of ferny overgrowth...

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    1. dinahmow: There is a bed under a gum tree that the wallflowers have done a Triffid on, and consumed entirely. I will send you a photo later. At the moment I am waiting for the orange wallflower to bloom again. It was planted more recently and hasn't yet started world domination attempts.

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    2. I'd be over the moon if they invaded my place with plans of territorial domination.Sadly, they are about as happy as I am in tropical summer conditions!

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    3. dinahmow: You grow things I can only dream of. I do love having four seasons though - even if I don't like one of them at all.

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  3. I love strolling through your garden.

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    1. Sandra Cox: There will be more to come. Much more.

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  4. I have waited for your spring to begin, and suddenly it has.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Not quite yet. She is still flirting with us, but the promise is there. And there are lots of anenomies in leaf. None in bud yet, but I will take photos for you as they bloom.

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  5. Sigh...bliss! The kangaroo statue is my favorite.

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  6. Those flowers are beautiful but, I especially like the scene with the sky and water.

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    1. Lon Anderson: Thank you. No water today though - just a lot of sky.

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    1. donna baker: It is. And will get prettier as spring approaches more consistently.

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  8. Beautiful blooms... but sad for you that winter is nearly over. Please send the weather change this way. Our summer is still scorching.
    Your cloud/deep blue sky shots amaze me with the sharp color differences.
    That looks like an inviting reserve. I look forward to the pictures when you get in there - sans the hordes. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: I am hoping that winter will fight back for a while longer. She is losing though. I so hope you get some relief from the sweaty season. Soon.
      Tidbinbilla is lovely. With luck we will get back soon, though himself is talking about a different excursion this week.

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  9. Beautiful flowers EC and the clouds always give a fantastic view, thank you for sharing.

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    1. Jimmy: My pleasure - and I am glad you liked them.

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  10. I certainly look forward to the photos you take when you do visit Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, EC. If the entrance is a hint of what's ahead, I hope you soon discover the carpark empty of cars! :)

    Don't even mention the "S" word...I want winter to linger longer...and then a little longer still!

    Have yourself a great week ahead, EC...cuddles to Jazz. (I'm typing this with difficulty because Remy and Shama are crowding my space...perhaps I should say "I'm crowding their space"...because, after all, I'm just the boarder here)!! :)

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    1. Lee: Tidbinbilla is a lovely place and the entrance is an excellent representation of the wonders inside.
      Spring is ok, but the other s word? I can think of a shorter one to describe it.
      I hear you on the boarder front. My duties are extensive too.

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  11. I too hope you will be feeling better soon. I look forward to your trip to the nature reserve. We are finally halfway to the next season, so you are not too out of step with the spring flowers. I saw the other day a tree that is already beginning to show fall colors. And it's not even August! :-)

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    1. DJan: Nature very rarely pays much attention to calendars. Or watches. Lucky here. I hope that winter lingers for a while yet though.

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  12. You will have an early spring by the look of it. The place looks very inviting, EC.I look forward to seeing inside.

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    1. Marie Smith: I will take you to Tidbinbilla - but I am not quite certain when. It really is a lovely place.

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    2. I hope you are feeling better today, EC. Just thinking of you...

      Take care!

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    3. Marie Smith: Thank you so very much.

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  13. Sunday morning is always a treat with your post to look forward to, EC. I hope that black dog makes a very fast exit, stage left! We have many signs of spring too, but of course I don't your wonderful garden to enjoy - except in your photos. Kia kaha.

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    1. Alexia: The black dog is a tenancious beast, but something will tempt it to shift. Sooner rather than later I hope.
      Our winter has been too short. I hope if Spring is indeed on the way she settles in and denies access to her big (and ugly) sister Summer.

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  14. your sky photos are wonderful and love the cape daisy, didn't realize it was getting to be Spring in your neck of the woods, the last two art pieces are super, can't wait for your next post, hope you are doing well.

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    1. Linda Starr: It shouldn't be spring yet, but the signs are clear that she is not far away. Not quite certain when we will get back to Tidbinbilla. Soon I hope.

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  15. Your spring is coming!
    Meanwhile, I am ready for our summer to end...

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Your summer has sounded brutal to me. I am not in the slightest bit surprised you are ready for her to leave the building.

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  16. How to cheery to have flowers blooming before winter's end! That almost never happens here. It's still summer here in Maine and I'm in no hurry for it to end!

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    1. mshatch: Our winters are relatively mild and there is almost always something blooming. It is summer which most effectively puts a stop to it. You are more than welcome to hang on to yours - I am already dreading summer's return.

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  17. Thank you for taking me on this wonder=filled stroll with you

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    1. Martin Kloess: More of an amble than a stroll - but I am glad to have you along.

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  18. Wallflowers! I keep forgetting to buy and plant some, hellebores too. We have Jonquils out here too, in C's garden and further around the drive there is a yard with what looks like a million daffodil shoots poking up about a foot high.
    That moody sky is magnificent for sure. The nature reserve looks exciting.

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    1. River: I have been tempted by hellebores too. There are some beauties about. The Nature Reserve is lovely. Everything from Corroboree frogs to platypus.

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  19. These are fabulous shots!!
    : ))

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. There will be many more shots from the garden as spring advances.

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  20. definitely spring is on the way at your home. In Europe is midst of summer. So love reading documentary, romances, educational books. I do not poetry and science - fiction.

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    1. Gosia k: I hope you are enjoying your summer.
      A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Christopher Aslan Alexander, Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes: Nahal Tajadod and Rose My life in service with Lady Astor: Rosina Harrison are memoirs you might enjoy. I don't read a lot of romance, but love memoirs, biographies and autobiographies.

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  21. Daffies already. It does seem like an early spring. Michaleas? Are blooming ans some magnolias. I like the park entrance.

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    1. Andrew: There are a lot more daffodils to come, but it does seem early. Cockatoos have destroyed not one but three magnolia trees here, so I admire other peoples.

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  22. My favorite is the kangaroo statue. Love it!

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    1. Olga Godim: It is lovely isn't it? And less than 100 yards away there were dozens of kangaroos reclining on the grass.

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  23. wow, Spring in July?? more than a month early... its mad.. even the birds are confused. Great photos as always.

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    1. Anna: I am confused too. And today it is cool and grey...

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  24. Hi EC - gosh lots of wonderful spring flowers ... amazing to see them (and from your comment above -they are very early). We've just had buckets of rain ... so I guess we'll have a second flowering of anything that feels inspired with the wonder that is rain. I sat in thick mist at about 150 feet and about 100 years from the sea ... foul!!

    Looking forward to you going back to the Tidbinilla Nature Park ... it does look inviting - love the sculpture and the aboriginal stone entrance ... having re-looked I see it's a rustic metal sculpture ... which I love - enjoy your Spring and those wonderful bulbs ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: It is early. Very early. Feel free to send your rain this way. Most of our rain is winter rain, and it has been sadly absent. We have had incontinent pigeon rain (splat, splat and its gone).
      You are right about the second sculpture. And there are lots of them at Tidbinbilla. The weather doesn't look promising for next week, but soon we will go back.

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  25. These flowers are so beautiful and so soothing. Great way to start my Sunday morning EC! Thanks a bunch!

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    1. RO: The pleasure is all mine. As Spring progresses there will be LOTS of garden photos.

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  26. I hope your trip to the Nature Preserve will chase that black dog away. What is the purple flower?

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: The purple flower is a wallflower. They have almost completely taken over a bed under a gum tree. Only a few are flowering at the moment, but shortly there will be a purple haze there.

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  27. I hope that what looks like the beginning of spring brings hope back in your heart.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. I hope so too.

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  28. I have never heard "sunshine on stalks". Perfect.

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    1. Granny Annie: They always seem that way to me...

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  29. I agree with Granny Annie, 'sunshine on stalks' is a fun way of saying. Loved this series, pretty flowers, pretty skies and the last two shots makes me look forward to your visit back to this place. Do hope your day and week is a good one :)

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. I am not certain when we will get back to Tidbinbilla - but get back we will.

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  30. you are going to have a glorious spring!
    take care, my friend xo

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    1. kylie: I hope so. And today we have gentle rain which is good for the garden - and me.

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  31. When the buttercups stick their little heads out of the dirt here we usually have a snow to cover them back up. As always I love your sky photos. The flowers are beautiful. Hope you have a great week my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: We rarely have snow, but we will get more frosts. I hope your week is wonderful.

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  32. I can't believe what beautiful flowers you have in the Winter! Yes nature rarely disappoints.....and after school starts less crowded. Same here

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    1. Kim Standard: School holidays have finished in my state, but I think a few other states are still in holiday mode. We are lucky to have something blooming for most of the year.

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  33. The black dog stops by everyone on occasion. Just a reminder that you are human. I hope it's stay is short.

    Beautiful pictures. I am a lover of cooler months too. I lived in Canada one year and the cooler weather suited me. But I was born to a hot climate and returned. Take care.

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    1. Ann Bennett: I am definitely human. I was born in an area which gets too hot for me in summer, but has blissfully cool winter months. If ever I move again I will go cooler yet...

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  34. Dear EC
    I hope you feel better soon - it will go away, it just chooses its own time to do that. Lovely cheerful Spring flowers never fail to lift the spirits.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. The dog pushed its way in without an invitation, but the door is open for it to leave. And you are right - the garden does lift my spirits.

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  35. Oh I see Pacific mountains! May Spring knock you for a joyous loop, Dear <3 Fine photos today

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. Our mountains (like our winters) are wimps on the world wide stage - but I like them both.

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  36. I hope you feel better soon. All of the spring blooms popping up are so beautiful. It is still midsummer here- but we have had some cooler days reminding me that fall will be here before I know it.

    Hope you have a lovely day and week!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS~Jess: In theory it is midwinter here. The temperatures (today anyway) and the garden dispute that. I hope your autumn is beautiful.

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  37. Oh my, the spring flowers are popping up already, that's really early isn't it? It seems very funny to me to see pictures of daffs in July! I'll have to wait another 6 months before there are any of those sunshiny faces around here.
    Bite that black dog in the bum!

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    1. Shammickite: It is early. Very early. Which I hope isn't a sign that summer will also come early. Not going to bite that black dog - but I am certainly aiming kicks in its direction.

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  38. I so enjoyed all of your photographs.
    The Spring flowers, the skies and the nature park just lovely to look at.

    Sending my good wishes, and hoping you will feel a little better real soon.
    Black Dog be gone!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I am so grateful for beauty.

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  39. Fabulous images EC, and I love the skies.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I love the skies too. Today it is grey and sodden. And leaking - which is lovely. We haven't had nearly enough rain for quite a while.

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  40. Loved taking a walk with you. Such lovely flowers and an awesome sky.

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  41. Wonderful photos, EC. Love the flowers and skies, and look forward to finding out which outing you decided upon.

    I do hope you feel lifted out of depression soon. The little bit I know about it, mostly from being a bystander, it is a heartless beast. Take good care of yourself in the meantime and know that we care about you. Hugs, my dear.

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    1. jenny_o: Megathanks. At the moment we are leaning towards going to the Japanese Gardens - possibly on Wednesday, though that could change again.

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  42. Liking all the photos, very well taken and showing the true essence of life and nature, breathing and taking it all in we are truly blessed. Greetings!

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    1. Blogoratti: Thank you. Nature is a boon - but she needs us to look after her too if the blessings are to continue.

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  43. Climate change, perhaps? I love blooms and stalks anytime though, and your photos are always wonderful. Hugs and best to you and I hope you enjoy the Japanese Gardens if you venture out.

    I have almost cabinets and the mess is starting to get to me...

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    1. e: I do believe climate change is the likely culprit.
      I am not at all surprised the mess is starting to get to you. When we had our kitchen done over ten years ago the lack of facilities, the mess and the dust got me down very quickly. It was worth it in the end though.
      Hugs.

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  44. Such wonderful collection of photos, love them!

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    1. Nas: Lovely to see you again - and thank you.

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  45. I thought your winter was just begun, mainly? OUr summer has fired up. I wrote in the middle of June, "where is summer" and it is upon us. This week we are preparing for temps exceeding 108 F, temps we never see around here normally. It's frustrating to make a trip somewhere and there is nowhere to park. This happens often now in state and national parks around the west.

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    1. Strayer: Winter has just begun. And is obviously planning an early departure.
      Stay cool in your heatwave.

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  46. Your jonquils are so pretty. We are in the middle of summer here so it seems odd to see spring flowers but what a treat it is! I don’t like winters anymore and always long for the first spring flowers (usually snowdrops) to appear.
    Thank you for sharing all the photos, have a lovely week.

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    1. Barbara Fisher: The snowdrops are one of the earliest to flower here too. My photo of them was a failure or I would have included them. I do like winter though, pretty as Spring is.

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  47. I hope that these beauties from your garden can cheer you up a little bit. Good that you turn to nature - I do the same and she rarely (if ever) disappoints. I hope you can go back to that Nature Reserve and take loads of picture that you can show us. The artwork at the entrance looks very promising.

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    1. Carola Bartz: Nature is healing, solace and delight. Often. I will get back to Tidbinbilla - and the artwork is replicated throughout the park. Which is also full of natural beauty.

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  48. Greetings, EC.
    Is the multi-colored beauty the wallflower? If so it's definitely misnamed:)
    YOU, have a pleasant, colorful day.

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    1. Sandra Cox: The multi-coloured beauty is indeed a wallflower. Goodness only knows why we use the phrase so badly.

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    2. Is it a perennial or annual?

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    3. Sandra Cox: A perennial. A set and forget plant (my favourite kind).

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  49. Daffodils! We won't see them here for several months, so this was a treat. Loved the moody skies.

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    1. cleemckenzie: We will get lots and lots and lots of daffodils (and other bulbs) in the coming weeks. Watch this space.

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  50. May you feel better spiritually, physically, in all ways.

    The flower just above the Moody Magnificent photos - that one (or bunch of flowers?) interests me. I really like it.

    Take care of you.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. The flower in question is a wallflower. And reminds me that being a wallflower is just fine.

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  51. What a beautiful garden you have! Love the iris.

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    1. Karen: Thank you. That iris was given to me by a neighbour a few years ago. He died the year before last, and I wish he could see how well the iris has settled (and multiplied).

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  52. This gift by your generous late neighbour bloomed so well .
    flowers are serene treat to eyes.
    wishing you a happy and healthy outing with nature my friend

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    1. baili: Thank you. I was very fond of that neighbour and think of him often. Remembering him when the iris blooms each year is a lovely thing.

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  53. Oh I love me some daffodils. Not to mention the excellent poem The Daffodils by Wordsworth.

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    1. Blue Grumpster: Me too. On both counts.

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  54. Love the close ups of the daffodil buds.
    Have a wondrous day.

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    1. SAndra Cox: Thank you. It has been busy, tiring - and lovely.
      I hope yours was equally as good.

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  55. Jonquils are not desert flowers, so seeing yours makes me smile.

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    1. Susan Kane: Nope, they are a bit water hungry. Seeing your desert flowers would make me smile. Broadly. Hint, hint.

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  56. Hi Sue,

    All those beautiful flowers in your garden bring backs memories of when I had a garden. Thanks for all the wonderful photos, Sue.

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, a garden is a wonderful thing - but also a lot of work. I hope you are enjoying other people's - and resting.

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  57. Dear EC, hope the black dog goes away, the weather must soon get a bit warmer and that might help. Tibdinbilla is one of favourite places, I once wrote a post on it - https://slowgardener.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/a-veritable-ecological-paradise.html. I look forward to visiting again via your blog.

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    1. catmint: Warmer weather is not my friend. MS thrives in the heat. However, we had an outing (to the Japanese Gardens at Cowra) yesterday which helped. And will go back to Tidbinbilla again. Off to read your post now.

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    2. catmint: That link tells me that there is nothing there. As does a search for Tidbinbilla.

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    3. Tidbinbilla is under 'labels' and when I pasted and copied that link it worked for me. We want our blogs to be simple and easy to access, but that isn't always the case. Now I'm off to look at your latest post on Tidbinbilla.

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    4. catmint: I got there this time. Goodness only knows what I did wrong last time. It is an amazing place and some day I am going to take up the option of staying there overnight.

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  58. Those Cape Daisies are certainly perky;)
    You have a colorful day.
    Hugs,

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    1. SAndra Cox: They are. And bloom for most of the year, though in a couple of months they will be everywhere.

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  59. Springtime has got to be my favorite time of year... well, maybe in a close tie with autumn. Seeing all of the new life bursting through the soil never fails to lift my spirits at the end of an on-the-drab-side winter. But spring is coming earlier and earlier each year, it seems, and the summers get hotter and hotter. Oh well. I suppose we have to accept the bad with the good. Enjoy all of your flowers. They're gorgeous!

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    1. Susan: I am a big fan of all the seasons (except summer). Love the vibrancy of spring, the autumnal fireworks, and the pared back elegance of winter.

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  60. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM worth another visit!

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  61. Dear EC, I hope the "black dog" has disappeared and that you are feeling the Oneness of all of us who so appreciate you and have come to be your friends through your blog and through the lovely comments you leave on our blogs. This friendship is not insignificant. It matters. Remember that please. Be gracious to yourself. Please. Pease.

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    1. Dee: Thank you so much. The friends I have made here in the blogosphere mean a lot to me. Not insignificant at all. Hugs.

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  62. Beautiful flowers! It's almost always summer here, and I miss the joy of spring. I especially love being able to see those lovely blooms without having to smell them...and then sneeze like crazy for the next three hours. =)

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    1. Crystal Collier: Fortunately plant perfumes don't bother me. Incense, and articial scents on the other hand... There are shops I cannot go into. You will get a whole lot more sneeze free Spring blooms from me as the season advances.

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  63. It took an artist of note considerable time to sculpt the kangaroo I bet unless its cast in bronze but even still I wonder what other secrets Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will reveal. Enjoy the visit.

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    1. Spacer Guy: Tidbinbilla holds lots of secrets. And treats. Mother Nature is an exceptional artist. We didn't get back this week, but will soon. Really soon I hope.

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  64. That metal piece at the end and the kangaroo sculpture are so gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing more.

    You are surrounded by beauty, with those lovely flowers. I hope the black dog leaves quickly, my friend. Hugs!

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    1. Lynn: Tidbinbilla IS gorgeous. And I will go back and you will see more. The concrete cloud is still here but lifting I think. I hope.

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  65. Thank you for visiting my blog today (or perhaps yesterday, depending on time-zones!). Those flowers are beautiful. In challenging times, I find solace in nature - watching clouds is a favourite pastime.

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    1. Annalisa Crawford: Welcome and thank you. Cloud watching is a big favourite here too.

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  66. Frost one week and blossoms the next, the thought of it makes me feel like a giant chilblain. I hope the spring flowers help to encourage the black dog to take a nice long walk

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    1. Kim: There will be more frost to come I think, but yesterday and today we have very welcome rain. I welcome it, the garden welcomes it. The cat doesn't.

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  67. Just stopping to say hello this Thoughtful Thursday, EC. Hope you're doing well! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Thank you so much. I do love the warmth and wonder of the blogosphere.

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  68. Moody magnificence is such a perfect description for the sky.
    Have a colorful one, my friend.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Today is grey - but welcome. Rain clouds. Very, very welcome (and much needed) rain clouds.

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  69. daffodils! Sunshine on stalks, indeed:)
    My favorites. We're just beginning to see the slightest change in the light as we head into the turn toward Fall. Fascinating to see the differences and celebrate them both:)
    Thanks for sharing your Spring!
    -Jennifer

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    1. JenniferRipplespeak: I so hope you get some cooling winds - and that your fall is beautiful. I will happily celebrate with you. Anytime.

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  70. That last sky pic is wonderfully other-worldly isn't it?
    YOU, have the best weekend ever.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is - but I took some truly spooky sky shots last week. I hope your weekend is delightful.

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  71. Lovely photos.
    The first flowers appear to us always in the spring.
    The kangaroo sculpture in wonderful.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: They are spring flowers here too, but have arrived early. Hugs gratefully received and returned.

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    2. Are you already in the spring? ... you had a winter just a moment ago. How many months your winter takes time?

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    3. orvokki: Going by the calendar Spring isn't due to start until next month. Going by the garden she is almost here.

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  72. Okay, I pored over your wonderful pictures and marveled at the colors, textures, excitement of things to come - and I can't figure out how a Black Dog could exist amongst all that beauty!

    Here's hoping your mood is much better today!
    After seeing your post, mine sure is!

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    1. Wally Jones: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you. The concrete cloud (which is more accurate than black dog) is starting to lift.

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  73. That sky is gorgeous. I love the purple flowers. We are in a large apartment complex and I miss having a yard and flowers. I don't miss the work that went into them, but on the scale...work/yard/flowers wins. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: We are lucky with our skyscape. I watch it (and revel in it) often. I hear you on the work a garden involves - but I am addicted.

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