I usually run with a theme. And I will again, but first apologies are in order. I am in grump mode at the moment and hope that I don't express it on your blogs.
This was a difficult week on lots of levels, not helped by the weather. MS loves heat and humidity. We had both, way out of my comfort zone (though fortunately not to the temperatures other parts of Oz endured in recent days). 50C/122F is in my eyes almost impossibly hot. Just the same my feet are swollen. Swollen to the point that I have no arches to my feet at all and I wonder if the skin will split. My ankles and legs also look like the Michelin woman (goodness how attractive). It is uncomfortable and painful, and makes the simplest task more challenging. I am also still tired to the bone and go back to bed several times each day. Yes, of course I am aware that there are many people who are worse off. Which makes me feel guilty for complaining but doesn't make me feel any better.
So I have reverted (again) to things which bring me heart balm. We went down the lake for a roo fix. It was hot, and the roos knew it. So they were hunkered down in dappled shade and looked totally at their ease.
There are a surprising number of kangaroos in the picture above. How many can you see?
Those with collars and ear tags are females who have been given contraceptives - much better than the culls my local government also conducts.
Apart from this trip and some essential business (which included a shift at Lifeline) I have been at home.
Marvelling at the sky.
And making brief (mostly early morning) sorties into the garden. The lilies continue to bloom in profusion. Some roses are entering their second flush. There are agapanthus and geraniums and daisies...
There are more begonias coming into flower every day.
At least one of the hoyas is coming into bloom
And the first bud on the cactus is growing rapidly...
I hope that you find comfort, beauty and respite in your week, where ever you live.
Hi EC - I feel for you ... and hope any cool you can get helps - just a horrible disease. Beautiful pics - good selections for us under grey skies once again ... I do love the blue skies ... take care, stay safe and all the very best - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thank you. I am an early riser and grateful for that. The early morning is often the only part of the day which approaches my comfort level. Blue skies here again too - and I hope your grey ones don't get you down.Delete
The roos have it figured out. Hot? Not them, not there.ReplyDelete
I wish you relief, EC! Stay cool!
Marie Smith: They were totally 'laxed. They twitched their ears at us - but that was as much energy as they were prepared to spend.Delete
Really sorry the heat is getting to your body. That is beyond hot! Only Arizona and Death Valley see those kinds of temperatures here.ReplyDelete
Alex J. Cavanaugh: Fortunately we are nowhere near that hot - but still out of my comfort zone.Delete
Oh dear, that is really too hot for comfort for anybody, especially for us women who seem to be more sensitive to summer heat and humidity. I'm sorry that it causes your feet and legs to swell so much and causes you so much pain.ReplyDelete
Your beautiful lilies and colorful flowers are a balm to my eyes. I have a Hoya plant in my sunroom. Although it is not in bloom at the moment, it blooms twice a year.
Wishing you some relief of your symptoms.
Julia: Thank you. I am not good with indoor plants and grateful that so many more sensitive plants are happy on the veranda.Delete
Oh, I forgot, I counted 8 big rabbits on long legs in the picture. They look quite unfazed by the high heat and humidity.ReplyDelete
Julia: They blend in well don't they - and didn't look at all uncomfortable.Delete
I want to come walk with you. The Roo's are so cute, never seen when for real. The flowers, so envious and the sky pictures are awesome. Just back from a walk and I do find getting out is helpful; though a bit less to see here. We did stop to watch the horses for awhile. Have an awesome day, send us some of your heat, then we would both be happier.ReplyDelete
Sandy: You are welcome to as much of our heat as you can carry away. We see the roos often (some even closer to home) but a 'roo fix' always makes me happy.Delete
I've said this before, but I love the Roos. Pretty little things. Cheers EC.ReplyDelete
Bob Bushell: We love them too. Farmers not so much.Delete
Such a wonderful collection of photos! I'm so sorry to hear you are feeling well and have all that horrible swelling. I hope you will get some relief soon!ReplyDelete
Martha: Thank you. I will get relief when the seasons change. Which I am looking forward to.Delete
Kangaroos!!! Yay!!!! Love those adorable expressions. Beautiful skies and gorgeous flowers too. Thanks so much for sharing another Sunday Selection.ReplyDelete
DeniseinVA: They have lovely, peaceful faces don't they?Delete
I'm sorry to read that the dangerously hot weather has been no friend of yours.ReplyDelete
The roo snaps are so great. I loved the one where there were more roos than meets the eye!
The floral and 'himmel' pictures always do a heart good as well. x
Bea: Thank you. The roos were sooo relaxed, that it was also calming to watch them. The begonias are doing well aren't they?Delete
Eleven roos. But I shall come back; there might be thirteen. ;-)ReplyDelete
My good thoughts are with you, Sue. The peace of the night!
Sean Jeating: You saw more than I did - but I won't dispute it. And thank you.Delete
I only counted seven, while others have been up to 11! I must go back and study that picture again. And I am feeling for you with that awful heat, and your symptoms sound really unbelievably horrid! I am wishing you robust good health and relief. And thanks for all the delightful pictures off flowers, roos, and skies. :-)ReplyDelete
DJan: It isn't a lot of fun, and makes me more than usually grumpy. (No mean feat). Just the same there is still a LOT of beauty in the world.Delete
I'm sorry to learn you've not been feeling 100%, EC. There is no need for apologies. You are the one feeling how you feel...you're are the one suffering, and are the only one able to feel your discomfort...so no apologies needed, my dear. Take good care.ReplyDelete
We had a storm here during the wee small hours...there is further rumblings away in the distance; perhaps another is considering if it will make its presence be seen and heard.
I hope the coming week treats you more kindly...cuddles to Jazz. :)
Lee: Thank you. Sadly how I feel impacts on my mood and how I behave, so apologies are needed. I hope your rain is/was refreshing and wish you and the furry overlords a great week.Delete
Your journeys to the 'roos are always fun. And those flower, oh my.ReplyDelete
Susan Kane: Thank you.Delete
I'm sad to hear that the heat is causing you to be uncomfortable and perhaps miserable - I do hope that the cool mornings help, and that you draw comfort from the 'roos in their cool shade. I have been going for my walks at about 5.30am, as it's far too hot later on. Hang in there - autumn will arrive in the not too distant future...ReplyDelete
Your begonias are so lovely :)
Alexia: Early is much the best isn't it? It isn't light enough to garden at 5.30, or I would. And hooray for autumn. I am sorry that you are feeling the heat too.Delete
Spot the 'roo? Seven I think.ReplyDelete
The humidity has been bad here too. It is unusual to have so many successively humid days. A bit cooler this coming week and I hope you have the same and that helps you. It's always exciting to see a hoya bloom.
Andrew: I can see eight that I am sure of, but there could be more. Which is lovely. We are expecting cooler days this coming week. They are still warmer than my sweet spot (and will be humid) but fingers crossed. The hoyas are a joy aren't they? I am itching to purchase different types.Delete
I am sorry to read that you haven't been feeling too good, I do hope the weather may cool down a little for you soon.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed your photographs, always enjoy seeing the Roos and your flowers are very colourful.
Sending you over a cool drink (virtually speaking) and hoping the remainder of the weekend will be restful for you.
Take care, my good wishes.
All the best Jan
Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I expect I will put up with this for a while longer, but will welcome the cooler season when it arrived. Thanks for your wishes and the cool drink.Delete
I counted 8 sets of Ru ears for sure... and 3 possibles lower in the grass? Love the pics! Are they gentle or wild and run when someone gets near? Your flowers are gorgeous. DH and I had planned to move to Australia when we first got married... life interferred.ReplyDelete
Rian: I am with you, but have only counted the ones I was 'sure' of. They are used to people and don't usually budge unless you get too close - in which case they move with surprising speed. Mostly they just stay there - it is their home after all. And thank you.Delete
I found seven roos, perhaps there are more? That second picture looks like he posed specially for you.ReplyDelete
I LOVE your begonias and your hoya. I'm excited to see a bunch of buds on my own hoya at last, but they haven't opened yet.
Does it help at all to sit with your feet raised on a stool?
River: I wasn't certain how many there were, just that there were a lot more than was evident at first glance. a doctor (since discarded) told me to put my feet up. As I told him, they are swollen when first I get up in the morning. It isn't enough. The begonias are a joy.Delete
So much beauty, even when the world is hot.ReplyDelete
It looked like 7 kangaroos in the picture, but my eyes are not what they should be.
The fact that others suffer worse does not change the fact that you suffer, and your suffering is as real and as valid as theirs. As i heard the other day, instead of walking in each other's shoes, how about we just acknowledge that we have all had, and still have, our hard places, and support each other as best we can.
My photos will be over here.
messymimi: The world is FULL of beauty, which is always on my gratitude list. And thank you. I do look forward to your Sunday Selections.Delete
Flowers and roos, woo-hoo. I wonder if those contracepted mamas thank their lucky stars, or shots, as the case may be.ReplyDelete
That hoya is so luscious.
Joanne Noragon: Given how long the young kangaroos stay as pouch potatoes (despite the presence of younger siblings) I hope the females do heave a sigh of relief.Delete
Your begonias are lovely. It's freezing here in Maine. Literally. But 122F is waaaay too hot!!!ReplyDelete
mshatch: We aren't at those temperatures here - and it is still too hot for my wimpy self.Delete
I counted seven but I think there may be eight.ReplyDelete
Mike: I counted eight definitely and a few possibilities.Delete
How hot is it there EC? That sounds so terribly uncomfortable to endure and painful. Does it go away, the swelling, when its cooler?ReplyDelete
Strayer: We are hovering in the early 30s (nudging 90F). Which is way too hot for me. The swelling goes down dramatically (but not completely away) when it gets cooler.Delete
I am so sorry about the heat and humidity you are enduring. I can understand because I have fibromyalgia and I hate the hot weather. I like cool weather much better. But tonight we are supposed to have a major winter storm with snow. I will love seeing the snow even though I won't go out in it. Your picturs of the roos are adorable. I love those creatures, and your flowers are very welcome on a dark and dreary day here in my world. Hope you soon feel better and the swelling does away.ReplyDelete
Glenda Beall: Thank you. I hope that you also feel better (much better) soon.Delete
Your Sunday post is fabulous, I always leave water in the bird baths too, especially while it's hot and horribly humid. xReplyDelete
aussie aNNie: Thank you. The poor birds need the water, and they seem to enjoy it too.Delete
Always intrigued to see kangaroos... We don't have them in my country!ReplyDelete
ashok: Lots of our native animals are unusual, and kangaroos are not the weirdest. I do love them though.Delete
I always love you photos. Before following your blog, I had never noticed what beautiful faces kangaroos have.ReplyDelete
I hope you feel much better and hope the temps will be a little kinder to you.
Have a wonderful week, even if you are a little grumpy. We all have those weeks sometimes!
Anne in the kitchen: They do have lovely faces don't they? Heart melters. And thank you.Delete
Your pictures are beautiful ! I wished we could have a little of your heat and see the flowers blooming ! But I have to wait we are supposed to be in winter instead it's foggy, rainy and very humid !ReplyDelete
Gattina: Believe me, I would gladly send some of our heat to you. I think fog is beautiful and love the rain. Humidity is another question.Delete
That kind of heat is impossible to bear. The roos are sending their love and their hope that you will feel better. I can see it in their eyes.ReplyDelete
Bill: Fortunately my city is nowhere near that horrid 50C temperature. It is still hotter than I like or cope well with. Thank you - and the roos.Delete
You sound a bit miserable, I wish I could bring you a nice icey drink and somehow ease the swelling.ReplyDelete
I hope you have some good moments this week!
kylie: I am grumpy and frustrated rather than miserable I think. A cool drink and less swelling would be wonderful. Thank you - and there WILL be good moments. There always are.Delete
MS is cruel and unrelenting, Sue, a vicious, indiscriminate enemy. The kind of heat you experience during Australian summers must feed the fury mercilessly. Complain all you want. It's perhaps the only catharsis available. If only you could bask in the shade and twitch your ears like the roos.....ReplyDelete
David M. Gascoigne: Thank you. MS wasn't on my wish list, but if you have to get an incurable disease there are worse ones about. I am pretty much skulking in the shade. Sadly I can't twitch my ears.Delete
These are such beautiful photos. The flowers especially. But I'm charmed by the Roos. What amazing creatures they are.ReplyDelete
Elizabeth Varadan, Author: Thank you. Even though we see them regularly, the roos charm us too.Delete
Thank you for your good wishes.ReplyDelete
Why do we always apologise for being grumpy? (you and me both) Sometimes we have good reason (I would hate to have your temperatures and swollen feet at the same time) Hope you'll soon feel better.
I love your pictures of the roos (are there six of them in that picture?) and garden flowers. I want summer. It's a long time away yet and very little is growing in the garden. Perhaps I'd better have a wander around and see if I can find something to cheer me up.
Friko: Thank you. Grumpy is a perfectly valid feeling but I do think I should keep it to myself. And sometimes fail dreadfully. I hope you can find things to cheer you. Lots of them.Delete
Thank you so much for the flower photos Dear E.C.! They are amazing. We have followed the news from tvs that weather risen the over 50°C there and hope cool weather comes there soon. Bye the way Here is very cold. It was snowing here since friday and it is still snowing here. Have a wonderful new brand week.ReplyDelete
bread&salt: Fortunately my city is not that hot - though we are being warned that those temperatures will increase and spread. Cooler weather WILL come, but I will have to wait a while.Delete
Enjoy your snow, and stay warm.
I'm so sorry that you are feeling so bad. I sure hope things improve for you soon. I always love your pictures.ReplyDelete
Mary Kirkland: Thank you. There will be more photos. Of course.Delete
I'm sorry you're having such a rotten time with your MS. It doesn't seem fair that the times when you want to be out in your beautiful garden are the times when MS flares up the worst. Coincidentally, I just came across a medical article that said Vitamin D supplementation *might* help some MS sufferers get longer remission periods between flare-ups - have you heard of that? (I was going to include the link but wasn't sure whether that would send me to spam. If you want to search the article, it's on the Mayo Clinic site, and it's titled "Vitamin D and MS: Is There Any Connection?")ReplyDelete
I enjoyed your photos as always! The kangaroos always make me smile.
Diane Henders: It is ironic that the sun which I often avoid because of the bloody MS might provide something to help. I do take a Vitamin D supplement and went into the garden for a little over an hour at seven this morning. It was toooo bloody hot for me though. Just the same, ripping and tearing at weeds is remarkably cathartic.Delete
I am so sorry to hear of your health struggles. I cannot imagine how you cope in that heat. I can't cope once it gets over 22 degrees centigrade here. The roos and your lovely plants do provide much enjoyment.
I hope the temperatures drop a bit for you.
Ellie Foster: Thank you. My sweet spot is around 14C, so summer is a torment. It will pass. And hopefully without us reaching anything like 50C.Delete
Oh goodness I hope you feel better soon, and I know even a good roo fix won't cure anything, but they are so adorable, and sure bring joy to my dreary day outside. That's the sad part of winter around here, so many sunless days, and right now I pray for sunshine especially for my dear Peacock that is laid up in our barn, he follows the sun as it moves about inside until it can't. Your photos out and about bring such beauty and joy as well. Enjoy your week ahead! Spirits up!ReplyDelete
21 Wits: A roo fix is a guaranteed mood lifter, even if it is not a cure-all. Your poor peacock. I hope that it, and you, gets some sun to lift your spirits.Delete
I hope it cools a bit for you soon and that you feel more energetic-ish. Hugs to you always.ReplyDelete
River Fairchild: Thank you dear friend. Fingers crossed.Delete
Such hell for you EC, it's very hard to cope with equanimity to this intolerable weather. But your pictures are beautiful and your garden gives you joy along with the roos who are so incredible.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the beauty and smiles.
Wisewebwoman. I am a beauty addict and there is a LOT of it about. Lucky me.Delete
So sorry about the heat aggravating your MS Not hot here Just a barren cold tundra with stiff winds keeping me inside though we are lucky to escape an awful storm to our east.ReplyDelete
Loved the Roos and flowers especially the begonias
Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: Thank you - and I am glad you escaped the awful storm.Delete
I am so sorry to read about your discomfort! MS is not fun! I love those Roos, they make me smile.ReplyDelete
gigi-hawaii: MS isn't a heap of fun, but there are worse things about. The roos make us smile too. We may head out looking for them later today...Delete
Don't feel guilty for complaining. I had a bout of depression in the middle of the pandemic. And I felt so guilty for complaining about being stuck in my large house with a spacious backyard surrounded by family when there were so many struggling.. really struggling. But we are all entitled to our feelings and we should be okay with feeling them.ReplyDelete
I wish you cool winds and better health.
Hena Tayeb: Thank you. I am with you on the guilt factor. And try not to complain because it bores me, let alone other people.Delete
I did wonder if you would manage to get in a "roo fix."ReplyDelete
Our sky this morning was a garish, bushfire red when I rose at 5am.Weird as we do not often have such skies. And there was not a breath of breeze (which probably was why the sky was this way) It did not last long.
I must find a more sheltered spot for my non-flowering hoya...it is not at all happy in this heat.So thank you for sharing yours!
dinahmow: Only one of our hoyas is showing any sign of flowering at the moment. I lust after different sorts too. Our early morning sky was grey. Very grey. Humidity is high, rain is forecast, and may or may not happen.Delete
Hope the weather has changed giving you some relief. Your garden is amazing. I love seeing all the colors especially today when our high temperature was only 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Hope the coming week is better for you my friend. Take care.ReplyDelete
Mason Canyon: Thank you. It is cooler today, but still humid. Your high temperature sounds good to me, though the other residents would disagree.Delete
Oh dear! I am sorry you have no escape from heat and humidity, lots of hugs and hearty meows and thanks for sharing your beautiful scenery.ReplyDelete
e: Thank you. I hope that Lukas's hearty meows are not as demanding as Jazz's.Delete
Rahani Rehana: Thank you.Delete
Tried to comment twice and crashed both times. So sad your MS is bad and hope the weather clears up and you get feeling better.ReplyDelete
The Blog Fodder: I am sorry that you are still having internet woes. This too will pass - or I will learn to live with it.Delete
I was by Sunday and couldn't leave a comment. The first time there was no comment box, then I got an error. It was cold, so I went back to bed with the boys. I am SO sorry to read about your MS problems. I wish there was something I could do for you. If I lived closer, I'd come clean your home, weed your garden, feed your cats, and fix you a cold meal and drink. Sadly, the airfare to get there would bankrupt me.ReplyDelete
I always love seeing the roos and am glad to see they are being taken care of rather than getting culled. Contraception works!!!
Your flowers are beautiful, too. I am always in awe of how many flowers you have blooming even when the heat overwhelms us humans. I hope by now, you are feeling better, dear. I hope cooler weather prevails. I will GLADLY give you mine.
Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Thank you so much. Believe me, cleaning the house and weeding the garden are both full time jobs. I am so grateful for the garden - and there is more coming into bloom each day. Including our night flowering cactus...Delete
I forgot to wish you a belated happy birthday. DUH. Not sure where my head is these days, but it sure isn't firmly on my body. Hope you had a great one and were able to be pampered.Delete
I also can't wait to see how that night blooming cactus flower finally unfurls.
Bleubeard and Elizabeth: Thank you. It was a quiet but lovely day. And the night flowering cactus came out!!!Delete
I am so sorry you are feeling unwell. Hope the temps cool off and bring you some relief soon. As always I loved your skyscapes ad the reflected one in the water bath is simply marvellous!ReplyDelete
Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. I really liked that reflected skyscape too. And was glad that I noticed it.Delete
Fantastic flowers ❤ReplyDelete
Kinga K.: Thank you.Delete
Oh, thank you! Roos and pretty flowers. I'm sorry to hear of your MS problems - that's enough to make a saint grumpy - and I cross my fingers for better health for you! I see your nights are cool, small blessing I know, but still.ReplyDelete
I count 8 roos in that photo.
Charlotte (MotherOwl): Thank you. Believe me I am no saint. The cool nights are a blessing, but the body doesn't cope well with big temperature swings. I could see eight roos too - but wondered whether there were more...Delete
Summertime! I know it is coming.ReplyDelete
The flowers are wonderful. We're digging out from a storm.
Cheers from across the pond.
I am so sorry for your health issues. It is a challenge, I am sure.Delete
Jenn Jilks: Welcome and thank you. I am over our summer, and hope that your storm damage isn't too severe. MS is a challenge, but many others face greater.Delete
I wonder if the roos are coming out and look happy since it is getting warmer in Australia. Your begonias are gorgeous. We have begonias here too but they don't bloom much. Coincidentally, my neighbour bought 2 pots for the New Year and it has been a challenge to find a suitable spot - not too hot but with enough sunlight. Hang in there Michelin woman, you are a brave soul to endure the "ballooning" and NO, you are not complaining, sharing is good too.ReplyDelete
kestrel: That day was a bit warm for the roos, but they were very happy in the cool haven. Our begonias are happy on our shaded veranda. Which pleases me. And thank you (though I disagree, I was complaining).Delete
Weird and wonderful creatures in Australia. Kangaroos look like giant rabbits to me, and most Australians seem like people in the wrong place (but in the perfect place if you are a manufacturer of suncream).ReplyDelete
Andrew MacLaren-Scott: Many of our native animals are weird. People have been here for a very long time, but I don't think that those of us with pale skin (like me) belong here.Delete
I love your photos of the kangaroos. :)ReplyDelete
Quinley: We love our roos. A lot.Delete
Here they are to make me smile.ReplyDelete
And the flowers to make me happy.
Thank you, EC!
Caterina: Thank you. I am glad you like them.Delete
Hello, you dear sweet lady you. After being away from blogging for so long, I can't tell you what a pleasure it is... what a comfort it is... to see roos and flowers here on your blog again. Your flowers are still absolutely gorgeous. You must spend a ton of time working in the garden to maintain such an impressive garden.ReplyDelete
Last summer, my fella took me to an animal sanctuary. (Which is really super cool, because he isn't as gaga about critters as I am.) Anyhow, the place started out as a sanctuary for kangaroos, and I've been wanting to visit it for years. It's expanded to include lots of other animals, too, but the best thing I saw there was a wallabee with a baby in her pouch. At first, we saw a tiny foot sticking out, and then it poked out its head. Probably no big deal to you, but I was over the moon. It was sooooo cute. I want to go back this year, but this time, I want to go earlier in the day and pay extra so I can actually hold and pet some of the animals in a private area. WooHOO!
Sorry to hear the heat's been kicking your butt. I've been thinking about you, because I was afraid that might be the case. hang in there. As they say, this, too, shall pass. In the meantime, thank goodness for air conditioning!
Hope you have a fantabulous weekend.
Susan: I do spend a lot of time in the garden - but need to spend more. I am thrilled that you finally got to see that animal sanctuary. And no, seeing a joey in the pouch never gets old. Even though sometimes they are waaaay too big for the pouch. Pouch potatoes.Delete
This too will pass indeed. And other people like the summer even if I don't.
HA! Pouch potato... I love it!Delete
Susan: I have seen some of them still clambering into the pouch when they have obviously outgrown it. Teenagers refusing to leave the comfort of home.Delete
I missed this post and didn't realise until you mentioned that you're still struggling. It was in the spider bite/cut head/family-testing-positive week that seemed to disappear without a trace of anything other than worry. Hopefully the slightly cooler days forecast for the end of the week will be helpful, and hopefully the other struggle-makers will give you a break too.ReplyDelete
Kim: You had more than enough on your plate last week. Thank you for taking the trouble to backtrack. I hope things are MUCH better for you this week. Much, much better.Delete
The roos are wonderful! I think I counted 8 in the one photo, but I'm not sure whether there might be two more. What a great idea to give contraceptive to the females and definitely much much better than a cull.ReplyDelete
I am sorry that your health is not good and the hot and humid weather bothers you so much. No reason to aplogize - I would be in a super grumpy mood.
Carola Bartz: I approve of giving the roos contraceptives. And don't approve of culls. I counted eight roos too, but there may well have been more. It amazes me how well they disappear. And thank you.Delete
I feel for you in that heat and humidity. And am glad you got a roo fix. Thank you for sharing all these things with us.ReplyDelete
In the next town to ours, where they have a lot of deer just as we do, they have planned a cull. It makes my heart hurt to think about it. Deer have been successfully treated with contraceptives, just as your roos have been; why can't all municipalities take the kinder route?
Speaking of kinder, I hope this week is treating you better. I've been out of circulation for a while so missed this post when it was new.
jenny_o: You are welcome whenever you step by dear friend. Hugs. And yes on the contraceptive front. I don't like the collars and tags, but I loathe the cull.Delete