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Mid-winter treasures

I love my Youngberries! They bear
from autumn through to spring and
are such a treat and a change from
the winter citrus harvest.

You have to be quick to beat my youngest
son to them, but luckily my arms are
longer and my perspective elevated.

Maybe tomorrow there might be enough
for a pie? I’m hoping there will be…


A surprise awaited me today on my garden round.

As usual I started weeding and planting, completely unprepared – no gloves – when I came across this black beauty: A Redback spider, relative of the Black Widow only more poisonous. Yes, she’s pretty (in a gothic-kind of way), looks quite small, compared to a rearing Funnel web or Huntsman spider, yet she deserves quite a bit of respect from me.

Where she lives, on the outside base of the herb bed, she should be well enough out of the way and deserves to remain in her habitat. She is one of the indigenous inhabitants and has a role to play in this eco system to maintain its overall health.

Live and let live.

The moonrise tonight was utterly breathtaking.

Still quite full, the orb lifted out of the ocean – a brilliant orange yellow, its enormous size dwarfed the lights of the coastline towns. It spread its glow through the surrounding air.

It was easy to forgive that the colour was probably due to smoke in the air from burn-offs and chimneys.

It was a moving end to a lovely day.

A ‘spring’ cleaning day – taking advantage of the sunshine to air and dry washing and tidy the house.

The highlight today was sitting in the midday sun on the deck with the kids eating an icecream.

A well-earned reward for the clean-up crew. We spent the rest of the day having a lazy Sunday.

The day promises a clear sky for tonight’s full moon eclipse.

Although it started out grey this morning, it cleared to a beautiful day with a rippled sky.

It turned into a perfect bubble-blowing day.

What better way to enjoy some winter sunshine.

It was the perfect joyful balance during this emotionally charged time in the world.

Like pearl necklaces,
dew drops hung on
every tiny tip of my
cabbage and broccoli
seedlings this morning.

Tiny watery jewels.

So beautiful,
so delicate
and so evanescent.

Winter Moon

Driving home late,
steel pinprick sparks
pierce ebony heavens.

Swelling moon orb
splashes gossamer veils
across darkened paths.

Open the door to
alabaster rivers cascading
across floors and windowsills.

Instantly extinguished
by the light.


Welcome rain.

And a hot, deep bath at night.

Living with tank water I get to appreciate water more.

Thank you.

How I would miss going out each day
to be surprised by my garden.

How different to go to a shop and face
a selection of far-travelled goods.

Could I live like that again?
I wouldn’t want to…

This is what fresh really means.
Food that doesn’t come from a tin
or a package.

This is real food. Alive and live-giving.

Tonight’s pumpkin soup:


Winter Solstice

Driving home today after chores in town,
I stopped at the lookout,
like I look at the horses (you know the ones),

Such a glorious day – winter solstice.
Full of cheerful memories.
Feast laden table,

It made me cry,
I hoped it had died,
dried up,
gone far away.

But it hasn’t.

The wounds of your coming
left open
by your leaving.

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