22 August 2016


It's still August, so we have more cold weather to experience before we can safely say that winter is over. The past few sunny days we've had in Sydney have been replaced today by cold winds and rain. 

But the plants in my garden are starting to wake up. I'm always excited by the sight of buds because that means flowers will follow and, in some cases, fruit! The miracle of plant life continually amazes and impresses me.


I planted this nemesia last summer, to fill a gap in a garden bed. I was hoping for deep green foliage and a few pretty flowers but it suprised me with masses of blooms. I love the way it has spread and made its home among the other plants - it is so pretty.

Finger lime

You may remember when I planted my finger lime last year after a quest to find one in a local nursery. Well, look at it now! It's covered with tiny buds, some of which have opened this week to display the prettiest flowers. I know a lot will drop without fully developing into fruit but wow - what an impressive result! I feed it regularly with pellets of Gyganic for Fruit and Citrus, a fertiliser it obviously loves. Such a satisfying response.


My first poppy flower opened in the sunshine last week and I was there to photograph it after I had given the plant a drink. I adore poppies and a single punnet always gives me weeks and weeks of pleasure as I watch the buds break through their protective covering and unfurl to flaunt their petals and sexual parts. I always marvel that something so gorgeous can be such a complex organism.

So that's today in my garden. I eagerly await tomorrow, to discover what's developed overnight. What's happening in your garden right now?

15 August 2016

My book of the month: August

I do enjoy a story that has a happy ending and one that involves a bookshop is even better!

How to find love in a bookshop by Veronica Henry is about Emilia, whose father left her his bookshop when he died. It's in a valuable location for developers so she has to fight to keep her struggling business alive and out of their hands.

The power of stories in people's lives cannot be underestimated. In this book, several plot strands intertwine to show how books can change lives and help romances develop. A very satisfying novel.

Read more about How to find love in a bookshop on Goodreads.

08 August 2016


Sometimes pulling together all the threads of our lives seems totally overwhelming. I know I often have so many decisions to make - some large but mostly small - that I become paralysed with indecision. That's not how I want to live my life.

So I'm simplifying, paring back.

Over the past few years, I've been consciously considering what adds value to my life and what drags me down. People, objects or activities - if they don't enhance my life, I'm moving away from them. My clothes are due for another huge clear out, as are my craft materials. If I haven't worn or used them, they will go. I know that will free physical space but it will also give me the mental space to enjoy my life more.

Avoiding stories of the horrific events that occur in our world is another way I am clearing space. Such events have always happened but today's social media spreads the news so much more than traditional media of the past ever could. I don't need constant streams of this sort of news. 

I like a simple life. My favourite place in the world is my home. I don't need the constant stimulation of travelling or groups of people; that exhausts my sociability limits. At home, by myself or with my partner - that's what I cherish.

Life is good.