Saturday 18th November 2017

What Are You Doing This Week? 2017.124.

What Are You Doing This Week? 2017.124.

Let me know in the comments what you are doing this week!!

It’s mid-November 2017 and for us we do not need to Christmas shop any more because the families are wide-spread and we give our 8 grandkids some cash to spend in the after-Christmas sales, or to save…or in some cases, to pay their parents back!!

I am noticing that the Jacarandas are starting to turn green and there is not as much of the ‘purple carpet’ around the place.

The garden, for me, is always a great guide to the calendar. Well, most of the time. We all know how excessive dry patches (we had them) and over average rainfall (last year) can affect growth and blooming times. The frangipani in the back garden appears to be right on time.

I took these photos over the weekend and hope by the end of the week the tree will be awash with pretty pink blooms. They are also white on this tree so I suspect the previous owners who planted the tree may have added another.

In my working life I would be writing end of year school reports, then as a Deputy Principal and Principal be organising the classes for next year and hosting Kindergarten Orientation. I would also, as a Principal, be supervising, commenting and signing all of the students’ reports before they went home.

When I was teaching at Uni and studying myself via distance education this was always a hectic time. Submitting my assignments as a student back in the 1990s then as a Uni Tutor in 2000s, marking others’ assignments.

So, this week for me holds one event with significance and that is I am having day surgery at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as the first of two stages to help my mouth be ready to receive implants and for my inside lip to get some more skin. I did write last week about my visit to the Oral Reconstructive dentist on Monday and I got the phone call from the Professor’s office that my surgery is on!

It’s Wednesday 15 November, and all going well with my recovery I will come home that day. We will have a very long day, to Sydney in the a.m. and home in the p.m. I will be lucky I guess to have a sleep in the middle. My husband says he is right for things to do, so I am leaving him to it.

Next week, as long as I am up to it after 2 hours of anaesthetic, I will let you know how things went. I am fine with some memory issues but that is expected. I will blog next Tuesday for sure as my IBOT contribution.

So, my week is somewhat daunting but I am remaining confident it will go well and if the travel bothers me, I have my drugs and headphones for the phone!

UPDATE on Thursday morning: the trip down was the longest in time for us thanks to 2 M1 breakdowns but we still made to the hospital before the 9.00 admission by leaving here at 6.00 am! So much traffic even at 7.00 in Sydney you have to wonder how people do this every.single.day. My recovery went very well and I was able to leave the hospital only 2 hours after going to recovery. I am a good ‘recoverer’ – it could be a made-up word, I am seeking my personal wordsmith’s advice on this. Emily Hawker! And I was up at 7.00 am responding to people’s comments here!

Something else I mentioned is I am doing a personal style challenge and a guest post has winged its way to one of my blogging friends. In the meantime here are two three (not a memory issue, added a 3rd  pic but did not change the text!) photos from recent days. I am liking the self-motivation this is bringing to me.

I hope your week ahead is a good one!

Denyse.

Linking with Kylie for I Blog On Tuesdays and with Leanne for Lovin’ Life Linky on Thursdays.

 

 

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Raindrops On…Flowers! 2017.116.

Raindrops On…Flowers! 2017.116.

Before I begin, I would like to acknowledge and celebrate why each 17th October (today!) is a special date for me and my husband. We met that on that day in 1970 and always think of it as “our special anniversary”. I wrote about it in depth here about how we met. Yesterday I wrote a letter to me at 20. The same age I am in the top pic. Happy 47 years to me and B. 1970 photos of us both.

Back to the present!

In the area where we live in New South Wales, the Central Coast,  about 1 hours drive from Sydney’s northern suburbs, it has been virtually rain-free for the past 4 months. The gardens are noticing it as we have had to take care to only use the hose to sprinkle water every second day. The grass out the front has lost most of its green. Luckily we are on town water so no problems with water in the house and so on. Many people who live on beautiful acreage up here though have empty tanks and the water carriers can barely keep up with the business of water supply.

So, yesterday and last night looked promising for some wet stuff from the sky and it delivered. Only 4 mm but enough to make the flowers (and us!) happy.

I shot some pics of this via my iphone and had great fun looking at all those droplets.

 

How is the water situation where you are?

Do you have any special anniversaries like ours?

Denyse.

Joining with Kylie for I Blog on Tuesdays here and with Leanne here for Lovin’ Life Linky on Thursdays.

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P is for Pansies. 2017.106.

P is for Pansies. 2017.106.

I love taking photos of flowers and even though this past Autumn and Winter we were very distracted in our household by my cancer diagnosis in May, we still managed to put in some pansies in pots.

Oh how I love their colours.

I adore their patterns.

They look like cute little faces in some ways.

They also remind me of Mum. I think we must have grown them when I was a kid. And Mum always said ‘put yellow flowers near purple as it brings out the purple’ and I do that! Thanks Mum.

Here is the selection from photos I took recently, just using the iPhone..of the pansies in our little backdeck garden. I am hoping that soon I can also take photos of the sweetpeas as they are almost ready to flower.

Do you grow any flowers?

What are your thoughts on pansies?

Denyse.

Joining in with Kylie here for I Blog On Tuesdays and with Leanne here on Thursdays for Lovin’ Life linky.

For those who LINK -UP with this blog for #LifeThisWeek…the prompts taking us from 25th September until 1st January 2018 are on the Home Page..and here

Mon 25 Sept 37/52. Beach or Bush.

Mon 2 Oct 38/52. Movies.

Mon 9 Oct 39/52. Any Regrets?

Mon 16 Oct 40/52. Letter to 20 year old Me.

Mon 23 Oct 41/52. With $1000 I Would…

Mon 30 Oct 42/52. Travel Tales.

Mon 6 Nov 43/52. Meditation. Yay or Nay.

Mon 13 Nov 44/52. My Last Year Of High School.

Mon 20 Nov 45/52. TAKING STOCK.

Mon 27 Nov 46/52 Best Birthday Ever.

Mon 4 Dec 47/52 My View From Here.

Mon 11 Dec 48/52 Today I will…

Mon 18 Dec 49/52 “Christmas Plans”

There will be no #LTW on 25 Dec. It will return on Mon 1/1/2018 “Bye to 2017”

So, there were not 52 #LTW as I may have planned! 2 weeks with me away in hospital and none on Christmas Day.

 

 

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Winter in the Garden. 2017.85.

Winter in the Garden. 2017.85.

In June the garden here took on a different look.

Whilst there are some blooms happening, much more is about the ‘sleeping’ side of the plants which need to time to renew.

There is none more apparent than the frangipani.

Last winter was my first experience with a large frangipani shedding its leaves and I had no idea of whether I had ‘killed it’ or it was part of its normal cycle.

Checking various frangipanis around the local area I was relieved to see it was perfectly fine.

In late spring everything began the wonderful renewal of the leaves and the blooms!

That’s winter in this garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which one is your favourite?

What about yours?

What do you see coming up and what is going away, so to speak?

Denyse.

Joining here with Kylie Purtell for I Blog On Tuesdays.

 

 

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Flourishing Flowers. 2017.61.

Flourishing Flowers. 2017.61.

This week the little flowers in the garden pots have been flourishing.

In fact so much so they called out for a ‘photo please’!

I took these shots and showed my Dad when I visited as I know he misses having a garden (but not the work!).

Enjoy!

Do you have flowers growing anywhere  at the moment?

It’s Autumn here and I hope these last for a while. The frangipani is losing lots of leaves and getting ready to hibernate over Winter.

Denyse.

Linking here with Sammie and Friends for The Ultimate Rabbit Hole and here with Sue from Image-in-ing.

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Garden Snapshots. 366/290.

Garden Snapshots. 366/290.

I posted last week about the garden here and how I am enjoying the beauty and don’t even mind the maintenance!

I have re-visited some of my photos from this garden at different times of the year and share them again.

Sigh.

Nothing like nature is there?

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I hope your world is wonderful where you are right now too!

Denyse.

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Joining Leanne’s Sunday Lovin Life Linky here.

Tomorrow is my Monday link up and it’s Life This Week 6. “Which Anniversaries Are Special?” optional prompt! Link up an old or new post here!

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Love Close-Ups! 366/261.

Love Close-Ups! 366/261.

I looked outside and I grabbed the good camera with the macro lens.

These flowers were not only blooming but awaiting their….

close-ups!

Enjoy!

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I knew about the fly but still had to capture this!

 

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These are small daisies in a pot but close-up ‘wow’

 

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In the raindrop, you can see the reflection of the garden!

 

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This is part of a creeper we cut back! Now look at it!

 

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A simple, single pansy in a pot. Glorious!

Do you ever just stop for a moment and check out flowers and go “wow, look at that”?

Denyse.

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Some pleasant Sunday viewing going here to join Leanne’s Lovin Life Link up today.

P.S. It’s Monday tomorrow and my blog’s link up “Life This Week” is continuing for Week 2. Optional prompt is “Favourite Family Meal.” Thank you to all who joined in last Monday and to those who also commented! It made my WEEK!!

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Seeing Beauty Everywhere. 366/220.

Seeing Beauty Everywhere. 366/220.

When I am feeling a little down or need to ‘get outside’ I go for a walk or a drive.

Yesterday with the weather being ‘bleurgh’ and wintery and me being a ‘little bit missing family’…

Our DD was 45! I know! We did call her, sent her a card and gift card and her dad will deliver her some home made cupcakes and freezer meals next week (that’s what this mum likes to do) but it’s still another marker of time passing…sigh.

I took myself to a new place around here to check it out…there are a lot of places here on The Central Coast which ‘could’ be home one day. Then I drove back to the Wyong River and watched a locomotive stop and start. I gazed at the grey river but noticed..

the beauty around me.

Here is what I captured via the iPhone:

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Lantana Bush. Noxious weed I believe. But pretty flowers!

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Budding flower

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I don’t know the name of this tree but they are all along the river bank. The RED is such a standout on a dull day.

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Despite the dull day, and muddy water, the trees are serene by the river.

Do you notice the beauty around you?

Denyse.

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