Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Surprise Blooms! 2017.23.

Surprise Blooms! 2017.23.

I am not really an experienced gardener at all.

However, since moving to this rented house I have enjoyed putting together some plants into pots.

They bring colour and some joy to me every day as I care for them.

Recently, the path near where these pots had been placed started ‘growing’ some greenery,

Initially I thought weeds. Then I took a closer look.

Some of the little offshoots from one group of my plants had taken themselves (via birds or wind, I do not know) and planted into the cracks of the paved area.

Today, a very hot sunny one in NSW, I took pics of how they’ve surprised me with their blooms!

Thank you to two friends who reminded me of the name of these beauties: Portulacas

 

Are you surprised by nature?

I am.

Denyse.

Joining photography friends here:

Trish: Jen: Steph: Sue

On the weekend I link here with Sammie for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole.

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Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

Fabulous Frangipanis. 2017.19.

I declare that I love frangipanis ….on the tree.

They are delightful, smell sweetly and look a treat.

Then they fall…their fabulousness decays…and they become rubbish and need to be swept away before someone slips and falls. Life with frangipanis!

We used to live in a hotter area of Sydney around 45 minutes drive from the coast. We did end up buying and nurturing a frangipani back in 2011 when I renewed my love for them. It remained small but it did produce the lovely flowers. Not many but enough.

In my family’s house on the coast, Dad ended up with several frangipanis which ‘took off’ and were from cuttings from an old friend’s tree in Wollongong. So, it appears, in the right setting and climate they thrive!

We moved to this house on the NSW Central Coast late 2015. It has a HUGE old frangipani tree in the back garden. I am not sure, but it could be two trees in one. What I do know is that we had to cut in back a bit to enjoy what plants were hidden underneath! We took some of those cuttings and they’re in pots and in other garden spots now.

This summer I have notice more frangipanis that are different to ours around this local area.

I went for a walk for the purposes of this post to photograph them. The colour and size differences were interesting.

What was the same, however, was the mess they leave when they fall.

Frangipanis! Beauties which give and give while they’re on the trees.

They give me the reason to exercise when it’s time to sweep them up after they’ve fallen.

What’s your view about frangipanis?

Do you have them where you live?

Have you ever grown one?

Denyse.

 

I hope my photography friends enjoy these: Link ups are here:

Trish, Sue, Steph and Jen.

On the weekend I link up with Sammie and friends for the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here.

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Norwest Sydney Remembered. 2017.11.

Norwest Sydney Remembered. 2017.11.

We moved from our country teaching posts to Sydney in 1978. We were fortunate to be able to buy a new house and land package at Kellyville, on the fringe of Castle Hill and almost semi-rural area for $44,600. (today’s value: $900k) We raised our two children here, and then in 1993 succumbed to the lure of a new house, and an easy-to-obtain mortgage to buy land at the newly created Bella Vista (suburb) and build an architect designed house. All for around $400,000.

It was wonderful being almost pioneers on the old land that was inhabited firstly by the original owners, and then by the early settlers including John and Elizabeth MacArthur. In fact, the house we built looked up to the original Bella Vista farm (still there in part for historic purposes and appreciation of current citizens) so it always felt like being a part of history too.

Over the years much has already happened to the area, see the timeline here and we bought our land in 1993 and moved to the house in January 1994.

1801

Seven Hills Farm

Pre-1788

Aboriginal custodianship of the Cumberland Plain by the Darug people

1788

European settlement and exploration of the Cumberland plain commenced

1799-1801

Seven Hills was sub-divided by the Crown into a series of grants to free settlers including 500 acres was transferred to James Robertson

1801

Stock Farm was sold to John Macarthur along with 1,250 sheep. Bella Vista Farm Park still contains the historic homestead and farm buildings with a single avenue of bunya Pines and is open for public recreation.

1949

North Sydney Brick and Tile Company Limited (Norbrik)

Norbrik purchased a total of a thousand acres of land with part being used for their brick and tile manufacturing plant which operated on part of the site from 1956 to 2002.

1980′s

Norbrik investigated alternate uses for the site and came up with the concept of a business park where people worked, lived and played.

1987

Baulkham Hills Shire Council and the New South Wales State government rezoned the land as Employment land.

1992

First Stage of Norwest Business Park

The first large-scale business park in Australia of some 377ha was brought to the market. Subdivision works were completed for Stage 1 and construction of buildings commenced in the early 90′s with Australia Post, Cathay Pacific and Hillsong Church acquiring land and commencing construction in 1993.

The first residential development took place in the Bella Vista Village precinct.

SOURCE: http://www.norwestassociation.com.au/history/

We sold our house in 1997 for $474,000 (today’s value: $1.5million) and moved to a suburb across Old Windsor Road, Glenwood, which had been a large dairy farming property. We purchased this house and land package for around $300,000.(today’s value:$950k)

Over the decades housing sprang up on both sides of Old Windsor Road as did the multitude of businesses and other commercial enterprises such as schools, hospitals, churches and retirement places. Much changed in that time and the establishment of a ‘centre’ with a man-made lake gave the area some quiet spaces and pleasant areas to view and rest.

I often walked around the Lake at Norwest Shops. Grandchildren who accompanied me over the years enjoyed feeding the ducks. This was a fun thing to do but sadly those ducks were over-fed and the waterways added many fish of dubious species as well such as carp.

It was in 2014 I took these photos. We have not lived nearby since then and I do know that changes have been made, of course, with even more buildings for both business and residential purposes. There is a rail system being added to the area to hopefully reduce to huge road traffic component of living away from good public transport. However, all in all, the area no longer held any appeal for us after all the years so we have moved on!

Family and friends who remain do so because of location, work and school/study commitments, relationships and more…. and because it’s Sydney!! We have retired to the Central Coast of NSW about 90 minutes drive north.

Do you know the history of where you live?

Are you familiar with this part of Sydney?

Let me know more in the comments!

Denyse.

Joining photography link up friends here:

Jen, SueSteph and Trish

On the weekend I add my post to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole here with Sammie and Paula and new friends too.

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Close To Nature. 2017.3.

Close To Nature. 2017.3.

One thing I have learned about me in the past two years is that I need to be close to nature.

I did not really appreciate the healing and wondrous aspects of nature until I was taken away from ALL of my life’s work, distractions and busy-ness!

There IS something about the negative being turned into a positive and with the anxiety which rose (and rises!) in me, I have found being close to nature helps me become more grounded and at one with myself.

Here are some of my recent forays into nature. Some are as close as walking outside to our back garden and others are 5-10 minutes drive away! Enjoy.

In keeping with my blogging practice from 2016 I will blog under categories but now, there may be more than one in a blog post such as today’s with covers both mindfulness and health and photography!

Have you tried being in nature to take away some of the head-oriented stuff that keeps us stressed and anxious?

Denyse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linking with photography bloggers here:

Trish, Sue, Jen and Steph.

Linking with The Ultimate Rabbit Hole here with Sammie and friends for the first time in 2017.

 

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Purple Power. 366/323.

Purple Power. 366/323.

It’s almost the end of November but maybe because we had a very cold winter, the fabulous Jacarandas are still blooming in many places here.

Recently I saw these beauties and had to stop and go explore the park where they are located.

From Wyong Town Square.

The same place where I visited after the A.N.Z.A.C. Day services. It is a beautiful place to rest and reflect.

Whilst the Jacaranda tree is not native to Australia, it has a special place in our hearts as it helps us realise we are almost at the end of the year!

Do you see Jacarandas in bloom near you?

I drove down a street in Sydney this week where they are blooming and losing their colour onto the pavement which looked like a carpet.

Denyse.

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Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Grounded! 366/318.

Get Grounded! 366/318.

Recently I realised that I had been leaving something out of my routines that I needed to both nurture and refresh myself.

It has been at least 2 months since I walked on the beach. Yet, back in summer I was there almost every day!

I put that right and stayed on the edge of the waves to capture these special seconds of time as I became grounded.

(apologies if you do not like looking at feet!)

Do you ever feel the benefits of being grounded? Sometimes a walk outside on grass is helpful too.

I hope your weekend is a good one!

Denyse.

Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephsjoy

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Remember 11 November. 366/314.

Remember 11 November. 366/314.

Today is Remembrance Day.

It’s been called Armistice Day.

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the war to end all wars*was over.

11.11.1918

I will stand silent at 11.00 a.m. today and remember all who have sacrificed their lives in war over many conflicts.

Thank you to those who served, those who waited at home, those who gave their lives and those who returned to their home countries ever changed.

Lest We Forget.

My tribute via some of my photos.

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In 2015 For the 100 Years since Gallipoli. 'Poppy Park'

In 2015 For the 100 Years since Gallipoli. ‘Poppy Park’

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In 2015 I ‘planted’ this poppy for my late grandfather who did return from WW1.

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Do you commemorate the 11th November?

Denyse.

*that was of course, the hope for that time. Sadly proved wrong.

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Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephs Joy

 

This weekend I am adding my post to the Ultimate Rabbit Hole linky hosted by Sam here, Karin here and Paula here!

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Duck Behaviour. 366/302.

Duck Behaviour. 366/302.

We lived close to the water last year and ducks were everywhere. Here’s a couple I followed one day.

The photos tell the story!

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Do you have animals near your place so that you get to observe their behaviours too?

Denyse.

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Thanks to these blogging friends for Photo Link Ups!

Trish at My Little Drummer Boys

Sue at Image-in-ing

Jen at Pierced Wonderings

Steph at Stephs Joy

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