Wednesday 18th October 2017

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. #LifeThisWeek 29/52. 2017.93.

Winter. #LifeThisWeek 29/52. 2017.93.

Almost 2 months into a southern hemisphere Winter and it’s not been anything much other than mild. For those who live inland from the coast there have been under zero C temperatures and frosts and for those with a high altitude on some of the mountains and hills where snow can fall – in both New South Wales and Victoria – the season of snow has begun.

For those of us (I include many on the east coast of Australia), Winter means much less daylight, some colder days and evenings and at times some wild weather. This Winter, touch wood, we have had little of the wild weather, in fact you could call in mild weather. The southern coast of Australia has had its share of cold and the northern end of Australia is sunny with less humidity. Western Australians have a temperate climate too,

So, as I am still somewhat in the fog that is post-surgery I am adding photos to express my Winter this year!

How has your winter been to date? And to my northern hemisphere readers, what WAS Winter like for you?

Denyse.

Outside temp today: 13.3 and inside 20.5 thanks to air con.

I like the clouds in Winter!

I LOVE how the sky is so beautiful in winter

Sydney scene in Winter

A different day..a different Sydney scene!

No leaves nor frangipanis while it’s Winter

Across the Harbour Bridge on a Winter’s Day.

Clouds get me taking pics every time! Local Beach in Winter.

P.S. This post was written at the end of last week, and this weekend is the last in July. I believe in NSW we have one of the driest Winters on record and by gee I did notice that in our garden when I got home from hospital.

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Here’s The Weather Report. 366/238.

Here’s The Weather Report. 366/238.

I have already admitted to being a weather nerd and I guess with the advent of apps to help me know what the weather ahead will be like, then that makes me even more so. I have always been this way, especially when we lived in the west of Sydney and I would be off to work in schools and wondering ‘what will I wear!’

I know that most if not all of the weather predictions, updates and forecasts in Australia come from here.

Living here on the Central Coast we have had our fair share of weather extremes which I wrote about too. I think I was prepared for what was ahead during the East Coast Low that came to stay…and over stay in April 2015 but no expert meteorologist could have foreseen how long it stayed as it was ‘most unusual’ as they say.

The weather data from the Central Coast NSW goes back to the Bureau of Meteorology from here:

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In the ground of the Lighthouse are the weather station and the wind gauge. Inside the white building is the rain gauge.

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Lighthouse at Norah Head, set on the edge of the coast, has an official Bureau of Meteorology weather station in the grounds.

Weather is what surrounds us and affects us each day/night and I think that’s why I am so interested. I am a big fan of being prepared, comfortable and sheltered!

As I write this post, it is almost the end of August and officially nearing the end of Winter in Australia. However, weather does not do the calendar really well and that explains that we have had both record warm days and nights this Winter as well.

My best guides for the weather are the local forecaster on the news in the area where we live now, my app on my phone called Weather Zone Plus and my husband. He seems to have more knowledge than any and I think he might be a weather expert but uses none of the tools I choose. He checks his barometer and his years of being both a country and city dweller (observer of the skies and what is around him) help.

The weather on this app has come from the Norah Head weather station.

The weather on this app has come from the Norah Head weather station.

How do you find out about the weather where you are?

Denyse.

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Joining with Anne over at Domesblissity for Thriving on Thursdays and Grace for Flog Your Blog Friday over at With Some Grace.

 

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Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Am I A Winter Person? 366/158.

Yesterday I would have said generally, yes.

Until this…the great (and latest) East Coast Low. This was earlier on Sunday 5 June. We live between Wyong and Norah Head. Top of photo.

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I am writing this and scheduling the post ‘just in case we lose power’ so…here is a link to what has been happening in the local area called The Central Coast of NSW. The east coast low went from Queensland, down through northern NSW, here then onto Sydney and inner parts of the metropolitan area, south coast and further. It remains a menacing and awful event. Let’s hope by the time this is published tomorrow it’s gone!

I have horrid memories of the last #eastcoastlow and that wasn’t even in Winter! Remember this?

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So, I guess I am more of a winter person as I am more physically comfortable being cool. I love a temperate time of year, like most people, and so I dislike the extremes of summer. I could live in a colder clime – I think – but my hub endured too many Armidale winters to want to do that again.

We will stick to the more temperate climes in our older age and keep comfy with a jacket or jumper and the heater set at about 23 degrees when it gets too cold even here.

I like the comfort foods of winter, but I have to cook them still. I also like the warm cosy nights in bed but then again, the nights are pretty long aren’t they? I enjoy being at home on a winter’s day with sunshine pouring in through the windows but keeping wind and rain at bay.

What about you?

Are you a winter person?

Denyse.

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Joining Kirsty, whose idea this was…and wondering what she will have to say over here at My Home Truths.

UPDATE: We did not lose power. Phew. So many people I know living in areas majorly affected by this east coast low system and I feel for them. Many have had house damage, cannot get to work or school and some schools and businesses are closed. Take care, everyone. Hope all is well wherever you are. 

 

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Look It’s Summer! 366/36.

Look It’s Summer! 366/36.

You can expect to see beach and water shots from me, that is a given. I love exploring the spaces around here and these are some from the past few weeks.

In a few short weeks, the Australian summer is officially over. We have our seasons by the calendar.

Summer: December, January, February.

What season is it where you are?

Denyse.

Joining in my photography blogging links here:

Trish here for Aussie Wordless Wednesday

Jen here  for Photo Friday

Image-in-ing over here

Stephanie at StephsJoy.

Thanks for having me visit!

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Weather. 345/365.

Weather. 345/365.

The weather affects us in so many ways.

Many are good, others are uncomfortable and for some dangerous to health.

Living in Australia for my 66+ years I have experienced the highs and lows of temperatures and conditions.

We have lived in outback desert-like conditions and I have holidayed in the far north tropics and in the Australian alps in  winter.

What is common to Australia in summer is how we watch for arrival of the cool change.

In NSW I know we refer to it as a ‘southerly’ or a ‘southerly buster’.

It brings sheer relief to everyone and their place after day(s) and night(s) of heat which has often been fanned to the coast from our hot inner heartland.

The southerly winds seem to generate in the southern cold ocean and may be from Antartica.

Nevertheless it is always wonderful to know ‘that the southerly is on its way’.

I’ve taken to asking about it on Instagram and Twitter now we are further up the coast it takes a while longer!

Yes, I also have weather apps on my phone.

Do you?

Denyse xx

P.S. What’s the weather like where you are today?

P.P.S. It’s pleasant here and all windows are open for the breeze, no air con needed!!

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Love This Tree! 323/365.

Love This Tree! 323/365.

In Spring in Australia we see the yellow of the wattles fade away which started their bloom in Winter.

But we know more colour is on the way!

By October (mid Spring) we see the purple of the Jacaranda and that is magical especially when it leaves it magical carpet below.

I LOVE this tree too. I call it the Illawarra Flame Tree. Look at this RED!!!

I was out recently and had to walk down a footpath to capture this.

It is often seen near the purple Jacaranda and I love that look too.

But this is a picture of it alone.

I LOVE this tree’s colour!

Spring has definitely arrived..in fact less than 2 weeks now till our SUMMER!

What trees do you find drawn to for their colour?

Denyse xx

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