As long as I cannot see them

bugs don’t bug me.

I discovered on of these climbing our front door

not long after we moved.

It was huge as far as I was concerned

and then it simply multiplied and I

had 20 or 30 smaller versions running around.

I  had never seen anything like it previously.

Breakfast in the garden.  Yuk!

This series I don’t mind as the garden

and all plant life benefits.



However, on the farm, because the house

was built circa 1920s or earlier.

At this time of year bees would find

any little crevice and invade our walls.

They even came down our chimney/flue

and we often had a small spring fire lit

when the temperature was

first hitting 30 degrees Celsius.


Here, in the garden is where they belong.







Difficult to find fresh autumn images

this time of year.

Therefore mainly signs of Spring

in my images this week.

So, one image of a Ginko tree in autumn colours.

The following from a garden walk

earlier in September.

Our Giant Snowdrops are now

virtually gone.

However, the Diosma bushes are

still a picture of colour.


Most of the daffodils are also past,

well past their best.


SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:   Signs-of-Autumn



It’s Autumn,

and a dry one at that,


Many of our plants are looking worse for wear

due to the dry start 2019 has brought us.

Our new cone-shaped Hydrangea

which looked like this a few months ago…


has changed colours…

and is providing a small splash of colour.

Agapanthus are over and done.



The Japanese Maples have also succumbed

and are nowhere near as happy as they are in this shot.

This one was blown over, pot and all,

during equinoxial gales a few days ago.

Roots protruding from the pot were broken

and it is really sad.

Just hope we can keep it going in a new pot

once it has shed leaves.

Remember the song lyrics….

See the tree, how big it’s grown 
But friend it hasn’t been too long 
It wasn’t big
I laughed at her and she got mad, 
The first day that she planted it
Was just a twig….”

Those few lines sum up this Japanese Maple.

It was a twig, which MGW nursed all the way

to a four foot potted plant.

Late March 2017, we had received some rain

and had high hopes that the newly installed turf

would send runners out and green up our back yard.

This year parts of our turf are suffering

and the runners have withered in the heat.

The only good thing about it is that

many others are in the same boat.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: In-the-Garden




A wander around our garden this morning

showed these signs of April.

Miniature Agapanthus have

long since bloomed.

Our new hydrangea which looked

so bright a while back…

…is still adding some colour to its corner of the world.

Some of our deciduous trees are showing the stress

of a long dry summer and early autumn.

March was dry and April is not

shaping up much better.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Hello-April

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Hello-April





When we moved off the farm and into what I call suburbia…

…we discovered that some things were still the same.

That is we still had to have a septic system

to process all wastes from the house.

This is the very beginning of what was

to become known as the “Poo-Pit”.

A 300 square metre garden bed/come effluent field.


We opted to install a water treatment plant…

…and from very humble beginnings our “Poo-Pit” has

grown into a reasonably well-developed garden bed

which comprises a myriad of plants and provides

some colour, even if only foliage, all year round.



Black and White Tuesday18-0109


Black and White Tuesday


Carrying on  the nature theme from the

A Photo a Week Challenge.

Canola crop

Foggy morning jewells.

Cross over.

Two garden sprays intersect

prior to a 40 plus temperature

last Saturday.



Hope you enjoyed.



Weekly Photo Challenge-Growth



My contribution for this week’s challenge…



When we moved off the farm. in 2005,  we moved

to an area that did not offer sewerage as a service.

We had to install our own water treatment plant or septic tank.

We opted for the water treatment plant.

According to council/health regulations we had to provide

300 square metres of land for the treated water

to be sprayed on to our block or garden bed.

This patch of grass was the area.


Soon workmen were in establishing the area.


Adding some kind of sand to help with the absorption

of treated water to be sprayed thereon.


 By 2013 we had seen some growth in our garden.

For a few years it was quite often more wet than dry.

However, it maybe since the boys moved out

and plants became established,

it is seldom wet under foot.

 And about twenty minutes ago it looked…

just like this.

This part of our garden is known as the poo-pit.

Although the water which is sprayed on to it

is nearly as clear as tap water.