My daughter went to the Auckland Botanical Gardens today on an educational field trip. She is one of the school’s head gardeners and a small team of 4 went along with the head of their conservation department. They had an opportunity to plant more trees and in the process learn about certain tree and plant types.
While they were walking around, one of the educators handed Annebell this strange looking greenery. She was told it is a fig, but I am not convinced. It looks more like an artichoke to me. But I must admit, when you slice it open it does smell like a fig, but I can’t tell if any of the flesh is edible.
Nature surely is mysterious.
As part of my competition co-ordinator role I have the privilege to also put the judges gifts together. We have approximately 26 judges who dedicate their time (some of them are there for 15 hours on both days) and as a small gesture of our appreciation we give them a small gift. This year we had tea mugs filled with tea, coffee and my lemon & lavender cookies, with a planted pansy.
My lounge certainly feels like a small forest where little fairies would frolic as 2 dozen of these pansies are carefully spread across the carpet.
Just another day in the life of me.
Living on a farm brings with it new neighbours. And no, I don’t mean the nosey, noisy type you can do without. But the 4 legged type.
The calves are usually not friendly as they don’t have much contact with us two legged type unless they are being transported. The paddocks around us are usually offered up as grazing for farmers with horses, calves, cows and cheep.
This particular young bull was quiet curious and came up close enough for these up-close-and-personal photos.
Living the rural life.
Meet Dorothy (yes I know this is a boy mouse but Dorothy sound so much cuter) our undomesticated house mouse. I sat in that corner for over 20 minutes to get this image.
Patience of a Saint!
Plant? Fruit? Seed?
I found this strange looking plant in our garden today, in different areas. I can’t help but hope that it is some sort of erotic fruit.
I have had some responses to this photo, with most leaning towards a horrible weed that carries a warning from Conservation New Zealand, especially in the rural Auckland areas, in which case it needs to be burned, literally!
As the sun start to set earlier, we have some of the most breathtakingly beautiful sunsets late afternoon. Today was no different.
We have a long driveway and a row of large trees that soldier beside it. All these trees loose their leaves during autumn so the array of colors that radiant from each individual leave when the sunrays touches them is mesmerizing. Each leave is a different shade of orange, red, auburn, copper, yellow. I stood underneath one of the trees and at every angle a different part of the tree lit up.
An artists dream.
A touch of frost in late May, when inhaling the cold air burns your lungs and you see your warm breath leave your mouth. Ah, winter is approaching.
Rural New Zealand traffic.
This little creature greeted us when we got home. I would like to believe that he was waiting for our return with open arms as we found him on the welcoming mat.
“Here’s looking at you kid”.
Just when I thought today was going to be an ordinary day with work, gymnastics, mum taxi, nature puts on a show.
How mesmerizing are these clouds. They cover the autumn blue sky like a woven blanket with the sun piercing through desperate to reach earth so that its occupants can enjoy the last few sunrays before sunset.
I was suddenly overwhelmed by my surroundings and an immense sense of gratitude.
May your sky be shining bright today.