Immersed in nature

Walking in the bush gives me vitality, the lifting of a weight from my shoulders feels real, I can breathe and enjoy the moment.A couple of weeks ago, we had the most glorious weather over a weekend and my daughter and I decided a bushwalk would do wonders for our winter fug.

Off we went to John Forrest National Park which straddles, Greenmount and Hovea in Western Australia.

This is close to where I grew up, I always feel energised and happy when I am in this country. We parked the car outside the park and walked cross country to the little settlement within the park, it was a very special time, I felt 30 years younger and just wanted to shout out loud with delight 🙂


A few of the Balga trees (Xanthorrea) had flower spikes, but it is too early for the flower buds to be open. There was a lot of Dryandra and I really hope to plant some in the garden of my new home (when I get one). Sitting on the granite boulders, took me back to my childhood, even as an adult they are BIG!


Another little gladdening of my heart was when I chanced upon this Eggs and Bacon plant, they have always been a nostalgic favourite of mine.

I had completely forgotten about Glen Brook Dam, the water was crystal clear and calm, it was a soothing place.

Finally, we went to the Tavern to buy icecream and met some of the locals! A couple of the girls had joeys in their pouches, one pouch was firmly zipped up when I got too close, but the other allowed her baby to poke its head out and say hello, it was really special.


That dominant (male) Boomer was not interested in us at all.


Unlike this lady 🙂IMG_20180623_090247.jpg

The middle one of this group was licking the outside of her pouch and got me wondering if a tiny embryo was about to make its way up to it.

This video explains how they do it 


Hello Baby!!!


It was a lovely day.

Spring, wedding, visitors and not much sewing

Today is glorious, the sun is shining and is WARM (ooh, lovely) and thoughts turn to wearing less clothing. My daughter has asked me to make her a bikini using a Burdastyle pattern and she has chosen a very thick cotton drill for the toile; methinks this fabric is unsuitable because it is too thick at the seams and bears no resemblance to the stretchy lycra I will make the real thing in, still, she can always wear it around the house 🙂

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Looking at Perth from Kings Park

Still, with Mum staying, my Brother-in-law living here and everyone getting excited about the upcoming nuptials of my dear Younger Brother and the Lovely Trish- there is not very much sewing happening here!

The garden is looking lush and I can’t keep up with the weeds, they just spring up overnight! Meanwhile my asparagus is sending tasty shoots and I am harvesting my little patch of wheat for the chooks …

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Western Australia is renowned for it’s Spring displays of wildflowers and, while the following pics are not from my garden, they easily could be, as all of these grow well in Perth’s sandy soil.

The most famous would be the Kangaroo Paw

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My favourite wildflower is the Fringed Lily. I have grown these and they did well, but died after a couple of years, I miss them, although they’ve been replaced with Purple Flags

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I will finish now with the lovely Paper Daisies, (aka Everlastings), easy to grow, lovely to look at and last for ages- the perfect flower 🙂