7/15: time marches on

How can it be a quarter of the way through the year already? Obviously if I didn’t post this by 31st March it would be too late to use this title.

I wonder if anyone has even noticed how few posts I’ve put on WordPress this year; a far cry from the year I took the challenge to do a post every day.

The petunias have had their season as we seriously move into autumn, apart from this week’s splash of late summer.

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366/366: full circle

An achievement in itself has been managing to blog every day of the year. I am commemorating this auspicious occasion with some good news. The semi-circle of shame is no longer. I mentioned that I would do the grand unveiling on New Year’s Eve, so here ’tis.

Having weeded it all, it was ready to attack, by removing some soil and recycling some old vinyl and rocks.

weeded and ready to attack

recycling vinyl and rocks

rock'n'roll

almost finishedAlmost complete, I will probably add more river rocks to the arrangement, but for now it will suffice.

WordPress’s Project 365 challenge has encouraged me to write every day, and it is true: the more you write, the more you want to write. However, I know that on some occasions I was scratching around for a post, so next year I will not be forcing myself to do it daily. Hopefully, my posts can be more thoughtful, although sometimes it’s fun just sharing a photo I like, with little or no writing. I’m looking at posting weekly on princessprattles, freeing myself up to work on my novel, my other blogs, and maybe even introduce a couple more. Yes, addicted to blogging and loving it.

Have a fantastic New Year, and aspire to great things. The possibilities are endless.

321/366: the case of the mystery plant

Springing up out of nowhere, I don’t know what this plant is. At the moment it is shrub-sized, but you never know, it could end up being a tree.

We’ve left it in situ in case it is something we would like, but who knows?

I was googling leaves to see if I could find out what they are, but all it showed me was there are many different classifying features to leaves. Who even knew all the shapes and styles that are out there?

The leaves are reminiscent of my rhododendron, though not as bright a green. The shape of the leaves is quite elliptical, the veins are pinnate, the leaves seem to be whorled, and they are pleasantly lightly scented when crushed. The trunk seems to be flecked with a lighter colour too. To me, it could be a distant relative of the rhody or maybe the love-child of a rhododendron and lemon tree? I am no expert (obviously).

Photo of Rhododendron leaves:

Photo of older Rhododendron leaves:

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If you have any ideas to share, please help me, as I need to make a decision about whether it stays in my garden or goes. Thank you in anticipation.

 

255/366: how my garden equates with eating an elephant

Let me start by saying I would never actually eat an elephant, nor would I wish to. It is merely a metaphor.

How would you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

This is how I approach my garden. Though it is only a suburban garden, and not acreage, it is nevertheless quite sizeable, especially now, in days when blocks are getting smaller and smaller. Ours is just under one third of an acre, or 1284 square metres.

Over the twenty-seven years we have lived here, starting with a shell on a paddock we have extended and expanded, landscaped and concreted, to achieve a rather lovely environment, even if I do say so myself.

It seems to be a neverending task, or labour of love as I think of it. There is still so much scope for more landscaping ideas, creating interesting corners in the garden, which are always so much easier in my head than actually doing them.

But there is always maintenance, even in areas that are considered “finished”. Is anything ever really finished in a garden? The way I tackle it is in stages. I get overwhelmed if I just look at everything at once, to the point that it immobilises me.

By compartmentalising my garden, I avoid that immobilisation, by dividing it into different areas, particularly for maintenance tasks such as pruning and weeding. By cutting it up into bite-size pieces, it is an achievable challenge, just as you might do if you did attempt to eat an elephant.

204/366: silhouette collaborative project #2

For my next photo in the silhouette collaborative project, I have chosen a bell theme.

I backlit the bell by putting it in front of my round lamp, which always reminds me of either a crystal ball or a full moon, turned the flash off, and took the photo with my Canon IXUS 120 IS.

The third bell was too large for this treatment, which is why you cannot see a silhouette of the last one. Pictured below are the bells in colour.

197/366: silhouette collaborative project

Thanks to Beingjulz, I found out about this collaborative project from SeeingSpotsPhoto.com. Both these links lead to the same blog, as Julz reblogged the original. Wow, I feel quite technologically marvellous, having finally learnt how to link!!

The challenge is to take silhouette photos. Perhaps not strictly what is required of the task, on my morning walk the other day I was inspired to take my camera along with me, as it wasn’t quite light yet and I thought I may get some nice sunrise shots. At this time of year, when the days are shorter, it means you don’t have to get up as early to capture photos like this!

I think the next shot can be best classified as a silhouette, as it is definitely only the outline of the shape of the leaves on the tree that can be seen.

This next one cannot be called a silhouette because you can read the signwriting on the shop, but I do really like the colours in the sky.

And finally, we have a soft-focus photo, my term for one that is out of focus. It sounds much more positive with the term “soft-focus” as well as bringing to mind images of movie stars!