Saturday, 16 October 2021

DOG WITH A VIEW

A dog in a neighbour's house equipped with an observation deck so he doesn't miss any of the action. Perfect idea for the watchdog in any dog!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme


Friday, 15 October 2021

SPRING SKY

A change is coming, lots of rainy weather ahead, as gray clouds replace the white ones.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday, 14 October 2021

CANOLA COWS

Cows grazing while the canola plants (Brassica napus subsp. napus) bloom recklessly. The seeds of these plants (=rapeseed) are used to make the canola vegetable oil.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the My Corner of the World meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

LILAC 'SENSATION'

In mid-spring this hybrid lilac Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation', blooms and bears fragrant, single purple blossoms with distinct white margins. It forms a shrub 3 metres high by 2 metres wide. Lilac flowers are beloved for bouquets, and when in bloom, hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to them. Lilacs are generally a forgiving bunch, tolerant of roadside sites and neglect.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

DROMANA

Dromana is a suburb south of Melbourne, and is located on the Mornington Peninsula. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. It is a bayside centre, nestled between Safety Beach and McCrae, and situated at the foot of the towering peak of Arthurs Seat. Dromana's commercial centre is concentrated along the coastal boulevard of Point Nepean Road, with Arthurs Seat and its surrounding bushland providing a scenic backdrop to the shops and cafes along this route.

Dromana's foreshore reserve lines the coast and consists of grassy picnic areas, shelters, walking tracks and designated camping areas. The calm, sandy beaches provide safe swimming and boating opportunities. Points of interest along the coast include the Dromana Pier and the rocky cutting at Anthony's Nose where a boat ramp is situated.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


Sunday, 10 October 2021

DAY 66

Day 66 of the COVID Lockdown N˚ 6 in Melbourne, and the natives are getting more and more restless. The clashes of vaxxers and antivaxxers are taking place at all levels, in some cases becoming violent skirmishes in the so-called "freedom demonstrations". Meanwhile, the City centre itself looks eerily empty and still, devoid of people. COVID cases are increasing and the strain on the healthcare sector is being felt.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme


Saturday, 9 October 2021

DO NOT DISTURB!

A rather rude awakening for this little fellow who was enjoying a nap in the early morning Spring sunshine. He went back to sleep immediately after his photo shoot...

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme


Thursday, 7 October 2021

BOTTLEBRUSH

Callistemon is a genus of shrubs in the family Myrtaceae, first described as a genus in 1814. The entire genus is endemic to Australia but widely cultivated in many other regions and naturalised in scattered locations. Their status as a separate taxon is in doubt, some authorities accepting that the difference between callistemons and melaleucas is not sufficient for them to be grouped in a separate genus.

Callistemon species have commonly been referred to as bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottle brush. They are mostly found in the more temperate regions of Australia, especially along the east coast and typically favour moist conditions so when planted in gardens thrive on regular watering. However, two species are found in Tasmania and several others in the south-west of Western Australia. At least some species are drought-resistant and some are used in ornamental landscaping elsewhere in the world.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Tuesday, 5 October 2021

MELBOURNE "LOCKTOWN"

As of 8:00pm on Sunday, October 3, 2021, a Victorian who has lived in Melbourne and not left since the beginning of the pandemic will have spent 245 days in lockdown.  It is the longest cumulative lockdown for any city in the world. Buenos Aires previously held the record, enduring a 234-day lockdown from March 20 to November 11, 2020, and a short 10-day circuit-breaker lockdown from May 21 to May 31 this year. Melbourne is set to far exceed the record, with Victoria's roadmap indicating the state will only reach its next vaccination target of 70 per cent double dose vaccinations around October 26.

While the first period of stay-at-home restrictions enforced in March last year due to the COVID pandemic, was not officially called a "lockdown", it is commonly accepted that Melbourne is now in its sixth lockdown.

Here's the timeline of how they played out:
Lockdown 1: March 30 to May 12, 2020 — 43 days
Lockdown 2: July 8 to October 27, 2020 —111 days
Lockdown 3: February 12 - 17, 2021 —5 days
Lockdown 4: May 27 - June 10, 2021 — 14 days
Lockdown 5: July 15 - 27, 2021 — 12 days
Lockdown 6: August 5 - October 26, 2021 — 82 days...

So greetings from the world's favourite LOCKTOWN! I'd love to welcome you to our beautiful city, but at the moment we are locked in and you are locked out!

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


Monday, 4 October 2021

TOUCH OF SPRING

Southern Hemisphere Spring is blooming with Gondwanaland flowers. SouthAfrican and Australian natives put on a big show in our garden.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the 
Seasons meme.


Sunday, 3 October 2021

PICNIC TIME

Sunday at the Parklands today was an occasion lockdown-fatigued Melburnians made the most of the slight reduction in restrictions. Open air picnics are allowed again within tight guidelines. As the weather was fine, many people went to the Darebin Parklands to enjoy the sun in good company. COVID be damned!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme


Saturday, 2 October 2021

RAINBOW LORIKEETS

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) are a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It is widespread in the Melbourne area. It is feeding on a native gum tree, Eucalyptus leucoxylon "Flowering Yellow Gum", which is currently in bloom all over Melbourne.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme





Friday, 1 October 2021

FLYING

One from the archives, when to get on a plane and go wherever one liked when one liked was possible... Now that seems like quite an impossible thing to do! This is the northwest of Melbourne, approaching the airport at Tullamarine for a landing.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme



Thursday, 30 September 2021

DIANELLA

Dianella caerulea, commonly known as the blue flax-lily, blueberry lily, or paroo lily, is a perennial herb of the family Asphodelaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae, found across the eastern states of Australia and Tasmania. It is a herbaceous strappy perennial plant to a metre high, with dark green blade-like leaves to 70 cm long. Blue flowers in spring and summer are followed by indigo-coloured berries. It adapts readily to cultivation and is commonly seen in Australian gardens and amenities plantings.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

GIPPSLAND RURAL

Gippsland is a rural region that makes up the southeastern part of Victoria, Australia, mostly comprising the coastal plains to the rainward (southern) side of the Victorian Alps (the southernmost section of the Great Dividing Range). It covers an elongated area of 41,556 km2 located further east of the Shire of Cardinia (Melbourne's outermost southeastern suburbs) between Dandenong Ranges and Mornington Peninsula, and is bounded to the north by the mountain ranges and plateaus/highlands of the High Country (which separate it from Hume region in Victoria's northeast), to the southwest by the Western Port Bay, to the south and east by the Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea, and to the east and northeast by the Black-Allan Line (the easternmost section of the Victoria/New South Wales state border).

The Gippsland region is generally divided by the Strzelecki Ranges and tributaries of the Gippsland Lakes into five statistical sub-regions — namely the West Gippsland, South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley, Central Gippsland and East Gippsland. As at the 2016 Australian census, Gippsland had a population of 271,266, with the principal population centres of the region, in descending order of population, Traralgon, Moe, Warragul, Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale, Drouin, Leongatha, and Phillip Island. Gippsland is best known for its primary production such as mining, power generation and farming as well as its tourist destinations — Phillip Island, Wilsons Promontory, the Gippsland Lakes, Walhalla, the Baw Baw Plateau, and the Strzelecki Ranges.

As of midnight tonight, the LaTrobe Valley sub-region is entering a 7-day lockdown as some cases of COVID were detected. It is hoped the prompt response will curb the spread of virus...

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



Thursday, 23 September 2021

GYMEA LILIES

Doryanthes excelsa, in the Doryanthaceae family, known as Gymea Lily, is a flowering plant indigenous to the coastal areas of New South Wales near Sydney.The plant has sword-like leaves more than a meter long. It flowers in spring and summer, sending up a flower spike up to 6 m high, which at its apex bears a large cluster of bright red flowers, each 10 cm across.

The name "Gymea Lily" is derived from a local Eora dialect. Doryanthes means spear-flower in Greek, and excelsa is Latin for exceptional. The Sydney suburbs of Gymea and Gymea Bay are named after the lily. The genus Doryanthes was first described in 1802 by the Portuguese priest, statesman, philosopher and botanist José Francisco Correia de Serra (1750–1823), a close friend of Sir Joseph Banks. 

Doryanthes excelsa has also inspired the naming of Doryanthes, the journal of history and heritage for Southern Sydney founded by Dharawal historian Les Bursill. Honey-eaters love the nectar of these large, crimson flowers on stems 2–3 m tall. Aboriginal people in the Lake Macquarie district of NSW were observed in 1836 roasting the stems, having cut them when half a meter high and as thick as a person's arm. They also roasted the roots which they made into a sort of cake to be eaten cold.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.







Wednesday, 22 September 2021

OLD GARAGE

It wouldn't take long for nature to take over all traces of humankind's existence if we were all to suddenly die out!

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the My Corner of the World meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

OMINOUS TIMES

COVID lockdown woes in Melbourne... Our weather seems to agree and the Grand Old Dame, Flinders Street Station, tries to outdo the dramatics of the sky with its own portentous illuminations. Not a good time to travel. C'est la vie!

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


Sunday, 19 September 2021

DETRAFFICKED

Weekday, time of the afternoon peak hour traffic. Huh? Where are all the cars? You say. Well, this is COVID lockdown normal for Melbourne. Today we had a release of a "Roadmap out of the COVID Lockdown". It was a bit of a joke, as painfully it has confirmed lockdown will stay and most industries will be shut or highly restricted until the end of October, in a bid to prevent our health system from being overrun by COVID-19... 

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme


Saturday, 18 September 2021

Friday, 17 September 2021

FLY AWAY

How common a sight in our skies was this a couple of years ago. COVID has now ensured that air traffic is a minuscule fraction of what it was then. Now, a day trip out of metropolitan Melbourne by car sounds like an exciting adventure. We still are confined at home, only venturing out within a radius of 5 km, and only for essential business (and not during the curfew, i.e. between 9:00 pm to 5:00 am)...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme


Thursday, 16 September 2021

YELLOW LILIES

Lilium (members of which are true lilies) is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the Liliaceae family, growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. Most species are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, though their range extends into the northern subtropics. Many other plants have "lily" in their common name but are not related to true lilies.

Asiatic Lilies, shown here, are a very popular garden and florist flower and they offer a brilliantly colourful range of blooms to choose from. The bulbs of Asiatic lilies are tough and resilient, providing a bounty of colourful blooms for vases, very easily grown and wonderfully tolerant of searing Australia's hot Summers. Asiatic Lilies come in a wide range of brilliant colours from bright red to soft and pretty pink which means they can be used to create pockets of colour or gentle waves of soft and pretty cottage colours. Asiatic Lilies have more advantages in that they are great in pots and the bulbs can be planted anytime between May and October (in the Southern Hemisphere).

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme


Wednesday, 15 September 2021

SPRING SUNSHINE

One of the things I am thankful for these days of the COVID lockdown is that within walking distance of my home we have several large parks and Parklands, where I can walk within the 5 km allowed radius. This is wonderful for my daily exercise, but also for replenishing my spiritual and mental reserves in order to cope with the insanity fo the times. We've had some beautiful sunny Spring days and walking in areas such as this (Yarra Bend Park) has been delightful.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the My Corner of the World meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Tuesday, 14 September 2021

DESERTED CITY NIGHT

We are currently on day 40 of our sixth COVID lockdown and "enjoying" a 9:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew. The City is lit up but deserted, the very few people out and about having very special reasons and permission to do so... And so our life has been transformed.

This post is part of the  Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.




Monday, 13 September 2021

ANTIPODEAN SEASONS

As the Southern Hemisphere moves steadily onwards to the heart of Spring, so does the Northern Hemisphere sink into Autumn...

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


Sunday, 12 September 2021

COVID THANKS

Adversity affects people in different ways: Some crack under the strain and dissolve into a mass of blubbering jelly; others become insecure, selfish and violent; others freeze into inaction and observe helplessly all that develops; yet others are afraid and cower in denial, being ready to believe anything that will provide quick, albeit irrational, comfort.

A select group face the challenges of adversity and rise to their full height, diving into their inner bottomless seas of strength and courage, and face squarely whatever the world throws at them. Such people are society's rocks and it is on them that we should lean taking energy from their strength, hope from their courageous actions, and nurture our courage to imitate their example.

A neighbour has made a simple yet expressive statement on their fence, regarding the COVID challenge we are all living through. Thanking your relatives, friends, neighbours, but most importantly strangers for doing the right thing for society's health and wellbeing is a courageous act, considering that COVID-deniers and anti-vaxxers can become violent and vindictive. Thank YOU, neighbour!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme


Saturday, 11 September 2021

LADYBIRD

Harmonia conformis (the large spotted ladybird) is a species of ladybird (the family Coccinellidae). It has a light reddish appearance and its colouration includes 20 large black spots, 18 of which are found on the elytra (wing covers). They are quite large for ladybirds, being about 6–7 mm long.

It is a predator of other insects, eating aphids as both a It is found in Australia, and has been introduced to New Zealand, where it is common in northern regions. Another member of the same genus, Harmonia antipoda, also occurs in New Zealand. This species, however, is a native and is much smaller and harder to find.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme


Thursday, 9 September 2021

POET'S NARCISSUS

Narcissus poeticus (poet's daffodil, poet's narcissus, nargis, pheasant's eye, findern flower, and pinkster lily) was one of the first daffodils to be cultivated, and is frequently identified as the narcissus of ancient times (although Narcissus tazetta and Narcissus jonquilla have also been considered as possibilities). It is also often associated with the Greek legend of Narcissus.

It is the type species of the genus Narcissus and is widely naturalized in North America. The flower is extremely fragrant, with a ring of petals in pure white and a short corona of light yellow with a distinct reddish edge. It grows to 20 to 40 cm tall. Poet's daffodil is cultivated in the Netherlands and southern France for its essential oil, narcissus oil, one of the most popular fragrances used in perfumes.

Narcissus oil is used as a principal ingredient in 11% of modern quality perfumes—including 'Fatale' and 'Samsara'—as a floral concrete or absolute. The oil's fragrance resembles a combination of jasmine and hyacinth. While all narcissi are poisonous when eaten, poet's daffodil is more dangerous than others, acting as a strong emetic and irritant. The scent is powerful enough that it can cause headache and vomiting if a large quantity is kept in a closed room.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

NATURAL...

Walking along the Yarra River in Abbotsford, Melbourne, enjoying the vast areas of parklands and nature reserve along the river. This is amazing as these vast tracts of natural bushland are within a stone's throw of the bustling city centre.

Melbourne has a population of over five million people, so I consider myself very lucky to have such splendid conservation areas within walking distance of my home. Furthermore, to have for neighbours so much native flora and fauna in their natural environment!

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the My Corner of the World meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.


Tuesday, 7 September 2021

MELBOURNE BY NIGHT

Melbourne by night is a lonely place these days of COVID lockdown and 9:00 pm to 5:00 am curfew...

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.