I’ve been enjoying the beautiful light of the late afternoon sunshine on my walks around the neighbourhood.
The last sunlight of the day on bare branches.
A view to the eastern sky at sunset.
The full moon rising earlier this month.
Being the middle of winter here, the flowers are few and far between. But we’ll soon be enjoying beautiful Spring blooms.
I regularly pass an unloved roadside tree on my afternoon walks. The poor tree has fallen over and is crowded by dark pines but is soldiering on and about to cover itself with thousands of blossoms.
I snipped these branches with buds about to pop and they precariously balanced on top of the pram for the rest of the walk home.
The lemons are from my mother’s garden. And the dish full of pebbles is courtesy of Alisi’s current pebble collecting obsession.
Take a look at some more flowers in other houses at Small but Charming.
Even though we’re in the dead of winter here in the Southern Highlands I’ve noticed signs of Spring being just around the corner.
And here is the proof – a brave flower showing its face on the flowering plum in the back yard.
And look at all those other flower buds! They can’t be far from popping as well.
When I was at school down here I used to look forward to seeing the flowering plums in bloom because it meant that the chilly winter was coming to an end.
I’ve just started taking Alisi and Sera on afternoon walks around the neighbourhood. Alisi treats each walk as a stone collecting expedition – she calls them seeds.
All the gravel driveways are a treasure trove and she selects one stone from each driveway to take home as a souvenir.
Yesterday she hit pay dirt. She spied a garden bed in a front yard mulched with these large white pebbles.
She made a run for it – and ducked up the driveway to collect one of them, coming back giggling in breathless kiddy excitement.
It was a spur of the moment decision to check out the opening night street party for Winterfest 2012 in Bundanoon.
The timing was right. Starting at 5pm, we could spend an hour or two there and still be home in time to get Alisi to bed at a decent hour.
And we’re so glad we made the effort!
Braziers were set up down the middle of the main street.
Bundanoon kids must be brought up tough. If this was in Sydney, I’m sure some do-gooder would have had them done away with – worrying that precious little fingers might get burned.
We had curry and paella from the food stalls and enjoyed every last bite. Eating outside in the cold made it taste extra good.
Alisi had a ball dancing to the beats of Chris Gudu and his African Township Band, and was kept busy keeping an eye out for the stilt walkers and hula hoopers.
Sera slept through the lot, despite the bustle and noise, and being parked right in front of the thumping speakers!