Tag Archives: Springtime in Australia

Towards the End of November 2017

22 Nov

We had quite a bit of rain. Our old wine stock did get some new leaves that seem to be wandering off. I like the look of the fresh green leaves.

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This ‘White Princess’ plant did bend over in the rain. Maybe we should try to lift the stems up a bit by inserting some stakes?

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I am glad this Jasmine plant is coming back to life again!

 

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This stuff is growing well after all that rain. Quite amazing!

We enjoy all this growth. But we are not proper gardeners. Everything grows sort of ‘wild’ in our backyard. From time to time we do a little bit of planting or a bit of cleaning up. But most of the things in our backyard just seem to grow on their own, especially  after a bit of rain.

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I believe these yellow flowers are some snow peas flowers. So far the snow peas seeds I planted a long time ago, never developed properly. Just now, I looked up a few hints how to grow snow peas in pots. This makes me want to try again. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time if I observe some of the rules!? Here is one of the videos I had a look at. Usually I skip the ads, But on this video, the ads in the beginning were actually quite beautiful to have a look at! After the ads comes up a bit about growing peas in containers::

 

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The wild strawberries come up in lots of places. Occasionally we pick some and eat them. They are not very tasty. But maybe they are full of vitamins? We also have strawberries growing in our ‘garden bed’. We had already harvested quite a few of these strawberries.DSCN3500.JPG

It looks like some more strawberries may be coming!

 

I think it was last year when we planted two plants: One Loganberry and one Raspberry!

These plants never seemed to grow. I few months ago I noticed these plants were still a bit there. I cleared the surroundings and gave them some worm juice (diluted with water!). And now – since we had recently quite a bit of rain – they do grow a lot all of a sudden. I wonder whether we are going to be lucky and get some fruit of them eventually.

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This is actually our lemon balm which grows plentiful too after all that rain. It grows close to the berry ‘bushes’, and we have to watch it that it does not spread too close to those berry bushes!

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We have some very strong looking tomato plants. Perhaps some of the leaves need to be discarded?

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And this is my very own chilly plant for Peter does not like hot chilly.

 

September 2017 Diary

12 Sep

 

I love taking some photos when I manage to go for a walk. When I took the above pictures I had taken my walking stick along. This made walking so much easier. I had not been walking very much during the past few weeks. It had always been rather cold and often extremely windy. The last few days I was determined to go out each morning at least for a little bit and get used to walking again. When I do it regularly, it really makes a difference. Often I feel more confident again to walk around without using my walking stick. This warmer and calmer weather makes me feel that spring has finally arrived here in the Illawarra of NSW, Australia. I just hope  for a bit of rain in the near future because for quite some time we had nearly no rain at all and everything is starting to dry out.

Our Weekend in Sydney, 10th – 11th October 2015

12 Oct

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Mother and Daughter

Mother and Daughter

Just a few bus-stops away was EASTGATE

Just a few bus-stops away was EASTGATE

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I looked at some books while Caroline did a bit of shopping.

I looked at some books while Caroline did a bit of shopping.

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Plants for sale in the Mall.

Plants for sale in the Mall.

Peter and Caroline walked ahead while I took some pictures.

Peter and Caroline walked ahead while I took some pictures.

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The next day, Sunday, we went for breakfast to a cafe in Centennial Park. It was Caroline’s turn to drive our Audi, while Matthew was sitting beside her.

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Caroline parked the car near the cafe.

Caroline parked the car near the cafe.

Caroline and Matthew went ahead while Peter took some pictures.

Caroline and Matthew went ahead while Peter took some pictures.

I chose baked granola for breakfast, I liked the rhubarb and the cream that came with it.

I chose baked granola for breakfast, I liked the rhubarb and the cream that came with it.

Peter's choice: Goat's cheese on Turkish bread.

Peter’s choice: Goat’s cheese on Turkish bread.

This is what Matthew had.

This is what Matthew had.

And this is Caroline's.

And this is Caroline’s.

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On our walk through the park Peter took more and more pictures. We were happy to have found the labyrinth and had fun walking to the middle of it and back to the outside again.

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Caroline suggested a walk like this would be very suitable for our backyard.

Caroline suggested a walk like this would be very suitable for our backyard.

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Near the Ducks' Pond is this Drink Station for Men and his Dog.

Near the Ducks’ Pond is this Drink Station for Men and his Dog.

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Some advertising for school holiday activities.

Some advertising for school holiday activities.

Uta’s Diary, Early October 2015 (continued)

7 Oct

Today is Wednesdy, 7th October 2015

Overnight there was a change in the weather. Some gusts of wind occurred and the temperature dropped considerably. This morning I could not see one bit of blue in the sky. Actually, the sun did not come out all morning, and it stayed a cool 20C. Luckily,  it was not too windy anymore either, so we started with our early morning activities soon after breakfast.  We had noticed that our gutters had lots of ‘stuff’ in them. Peter had said that he was keen on cleaning the gutters himself. About four months ago the administration of the Body Cooperative had sent some working people out to clean all the gutters in the complex. But another clean-up wasn’t due for another two months or so, because  we get this service only on a six monthly basis.

With the fire season more or less alleady upon us due to an unprecedentedly very hot early spring, we thought it prudent to clean out the gutters asp. Peter was confident that, with a little bit of help from me, he could do the job. The pictures I took during the procedure show how an 80 year old still can do this kind of a job if need be. We agreed to avoid accidents, it was important to do everything slowly. Peter had a very strong good ladder for the job . So he went very slowly up the ladder and then slowly step by step down again. At that pace it was really a piece of cake. Oh yes, we both thought he had to do it very carefully so as not to miss a step and fall over!

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Peter filled up the blue plastic bowl with leaves and sticks, then passed it down to me for emptying into the council’s garden refuse bin.
For shifting the ladder along the gutter, I helped him to secure the ladder with an ancient very hard shell or a concrete tile whenever the floor was a little bit sloping. The silt in the gutter Peter scraped out with a little scraper. I then emptied this soft stuff, which was full of little needles too, I emptied this into our compost bin. Last but not least Peter hosed down every little bit that was still left in the gutter. Peter again had to shift the ladder a number of times to reach down the gutter with the garden hose. I had the task to turn on and off the water.

A well deserved break for Peter with a cup of water.

Here, Peter has a well deserved break with a cup of water before hosing down the gutters.

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It seems there is always the need to cut off a few branches.

It seems there is always the need to cut off a few branches.

We like the jungle-like appearance of our little property. But since our backyard is really very small, Peter forever needs to cut things off the trees and bushes; otherwise the jungle would take over completely! 🙂

We are also surrounded by a lot of trees on neighbouring council property. The shade, these trees give, is very welcome on hot days. Unfortunately, this council area, which is totally overgrown with shrubs and trees, might also become a fire hazard on very hot, windy days.

We used to have a meadow like grass area at the side of our house. The grass was very high and looked beautifully green. It had become too high for Peter to mow with his push mover. Once a week a man come to mow the lawns in the body cooperate areas. Peter showed him the other week our patch of grass in our backyard and asked him whether he could mow it for us if we paid him for it. He did it the same day. It didn’t take him very long, and he only asked 20 Dollars for the job.

Since that grass was cut, we had not had any rain, none whatsoever. So I became concerned that this bit of grass that was left to us, might dry out too much. Actually, we are against wasting water on lawns. It must have been years since we used a drop of water on grassy areas. However, I must admit, recently I hosed down that bit of grass area nearly every morning. I tell myself, the water dams in our area are still full. Up until very recently we had always plenty of rain this year. And I’d feel very sorry to see a dried out bare brown patch these coming summer months. I hope our little piece of land is going to green again soon!

Uta’s Diary – First Days of October 2015

6 Oct

Officially it is spring in Australia. However, it does feel more like summer already. So far this month we had temperatures close to 30C, and during the last few days it was well above 30C. We also had our Labour Day Weekend, meaning that yesterday, Monday, was a public holiday. Last Saturday, the 3rd of October, our clock was put one hour ahead, for we are in daylight saving- (summer-) time right now. This morning when we woke up at 5 o’clock, it was really only 4 o’clock! Peter had planned to do a bit of running early this morning before the sun was getting too hot.

We had an early breakfast. By 8 o’clock we were ready to leave. Peter had set his mind to do another walk/run on the Croom Oval. We also were there last Wednesday. A week ago I posted some pictures from our visit to Wollongong as well as from the Croom Sporting Complex:

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Peter was the only runner on the oval early this morning.
However, the maintenance crew for the oval happened to be there as well. This gave me a chance to take some photos of the crew at work. Of course I used Peter’s camera again. I am getting quite used to this camera by now. Peter was running on the grass in his toe-shoes. I also put my toe-shoes on and enjoyed walking  in them on the grass while I was taking pictures.

This part of the inside lane is freshly marked here.

This part of the inside lane is freshly marked here.

In the distance the equipment for marking the lanes.

In the distance the equipment for marking the lanes.

This big monster was able to cut the grass on the oval immensely qickly!

This big monster was able to cut the grass on the oval immensely qickly!

A bit of fresh paint makes the numbers stick out.

A bit of fresh paint makes the numbers stick out.

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Here comes Peter!

The temperature in our area reached 35C today. One of the workers said to Peter while he was running: “It makes me dizzy, Mate, watching you!”

Yesterday, Monday, Peter actually came with me to Dapto Solar Heated Pool. It was a lovely wind-still, warm morning.: So, even for Peter warm enough to take a dip into the pool! In the afternoon we decided to go for a drive to Bulli Beach. Since it was a Public Holiday and the temperature soaring, the beach was crowded. Everyone had a good time enjoying this hot day at the beach. We went to the Beach Cafe for some ice-cream.

When we drove home in a southerly direction, the traffic on our side of the road went very smoothly. Not so on the other side of the road going north towards Sydney. Heaps and heaps of holiday-makers were already on the way home to Sydney. The traffic towards Sydney seemed to go very slowly bumper to bumper.

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I still love my toe-shoes.

I still love my toe-shoes.

Sunday, the 28th of September

28 Sep

Yesterday, on the 27th of September 2014, Baby Alexander Robert, a brother for two year old Lucas, was born in Wollongong Hospital. Ryan and Ebony made it to the hospital barely an hour before little Alex was born. Twelve hours later they were already on their way back home, where the first family visits soon arrived.

Today, on Sunday, Caroline came from Sydney to see the new baby. Peter and I picked her up from Dapto Station. Caroline arrived on a rail bus. There were no trains today because of track work. Towards 3 o’clock in the afternoon Peter, Caroline and I could see  the new baby for the first time. He is such a sweetie! The baby had been born soon after midnight on Saturday. So this afternoon he would have been going towards forty hours, that means he is still less than two days old! It was great that Ebony was allowed to go home already.

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Grandmother Monika, Great-Grandparents Uta and Peter with Baby Alex

Grandmother Monika, Great-Grandparents Uta and Peter with Baby Alex

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Lucas has a look at the cheese-cake.

Lucas has a look at the cheese-cake.

Soon there were cups of coffee and cheese-cake for everyone.

Soon there were cups of coffee and cheese-cake for everyone.

In the morning I had been going to church. I noticed some beautiful yellow roses and took some pictures of them after Mass.

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It was a lovely, balmy sunny morning. In the afternoon the temperature reached 28 Degrees Celsius. We felt that this was a bit like a summer day already. I have not been to the swimming pool for a while. If we have some more weather like we had today, I might have the courage to go for a swim some time soon. So far we had either clouds and a bit of rain or very strong winds. But maybe the next few days are going to be very pleasant. I hope so! 🙂

Bass Point Reserve

29 Sep

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Today, Sunday 29th of September, we had again perfect spring weather: Sunny, in the low twenties, no wind.

Too beautiful to stay home all day. I said to Peter let’s go somewhere where we can enjoy this beautiful sunny day!

So we ended up driving to Bass Point Reserve. But first we stopped at Shellharbour Village near the swimming pool where we bought some lovely ice-cream and took some photos.

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We were extremely lucky to find a parking spot right in front of this place. It is unbelievable how many people had come today to this beautiful spot by the sea. Today is the Sunday before the long weekend, which people always love for a bit of a break. The school-kids are on holidays already. Lots of families go with them on some holiday outings. It is vacation time and lots of holiday places are booked out at this time of the year. Next weekend the crowds may be even larger with people having a long weekend, meaning they don’t have to go to work on Monday. I hope the kids are going to have as fine a weather as today for the rest of their holidays.

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The Outdoor Shellharbour Swimming Pool

The Outdoor Shellharbour Swimming Pool

Peter takes a picture

Peter takes a picture

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We finished our ice-creams and then we headed towards Bass Point Reserve.

We parked here.

We parked here.

This path was near where we had parked.

This path was near where we had parked.

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This may be the spot where the ship had been sitting on the rocks. All American seaman were rescued, but some Australian rescuers lost their lives in this terrible night in 1941.

This may be the spot where the ship had been sitting on the rocks. All American seaman were rescued, but some Australian rescuers lost their lives in this terrible night in 1941.

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We found this sign a bit further on where we could park our car again.

We found this sign a bit further on where we could park our car again.

From there we followed the signs hoping we’d end up at that little beach as indicated on one of the boards.

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This sign was near the rocks. However this little beach must have been somewhere else. We decided we’d look for it another day. We had been out for nearly three hours and felt like heading back home for coffee and cake.

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Many years ago we visited Bass Point Reserve quite often. It was great that today we could refresh our memory a bit. However we still aren’t quite sure which path leads to that little beach. I hope we can soon go back there. I really do want to see this little beach again!