The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. ~ Alfred Austin

Saturday, 25 May 2013

A Frequent Visitor

These little Silvereye birds are frequent visitors to our garden.

They sit up in the grapevine, to first check and make sure the coast is clear.

Then they dive down into the Mexican sage bushes, where they happily drink the nectar until they get disturbed. The bushes are planted near the clothesline and wood shed and on the path to the chook pen, so they do get disturbed quite a bit.

Just lately I have noticed them in the pineapple sage bush too. So obviously sage bushes must be a favourite.
It is lovely to have them visit our garden.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Walpole Pt 2

When we decided to go to Walpole for the weekend, we also decided to take the long way there. The more scenic route. First town we stopped in was Kojonup for some morning tea. I forgot to take any photos there... oops. Next up was Boyup Brook. The only photo I got from there was the one below, just as we came around the bend and down the hill.

Next up was Bridgetown

Bridgetown is a very hilly town and it is known as the coldest town in WA during the winter months. It is also another very pretty town.

Next up was Manjimup, we stopped here for some lunch and I ended up buying another printer. I went into the shop for something else and came out with a printer/scanner/fax. Funny how that happens.

Manjimup is an old timber milling town, and also another very cold town in the wintertime.

On our way home from Walpole, we passed through the town of Denmark. Another hilly and cold town. Also another one of my favourite places to visit.  It is always so green there.

The river in Denmark is a gorgeous spot. Grassy green banks and lots of bird life. For some reason I didn't take a photo of the riverbank, but we did walk a fair way along and saw plenty of ducks. Just about all of them followed us up and down the riverbank. Probably hoping for something to eat.

Lastly we drove through the Stirling Ranges, where we had lots of misty rain and low clouds hanging over the ranges.

It was nice to get away for the weekend, but it was also good to be home again. Hopefully we will be able to plan another weekend away before too long.

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Three weekends ago we travelled to Walpole in our state's south west. We needed to get out of town and see something different. I love the area around Walpole, it is so peaceful and quiet and you are surrounded by the gigantic Karri and Marri trees. It truly is a stunning area in our south west.

The drive down there is so pretty

Walpole Inlet

Our accommodation was a two bedroom unit only a short walk from
the inlet. The unit had a fully equipped kitchen, heating/cooling and
was very comfortable. Think we will stay here again on our next
visit. It was much nicer than where we have previously stayed.

Just outside the unit were these shrubs that had bright pink berries on
them. I have no idea what the shrubs are. The photo doesn't really
show how vibrant the berries were.

This bush was covered in flowers and the bees
loved it.

We went for a walk down to the jetty and there were a few people
fishing from there. A couple of pelicans were hanging around probably
hoping for a free feed of fish.

Even though is was a grey drizzly wet weekend, it was still a good
weekend. I love visiting Walpole, you just seem to instantly relax
when you arrive, it's a great place for slowing down and taking in
the scenery. You are surrounded by such beauty in nature.

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