Summer in the Garden

Today was a pleasant sunny day and the garden guys came by to cut the lawns. I thought that as it is summer solstice it would be a good time to take some summer pictures of the back garden. The new lawn has grown terrifically. I am just amazed at how quickly it grows back after being cut. The new trees are all surviving except for one bottlebrush that the guys accidentally cut off because it was lost in long grass. It had a spreading rather than upright habit so it wasn’t really their fault. We got a bit out of sync with mowing during October/November.  The apple tree looks fabulous and has lots of fruit which will be ready around the end of February.

The bench at the bottom of the garden is the one that used to sit outside the back door. David used to sit there a lot. I decided to move it so that I could enjoy the view of the garden  from a different angle and not have to look at the neighbour’s houses.  It was nice to sit outside and listen the wind rustling through the tree and the faint chime from the windchime that I hung on a branch. A flock of cockatoos added a bit of a raucous note but there was twittering (not the phone kind) from other little birds like blackbirds and swallows.  The new path has hardened nicely and it’s time to think about putting some more flowers about. I had a gift voucher that David got me last Christmas from the local hardware store which I hadn’t used yet so I decided to buy perennials, English lavender, daisies and pelargoniums and plant them in containers.  Later I’ll get some French Lavender and other perennials and maybe some roses.

Cindy by the Gleditisia (Honey Locust)
Cindy by the Gleditisia (Honey Locust)
Cindy in the garden.
Cindy in the garden.
Looking to the house summer.
Looking to the house summer.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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