New Life

Potted cyclamen given to me for my birthday.
Potted cyclamen given to me for my birthday.

These are the potted Cyclamen that Naomi gave me just before my birthday last year. They flowered for several months and finally when the leaves were starting to die in the late spring I put the pot in the linen cupboard and promptly forgot about them.

A couple of weeks ago I was rearranging the cupboard and there was my plant, or what was left of it. I had put it away because I had read that with the so-called “florist cyclamens” you could get them to grow for a second season by putting them in a cool dark place for two months. It was about two months later when I took the pot out of the cupboard but I was not encouraged by the state of it. I’m no gardener. Anyway I cut all the dead leaves away, gave it a good watering and put it back in its spot by the kitchen window.

A few days later I noticed there had been some growth, ghostly looking stems were arising from the pot. Now, a week or so later they have taken on some colour and it looks as if I am going to get my plant back.


The plant after a couple of weeks of watering and sunshine.
The plant after a couple of weeks of watering and sunshine.
Last year's cyclamen plant.
Last year’s cyclamen plant.


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. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.


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