After a wet week today has been one of those lovely, sunny winter days where it has been warmer outside than inside. I decided that I had better get on with pruning the rose bushes in my front garden. I always like to get the three bushes there and the three in the back garden pruned by the end of July but as July is often one of our wettest months it doesn’t always happen.
I don’t always enjoy the job, the bushes are thorny, the ground is muddy and I am short so it is not easy to reach the tops of them. For that reason I like to cut them back fairly severely every year. If I let them get too tall I’d never be able to prune them.
I did two today before I had enough. It took a couple of hours. I could have done one more but instead had a walk round the garden to see what bulbs were coming up. I have had jonquils flowering since May, silly things don’t know it’s winter. I can see the Erlicheer daffodils and the King Alfred are growing well and we’ll probably see them next month.
I planted a few bluebells and grape hyacinths under the apple tree and I can see a few of them have popped up although they are still too tiny to photograph well.
I planted some pots of bulbs in mid May and of those the one with freesias and bluebells is making the best progress, another one with more freesias and grape hyacinths is starting to sprout but no sign of the tulips yet. I never have a lot of luck with them but they do bloom later here so maybe it is just too soon.
I had a look at the new rose bushes that were put in last summer but they only needed a snip here and there. They are still babies.
Finally I sat in the sun and ate my belated lunch and then brushed Cindy who is shedding like crazy at the moment.
I was wondering what to do for today’s photo when I read an article about the restoration of the MV Cartela. She is about to go into a specially made dry dock for further restoration before being reunited with her original steam engine.
I looked amongst my photos and discovered one I had forgotten about from 2009 when she was still based in Hobart. This was taken during the Wooden Boat Festival of that year. The interior photo two years later when we were fortunate enough to cruise on the Derwent with her.
Then she came down to Franklin via Port Huon in 2014. That is one of my favourite photos.
Recently while on our “Yukon” trip I was able to photograph Cartela from the other side.
I hope that I’ll be able to photograph her fully restored one day and enjoy a trip from Hobart to New Norfolk.
This old church was the former Sacred Heart Catholic church at Ranelagh. When I took my original pictures of it I was making a series of photos of local churches, especially the wooden ones because many of them were falling into disuse. The day I took this one the weather was really threatening and I liked the effect very much.
Eventually a brand new church was built next to this one to replace it and the old church at Franklin. This little building sat empty for a while but one day I went by on the bus and it was gone. I believe that someone bought it and had it transported to another location but that is all I know.
I’ve had fun trying different effects with the photo for various blogging challenges and today I did the last one in Adobe Photo Elements 2018 just for fun.
In Australia we plant our bulbs in April and May for flowers in August and September. However, nobody mentioned that to these Jonquils which decided they wanted to flower now. These are from bulbs that have been in the ground for several years now and they have got more and more out of sync with the seasons.
Today I’ve been busy taking doll photos and haven’t got out of the house to photograph anything new for this blog so I am going to do something that I rarely do and post a doll photo.
This was taken using the photo cube and lighting that I bought recently. The kit came with additional backgrounds so I used a dark blue one for this shot. I’m still experimenting with this set up but I think this one came out not too badly.
Today, for my birthday treat we sailed on Yukon, a restored wooden fishing vessel. Originally from Denmark it is now based in Franklin. The weather was kind to us and although rain was threatened it stayed dry until after our trip.