Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROSE TRIO


Greetings...
The roses are blooming at our place, having taken a liking to our hotter than average Winter.
I mean, there were about two weeks when we got down close to zero in the mornings...
Now here we are in August, traditionally our freezing month with Westerley Winds, and it is way above average.  The Weather Powers said we had the hottest July ever recorded.




Goodness knows what they will say about August.



This red rose was absolutely enormous - although I was not smart enough to put something in the photo to show scale.  Trust me on this one.


Oh, and I bought a new camera to take overseas.
Because the other one has developed some kind of battery power leaking problem.  It loses power even when no pictures are taken, and a full battery only lasts through about six photos.
Which the camera shop says would be difficult to solve, and probably unsolvable.  They said it happens with various electronic devices, occasionally.


A poorly functioning camera is not an option just at the moment...


Little Aussie has visited, and was flying his Pokemon kite around the neighbourhood...


He also took me on my first Pokemon hunt with his father's phone.
Unfortunately we did not find one, so I continue to have no idea what happens, or how they introduce themselves.
He is only six.  How do today's children become technical wizards so quickly...



This is not a painting to be found at the Queensland Art Gallery.
It is by an unnamed amateur painter, and my father owned and kept it in his room at his final home.


It is a picture of Mt Lindsay, part of the MacPherson ranges on the border of Queensland and New South Wales.  I took this picture on the last time we took Dad to that area for his Sunday drive.



A hail-storm was brewing, but we managed to drive out of the region before it could catch us..

Dad loved the bush, the forests and the mountains.
It is nice to have his painting hanging in the Red Cardinal nest.

May life bring you roses....


XXXXX


31 comments:

  1. What a lovely bouguet of roses from your garden Patricia, and so nice that you have been able to enjoy them before you set off on your travels.
    It seems that new cameras are required every few years and I hope that you are happy with yours. My battery originally lasted for about 300 photos, but more like 220 now, so I am thinking of investing in another spare one ready for a big trip as I am not sure about the recharging facilities where I am going.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, I am enjoying the return of the roses; they have been 'quiet' for months. That is very interesting about the cameras, and maybe I expected too much of the previous one which has done heavy duty for a number of years, taking many photos each week. On our last holiday trip I was charging batteries overnight, every night! The new camera has the battery built in so I charge directly into the camera. Exciting news that you have a big trip coming :)

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  2. Wow Patricia, your roses are just lovely. At our last house we had lots of roses which I enjoyed so much; at this house none - as yet! I like having objects in my home that loved ones no long with us enjoyed. I try to keep everyday things, so that I can think of them every day when I use the object. All the best, Barb.

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    1. Hello Barb, and welcome back to my blog. I wonder if you were attracted to your last house by the roses - it certainly worked for me at our house. We have added to the roses over the years and I love them, just as, like you, I enjoy using items we have inherited from our families.

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  3. I adore roses and yours look exceptionally beautiful! Our roses are still putting on their summer show and I will miss them when the Fall arrives...
    Blue and white porcelain is such a lovely classic and your grouping looks so elegant.
    I hope your new camera will allow you to capture many images of your holiday. I found my old camera was just not up to the job when I was in France last year and relied on my IPhone which did and still does take crisp images...I use it exclusively for my blog photos.

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    1. I love roses too, but find them difficult to grow in our climate - which makes it more of a triumph when they bloom! That is interesting about the cameras - I would never have guessed your beautiful pictures were done on an IPhone. I will use mine as well as the camera - it is good to have a backup plan.

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  4. What a grand and wonderful mountain, I am not surprised your dad was inspired by the painting. As for the roses, how gorgeous. I do love them but their month here is June, and although there are some late summer flowering varieties, mostly there aren't many which are really spectacular, or so perfect. You're wise to replace the camera. Nothing worse than losing the chance of irreplaceable pictures.

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    1. It is a grand peak, Mt Lindsay, and looks like a giant crouching lion dominating the region. On clear days you can see it from some parts of Brisbane. We bloggers must always have a camera to work with :)

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  5. What a grand and wonderful mountain, I am not surprised your dad was inspired by the painting. As for the roses, how gorgeous. I do love them but their month here is June, and although there are some late summer flowering varieties, mostly there aren't many which are really spectacular, or so perfect. You're wise to replace the camera. Nothing worse than losing the chance of irreplaceable pictures.

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  6. I love the painting of your Dad's, no wonder he loved it and now, you can enjoy it knowing of his great fondness for it. I like the thought of that!
    Those roses! I always thought that roses in England were the best but now, you might make me change my mind! :-)

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    1. Hi Kay, glad you like the painting. I think it captures some of the spirit of the area, with the mists and dense forest. There are colonies of bell-birds in the area, which make it very special.

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  7. You must miss your Dad a lot....
    You must be excited about the wedding!

    Linda :o)

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    1. Life is very different now, Linda. Instead of Sunday drives to scenic places, I go to the Solicitor or the Estate Agents, working on the Estate. No fun :(
      Yes, excited to be going away for a lovely trip ending in a special Wedding.

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  8. Trish, absolutley gorgeous roses. Love seeing the countryside too. I wonder where global warming will lead us? Can the temperature patterns ever return to normal? Or must we just get used to out-of-season warm spells? Will flowers bloom several times a year? We know global warming isn't good for polar bears, but what else will happen? I don't know of the consequences.

    I don't understand the Pokemon crazy either, but has taken over the world.

    Little Aussie is getting very tall! Has he met Little Babe and older brother in Canada? Will everyone be together in Ireland soon?

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    1. The temperature and rain patterns I grew up with seem to be gone forever Debbie. I wonder what the future holds too. Our trees and flowers often do bloom out of season these days. Yes, the lad is nearly as tall as me! He is going to Ireland but the Canadian boys are not, but they are coming to Australia later in the year. Our daughter will be in Ireland, first time I will have seen her for 18 months. Looking forward to all the family reunions!

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  9. Your roses are just beautiful. It was very hot in July where I live too, it must be a global warming issue. I think they said that the entire planet, as a whole, had its hottest temperatures ever between January and July this year. I may be mis-remembering the statistic but it was something along those lines. I hope you're having a good week!

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    1. Yes I heard that too about the hot climate all over the world. It certainly is hotter on average than when I was little, when Winter was extremely cold for about four months. Happy weekend Jennifer.

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  10. Patricia, these are the same four colors of roses I have in my back yard. What lovely pictures. Mt. Lindsay is so pretty. What a special place to take your dad. The clouds look so mysterious with the hail storm. Little Aussie looks like he's having fun flying his kite. I used to fly kites with my son when he was a young boy. Oh, the memories. What a beautiful reminder you have every time you look at that painting that belonged to your dad.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Oh, they are too, Sheri, now I remember your roses too. Mt Lindsay is very attractive, and looks like a croching lion up there looking over the country. We had kites for our kids too, one of those happy memories.

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  11. Your roses are wonderful. I didn't know that your climate was suitable. And the painting looks as though it belongs - the blue china sets it off nicely. A lovely thought and in time will bring only happy memories of your father.

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    1. Yes, Brisbane can grow roses Sarah Liz, but not in every location - the sun (and everything else) has to be just right for them. We have more success here than in two previous homes, because the rose garden has good drainage and gets plenty of afternoon sun. However, our rose bushes only have a few blooms at one time. I thought the painting would look good with the blue, and am pleased with the result. At the moment I am in the nostalgic phase, I think.

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    2. You will go through all sorts of phases.

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  12. A Pokemon kite floating about the neighborhood. Brilliant.
    Amalia
    xo

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  13. It's not surprising your roses love the steamy warmth that we've just had..pigeons are trying to breed on my balcony!

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    1. Ha, those roses are fussy things. They like the well-drained western aspect at our front, and refuse to do a thing at the back and sides of our house! Lecturing them has proved futile.... Have fun with the pigeons - are they the ones that make really messy nests, like a pile of sticks? We had them on our balcony and every time they laid two eggs, they fell through the nest onto the ground. It was tragic!

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    2. Ah roses, the trick is soft sunlight, gentle drizzle and to be sheltered from the worst of the Aussie sun..so it makes sense.
      I am at war with pigeons at the moment. I remove their messy nests otherwise the mess and their poop is everywhere.

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  14. oh these roses are so pretty so Gorgeous just loved looking then

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  15. The roses are breath taking! Your warmer than usual weather must be making them happy. I enjoyed seeing the painting and then the photos of the actual scene. How nice that you have that painting hanging in your home to remind you of good times with your Dad.

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    1. Hi Darla, yes, I think the roses are enjoying the Spring weather. Glad you enjoyed the painting - not great art, but priceless in meaning to us.

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