The Red Cardinal garden is looking particularly cheerful, what with a few downpours from tropical storms, combined with a mini heatwave of 'too hot' days..
Orchids have bloomed, after a two-year absence.
Please themselves, they do..
This is my father, aged six months.
This week he turns 95.
He says he thinks this is marvellous.
Dad is living proof that loving cake and coffee, not to mention chocolate, is the recipe for a long life.
He celebrated, surrounded by a large number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Meanwhile, I made another cushion..
while my cousin is making this beautiful embroidered sampler.
Look at the cross-stitched lorikeets!
You can tell we are related.
I went to see the Queensland Ballet's 'Sleeping Beauty'.
It was exquisite.
There were fairies, good and bad.
The artistic director Li Cunxin, of 'Mao's Last Dancer' fame, has brought our local company to International status these days.
The Prince was danced by the Birmingham Royal Ballet principal Chi Cao, who play Li Cunxin in the Last Dancer movie. A thrilling dancer.
Aurora, the sleeping beauty, was danced by prima ballerina Alina Cojocaru from the English National Ballet. She is technically astonishing, as well as wonderfully expressive and delicate. We couldn't take our eyes off her.
And the Bluebirds were sweet and fun, swooping and spinning about, as pretty birdies do. Loved their gilded cage.
It rained all day today:
Our Hippiastrums loved it.
They have produced the best crop ever this year.
And it is agapanthus time again, too.
Prince William and Kate have been out and about in London this week.
At the premiere of the latest James Bond film, Kate wore an unusual, pale blue, Jenny Packham gown with a sparkling belt.
I love her beautiful up-do.
Do you like her dress?
Oh, and I got something sparkling too.
The Irish Lass gave me a sweet little shiny bronze Christmas tree.
It's time for a change of decor round here....
Keep warm, cool, or dry, depending on your season.