Hello, and welcome to Winter, Queensland style.
After approximately 10 months of very hot Summer,
we are now enjoying those short, sharp, very cold days of brief Winter weather.
And Loving It.
Mr C took me to the Wild Canary Garden Centre, for a bit of R&R.
I have had the flu again, twice in one year, most unusual for moi.
That passionfruit strawberry sponge cake was the business...
as was the spiced pumpkin loaf, with curd and nasturtium..
We thought about the chocolate rose cake, but it was a bit early in the day...
They have a little bee hive in the garden, for little native Australian bees.
Sculpture for sale..
Meanwhile, back in the Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect,
the runaway nasturtium has had a flower:
I give it an A for effort - remember this is high above the ground, wandering about without soil or proper feeding..
In other soothing activity, I am spending a few minutes each day stitching teeny tiny pearls, pink sequins, and crystals onto my lace dress for The Wedding in Ireland.
Over the past weeks I have learnt a new word:
It sounds quite Olde English to me, but is alive and well in the business of Execution of Wills.
As one of the Executors of my father's estate, I am feeling a wee bit stressed by it all. So much to learn, so many strong feelings.
Mr C would like his distracted wife back now, thank you.
He suggested a concert, and we went off to hear one of my all-time favourites, Aaron Copland's 'Appalachian Spring' Suite (1944), with the QSO Chamber Players.
Here is a taste of the most popular theme, an old Shaker melody 'Simple Gifts', which we sometimes sing at my Choir of Ladies of a Certain Age.
Enjoy the lovely pictures of America by the great Ansell Adams.
And have a beautiful week.