Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 5

Not that there has to be one but this week's Sunday Selections theme for me is 'summer'. I'm sharing images taken on a visit to Cassis in the south of France as I prepare myself to farewell summer tomorrow and welcome autumn. I am very sad to say goodbye to summer, it seems to have slipped by in the blink of an eye. I do love autumn though but am not looking forward to winter because last winter I really felt the cold and am not ready for that yet :( but I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I... there are still 3 lovely months of autumn to enjoy before I get there :)






These images were taken with my Nikon SLR and have been scanned to the best of my ability (or that of my scanner) to get as best a reproduction as possible.
 
The last one would have to be one of my favourite images all around but I like them all for the memories they evoke and for how beautiful a part of the world it is.

The time I spent in Europe was fantastic but the time I spent in France was the most magical. I was attending l'Institut d'Études Françaises pour Étudiants Étrangers in Aix-en-Provence, learning French...it's where I met Daniel, beautiful Daniel, the one that I carelessly let go of... and this day on the beach was where the magic started...

This is a detail of my registration document which sadly has been water damaged.
If you want to join in on the fun of sharing your photographs in this Sunday Selections, then head on over to FrogPondsRock and follow the instructions.

A little update from the garden

A coastal wattle that inspired some artwork...

I love these shrubs even though the pesky Ochrogaster Lunifer (processionary caterpillar) will attempt to strip it bare starting just about this time of year...


The coastal wattle is a beautiful large shrub and creates a lovely
privacy screen from my neighbours as well as being the inspiration of my
eco-friendly Wattle Greeting Card below :)

...but this is what I currently have on my driveway...  soil I dug out to lay a new drainage pipe down the front side of the house, the row of bricks that acted as a small retaining wall and some left over mulch from when I did under the pine tree out the back and the left-hand side path out the front some weeks back - this mulch is going on top of the newly excavated area to top it up and finish it off nicely. I've also called the brickie to come and replace the damaged bricks, so that this corner of the house will be like new again.

...and, to finish off on a much prettier note, I wish I had a way of delivering the divine scent from my gorgeous Murrayas (Orange Blossom) that are in bloom in my back garden...


Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Victorian seaside garden

I'm going to share another of my favourite gardens...

This 'Nature Study' story is from Inside Out Jan/Feb 2005 edition, written by Brendan Moar and photographed by Michael Wee. It's the story of Jane Burke's dream to revegetate her seaside Victorian property and you can read many of the snippets from the original pages...to me, the images say it all.

I love this outdoor space, it is so relaxed and inviting, I can imagine spending time in those comfy chairs on that deck just looking out over the garden and taking in the beauty...you can see some it reflected in the glass on the doors...
The property is two hectares of coastal dune country adjoining the Mornington Peninsula National Park, it's surrounded by coastal bushland and rugged heath and sits only a few hundred metres from the edge of Australia and Bass Strait.

Ten years after purchasing it the Burke's decided to make it their permanent home and Jane started looking at the garden. She assumed the mass of tea-trees on the site had been there forever but soon came to realise they had invaded the area due to past land use. Sadly, much of the original vegetation was lost due to clear felling to supply Melbourne's fireplaces and from lime mining.

In Jane's determination to revegetate the land she enrolled in a science degree at Melbourne University, qualifying as a botanist in order to gain the knowledge needed to undertake such a project - she needed to find this information herself as back in the early 1990's the indigenous horticulture movement was virtually nonexistent.

This story strikes a chord with me because it shows what you can do if you have a vision and a lot of determination. I love the garden because of the fact that it was brought back to what the landscape should have been before being stripped bare and that man-made additions such as the house, decks and pathways all integrate beautifully.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 4

It's than fun time of the weekend again :)

This week I'm sharing more black & white images, taken in Verona, Italy - what seems an age ago.

I like the solitude of this image and the simplicity of the chairs against such a rich backdrop.

Strangers, Verona. I like the statement this image makes with the imposing scale of the building blocks.

The beauty that is Europe, it's just everywhere without even trying...
I'll probably share some more images of Europe in weeks to come as there are some lovely moments captured in cobbled French lane ways and streets... in the country-side of Germany and the canals of Venice. I always love looking at these images as they transport me back to a time when my life was much less complicated, when I felt more free, I like the me they remind me of...

Thanks again to Kim over Frogpondsrock for this and you really should pop over to see the amazing moon images she has shared this week - they are just stunning.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How does your garden grow

I just wanted to share this divine find from Etsy...

I love Etsy primarily because it's all about handmade and as such there are just so many beautiful products made by wonderful, creative souls. Recently I purchased this set of 'How does your garden grow' coasters from Waterrose - aren't they just divine! and of course, because they're garden related I just had to show them off here as well, where I'm sure they'll be appreciated :) I think they're too lovely to use as coasters so I'm going to find a way to frame them.




All above images of coasters by me
I just posted an interview with Rose of Waterrose over on my stilelemente blog for anyone who is interested in finding out more about this talented lady, with links to her website, blog and Etsy store.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Wattle Bird in my Bottle Brush

I think I may have mentioned my wattle birds before...how much I LOVE them (and all the other birds that frequent my garden). This morning I was finally able (well, aware and ready) to capture one on film (well digital camera anyway). I heard it and so I grabbed my camera but it wasn't on the right setting and I fumbled a bit but thankfully snapped it before it flew away. Isn't it just divine!

...and, I'm seeing a new textile design here...so stay tuned for that. I actually wanted to capture the Wattle bird for a Wattle Tree repeat pattern I am working on BUT I'm seeing all those gorgeous buds on the branches of this tree, plus the flowers and foliage and might like it better than the Wattle Tree design (which is actually the same as that on my greeting cards)...hmmm. definitely food for thought.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 3

Seriously, where has the week gone! I can't believe it's Sunday all over again but the nice bit about it is that it's Sunday Selections time again :) all made possible by Kim over at Frogpondsrock

This week I thought I'd share some images of Sydney domestic airport from quite a number of years ago when I worked for Ansett Airlines...






Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Selections :: 2

Last week's Sunday Selections was so much fun - thanks Kim over at Frogpondsrock for starting this. I met a bunch of new people through it and went visiting some new blogs which is always fun (though you can lose hours doing such things when you should be doing other stuff)...

Anyway, as a result of visiting Wanderlust and reading about Kristin's affinity with Australia - in particular, the outback I thought this week would be a good chance to show some images from Central Australia :)

Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
On the road, Central Australia
Uluru
These photographs were taken on a trip to Central Australia in the mid 1990's. On a previous solo trip in the late 1980's, I have to admit I climbed the rock, which was an incredible experience. The second trip was with my partner at the time and instead of climbing Uluru we walked around the base. This was a truly amazing experience, spiritual almost in its silence, beauty and magnitude. It took a number of hours, we didn't rush - couldn't really with that heat and we didn't encounter another soul until almost at the very end.

On that second trip we also visited Kings Canyon, Edith Falls, Katherine Gorge and Hermannsburg among other places.

Originally taken with my Nikon SLR, they are all scanned photographs. A great deal of care and attention to detail has been taken to get the highest quality outcome possible...some are a little grainy, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I feel for the most part they work OK.

More of these images can be found over at my flickr photostream :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rural inspiration

One of my long-held dreams is to live on acreage...with vistas of rolling green hills that disappear into the distance...a lovely garden surrounding the house and then just nature...

This beautiful property, in rural Victoria, ticks alot of boxes for my dream property and so I thought I'd share the inspiration here.  

The property was featured in Australian House & Garden November 2007 issue and is in there twice, once for the house story and once for the garden story, both were written by Judy Ostergaard and photographed by Derek Swalwell:


I love this enclosed courtyard, that can be opened up to the greater area of the property via the large sliding gate. (For a responsible pet owner this would be ideal as I keep my cats in at night, but would love to let them be 'out' in a controlled environment like this courtyard).


I absolutely LOVE this image, looking back towards the courtyard. It's a fairy land setting with everything in proportion and harmony with everything else.


I get a sense of many outdoor rooms on this property which really appeals to me, breaking up a larger landscape into intimate areas to explore and experience a sense of change as you pass through each one.


I like this informal formality or symmetry and the focal point of the large tree in the background.


This area is much more formal with the trimmed hedges - while I like them I would never have the time to have such a high-maintenance garden...but it would be nice to have the money to pay someone to keep a garden looking this well maintained :) It's nice how it feels cocooned, in a pocket, bordered by large trees.


This is more my style, relaxed gardening with natural shapes and that informal formality again. I particularly like the image on the right - the path softened by plants along the edge and the focal point again, of the large urn against the backdrop of foliage from the shrubs behind it, drawing the eye down there and making you want to walk down and explore what is around the corner...


...and last of all, a rural property would not be complete without a timber gate leading down a path. I love the dappled light from the sun through the tree canopy, and more of that symmetry with another focal point...what lies beyond?

Hope you like this property as much as I do and maybe one day I will get to fulfill my dream of living on acreage surrounded by glorious gardens made up into lots of gorgeous and inviting outdoor rooms.