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13 April 2012

Easter 2012 at Serenity

When I mentioned wallabies to Luiz (who I am sure by now every knows for his stunning embroideries), he asked me if they were small marsupials so I decided when I was away I would make sure to get photos of them  so I could show them on my blog.

They did not disappoint me and we had quite a few coming in for a feed, and to sample the lush green grass round the house.   While they were there they also pruned the roses and geraniums for me as well.....saved me getting pricked all the time with the rose thorns.

So Luiz here are the small marsupials...

This is "shorty" who used to be short having a sleep in the shade near the back door waiting for next feed

This baby looks like a giant rat but it is a baby wallaby "at foot" which means out of the pouch but still with the mother.

Mum and baby

Almost ready to come out of the pouch permanently
The garden was quite overgrown, and with all the rain everything has been producing...not only the wallabies.
A pumpkin plant came up while I was there at Xmas, and this is what it has produced.  There are 3 this size, plus others at various stages and sizes....lots of pumpkin soup there.

This is not the largest. The one I bought home is 32cm across the top
The Monsterea has also decided to produce for the first time, as well as the custard apple tree.   I have bought back lovely big limes and lemons for my friends as well.
The unusual flower with the fruit forming.  The other ripening fruit are in the background.
There were flowers on the Azalea bush, with the warm weather it must have thought spring had arrived and the dahlias are putting on a great show.  The proteas are almost done, but have been flowering for some time
The dahlias look wonderful grouped in a vase they add sunshine to a room

Pretty protea they are such regal flowers

The Azaleas are getting autumn mixed up with spring
Of course with all this lush growth brings the weeds so there was a lot of cleaning up of the gardens to do.  I think the thought of it has been too daunting for "himself" on his own, but with the two of us we were able to make short work of a lot of it.
Just one l pile  of rubbish that we cleared from one area of garden.  Himself has some fun ahead of him burning off the great pile of garden refuse once it dries.  Thankfully he has a big incinerator and a safe area to burn

I could not resist taking the next two photos one of fungi growing on the trunk of the palm tree, and the other a twig of seed pods from the same tree They were so interesting.
Barred chain could be used to depict this
Apart from a small amount of stitching I occupied myself with reading and resting, and also  with extra cleaning in the house, and getting most of it ship shape again...the windows are clean, the patios are not covered in little bird messages, the furniture is polished and the cobwebs are gone.  There are so many little jobs that men don't realise have to be done aren't there no matter how hard they try.

So there was my trip away...interspersed with doing eye drops, blood testing for warfarin and blood sugars, and of course cooking meals to keep us sustained.  I also managed to watch some tv, although in an out of ratings period good programmes were pretty sparse.

Now I have to get used to being on my own again... the worst part is turning to speak to another person and finding they are not there

Sorry this is so long, had to strike while the iron was hot...have more catching up with stitching to do today.    My eyes continue to improve each day.  It is hard to believe that it will be 4 weeks on Tuesday since I had my second eye done.  I am so pleased with the results.  No more looking through vaseline.



  1. Shirley, thank you for attention. Indeed they seem to be very interesting. When I think of Australia, the first image is of kangaroos! I have a dog that, when he wants win something, it is supported on its hind legs, like a little kangaroo ... impossible to resist
    I loved the pictures you share. I hope you feel better every day, you are a very special friend.

  2. Fun to see these wallabies. Are they afraid of people? Very interesting. There are so many beautiful flowers too. Who doesn't love them! Nice post. I'm sure Luiz enjoyed it too.

  3. Oh my gosh, my Doozey dog looks just like a joey!!!

    So glad you are improving and that it is all over!!!

  4. We had a few deer in our front yard, but nothing like your roos and wallabies. The deer ate my roses, too, though....stripped the blooms. Looks like you must be a super weeder--want to come work on my garden? lol

  5. I can only imagine what it is to look out and see wallabies. They seem more interesting than squirrels, which is about all I see.
    My rhododendron confused spring and fall, too. I hope we get some this spring (May, I think), too. All your (himself's?) flowers are lovely.
    I like when I see pictures of fungusy trees and logs. They are interesting to me.
    So, if your pumpkins are getting ready for harvest now, are they still good for Halloween?

  6. wallabies? are you sure they're not wannasbes?kangaroo wanabees that's it :):) love love your protea.and delighted that your eyesight is imrpoving. now on to stitching.

  7. Good day Shirley, Good to hear you are back home and had a lovely trip. Loved all the pics especially the lovely flowers of Australia. Most interesting Fungus. It looks sorta like a fossil of the sea. Take care Hugs Judy

  8. What a treat to have Wallabies and other wonderful creatures come to your yard to feed! I would be so excited! I still have a lot of yeard work also but we are expecting rain for the weekend so the clean-up will have to wait a little bit longer!
    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for sharing those wonderful photos!
    Tina xo

  9. Such a lovely post Shirley, full of beautiful photographs, and interesting chatter. I am pleased the trip was worthwhile. Sadly, someone has to do the 'work'!! I am also very pleased to hear your eyes are getting better and better. You will be happy to see colours properly again. The weather was pleasant while you were away, but I think it's probably turned a little chilly where you are. Nice to see you back, happy stitching, and try to rest after all that hard yakka. Cheers.

  10. Che meraviglia Shirley!!!!!!!! I canguri, i fiori, le zucche......... ma dimmi Serenity è il paradiso terrestre?

  11. Your stories are always so interesting Shirley, I love reading them. And the photos are breathtaking. The birds are gorgeous.