Spring has…exploded!

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Yesterday, little Mr. and I headed to great grandmas for some gardening.  There was a weedy patch that I cracked into for a while.  At the end we gathered some insanely colourful flowers for a bouquet and I thought they were beautiful enough for a photo…and then it struck me that something else might make them even more beautiful… haha.

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The colours erupting from the trees and earth this spring have been pretty spectacular.

Our little herb patch has nearly tripled in volume in the warmer weather, and I can only guess how many lbs of parsley I’ve had over the past few months.  It’s cranking out produce.  We are so thankful for the bounty this little space has already provided us, and hopefully when the flowers turn to seed shortly, I’ll be able to save a few and plant even more.  Fingers crossed the large garden beds are up and ready soon so we can also enjoy some home grown veggies.

Do you keep a veggie patch/herb garden?  Which types are your favourite to grow?

We’ve had a few spring visitors which include all the local dogs (thank god Tess is fixed!) and some hungry sheep with their wee lamb in tow.  Many of the paddocks around Palmerston are full to the brim of fat little lamb and calves.

The orchard facing our house was a mass of white and pink flowers a few weeks back – and looked absolutely stunning particularly in the later hours of the day when the soft sunlight shone from behind lighting everything in a really nice golden hue.

Anyway that’s me rambling on about how gorgeous it is here in New Zealand right now!

Till next time…

x

Holly

Stirling Range National Park – For Nature Lovers!

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I was just going through some of the images from our trip last month (already reminiscing) and found a few we’d not yet shared. I’m in love with this landscape and believe I could have easily stayed there well into November even when the orchid season had passed.

A few of the critters I described in previous posts are now shown in all of their glory (or partially in the case of the snake).

If you ever come across a bob tail lizard – just be warned they can really injure you if you’re not careful.  You can pick them up behind their head rather easily but beware of putting anything near their mouse trap like mouths.

– Unrelated to our trip – 

It’s beginning to really heat up here in Perth as summer is just around the bend.  We’ve been growing a number of herbs and veggies on our balcony along with some small seedlings – and I can say we have for the first time (in 5 years of living in Australia) managed to grow a rather bountiful roma tomato plant.  It’s just starting to ripen and I cannot wait to eat them with some fresh basil and mozzarella with olive oil.  That will be heaven on a plate.

I know some of you are now slowly morphing from the cozy comfort of the sun, indoors to artificial heating – and I truly hope that winter is not too long for you (though I do love the snow – so will admit my slight jealousy of missing out on snowboarding!).

I’ll post again soon.

x

Holly

The “creepy” sweating sniffer.

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This morning I woke up and found that I had been sweating in my sleep.  This is not an unusual occurrence, as sometimes I am soaked through and the bedding is too.

When I wake from those nights I generally smell sweet and soft, and find the smell comforting.

Surely I must not be the only person on the planet who finds their own scent pleasing?

I don’t just love the smell of me though, I actually find I cannot get enough of Mike.  Often I find myself getting really close to his neck and chest just to smell him.  The smell reminds me of a young child, it’s soft and delicate (not musty or sweaty ever!)  In fact, I might sound crazy saying this – but I’ve never smelt him with a foul scent.

This cannot be said in the reverse.  If I eat onions, my skin smells of onions, if I’m running around and sweating Mike sometimes hints that I may need a shower.  Basically, I do not always smell like a lady.

When he’s away I will grab his pillow and take a deep inhale.  Or if he’s left a sweater lying around – I’ll do the same. I’m addicted to his soft perfume.  Just to note, I only do this with pillows and sweaters – never socks and undies.

I have this feeling that this may be a common practice for people whom are separated from their loved ones.

While I’m writing this I’m still covered in my pyjamas and resting on the couch.  I’ve opened the doors on the patio, and while it’s only 6.00am the air is warm and is rushing through with that pleasing smell of a fresh new day.

The thing is I’ve been waking up in pools of sweat for a few years and I’d never really known what causes is.  I’m never too hot when I wake, in fact usually by the time I wake up I’m freezing as all the water has significantly cooled my body temperature.

A few weeks back now, I wrote briefly of having something happen to my heart (which happened during the day time).  I spent a week wearing a heart monitor afterward; which was absolutely not the most fun situation but it did give me some results or at least kind of an answer.

It’s name is “mild sleep apnea”.

I think it’s the answer to this mystery sweating.  Mystery solved!

I’m not the first person in my family to have this issue, as I do know someone older than I, whom snores used to snore loud enough to shake down a house.  But not anymore.  He wears this cyborg looking contraption and now sleeps as quiet as a mouse.

I’m not due to wear any thing but was told I am fine, and got a clear bill of health otherwise which is awesome.   At the moment I am delaying getting ready for work, because I’m enjoying the way I smell and taking in the view with today’s offering of fresh air.

Adieu for now.

Holly

Grateful for solitude.

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These photographs were taken at Lake Leschenaultia and Perth.

Only If For a Night – Rihanna 

Patrick Watson – Love Songs for Robots

Jaymes Young – I’ll be Good (Thero Remix)

Jaymes Young – I’ll be Good (the original and the remix are…wonderful.  I love them both).

Madeleine Peyroux – This is Heaven to Me

I had an “Alchemist” Moment

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Toogarr, 65 Bibbulmun Nation

This Saturday, before I walked to Heirisson Island to interview the people protesting, I was nervous.  I was looking out onto the balcony when a small honey eater bird came and perched on the rail.  It looked straight into my eyes and began to sing at me.

It felt like a song of encouragement.

A few days later I woke in the morning and began mulling over the traction of the interviews, and wondered if people would care about the issues and also be compelled to share the story too.

As I sat contemplating this, I noticed the small bird had returned.  But this time it was not alone.  It had brought two others with him.  I had three little birds watching me from the balcony.

I smiled to myself, and my eyes watered with happiness.

Last night the story of the protesters camping at Heirisson Island were tweeted out to over 30,000 people on Twitter.