Strawberries in the Desert

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Autumn’s in no hurry

It’s autumn here in Sydney, winter is only a month away and our small back yard is  pretending it’s still summer. The leaves on the frangipani hold resolute, fat lemons are ripening and even the fig tree has put on more fruit.

DSC06340The plants are playing tricks, and I’m happy to play along.

 

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I’m happy to sit quietly in the sunshine, breathing in the soft light, enveloped in this unexpected world of calm. I watch as the light shifts against the sandstone, catching the last flower on the blue ginger, bright against the orange clivia that two weeks ago threw out a final bloom.

It’s an illusion, I know, nothing more than a pause before the last out breath, when the trees realise there is no further need to hold on and they willingly let go of their leaves.

I know winter can’t be kept at bay. That knowledge makes me drink in the beauty of today.

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16 comments on “Autumn’s in no hurry

  1. Eliza Waters
    April 27, 2017

    Enjoy each day to the fullest!

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  2. I hope it managed to hang on through the arctic blast that hit us all yesterday. They say there will be a few warmer days in the next week or so, but today definitely feels like winter. Not fair when it’s still April!

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    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      April 28, 2017

      Where are you Helen? Are you in Sydney? I must have slept through that arctic blast!

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      • No, South West Rocks (500km north, halfway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour) but I thought the temperature had dropped dramatically in Sydney as well.

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  3. nantubre
    April 28, 2017

    I LOVE seeing pictures of your garden! Btw, it is springtime here in the U.S.

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  4. Jack
    April 28, 2017

    Hi Deb.

    Glad your garden is doing well. Ours didn’t do very well at all this year. A few veggies hardly any raspberries. The flowering shrubs and trees did OK but that was about it.

    Love.

    Thelma and Jack.

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    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      April 28, 2017

      hello Jack, hello Thelma, I wonder what happened in your garden this year? Fingers crossed it delivers after winter! Love and best wishes to you both

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  5. Ron Walker
    April 28, 2017

    Beautiful post, I felt I was sitting there looking around with you. Our Summer is just starting here and I dread the humid heat that is coming. Enjoy that beauty while it lingers.

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  6. candidkay
    April 29, 2017

    I always love to see the fruits of your magical green thumb:). And the plants I can’t grow here b/c it gets too cold in winter!

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    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      April 29, 2017

      Thanks Kay, after forty years in chilly England I still marvel that I can look out of the window and see citrus growing in the back yard.

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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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