Category Archives: Trees

Jacaranda dreaming

Recent early morning cycles have taken me past glorious jacarandas and silky oaks in flower, a sombre graveyard, and a duck in need of support.

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Melbourne moments

On a recent trip to ‘sunny’ Melbourne, we visited Brighton Beach, listened to Mark Seymour in Federation Square and took in some sights. We didn’t JUST go shopping!

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I love this city…..

….Sydney.

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Whither the corner store?

Once upon a time, we had an abundance of corner shops in our towns and cities, but they have gradually been eased out by the longer hours of the big chain supermarkets and our comfort with getting in the car to head off shopping at big centres and malls (instead of strolling down to the corner – and paying perhaps more for our purchases).

On my cycles I go past some of the survivors – open at the civilised hour of 6:30am (not so civilised for the proprietors no doubt), and here are two. Love the old Billy Tea siding.

Hoogley Street corner shop

Hoogley Street corner shop

An's convenience store

An’s – An saved up and built a house on the back – hardy immigrant behaviour!

Some other pics from my cycling mornings:

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Down by the river

Today I cycled along the Brisbane Corso, a favourite route, and saw a rainbow in the heavy southwestern skies.

Rainbow over Brisbane River

Boats, earthworks and a rainbow

The cats’ whiskers are in flower …

Cats whiskers

Orthosiphon aristatus

… as are the golden penda.

Golden penda

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Trusty has a rest against a paperbark tree.

Paperbark and bike

Probably melaleuca leucadendra

A new horn on an old bike. Noise: blit — blat! Reckon it’ll clear the path.
Bike horn

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Floral Sunday

Today I cycled to Roma Street Parklands – these lovely gardens were the brainchild of Colin Campbell, a much loved horticulturist who died last year, and for whom a large section full of bright blooms, sculpture, trees and water features has been named.

Flower beds

Flower beds honouring Colin Campbell

The water dragons were out in force, scaring the tourists. And the blue fairy wrens flitted through the shrubs. Glorious park for a rest stop.

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What’s flowering

…in our garden, after the rain…

Bauhinia

Bauhinia

Ptychocarpa

Our own ptychocarpa

Pink hibiscus

Delicate pink

Red hibiscus

Outside the kitchen window

Yellow hibiscus

Yellow hibiscus

Bush with white flowers

Mystery bush

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