Wow. Christmas holidays seem to go so fast. It's been a busy few weeks.
My sister Tabatha and my nephew Lachlan have been in town from Hanoi, so we've been doing a lot of catching up as they will be off again on Monday and we won't see them for the next year or so.
My maternal grandmother has been in hospital with heart problems, but she's a tough old bird and will fight till the last breath. Alison's aunt went in for surgery and ended up having multiple heart attacks on the operating table, then kidney failure necessitating intensive care and life support, which was unexpected as she was in good health. She is breathing unaided now, but we're not out of the woods yet.
So all in all it's been a busy few weeks. I think going back to work will be quite pleasant.
Then today my neighbour asked me what the date was. I looked at my watch and realised that I needed to post something for GBBD. But my garden had nothing new from the last 2 months. There are only so many angles one can take photos from of the same flowers, and I despaired.
But mother nature, who has been teasing me mercilessly for weeks, threw me a lifeline. My crepe myrtle which was a stick of ignominious proportions a few months back...
...had its first tiny flower. The promise of more to come is evident.
I'm late. I went to post for GBBD yesterday, and as I was uploading photos, Google informed me that I had reached my free photo upload limit and that I would have to pay for more uploads to Picasa. I immediately paid and tried again, but was informed that it would take 24 hours to process.
"Better late than never" as they say. But they also say "Never judge a book by its cover" which left me hugely disappointed when I bought a book with a picture of Jamie Oliver on the front assuming it was a car manual.
And don't get me started on "You can't have your cake and eat it".
Anyway, here's what I started on yesterday.
The months just fly by. It's the 15th again and thanks to May dreams gardens it's time to look over what is blooming.
To be honest, blooms are a bit thin on the ground this month as summers heat turns the plants thoughts to survival rather than beauty, but I suppose the idea is to show the changing of the seasons rather than show off only in the good times. It's nice to look around the world each 15th and see where it's winter or summer, drought or flood, and what each of us grows and cherishes.
I'm very fond of native violets. They are tender yet prolific.