Thursday, 22 October 2020


Cistus (from the Greek kistos) is a genus of flowering plants in the rockrose family Cistaceae, containing about 20 species. They are perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands.

Cistus, with its many hybrids and cultivars, is commonly encountered as a garden flower. The common name rockrose (rock rose in the UK) is applied to the species, a name also shared by the related genera Halimium, Helianthemum and Tuberaria, all in the family Cistaceae. The common name gum cistus is applied to resin-bearing species, especially C. ladanifer.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020


As our lockdown continues, the City remains deserted and a lonely figure on this pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River is testimony to the fact that our lives have been changed quite radically in the last three months or so. Normally, this part of the City would have been crowded and buzzing with life. Despite the Spring sunshine, the newly sprouted vegetation and flowers on the banks of the river are more like a funereal wreath on the expiring body of our once lively metropolis... The new COVID-19 cases are almost down to zero now and we have few deaths lately, but nevertheless our restrictions remain Draconian and millions of Melbournians are suffering as a result.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Monday, 19 October 2020


This is a portion of a mosaic art piece on the sidewalk outside a primary school in our suburb. The children were involved in designing and making it, thus taking a prime role in beautifying their everyday surroundings in their school. A wonderful way to teach art techniques and art appreciation early on in life, as well as fostering creativity and developing talents.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Sunday, 18 October 2020


Deserted Melbourne City devoid of traffic during the COVID Lockdown...

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020


Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in Australia, with an estimated population of  two million living in the Perth metropolitan area. The metropolitan area is located in the South West Division of Western Australia, between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the banks of the Swan River.

Shortly after the establishment of the port settlement of Fremantle, Perth was founded on 12 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the Swan River Colony. As the business and administration centre for the resource-rich state, Perth has grown consistently.  Perth became known worldwide as the “City of Light” when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated the act as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998. Perth is tied for eighth place in The Economist’s 2011 list of the world's most livable cities.

Perth’s residents have traditionally enjoyed the highest standard of living of any of Australia’s big cities.  Until recently, the reason for this has been that, for most occupations, wages were only a little less than could be found in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne while house prices in Perth were considerably lower than the other cities.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

Thursday, 8 October 2020


'Hot Cocoa' rose was bred by Tom Carruth, USA, in 2001. Don't plant this beautiful rose at the back of your rose garden because you will miss the most unusual array of colours as the blooms start to flourish. Early in the season, the buds can be quite orange on the outer petals, however, the surprise is when the bud opens, the petals are distinctly brown and then as they age, they turn are dusky, muddy mauve. It is quite stunning at all stages and when the bush is in full bloom, the colour range is amazing.

'Hot Cocoa' is outstandingly disease-resistant with glossy, green foliage which adds to its unique beauty. The bush habit is rather upright and if pushed against a wall and wasn’t pruned, this bush would create quite a spectacular pillar rose. There’s no great perfume but Hot Cocoa is a highly recommended rose to plant for its unusual range of colours.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Monday, 5 October 2020


Beauty is to be found all around us, provided we slow down and open our eyes so that we can look for it.

Echium flower cluster, gumnuts (seed pods of eucalyptus) and Ipheion (Star of Spring).

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.