Sunday, 23 April 2017


“Beneath the rust and grime which dulls the shine of our weathered hearts, joy patiently waits to be rediscovered”― John Mark Green

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Osteospermum is a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Calenduleae, one of the smaller tribes of the sunflower/daisy family Asteraceae. The common name is African daisy or Cape daisy.

Osteospermum used to belong to the genus Dimorphotheca, but only the annual species remain in that genus now; the perennials have been placed in the genus Osteospermum. An amazing variety of cultivars have been developed, in a stunning variety of colours. The new "Flower Power Double" hybrids have added more diversity in this versatile and prolific garden bloomer.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


The Okapi and the Ocelot

Okapis live in Africa
And striped pajamas wear;
They will not roam in Attica
Don’t have enough airfare.

Their diet green and vegetal,
Their lot alone, forlorn;
It’s only when they’re marital
That others they don’t scorn.

Giraffes they have for cousins
And they will roam all day,
Nibbling leaves in dozens
With long black tongue in sway.

Ocelots live in America
And spotty fur they don;
At night their esoterica
They studiously will con.

They are meat eaters avid,
In social skills not lacking:
With kittens female gravid,
Will have dad’s solid backing.

Their relatives are leopards,
Lions and panthers too;
But not the German shepherds
Nor ewe, nor gnu nor shrew.

Okapis don’t meet ocelots
And just as well maybe,
For stripes will clash with spots
You see, and the two don’t agree.

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.15 million, and the South East Queensland urban conurbation, centered on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is situated inside a bend of the Brisbane River, approximately 23 km from its mouth at Moreton Bay.

The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River valley between the bay and the Great Dividing Range. While the metropolitan area is governed by several municipalities, a large portion of central Brisbane is governed by the Brisbane City Council, which is by far Australia's largest Local Government Area by population. The demonym of Brisbane is Brisbanite.

Brisbane is named after the river on which it sits, which, in turn, was named after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, the Governor of New South Wales from 1821 to 1825. The first European settlement in Queensland was a penal colony at Redcliffe, 28 kilometres north of the Brisbane central business district, in 1824. That settlement was soon abandoned and moved to North Quay in 1825. Free settlers were permitted from 1842. Brisbane was chosen as the capital when Queensland was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales in 1859.

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.

Friday, 14 April 2017


Sunrise in Fairfield, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,

and also part of the Friday Photo Journal,
and also part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme.

Thursday, 13 April 2017


A Rosa, 'Graham Thomas' (English rose by David Austin) in our garden, blooming profusely in Autumn. It produces cupped shaped blooms of rich, pure yellow that have a strong tea rose fragrance. It has an upright growth habit that can be trained as a spectacular climber or bushy shrub. Inducted into the Rose Hall Of Fame by the World Federation of Rose Societies 2009.  Highly recommended!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017


The Numbat and the Newt

The numbat knew the newt was rare,
But not as rare as he.
The two were an unlucky pair
Their numbers few to see.

With climate change and warming too,
Their habitats were shrinking;
The blights of foul pollution do
Poison all unblinking.

“Oh Newt, my friend, how shall we live,
Now that the planet’s dying?
The humans I will not forgive,
For they are horrifying.”

“I know, dear Ned, our lot is sad
Our future bleak and sorry;
But humans will have ends so bad
That they should fret and worry.”

“Tis true, we may with whimpers end,
And our kinds slowly vanish;
But they to hell will all descend
A big bang their lives will banish.”

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Rhodes (Greek: Ρόδος, Ródos) is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of land area and also the island group's historical capital. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Rhodes regional unit, which is part of the South Aegean administrative region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Rhodes.

The city of Rhodes had 50,636 inhabitants in 2011. It is located northeast of Crete, southeast of Athens and just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Rhodes' nickname is The island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land.

Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

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.