Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Summer Garden...just add water!

you might just see
Cocky sitting atop
the weeping cherry

the 'Grappa Grotto'
magnificent this year
there is a table and chairs under there

large pics are over the top, I know
but you won't have to click to enlarge

little Galahs in the grass
we're mowing today

Robinia mop tops

the 'listening tree'
we sit under here
and listen to the breezes whisper

a storm was brewing
three days ago

it was a hot, thundery day

taking off
and that's where I'll leave you for awhile
there's a lot to do around here


steven said...

alaine - you know what captivates me here are the mountains, the clouds and the mist blowing by. steven

La Petite Gallery said...

Alaine. your place is absolutly beautiful. I thought I saw an orange tree. There were some tree's I have never seen. I see you like Opera and play as well. Never been to Australia, Victoria looks wonderful.


alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...the pictures we get on those mountains sometimes really do take your breath away.

alaine@éclectique said...

LPT...Yvonne, there is a lemon tree there in the pic with the galahs. It's really struggled through the drought. I do love some Opera, Puccini and Verdi and only dabble on the piano these's nice to go in there and while away a couple of hours.

Wanda..... said...

I love your cloudy days just as well as your sunny days, Alaine! Lovely scenes.

maggie's garden said...

With all the white I'm surrounded with...your photos were so very welcome. The green is so lush. I'd be hanging out under the 'Grappa Grotto' for sure. The bird in flight's a great shot.
Wondering how you are enjoying The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?
Thanks for an uplifting post!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...thank you, have a lovely week!

alaine@éclectique said...

maggie's garden...thanks. We've been mowing today but had to come in as it was getting very hot. Got half done!

The book...I'm nearly halfway through; I'm a bit slow as I only read in bed and then it's only about 6 pages and I'm 'dopey'. It's very intriguing; love it and have the other two to follow. Cheery bye!

alaine@éclectique said...

Oh, I meant to say that an Italian friend said to hose the grotto all over on a hot day, wait a little while and then sit underneath...with a glass of grappa, of course!

Steven Cain said...

Green! Green! Green! Oh how I am missing it right now. Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

It looks like your place goes on and on, forever. The grotto is wonderful. What kind of leaf chomping pests do you have to contend with down there? Any?

Teri said...

I love the idea of a table and chair being under that tree. And the fact that I can't see it! What a wonderful, hidden, magical spot that must be. I think that I'd be living under that tree all the time. Just take my laptop out there and type away. Or that book you're reading! But then, reality sets in and mowing (or something else) has to get done. Hard to fit it all in, isn't it Alaine!

LA POUYETTE - und die "Dinge des Lebens" said...

Dear Alaine,

I don't think that large photos are 'over the top', rather the opposite. Ones can see so much better all details, and clicking to enlarge a photo just 'disturbs' reading the post. Well, in my opinion.

Love the "Grappa Grotto", it must be a very cool and restful place to hide. Also the 'listening' tree.

And I envy you about your birds!

Lovely post, thanks!

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven Cain...g'day! We're very lucky here, our trees don't get attacked...a swarm of locusts got into Victoria in December but, thankfully, didn't get this far east.

Something got into our grapevine on the front lawn but that was probably black spot.....'touch wood' it doesn't get into the 'grappa grotto'.

alaine@éclectique said... is hard to fit it all in; we have a full plate again today! We mowed yesterday but that's something we have to do anyway about every 10 days. In the drought we weren't mowing this time of the year.

alaine@éclectique said...

La Pouyette....Karin, I was going to add that about the photos...'and get lost'. I usually only click to enlarge when I have the time.

Betsy said...

Oh...lovely green summer! I've almost forgotten what it looked like! haha. Love that Cockatoo in your tree! I had to look but finally spotted him!

alaine@éclectique said... must be longing for spring!

columnist said...

Looks wonderfully lush. We are in our dry season here, so things parched, with no rain since October. At least you're not afflicted by the terrible disasters affecting some parts of your country.

vicki archer said...

Alaine, these images are wonderful....I love Robinias...they make me feel a little homesick....Beautiful post, xv.

alaine@éclectique said...

columnist....we're ever mindful of how fortunate we were to escape the disasters, especially the awful fires that came so close to our home two years ago. We have friends who lost everything in Queensland to Cyclone Nasi (they used to live just up the road from us here but moved to a warmer climate in Queensland) and other friends went through terrible angst watching the floods rising closer to their home but, thankfully, they receded just metres away from their front door.

alaine@éclectique said...

Vicki...thank you. You live in such a beautiful part of the world but I can imagine your heartstrings would get a little tug for Oz now and then. xa

lvroftiques said...

Hi Alaine! What a breathtakingly beautiful place to live! And I thought my little corner of the world was pretty fabulous. *winks* I'm so glad you found my blog so that I could find yours. I look forward to reading more from you. Vanna

alaine@éclectique said...

Vanna...thanks for visiting! I'm going to enjoy reading all about the treasures you find!

T. Clear said...

Thank you for these visions of summer, which, here in the Northern Hemisphere, seems impossibly far away.