Monday, April 23, 2012

Lapping up the Sunshine

The loveliest April. Sunny days, mild nights.  We have been outdoors, in our garden, savouring all that sunshine, knowing there are icy days on the horizon.

I am obsessed with these little native bees.  I'm not sure what sort they are. I have thoroughly scanned the Internet, I like to know the name of things, so may be harassing the museum with photos soon.  I find myself hunting for them daily, crouching and watching them go about their business.

 Possibly a Chequered Blue Butterfly 
 Yellow Banded Dart

 Reaching for gum nuts, "these are for Easter" she tells me. A fair while to wait,  but no need to spoil her fun. It would be cool to paint spots on gum nuts and hide them at Easter time.
Our poor old dog Sammy is soaking up the rays. He's been to the vet weekly this month, alas they have no cure for old age.
Waiting for the the arrival of Autumn mushrooms, only a few sad looking ones in our garden, I expect more next week after some rainfall.  I'm dreaming about finding Saffron Milk Caps in the Pine forest, and the orange feast that will follow.

 Just one wild yellow cherry tomato, gone rampant, there's a poor lemon and peppers hiding under there.

 Even the common honey bees suck me in. That bottom look so innocent.

Lemon verbena 

Flowers can also be brushes. It is not only the bees that like to visit the Hebe.

 Little one finds the bucket of carrots soaking in water and promptly fetches herself one.

 Poor old Sammy,  such sad eyes.


  1. Oh, I just want to curl up in the grass next to Sammy and give him a big hug. Such a good, loyal companion you have in him.

    Lovely garden photos, the bees are stunning. Here we have wasps in a cyprus tree which I'm not sure what that is all about??

    Fingers crossed for some good mushroom foraging soon, I hope they aren't all scalped by the local eateries..please let them leave some for the common peasants! :)

  2. What a busy little place your garden is. I love that cute little dress floating around in there. :)

  3. He is a loyal companion Christine, lots of doggy cuddles lately. I've seen the wasps eating sap from a gum next door, maybe your's have found something sweet. Lets hope we can outwit the eateries.

    I found that dress in an op shop before I had my littlest Gooseberry Jam. I actually tried to sell it on Ebay and no one bought it, thank goodness!


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young