Changing Seasons : October 2019

A month of ups and downs. The first week started with a fantastic downpour of 50mm of rain. So welcome to the dry garden and the fire fighters battling the many bush fires roaring across the hinterland during September. But after that only another 5mm fell for the rest of the month. So back to regular watering to keep the garden growing…..

But grow it did….

The pumpkin took off as though on steroids and tiny pumpkins are forming.

The climbing beans are covering the tripod and like the fabled Jack’s beanstalk are racing for the sky and supplying more beans than we can eat.jack garden shots 047_4000x3000The courgettes are slowing down and the tomatoes, silver beet, spinach and cucumbers are on their last legs. The veggie garden will be going into recess for summer, already mildew, bugs, birds and caterpillars have made their presence felt.oct garden 022_5184x3888The flower garden is a blaze of glory.oct garden 016_5184x3888

And the blue tongue lizard is waiting every morning for his feed.

jack garden shots 077_4000x3000In this hot weather all the birds appreciate having the bird bath for drinking and splashing in. Before coming round to the front deck to join us for breakfast.

A very satisfying month in the garden. But then disaster struck….

Last week I had a major seizure at 4am.

Thank goodness Jack woke and heard me gasping, then I stopped breathing.

It is strange to relate it here as I have no recollection of the next hour or so. Jack managed to revive me and called for the ambulance that rushed me to hospital, where I spent the next few days while they did multiple tests. But they still do not know how, or why, a seemingly perfectly healthy person just stopped breathing. I’m still having more tests and now I am back home, and feeling so grateful that Jack heard me. As I look around the garden each day I am still feeling a bit fragile, but so thankful to be alive.jack garden shots 002_3000x4000 **********************

Su of “Zimmer Bitch” hosts the “Changing Season challenge” each month and it is a great way to keep a record of the passing months.



  1. Pauline, I was so enjoying your post with the glorious gardens and then I got to the ending! How horribly frightening! I’m hoping you’ll know soon what caused the issue as I’m sure you are totally on edge. I can only share that my husband had a similar incident 3 years ago and spent a week in intensive care and 3 months of recovery. He is now back to 100% and all is well. Believe that this too shall pass. Sending thoughts and best wishes your way.

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    • Thank you for your reassuring comment Tina, I am pleased to hear your husband made a complete recovery. I’m feeling much better but still have no idea why I suddenly collapsed. Just appreciating every day now.


  2. The best way to experience this garden is to, do as I do, I wander around and sit quietly on the seats and just appreciate natures beauty and Pauline’s effort. The next best is this post. To zoom in on the photos in the post is a real joy.
    I should wear my hearing aids to bed, I would be very upset if I lost my best pal and gardener.

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  3. Like Tina I was reveling in the colour and beauty of your garden photos …

    I am so glad that Jack was there, and that you’re ok. I hope you get some answers about the causes so it can give you some peace of mind.

    Take care — both of you.

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  4. What a scare. I’m glad you are alright and I hope the doctors figure out what happen. Do you by any chance sleep on your back? I hear sleeping on your side is better for you, and I wonder if sleeping on your back made you more prone to the stroke? Probably not, right?

    Love your garden and lizard pics. Do you feed him? 😀

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  5. Pauline your garden is beautiful. Lovely to see your regular visits from the lizards and birds. I am so sorry to read about your frightening scare. I hope you are resting well and they find out what caused it. What a wonderful blessing you have Jack there by your side 🌝🦋🌺xo

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    • Pumpkins have lots of space to roam, but need some rain for them. Looking out the window today it looks as though we may get some soon. The blue tongue, we call Tilly, lines up for his breakfast every morning. Jack hand feeds him fruit and meat.

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  6. So glad you are recovering, Pauline. Sorry to hear what you had to go through, it must be so scary. Hope doctors will more… Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and lovely birds. the lizard is fun to watch.

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  7. I too was enjoying the lovely colour in your garden and pondering on what some of them are called and then I reached the end. Oh, goodness PP. what a shock! So glad Jack was able to help and call the ambulance. It’s not knowing what caused it that is a worry, once they know you can deal with it, so I hope they find out soon. Sometimes though things just happen. No rhyme nor reason. Like Jack I would be very sorry to lose my blogging buddy and gardening friend so just take care. Hugs to you both!! 🤗🤗

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  8. Well, you kind of forewarned me, so I rushed across here to see what had happened. Thank God for Jack is all I can say! I’ve missed you but take it easy till you feel more like yourself. 🙂 🙂


  9. I’m glad to hear that you are doing well now. What an awful experience for both of you, but it seems that getting older is an education in what can go wrong with our bodies and how much we should value every day. Enjoy that lovely garden and Jack, of course, while the doctors are poking, prodding, and puzzling.

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  10. I do hope you will find out what is wrong and be alright so you can once again do the things you love to do. I had a blood clot once years ago in my leg and got treatment and do know that if a blood clot travels through, where they should not be, they can cause a myriad of issues. So, if whatever caused your problem is now gone, that would be best. I quite enjoy your garden and your sharing it with me. Your garden photos above and the small creatures, both air born and on the ground, are amazing. The colors phenomenal and a perfect picture of an English garden. I wish you well and for a speedy recovery.

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  11. Enjoying your lush garden and birds once again Pauline I too like others was suddenly brought to stop when I read of your frightening health scare . Gosh . High 5 to Jack . And so happy to hear you’re doing ok although still under investigation .
    Keep up the good work all round . maybe you have time for more sketching and painting ?
    Wishing you well dear Pauline xx

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    • Lovely to hear from you Poppy. I see you are not doing much/any blogging these days. Are you still busy with your photography? I only do one blog a month now as I like to keep a record of the garden. And I am still enjoying my art attempts… Had an MRI today will learn the results on Thursday. I feel fine, but it is still a mystery what happened. 🙄


      • Fingers xx’d then Pauline x
        I’m still keen on my photography yes indeed but realise I need to make more effort to get the pictures I’d really like to take . A more dodgy back nowadays and heavy equipment feels a bit of a stumbling block aswell as that early morning alarm 😉 I’ve begun to and dabble some more with watercolours etc again so there maybe the odd arty thing on my blog when I get going with it .
        Have a great week Pauline x

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  12. Fires already?! There have been many moderate fires (although all are considered to be bad) here, but this is fire season, after a long and dry summer. If yours are starting now, what happens for the rest of summer?!

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    • A terrible early start for the fire season, it seems that summer has well and truly started. Huge areas of the country are classed as catastrophic with over 50 fires burning in NSW and even Outer suburbs of Sydney under threat and whole towns being evacuated. It is the same here in Queensland all along the east coast with many of the fires out of control. It is predicted to be a really bad fire season with very little rain forecast

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      • Does fire season start with summer and continue to the end, or is the weather such that it does not last so long. (I know that rainy seasons in some regions are not like ours.) Our fire season typically does not start until halfway through summer, or even later, but that is because summer is the dry season.

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        • Fire season is early this year, they blame climate change, usually starts early January and lasts all summer often into autumn and the fires can occur all through the year. Summer should be wet season in Queensland but that can no longer be relied on.


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