Changing Seasons : November 2020

Today is the second day of summer, but it has felt like summer for most of November. Temperatures have been gradually soaring and now they are into the low 30’s. But we are relatively lucky, as out west they are scorching in temps up to 47c in Birdsville. November has also set an all time record, since records were kept, with no rainfall all month. “Normal” average is about 90mm. Thankfully, with a spear pump, I am able to keep watering daily.

How quickly I tend to forget, as I looked back at last Novembers changing season post, it had also been very dry and it had been the time of the catastrophic bush fires. Unfortunately bush fires are once more raging. The beautiful Fraser Island, just off the coast north of Brisbane, has been burning for over 6 weeks with now 40% of this National Heritage site wiped out and no end in sight. And the acrid smell of the smoke hangs in the air and a smoke haze blurs the horizon as the strong winds from the north send it nearly 450 kilometres to pollute our area. 

But the good news is our borders are opening between the states and travel is once more becoming a reality. We had a delightful weekend spent with son and daughter-in-law on Bribie Island. And I found time to record it in my art journal.

The butterfly house was a highlight. Thousands of these glorious little creatures filling the air with delight and putting smiles on everyone’s face. It was also interesting with all the quirky and, to me, good ideas to add to our garden.

So how is the garden? Well the tropical plants are just loving this hot weather.

But, once more, I am starting to down size the number of pots that have gradually multiplied over the past few, cooler, months. For 2 reasons, one the heat and difficulty to keep them going during summer. And two, more importantly, we are going to visit our son who lives in Sydney to spend Christmas with him. We have not seen him for almost 3 years and during 2020 he bought a new house. So with the borders now open we have booked a flight. It is rather scary and like going into the unknown. Masked, sanitized and constantly washing hands and keeping social distancing, we plan to stay a week, but in these uncertain times, who can predict, for sure, when we will be back home…

Watch this space I maybe posting from Sydney at the end of December, if the borders close again and we don’t make it home…

So with another month under my belt, and thanks to Su of “zimmer bitch” who encourages us each month to keep a record of the “changing seasons”. I am almost to the end of another year. I hope you are all keeping well and with news of a vaccine on the horizon, hopefully 2021 will bring life back to this “new” normal they are promising us.

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  1. Your garden is always a joy to us, Pauline. That creativity also extends to your art journal. You are so talented. I hope you have a wonderful time in Sydney, Pauline. It is very hot and they have been getting some big storms so you may see some rain in December too. Hopefully you will also get some steady rain on your GC garden too while you are away.

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  2. Lovely, lovely post. Nice to see you have managed to travel this month and I hope you have a wonderful stay in Sydney. I reckon I would love the butterfly garden too and I can see some of those quirky sculptures in your garden. I’m sure Jack is up to the challenge. I want that fabulous stained-glass butterfly. It would be magnificent in my conservatory. Glad to hear you are both well and Jack’s looking great!

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    • We are trying to make an effort to go somewhere at least once every month, while we can. Getting older is also a factor governing our activities, as well as the covid worry. I’m loving the boot and shoe lineup so am on a mission to find old boots. How is your health these days Jude. Did your foot get better? I’m really hoping we get some rain this month, especially while we are away. Best wishes to you for a safe and peaceful Christmas

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  3. What glorious photos from your excursion, and great ideas for your garden. Am certain Jack is already planning things for your patch! Have a wonderful visit with your son, and best wishes for a lovely holiday! (Fingers crossed that all goes well.) xx

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  4. So nice to hear from you, Pauline! Good news and not so good, as it is for almost everyone right now. Awful about the fires, and such a long way still to go. Borders across Europe are mostly still closed with a loosening around Christmas which may be a mistake, but we can’t stay sunk in gloom indefinitely. Still don’t know if we’re going back. Both youngsters say ‘don’t’ but Christmas is just another day without them. We’ll see. Wishing you and Jack a fabulous time 🙂 🙂

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    • It is uncertain times Jo, and I’m so sad for UK, Europe and USA. But after seeing the results of America’s thanks giving day, maybe it is not a good idea for mass movement at Christmas. Hope you have a lovely and safe day, however you celebrate it

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  5. Sorry to read about the fires, Pauline, but it’s always a joy to see your journal and flowers. Add to that the fact that you’re able to travel and my day is even better. PLUS there was a Jack sighting. 🙂 I slipped out and over the Arizona-California border before Thanksgiving for a short visit with our older daughter and her husband. What a joy it was to travel although I did feel a bit radical? Sneaky? Since then, there have been lots of new regulations, as Covid is surging in southern California as in many other areas of the US. We reluctantly cancelled family Christmas this year, as our younger daughter would have had to endure two flights and three airports each way, one s-i-l is at high risk and isn’t coming, and our daughter and husband in California might have issues with the currents rules/suggestions (suggestions which don’t seem to apply to many of the leaders of the various cities and states!) We don’t want to put our families at risk, so we’ll spend the day with my parents and Zoom with everyone else.

    janet

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    • Yes it does seem radical to travel these days, a good word to describe how I feel about it too. Zooming has become the new way to get together these days. How clever the computer geeks have become in helping us all adapt to this strange, almost, science fiction world. Wishing you a very happy, zooming Christmas

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  6. Yay for open borders. I hope you and Jack have a wonderful Christmas in Sydney.Your garden is wonderful; full of colour and cheer. Thanks for the peek into your art journal; you are very talented.

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  7. Summer certainly came in with a blast, didn’t it! It’s much more pleasant here today but supposed to heat up again over the weekend. I didn’t know there was a butterfly house on Bribie Island. It’s many years since we last went there, so another visit might be in order.

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    • It’s a long time since we visited Bribie. It was worth revisiting. The community art centre is one of the best we have been to. Great variety of local talent and the small cafe served delicious food. Thank goodness it is a bit cooler today. But it will certainly get hotter

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  8. I hope your trip to visit your son goes well and that you return safely to your home. I would imagine that the hotter days each year bring fires to you as with us during our Summer months. We had many fires this year and the smoke was so bad it seemed to block out the sun. But it is Winter now and very cold and of course, the gardens are dormant here at my daughter’s. Thank you for sharing the photos of your garden. They bring the beauty of Summer days to me as we now have shorter days and longer nights. Do take care.

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    • Thanks Renee, travel now is a very unknown quantity, will it actually happen, will the borders still be open and will we get home and will we suddenly have to go into quarantine. So many variables, so we will just go with the flow. Have a lovely safe and happy Christmas

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    • Thanks for dropping by Ju-lyn. Travel is a very unknown activity now a days. Will the borders still be open in 3 weeks and if we get there will we get home again ok… travel is certainly laced with anticipation and a certain amount of anxiety. Hope you have a happy and memorable Christmas

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      • I hear you Pauline. I think it is probably more uncertain (& exciting) for you as you have actual options for travelling outside of your city – which then, as you say, comes with excitement & anxieties. Keeping my fingers crossed for your visit, that it will go as smoothly as it can, and that you will be able to return in a timely fashion. Happy holidays to you, Jack & the rest of your family!

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        • Thanks Brenda, I had been organising the garden to look after itself while we were away. Then this week we had torrential rain so now the garden is all ok, no watering needed for a while, so we can just relax and enjoy Christmas at home. Hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas and let’s all wish for a better year in 2021

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  9. A garden of delight ! Lovely Pauline … all those exotic flowers and colours ..very joyful just right now 🙂
    So many travel plans disrupted by this wretched virus 😦
    Hope is such a short word , but imbued with so much more I feel when we find ourselves thinking about the possibility of better times soon .

    Merry Christmas dear Pauline to you and Jack xx

    PS.Your travel sketchbook is super and full of great little details .. who wouldn’t want to stay in that airbnb with the sounds of the ocean … *sigh 🙂

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  10. Hello to you and jack!
    Hope your trip to Sydney is going well and that the borders stay open
    Lovely photos from
    The garden and downsizing pots had many perks
    And sending a happy new year your way

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