G’day to all my blogging buddies, I’m back to record my happenings after missing May, and feeling quite guilty about it.
May was a rather hectic month. Jack had his full knee replacement surgery and before that happened it was multiple visits for xrays, consultations, blood tests, the list just kept getting longer. Then it was a bit of drama when his blood pressure shot up and it was touch and go as to whether the surgery would go ahead. But it did.
Then a week after his operation, just as he was due to come home, I badly injured my back and could hardly walk. I had to go into hospital for various scans. Fortunately we have a Granny flat in the downstairs area of the house so, with no stairs to climb, we were able to live there while Jack’s knee, and my back, got stronger. I just love our little, minimalist area. We lived down here, on and off, for 6 years while we were travelling. It brings back many happy memories of those times. Jack’s sons came to stay and help for a few days till we were mobile again. Now, 6 weeks tomorrow, Jack is walking up stairs, no wheelie walker or stick and my back is much stronger. But we are still staying downstairs as during winter it is so much more cosy than the main, upstairs house.
Just before all the drama began we did manage to fit in a visit to the newly opened art gallery, Hota (home of the arts) is a magnificent building and it is so exciting to have this state of the art building to showcase the arts right on our doorstep.
The views from the 5th floor are spectacular and I’m looking forward to regular visits.
Fortunately at this time of the year there is not too much work to be done in the garden. I planted out the annuals ready for the spring display, and would just wander around a couple of times a day talking to the plants and telling them how well they are doing.
This is the first poppy to open, what a stunning colour, with so many buds popping up I’m looking forward to a spectacular show, if the winds stay away…
The snapdragons are already putting up a colourful display.
And the Banksias just glow as the morning sun hits them.
This is a new wattle, this is its second year, and I’m very excited to see all the flower buds forming. Watch this space…
These are a few more flowers bringing joy to me as I look around each day.
The 2 houses being built across the road are nearing completion and they have a ring side view of our garden.
So it has been an interesting 2 months and I’m pleased to report that we are both recovering and looking forward to a more active life.
I also want to share these photos of Pelican Lake, that is just at the end of our street, with you. The reflections were so perfect, the light so clear, as I drove by they just stopped me in my tracks and I had to pull up and take a photo, in fact many photos.
Hosting of this monthly challenge has changed hands. For many years Sue (Zimmerbitch) has taken charge and it has been a joy to be part of her community. But now she is taking a well earned rest and handed the reins to Ju-Lyn. I am so pleased you have taken over the hosting of this challenge Ju-Lyn as it is now the only blogging post I do and I love to keep a record of our garden and other activities. Pop over to meet her and maybe join in.