Bellissimo – an urban sunset over mtlawleyshire

I didn’t walk further than the corner to catch the sunset.

The houses there have wild, secretive gardens and in one, flowering wattle spilled over the fence.  It was after sunset when I took these, and I’m afraid they’re not too clear at all.  My little camera doesn’t handle low light at all well, and the flash would flare everything out.  Sigh.

 

so I played a little – though not sure the results are all that fantastic.

 

There are peppermint street trees on this particular corner.  Not anciently thick, craggy ones like those in the heart of mtlawleyshire.  These are younger, slimmer and haven’t achieved their full form yet.  When they do, they will be amazing – they have incredibly divided trunks – which might mean they were chopped down at some stage and have grown from the stump, though I couldn’t see any sign of that.  And they were taken against the sunset:

 

But beautiful against the sky:

and this is in a garden – a mix of trees, their foliage against evening:

And here is the sunset:

 

 

I actually spent most of the time I usually take photos talking to an old lady who lives on the corner where I was taking photos.  She hardly spoke any English, yet she came here from Italy 44 years ago.  She never went to school, never worked, but spent most of the time looking after her elderly parents.  Her children?  One is in Italy, the other visits every now and then.  Yet she didn’t seem at all worried.  I’m glad I made her laugh.  She agreed that the sunset was ‘bellissimo’  🙂

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Work and a sore foot

Due to work pressures and a sore foot, there was no walking today.  This will happen more and more.  My PhD is demanding work and  have some very serious deadlines coming.  I hope you don’t forget me if I don’t get to post as often.

Today I took some pics in the garden.  They’re not spectacular.  It’s Autumn, despite the warmth, so there aren’t many flowers and my little garden is looking distinctly untidy.

But there are some flowers.  A large begonia has some bells, pale pink and subtle, they are pretty,but difficult to photograph:

   

Some herbs are flowering – red basil and the rosemary, but not many flowers – only one spike on the basil and about 5 on the rosemary:

 

one tiny pot of everlastings are still flowering, and a self seeded flower is growing in an unemptied but otherwise untenanted pot (obviously, this flower has become the tenant!):

 

some jasmine is flowering both over the pergola and amongst the ivy flowering over the back fence (the ivy is very untidy so no photograph):

 

and then there’s the untidy, usually ugly hedge between my place and the unit next door.  This is the only time of year it looks OK, mostly it is rather ugly, full of dead growth and it’s very invasive, especially over areas where I hang my washing!  But its yellow flowers are surprisingly pretty and I have a suspicion that a pair of singing honeyeaters nest there:

 

This is one of the areas of massed green in my little courtyard – lavender and dogsbane:

and I love the shape of rue leaves:

 

And of course she was in the garden – the sweetest flower of all:

Then evening came, with the beauty of the evening star above the lingering sunset:

and that is all.  No trees 😦

maybe tomorrow…..if I do enough work today.

Keira