It has been quite eventful in this corner of the world. Early in the week we had a massive storm. King tides damaged many jetties, roofs were blown off houses, flood damage to many properties. 100kph winds toppled and uprooted trees, damaged cars, blew roofs off houses. We kept warm inside and listened to the howling storm. The only damage here was when a potplant was tossed off its pedestal. It has quietened down now. The rain is much needed and we have been able to top up nearly empty tanks.
Cold weather flowers are blooming beautifully. I can never remember the name of this one at the top left. It’s a huge pot that is covered in masses of gorgeous apricot pink flowers. And my purple orchid seems to have recovered from bud drop. I hope. TRH has been preparing the rose beds ready for new arrivals in July. He has installed timber edging to contain the ground cover that is growing enthusiastically, crawling into spaces where it’s best not to go. So far he has cut up 27 metres of timber and 180 screws. More to go. Each standard rose is surrounded by an octagonal edging. It looks good.
For Mother’s Day the kids gave me a cold drip coffee maker. A new adventure in coffee production is about to be launched here. 700mls of coffee is produced drop by drop over a period of many hours. This method produces a pure coffee that tastes quite exquisite. Generally it is served as a frappe (poured over crushed ice). However, given we are plunging headlong into winter, I might cheat and turn it into a hot drink.
Big Red and I are getting along famously. Reversing out of our kinky driveway using only rear vision mirrors and the camera has been a bit freaky for someone who has never used either of them in over 40 years of driving (ouch!) However, today I ventured out on my own-some and reverse parked in a shopping centre car park – success first time. OK! You’re probably looking at the photo – yes, I chose a corner where I was almost the only car. But it was a proud moment nevertheless.
I hope yours has been equally as eventful and exciting!
© Raili Tanska
Jacqueline Oby Ikocha from Dubai hosts Echoes of My Neighbourhood every Thursday at her blog. It’s a fun way to armchair travel to exotic places.