Sometimes on the way to your dream,

you get lost and find a better one.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Selections # 334

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.

If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, and her pictures are always worth seeing.

Continuing last week's walk:


and Lemons. Who remembers the old rhyme?

a perfect pink rose

a row of Magnolia "Little Gem" a smaller breed of the traditional Magnolia trees, these will grow together and form a hedge.

more autumn brilliance

oh look! there's my flat, bottom right, the one with the green plastic chair on the porch. See that very low brick wall in front of the garden? That's our fence, so you can see how exposed I am to the road.
The balcony above belongs to Loony Louie.

our fence again, see all the ants? they were swarming from the edge of the property line to halfway along towards the driveway. Millions of them. The entire complex is riddled with ants. Luckily, they don't come inside.

back at my side garden now, those strappy leaves all falling over are Freesias, I pulled up about half of the bulbs, intending to plant them elsewhere, but they are still on the back porch.

inside the windmill frame are the Ixias, my favourites. Again, I pulled up about half the bulbs and they are also on the back porch still.

one of my Jades, they are not all flowering as profusely as this one, as you can see by the one in the background on the right.

walking on, we come to this seating arrangement, which is new. The person who lives in that flat has improved the grass, painted a couple of old benches and made herself a nice place to sit.

another pretty sitting place, this one is one the path by someone's front porch; the path is bordered by a thick hedge so it's very private. She sits with my friend Julie who is her neighbour, they both have strings of pretty solar lights, stars and Christmas trees etc.

to the side of the black chair in the previous photo is this ceramic boot holding a pot plant. I love the little mice peeping through holes in the toe.

on the other side of that same chair

is a cute little stone puppy in a stone boot.

I look for things like this fr my garden, but can never find any. Is there a catalogue for mail order garden ornaments? Even Bunnings doesn't seem to have cute stuff very often.

over to the side of her porch is this family of ducks

and this little Wizard checking his spell book.

further around, on the opposite side of the driveway,  is a gnome under a rose bush

Some time ago, I showed you a row of three hanging baskets waiting to be planted 

here they are again, in Sue's garden, with pansies on either side and a fuschia in the centre basket and something new...

a nesting box high up on the tree. Sue wasn't around, so I couldn't ask her if the box had an occupant, but I will ask next time I see her.



  1. You might find something here:

    The last one doesn't seem as pricey as the others.

    1. fishducky; thank you, I'll check the links as soon as I finish replying to everyone.

  2. Looks like a cozy neighborhood, too bad L. Louis has to live there.

    1. S.J.Qualls; cosy is a good word for it. LL has been very quiet lately, perhaps he's learning to adjust. Time will tell.

  3. Loving walking with you. And of course I remember about the bells of St Clemens.
    You still have roses? Ours have been frozen off.

    1. Elephant's Child; our roses have been chainsaw trimmed, the ones you see here are in private properties. There aren't many around still blooming, so each one is a joy.

  4. I've seen plenty of photos of the cold weather you're having out there in Australia. It doesn't seem fair that it's summer here in England.

    1. Treey Stynes; welcome to drifting. Our winter is often called an English summer, but to us, who experience the Australian summer, winter feels cold.

  5. Oranges and lemons. The bells of St Clemens.......something something, and we all fall down. Falling down was fun when we were kids. Not fun now. My Tradie Brother bought and planted two evergreen magnolia trees to celebrate the birth of his twin granddaughters. I thought to myself, inappropriate. They grow into huge trees. I now think they must be the variety you have shown. Your place is in a lovely garden setting and I like that it is open to the street and not behind a high wall.

    1. Andrew; remember spinning and spinning until you fell down dizzy? I wouldn't dare try it now. Open to the street is okay, it means I can see who is coming and going and if anyone comes up my path I have time to shove the mess under the bed (*~*), but really, I would prefer a higher fence with a gate. It could be see through, so we still have that "open" look.

    2. Dizzy...yes I remember doing that. You may have given me an idea for Musical Monday. I will think about it.

  6. Hi River...I've just juiced three oranges and a grapefruit...a delicious, juicy start to the day.

    That was a nice stroll with you through the garden. The garden is looking great.

    It's a pity we can't turn Loony Louie into a garden gnome!

    I hope your week turns out to be a terrific one, River...and what you wish for comes true. Take good care. :)

    1. Lee; I dislike grapefruit and I'm allergic to oranges, but I can eat mandarins and they're back in the shops now :) I prefer eating the fruit rather than juicing it. LL as a garden gnome? Hmmm.

    2. I eat the fruite, in droves, as well as juice it. I love all citrus fruits. I love all fruits...and eat a lot of it. It's like a greengrocery/fruit shop here at my place. You can imagine the fun I had when I had my greengrocery-healthfood store in Noosa back in the Eighties! :)

      I';; mix the cement, River! ;)

  7. Love the garden ornaments, you are right it is hard to get cute ones now.

    1. Merle; a lot of garden ornaments now are cheap looking imports from China, some type of poly resin and they just don't look as good, all the gnomes faces are near flat and beige. Pretty yuk.

  8. I like what Lee said about turning Loony Louie into a garden gnome...

    I too like all the different garden ornaments but like you said the imports from China do look cheap, I like the older heavy ones, I keep looking back at the pink rose, along with the rest that is a nice picture.