Spring leaves on Sunday

Fathers’ Day dawned sunny and warm here today. The Japanese Maple is bursting into leaf offering so many fresh new hues.

Here is one branchlet of springy newness almost with autumn tones.

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But my late Dad would quote Robert Frost who so correctly said: “Nature’s first green is gold…..” And so it is with the Maple.

 

A short wander while waiting for a Warrant of Fitness on my car.

Every 6 months I am required to get my car checked to ensure it is fit to be on the road and safe for me to drive. I am very fortunate that I have a trustworthy car repair business to call on for this.

It is even more fortunate that the business is located across the road from the Pataka in Porirua.

Porirua city from the open space near the Pataka.

Porirua city from the open space near the Pataka.

Pataka in Maori means “storehouse” and in this case the building stores museum collections, our Public Library, art and exhibition galleries as well as meeting and performance spaces and a great café.   A perfect place to spend the time it takes for the check to be done on the car.

It is also located near a large recreation facility and open park space.

However the weather was so stunning that day that I went for a wander around the perimeter of the building and visited the Japanese Garden in the central courtyard of this building.

Here are some of the sights that took my eye.

Traditional Maori carving.

Traditional Maori carving.

Indigenous carving

Indigenous carving

Traditional Maori carving

Traditional Maori carving

Kiwi in the tussock

Kiwi in the tussock

Porirua's sister city Nishio's Japanese garden at the Pataka

Porirua’s sister city Nishio’s Japanese garden at the Pataka

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Palm trees outside the car service business

Palm trees outside the car service business

 

3rd September – The Hazel Tree calendars have arrived!

Originally posted on Jo's Journal:

The Hazel Tree CalendarsMy calendars for The Hazel Tree arrived today, and they look brilliant!   I’m going to start despatching them tomorrow.

  • Beautiful photographs of the wildlife, history and landscapes of Scotland (not forgetting Purdey, and there’s a crossword at the back!)
  • Size:    Just over A4 when folded, opening out to 19″ x 13½”
  • Spiral bound, with a hole for hanging
  • Moon phases and plenty of room for appointments and notes
  • Price:   £12 plus postage and packing (£3 in UK;   overseas postage is calculated at checkout)
  • If I sell over 100 calendars, I will make a donation of £100 to Trees for Life, which supports the habitats and wildlife of the Caledonian Forest

They’re available on Colin’s website and my Etsy shop.   If you’d like to order several, you can use the discount code CAL2015 so you’re only charged postage for one.

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The colours of spring

I saw the challenge to photograph the colours of spring on another blog yesterday.

So what are some of the colours of spring in my garden I wondered?

Here are a few as we enjoy a series of warmer, drier and sunnier days which are heralding the change to a new season.

The sweet delicacy of Camellia Quintessence

The sweet delicacy of Camellia Quintessence


Spraxia

Spraxia


Lobelia amongst the weeds in their spring green lushness

Lobelia amongst the weeds in their spring green lushness


The very new leaves of the white carpet rose.

The very new leaves of the white carpet rose.


White "mouse ears" or forget-me-not"

White “mouse ears” or forget-me-not”


One of the last Daffodils

One of the last Daffodils


Green minty freshness

Green minty freshness

Swan Lake

As we ambled about our local man-made lake this afternoon the Black Swans were very busy attending to their personal hygiene and frilly white linen.

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This “knot” is a preening Black Swan.

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And this Swan was vigorously working water through all of its feathers.  It put on a wonderful water ballet performance for us.

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