Seems I haven't been here for such a very long time.
Over the last 2 years, life has been very confronting, presenting several challenges. Sadly some, one never wants to experience ever again.
. Moving countries, to return home to Australia, was an ambivalent experience at the time.. "There's no place like Home" is so true for me, however leaving loved ones, friends, special encounters and locations behind, required some acceptance. Selling our home,in New Zealand was somewhat distressing.
Several urgent factors determined our new location in New South Wales.. However, this location has turned out to be very pleasant, apart from the high humidity of summer. Some of the many beaches along the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, are truly beautiful.
Our lovely back garden, is filled with Palms, Frangipani , Cycads, Buxus hedging, as well as a great, flat, Buffalo lawn. It is a blank canvas, since removing the many Agaves Yukas and others, not wanted. There is much to do, now the weather is cool enough for gardening outdoors.
We espaliered five citrus trees along the eastern fence just after we moved in last year, in May. They were laden with small fruit soon after, which we removed, to strengthen the trees. We have since harvested a number of blood red Grapefruit.
In spring two climbing roses were planted, one on each pillar at the front entrance. These have now grown to reach up to the next floor. They grow very quickly, love the northerly aspect and have prolific blooms with an exquisite fragrance.