Monday, May 17, 2010

Around town and my garden....

We have some lovely parks and gardens in our town. Lots of green lawns which create an air of spaciousness.
This area is behind our Civics & Arts Centre - a good spot for tourists to pull up in their cars and with caravans to sit and have lunch. There are shady trees nearby and park benches.
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This is our Cross of Sacrifice where the Anzac Day Dawn Service is held. The crowd numbers are growing each year for the service and for the march which is held later in the morning. It is a chilling thing to listen to the Last Post being played on the bugle.
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We have a very talented sculptor in our midst. He has opened Ant's Redgum Gallery and he sculpts pieces from redgum timber. This eagle is all from the one piece of redgum - amazing. I drive past the gallery every day and have watched this chunk of wood being transformed into the work of art you see here. He started off using a chain saw to cut the basic shape them went on to chisel and sand the finer details.
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The attention to detail is fantastic. I am yet to visit his gallery but I must do it soon.
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Late afternoon in my poor neglected garden on Saturday.
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Oh dear! Sadly neglected, these standard roses have now been pruned back and most of the weeds have been pulled. Because this bed is watered over summer by our sprinkler system with bore water the weeds grow like crazy, the roses get watered all over and don't do so well and there is kikuyu grass (which has long runners) growing in amongst everything. It is nearly impossible to get rid of. I'd like to gut this bed totally and plant low growing carpet roses and some other shrubs after spraying the grass and renewing the soil and bark. Maybe come spring time. For now, I've pulled the weeds so it does look neater.
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A lone rose among the thorns.
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The mornings are getting frosty but I am still enjoying my early morning walks. I've taken to the town streets and it's quite interesting peering into peoples gardens to see what they have growing.
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Cheers - Joolz

7 comments:

  1. It's amazing how quickly everything greens up, it was only a couple of months or so ago that everything was brown. I quite like peering in people's gardens as well, interesting to see what is growing well in the area.

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  2. You have lovely images once again. I love the eagle. What a talent it is to be able to do that!

    Very best,
    Lois

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  3. That is one talented wood carver....how amazing. I like to walk around town and look at other peoples gardens too :0)

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  4. I love to see what people in the area are growing too. It makes you realise that plants go in and out of fashion too!

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  5. gorgeous pix of your town... I especially ove the last couple of your beautiful home and garden...

    Hugs - Jodie :)

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  6. A nice stroll around your town,I enjoyed it!
    I must do a similar post,as my short walk to work is through a lovely council park :0)
    My front garden is slightly neglected too...the back however feeds us,and get way more attention.Funny that :0)

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  7. Hi Joolz! I do to! I love to take walks or go on about my bicycle and just see what others are doing in their gardens. It always gives me new ideas. I find the single rose among the thorns very pretty! It stands to show everyone that even a single rose can bloom amongst thorns! How wonderful to see that beautiful sculpture and to know someone local carved it. WOW! It is amazing. Hope you are having a wonderful week! I am!

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