Last night and today have been a whole lot cooler, so the dogs and I are a lot more comfortable – I do not have air-conditioning and prolonged heat is so exhausting, but one feels like dooing nothing at all. During this heat wave I was reminded of my first summer in Australia when I was a teenager, in Adelaide. I did not cope at all well with the high temperatures, and could not believe that it could be so hot, for so long. I recall berating my parents for bringing me to this country, and for leaving the gentler climate in England. I still hate the heat, it is one of the reasons I live where I do, in an area known locally as ‘the cool country”. Roll on Autumn, my favourite season!
I spent a few hours mowing my property this afternoon, something I enjoy – it can be an almost meditative process as one follows the line made by the mower, and a good time to think and plan. The result is always looks spectacular, and I love the lines left on the grass when it is all finished – just like quilting a big green quilt. Yes, this area is still mostly green although it will not stay that way all summer.
While mowing a section I do not regularly visit, I spotted these beasties at the bottom of a small Eucalypt, and went back later to take this photo. They are Brown Sawfly larvae which feed on the tree’s leaves, but hide together in a heap for protection at night. They were about an inch or so long, and did not like the camera lens being so close as they were waving their tails in the air at a great rate to frighten me away. Sawflies are not butterflies or moths, but are related to wasps and ants.
Of course, while I had the camera out, I went looking for some other shots, and this is another of my girls, this time on the flower of a blue Allium.
As you can tell, there is not a lot of stitching going on around here, but I hope to rectify that soon, and will show what I am going to be doing.