Armidale autumn colours
garden is a mixture of
plants. We have towering gums, nectar-sweet grevilleas,
callistemon and wattles that
attract birds. We have native grasses and delicate
fringed lilies that spring up unannounced.
Many flowers have come from family and friends.
have always loved plants and gardens.
I remember walking with my grandfather in his vegetable garden when I was
I watched my grandmother tending her ferns and flowers.
On summer evenings as I grew up, my pleasure was to go with my Mum arm in
arm around her garden,
enjoying fragrances and inspecting each new bud about to open.
garden is a place for my grandchildren to explore. It
is a place of wonder and peace. A place for happiness.
donkeys in the family is fun. They were wonderful pets for our three
children to ride and I enjoyed many outings in the donkey cart pulled
by Bristol, our first donkey, or Trymble. Donkeys live a long time. Trymble was thirty when he died in 2005 and for the first time in 33
years, we now have no donkey. Hope, Trymble’s companion, was
lonely. She spent her last two years with many other donkeys at the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary near Clarencetown.
From an early age I wanted to live on a
farm. When our children were beginning high school, we built a house
on a few acres out of town and our donkeys were thrilled. I found
two goats to share the grass with them. You can see from the pictures that
I love cats and dogs too.
family owns a gallery in Uralla which isn't far from Armidale. It is
filled with wonderful paintings, drawings and calligraphy done by my late
husband David, and ceramic pottery made by my first son, Michael.
||This is an oil painting, but David also used watercolour, acrylic,
ink and pencil in his work.
Michael specialises in crystaline pots. It is a difficult process
but the crystals formed are beautiful.
Click here to go
to the gallery site