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Quite understandable if I’d slipped from your memories.

I usually take a break over the Christmas period.Not a sabbatical, in the strict sense, but I gave myself and others around me a rest. Well, you’ve had your break!

The thing is (and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this!) as the time slides by, the re-boot becomes harder. Or I just get lazier!

But, here I am  and, having actually turned the crank, I guess I should now be witty. Or pithy.Or wise. Maybe I’ll just bung up a few photos and see  where that takes me…

Beginning with the header… I found a folder of old scans on The Man’s computer, probably loaded there when mine was in for service. Among them was this rough sketch of a barn owl barn owl_0002

I think I may have snapped a photo of the owl, years ago (remember the days of 35mm film that came on rolls? Yeah, that long ago!) and decided to sketch it.

Some of the Facebook Folk recently nagged  each other to post images from nature. I thought it would be good camera practice and something I could manage while being on phone duty…


Can you guess? OK, some of you live in Arctic zones so you’ll, perhaps, be struggling.Baby bananas!

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Cestrum nocturnum a night-blooming jasmine/jessamine. And it belongs in the same family as the spud. I have several planted along the back boundary, where the scent can waft in through bedroom windows. And, in my very early garden ventures, had one beside the entry steps.Oops! Had to rip that sucker out because the leaves stink. Deliciously sweet/spicy scent at night, but the leaves are foetid.  And, being a solanum, probably poisonous!


Aeschynanthus radicans  sometimes called “lipstick plant.” The stems can reach quite a length ( 1 m is common) so I have some difficulty finding places to hang the baskets. This one was hanging from a branch of the mango, but it picked a fight with some ferns and frangipani growing up. So I moved it to the bearers below the deck. Fine.Then it grew even longer and scraped the pebbles.So now it’s hanging beneath the pergola, but I think the wisteria and petrea’s combined take-over might be blocking too much light. Serious pruning needed. Hefty help needed! Apply in person.

Fed up yet? No? Lucky people – I have more!


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A lovely crinoline stinkhorn! One of several smelly things we have.Sometimes in abundance! Though,personally, I think the piles of dog turds around the street are worse.


Lichens on a palm stem.

And a cutie to finish.Because I’m really quite nice. Sometimes.


How many bird nests have you seen with interior lighting? A pair of Sunbirds incorporated a string of fairy lights in their nest next door. And, yes, checks fledged from here.


Oh! I think the owl was one we had in rehab,so that would have been 20 or more years ago.

I’d like to say “normal service has resumed”…but that might be stretching it. I’ll try.



Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

40 thoughts on “REMEMBER ME?

  1. You are so exotic. I feel like I should wander around the garden tomorrow and do a parallel post, but I don’t want to get my camera wet…. we shall see… I do have something strange on my driveway.
    Love the header! I envy the scent of jasmine in the evening, but not the stinky leaves.

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  2. Blimey! Were you looking over my shoulder.Hey! You’re first!
    Yes, understand about wet cameras, but do show us that Thing On The Driveway…bwahahaha.Maybe run a wee comp?


  3. Love the pictures. And the fact that I can’t smell the smelly ones from here.


    • We can fix that. Just find the nearest dog poo and Robert’s your mother’s brother.:-)


      • Robert is/was in fact my mother’s father and her first born son. But otherwise I am most confused about how Robert entered this picture.

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      • Ahh! probably not a very American expression.Do you not say “Bob’s your uncle” when something is just right? I guess it’s like “hunkydory.”


      • Ha! No, we don’t say Bob’s your uncle. It’s one of those phrases that made us laugh when we first heard it in England, and still sounds funny to our American ears.

        What a lovely tour of your natural habitat. I especially like the birds decorating with interior lights.

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  4. ah ha, see you had the new header up before this new post. Imagine those birds using the stray lights!

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  5. I love your tropical plants! The baby bananas remind me of Maui.


  6. Ooh. And ahhh.
    Just the sort of little magics that I need.
    Thank you.


  7. Thank you. Even if you have already seen a lot of owls!


  8. Lipstick plant…I think that that is what is hanging down from the cactus on the entrance…I’ll take a closer look tomorrow.


  9. Welcome back – and thanks for the pictures 🙂


  10. Crinoline stinkhorn is the pet name for my wife. What a coincidence! That’s a lovely owl. You have skills. Or, as the kids would say, skillz. Nice to see you.


  11. I’m curious – what did the owl say when you tried to make it go to rehab?


  12. Aren’t birds’ nests wonderful! Our neighbour finds binder twine, carpet underlay and bits of plastic in the blue tits’ nest outside her door. Lovely photos; I’m glad you didn’t include the dog poo.

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    • Lovely to see you here again! And, yes, nests, all of them, are architectural wonders;make me think of Mies van der Roe’s “God is in the details” quote.

      And while I may bend a creaky knee to put the macro on a fungus, I draw the line at dog-leavings! eucch!


  13. I love your barn owl sketch! Very stylish. And the photos of your local plants and things are wonderful (the stinkhorn may pong, but at least it looks better than a dog turd!), especially the nest. This has inspired me to start planning my garden this year so, thank you, Dinahmow!


  14. Welcome back Dinah. I know what you mean, I’ve been a bit lax with my postings due to sloth and as a result I’ve lost 3 of my followers! Don’t they know who I am?

    Love the owl painting it wouldn’t look out of place inside country life magazine.


  15. Love all the photos! The only one I knew was the lichen… because we get lots of that up here in the Canadian subArctic, where we are under a fair blanket of snow at the moment. It is -8C at this point in time, which is positively balmy for February in the Canadian Prairies! (Baby bananas… would never have guessed!)

    And just a note: here in Canada, we say “Bob’s your uncle” all the time. Canadian English has a lot more in common with the Brits than with the Americans, despite geographic proximity.

    Out of curiosity, did the interior lights in the bird’s nest actually light up? And if so, were there any scorched baby bird bums as a result? (ouch)


  16. Good to know I’m not the only one who’s been absent from blogland for a while.

    Love your owl sketch. And the nest – I love fairy lights as much as the birds do.

    At least the “smelly things” look prettier than dog turds 🙂


  17. There is a vague shadow of a blurred image that could represent you – so yes, there is the possibility that I “remember” you.

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  18. I’m a bit more substantial than a “blurred image” but I thank you.


  19. Dinah, Be My Valentine! [MMWWAAHH!]

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  20. Crikey! I was sure I’d commented here (apart from the Aussie v Yank thing). I do enjoy your garden pics, how’s the petrea going? Is it flowering? Any cuttings…


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