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Actually, not really aimlessly.Enjoyably is a better word.

A walk in the sunshine is often a good way to focus crowded thoughts. So that’s what we did the other day.With a camera.Of course.


Seed capsules on a eucalypt.



Acacia holosericea  Velvet leaf wattle. I did have one growing  by the back gate, but, like all its kin, it was short-lived. But I’m clearing a HUGE clump of gingers so maybe I’ll put in another wattle…


This was as close as I dared! That mud is sucking-treacherous and I didn’t feel like getting wet. Mangroves along an inlet, in case you’re wondering.

A tradition has grown up around “lost or forgotten shoes” down at the beach. This “decorated” palm is known as The Thong Tree. (No, Muriel, not that sort of thong.Muriel!!) 





Fishing with his best friend.


Bougainvillea in a beach-side garden.


Pandanus nut. How big? Hmm…not quite as big as an American football or Rugby ball. When ripe, it will be bright orange.


This is just a sample from our meandering.The sun had turned up the thermostat and we wanted coffee so we headed back to the home jungle…IMG_2465.JPG

Yes, somewhere in there is where we live!




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!


  1. The Thong Tree is very The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Deserty!

    Lovely Bougainvillea. I always looked like I lost a cat fight after trimming mine on Maui.


    • There are 3 palms, now, with footwear attached!
      As for pruning the Beasts…I don’t have any here, but, in my former life,it was a toss of a coin between the Bougainvillea and the rambling roses. I still have scars.


  2. Must see if we could grow a pandanus…
    I liked the thong tree – only here it would be exactly what Muriel was thinking of…


  3. The Very Mistress MJ would take a blowtorch to that Thong Tree what with all those Crocs!

    What beautiful and exotic (by British standards, anyway) triffidery. I am more than a little envious.

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  4. OOOOOH. I loved wandering with you. In such different and exotic (by southern standards) triffidery. And I have so stolen triffidery.

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  5. hahaha! Someone else likes triffidery. Great minds…

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  6. What have you got against gingers????? I am aghast!
    Meanwhile…. I wondered where my flip flops had wandered.


  7. Oh , not those Viking -descended redheads, petal! The tropical plant that gobbles up garden space quicker than a bushfire!
    When you visit me, you must learn NOT to say flip-flops.That means something quite different.


  8. Um…gentlemen who “go commando.” Also, sometimes, “loose change.”


  9. A few years ago some Aussie friends attended their first Texas high school football game. One of the team cheers is “Who are your rooting for?” They got a big kick out of that!


  10. Love the triffidery! The greenery is all pretty unexotic up here in Central Canadia (as a certain Irish singer likes to call where I live). When I worked in Texas eons ago, I had the distinct displeasure of having to trim a bougainvillea. I rented a small mobile home that had metal louvres on the outside of the bedroom window and as it grew quickly and got entwined in the louvres, I had to hack it back or any breeze would have those nasty thorns screeching along the metal siding.

    I grew up calling them thongs and the ‘switch’ to flip flops has been really hit and miss. Interesting about the Aussie meaning of that term!

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  11. I love the smell of eucalyptus in the evenings…in Oz.

    There’s a woman in…Kenya…I think…who takes the old shoes and remakes them into stylish footwear.


  12. what a delightful wander you had. I especially love the image of the fellow fishing with his good buddy.

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  13. Yes, that dog was having a wonderful time, though I suspect he may have disturbed the fish!:-)


  14. Love the photos and being able to enjoy your walk with you. Pandanus fruit… I had a bad experience with pandanus fruit, no fault of the pandanus. I ate, and enjoyed the very orange coloured fruit, then went on a small ship, out in the Pacific Ocean, and was very seasick. Not a good memory…


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