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IDEAS ON HOW TO PASS A SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

Sundays, for many people, are a time to cheer on the local team. A day when the family all gather for a big lunch. A chance to put up the feet and read the weekend newspaper.

Or, perhaps, head down to the Council car park, all roped-off with bunting and glow-in-the-dark road cones. And a crew of women in hi-viz vests, inking HUGE pieces of linoleum, ready to be printed…by a chap (also in a hi-viz vest) on a road roller.

 

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Yes, just another Sunday here… with members of Printbank Mackay.

The weather while not conducive to racing down to the beach has been relatively warm this month.Note that word”relatively.”  On the night of the Blood Moon I was out at 5am to gaze skyward, dressed in jeans and a sweater.

And the sky was filled with stars! I don’t remember ever seeing such a clear night sky here! And, yes, I did see the Blood Moon. And Mars. No photos though, as I am thwarted by street lights around here  and those orange-y sodium lights at the intersection down the road. But the weather was, that night, favourable.

So…no astronomical wonders to show. How about some orchids? Not mine. I do have some in bud, but they’ll be in bud for a while yet.

However, a friend across town has a collection  and quite a few were flowering so I popped in while The Man was in the dentist’s chair. Not all had name tags and Vic, the orchid man, was not there so …I’ll do my best, but I’m flying blind with some. 🙂

 

A brassocattleya

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This looks like a Cattleya…

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And this…

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This I do know...Phalaenopsis though not its varietal name

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Vanda 

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Epidendrum radicans  Common as…I have several.But guess what? Not one of mine has flowered! Known as Crucifix orchids, they do come in other colours, but this is the most often seen.

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Vic also has pawpaws! (note to self: see if any nurseries are selling plants yet)

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Yes, mid-winter, folks! My last tree was flattened by a cyclone and I haven’t bothered to replace it.But I do so love fresh pawpaw…not those poor, sad things the supermarket staff treat like footballs!

Off to don my chef’s hat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A LITTLE BIT O’ BRASS IS BEST.

Back again! Just as well I didn’t “make a plan” because, clearly, I’m rubbish at such well-ordered things.

Some pretties from my picture box. (All taken with my little camera)

I mentioned a local orchid show.Well, we went, we saw and one of us was smitten. There was a rather nice orchid with several flowering spikes and many more buds,well worth its $35 tag.

And this is where my title comes into play. The chap selling his orchids was a cash-only chap. There might have been the odd bit of shrapnel, chump change, in the bottom of my handbag.But certainly not $35. So I wandered further along the displays…

No name labels that I could see!

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But this gorgeous blue, below, is a Vanda.

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I did come home with two smaller plants. Luckily, one of the stall-holders was able to take the ubiquitous plastic!

One is  Bolopetalum , apparently a zygo hybrid, according to one site. I’m still on training wheels in the orchid world! But its varietal name is “Midnight Blue-Cardinal’s Roost”.

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The other purchase is an Oncidium “Mayfair Trinity.” If the buds open today I’ll post a picture, though I suspect it will be later in the week.

Never mind! I do now have the Clerodendrum nutans that I just know you’ve all been dying to see. No, Muriel, not NUDE ans. Muriel, put you skirt on!IMG_0452.JPG

And after another few rainy days things have been having a final fling before we move into what we call winter here.

Hibiscus mutabilis. Due for a major cut-back once the flowers finish. Here it is in its early morning pristine white…IMG_0409.JPG

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By about 4pm it will be a deeper pink and the next morning a soggy blob. So pretty! And a most obliging “striker” which is a boon to gardeners like myself.

All manner of bird and insect life is making the most of this late season rain. The Antigonon leptopus (coral vine is one of its common names) is crowded with bees all day.Antigonon.JPG

That’s a honey bee, with a much smaller native stingless bee.Can’t see them? OK The honey bee is directly above the word “native” and the little one above the letter”b” in bee on the first line.

And the Cheilocostus have had a mad late flush, too. This is usually sold as “ginger.” (Right after I clicked the shutter I wobbled off the rock I was balancing on!)ceilocanthus.JPG

This is a great thing for autumn colour. Another obliging striker!

Plectranthus eckloniii

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I made a start on cutting down the hibiscus on the back fence…IMG_0458.JPG

And now I’m off to drag this monster heap down to the carport.

This strange-looking thing used to be called Justicia. Now, apparently, it’s Ontonaema tubaeform. Or possibly O. strictum   And this particular  one has what’s known as fasciation.

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NO LONGER M.I.A.

Just popping my head around the door to let you know I am still alive.

We , or as her Majesty might say, “my husband and I…” have been/are still very busy, doing all manner of jobs around the house. Busy, but utterly boring as blog fodder.

Mostly things in the garden.With the weather beginning to get warmer I needed to clear space for new plants. And, with The Man at home most days, we finally cleared the **$&! pergola of dead vines. The problem now is what to plant as replacement? I would dearly love Mucuna bennettii but fear it might be as rampant as the previous Petrea. And the same applies to the Jade Vine, Strongylodon. Ruddy great trusses of 3metres+ flowers might be a bit of a problem, given that the head room under the pergola is a scant 2m!Ooh!but I am so tempted…

Maybe I should just stick to the more manageable orchids…at the moment I have several Phalaenopsis in flower. (Not named varieties*)

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and an Oncidium…a wonderful dark wine-y chocolate colour013.JPG

There are lord knows how many purple and mauve Spathoglottis in the gardens! They drop seed and from time to time I give away some or move them about.Consequently, until they flower I have no idea where each colour is! But I have just bought a white one and it is safely in a pot on the verandah!That’s it, at the back, in bud.014.JPG

Two more Phalaenopsis live in hanging pots, out in the garden.(*I see this one has a name! Phal. Brother Lawrence x Brother Taida…and some faded writing I can’t read.Hardly surprising since it was a gift almost 12 years ago!new orchids 002.JPG

A very brisk wind has sprung up so this one needed a steadying hand. A bit like raspberry coulis dripped on ice cream!

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A couple of years ago we acquired an Anthurium. Poor thing became horribly squished in its pot, but the other day I got around to splitting it.I think we now have seven or eight! It’s currently beneath the front steps but will need a new home soon.new orchids 006.JPG

And here is the newest Spathoglottis

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I know some of you would love to be “over-run” with things like bananas and tropical palms, but it’s not all beer and skittles, y’know. Mrs Next Door doesn’t like the bananas dropping their untidy stems over the fence. And Mr. Up The Back gets his shorts knotted if any of my plants put their heads above the parapet. So I’m stuck with an ugly, bare fence…

Banana bell dangling over the fence.

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NOT MISSING IN ACTION…

…maundering in in-action might be closer to the mark. Three months is almost “death” in Blogland.

Oh well, here I am again. And I’m going to kick off with…the weather! Winter here so that means, mostly, blue skies and bright sunny days. The sort of weather that encourages strenuous outdoor work. Garden beds can be weeded, dug-over, mulched.Plants can be pruned, moved, re-potted.

And then the sun dips below the horizon and we don extra layers and waddle about looking like the Michelin Man. And I can tell you that, Chez Dinahmow, the Michelin look lasts from sunset to mid-morning.

But it is nice to see the BARE pergola, just waiting for something new and less rampant than wisteria and petrea… 001.JPGI’m tempted to try another climbing rose, but then my memory gives me a sharp dig in the ribs, telling me not to be such a silly fool.

In the meantime, I seem to be having some small success with orchids. 001.JPG

These Phalaenopsis sit on my keyboard (not this one, the musical one), but I move them outside for more sunlight when they start to flower. I move lunches out there, too, in sunny weather. Of course, there can be stiff competition for a seat…002.JPG

The Man, who is no longer working full-time, has not had much go-to-work work lately, but he has been busy here!Oh yes…de-rusting and re-painting various bits around the house. And he cleared all of the tangled mess atop the pergola. And replaced the old TV aerial which was all a-dangle after the cyclone modified it. Ooh, it’s all go here, innit!

I’m off to see about some breakfast, but before I do, here’s a link to a Canberra friend’s blog. Yet another reason to visit  that city!

https://myjustsostory.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/warm-trees-2017.html

 

 

 


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A BIT OF AMIXED BAG

Not necessarily the author, although after the last few whirlwind days, that descriptor may apply.

Nothing much blog-worthy, but minor domestic upheavals.

And an orchid show! The Man and I went to see the hundreds of blooms on Sunday, along with hundreds of people. Someone, who shall be nameless, left the cameras at home.Twit!

But on Tuesday, after an early morning walk around The Gooseponds  I redeemed myself and went back to the orchid show with a camera. Yay! Hardly anyone there.Double yay! I took over 70 pictures! Oh, it’s alright, I shan’t flood this page. Here’s a Vanda, with a hand beside it for scale.If I had the room, I might try growing these beauties.

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I suppose most of you know what “baking weights” are? No? Oh, well they are[usually] small ceramic marbles, used to weight pastry when blind-baking.Oh, google it! Anyway…once upon a time, I used to have some proper baking weights. But I moved house and went on journeys to too many places to take such non-essentials. And then, when I did settle (sort-of,I’m a vagabond at heart!) I simply dumped a load of dried beans in my pie dish. But when we moved to the tropics I found that so many things went mouldy I might be risking Ergotism.So I improvised.How? I plonked a handful of pebbles from the back yard in a pot of boiling water to kill any germs and have been weighty my pie crusts with them for 15 years.

My stone pastry weights, looking remarkably like a Bora ring!

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What’s that, you say? You’d like to see more orchids?

A Cattleya. (I think!)

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This beauty IS a Phalaenopsis .IMG_1813We have several,much smaller varieties.

And I’ll stop with a picture of a once-common, now-endangered native swamp orchid, Phaius australis I bought a young plant, not yet flowering, but it will look like this…the tall flower spike on the right of the picture.

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And now it’s lunch time! It’s also asparagus season….yum!


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I’M BACK!

Oops! I inadvertantly typed an L in there. I am not black. I am varying shades of pink, with a light spotting of paint-chart-mocha.

Waddyamean, you didn’t even miss me?

Oh well, let’s not quibble.Here’s little mystery pic for you.IMG_1540

You know how it works – leave your answer in the comments. Sorry, no prizes.It’s been a taxing time Chez Dinahmow!

I have been and, indeed, am still a trifle busy.Busy lugging hoses around gardens. Up here, we are still waiting for the wet season.Yesterday, Brisbane was hit with the worst storm in (“they” say) a decade.Rather a lot of zeros and commas in the damages bill.

And I’m , a-hem, helping my friend’s class to make a puppet for their carols night. A rather large carried-on-sticks puppet.Of a brolga. Oh dear! I seem to have done my usual thing and jumped in without actually considering the depth. So if I dash off leaving you with a short post you will understand that I need to get another layer on the armature…

IMG_1549The grocer had some marked-down Phalaenopsis on a stand.Couldn’t resist, could I!  They’re indoors for the moment, as a welcome-home for The Man, due back tonight.Tomorrow, the orchids will be moved to the ferny corner, with their kin.

That’s not the picture I intended, but the sharper focused one shows too much clutter and I wouldn’t want you to think I was an untidy slob!

On a sad note…most of you know that I have been to New York twice to be a cat sitter to a most remarkable cat, Don Estorbo de la Bodega Dominicana. A cat of great charm and huge personality, he left all of us who loved him with some wonderful memories. And a vastly enriched vocabulary of bastard Spanish. Bless you, Storbie.on patrol

 


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IN WHICH I APOLOGISE FOR SOMETHING I DON’T THINK IS MY FAULT…

Something is screwy with this blog! (Not just the author!) I clicked “publish” but only the previous post is showing. Until I figure out what th’eck is going on…I might have to use the cats’ blog

Comments are either not showing up, or are taking  longer than usual to show. I’ve checked the dashboard comments panel and there they are! There have been a few squirly things happening on other wordpress sites over the past day or so.

I tried to contact the “happines engineers” as WordPress likes to call its tech team. Guess what? They’ve all chuffed off to St. Louis for a couple of weeks!

I suppose someone will sort out the muddle. But in the meantime…

In answer to that curly question on the previous post

The picture I showed was cropped from  this. I took the photos on an early morning walk along the beach. Weird-looking, but interesting plants. Here’s a wiki link for more info.

Alison guessed, eventually!

And  now, I’ll leave you with this to look at while I go and tear my hair since I can’t find a “happiness engineer” whose hair to tear!

My wonderful cat-feeding, Man-feeding neighbour sent her son across the road with these this morning. Enjoy!