magnolia

Rā 253, Rāmere 9 o Mahuru

The sun came out today and I decided to escape the house and go and work in the cafe down the road.  I miss the magnolia trees at Dio – I used to walk past them everyday on the way to my classroom and watch as the buds grew and then burst into flower and then fade and fall.  The ones on the way down to the river are pretty stunning though.  I came across a couple of cats too – black cats crossing your path are good luck and this wee fella looks a bit battered but happy soaking up the sun. The one in the basket is Tonks – her new bed in Aonghas’ bedroom!

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Rā 210 Rāpare, 28 o Hōnongoi

The weather is wild tonight – horizontal rain, thunder, lightning and very windy. Tin roofs make it sound worse than it is – a bit like tents!  Today has been a bit like a weather sandwich…we awoke to heavy rain but by lunchtime the sky was blue,  fluffy white clouds scudded around and the sun was shining.  I was tempted out for a wee walk,  a bit of fresh air.  Not sure that nature quite knows what to make of this winter. There was definitely a touch of spring in the air.  Magnolia trees in flower, camellia bushes boasting splashes of bright colour, jonquils bursting bright yellow and birds chirping and chatting when they can in between the rain showers.

I love the delicate colours of this Hebe and its shadow on the lichen encrusted bright blue of the letterbox. (please correct me if I’m wrong and it isn’t a Hebe!)