Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Days Full of Sunshine and Showers


My days are busier than for some time, and the camera, the words, and the blog come a very sad second best.

Lawns, firewood, cleaning up in the garden, and yes, that “ Weed eater” all take precedence lately.

Today we have lovely sunshine, some showers on Saturday, and flowers in bloom to say Spring is almost over and Summer will be here soon.

The Chestnut tree is ornamental, and we cannot eat the fruit, but at the moment its leaves and branches are drooping so prettily, giving shadows and shade.

Chestnut Tree

The Weeping Silver Pear is a memorial tree for my Mum-In-Law and Father-In-Law.

Weeping Silver Pear

The Rhododendrons are beautiful, and show off to nature’s perfection against the sky or their own leaves.

 Pink Rhododendron White Rhododendron Pansies

The pansies  have those faces on their petals, and seem to smile.At each other? to the primulas nearby? Or to me?

We have had friends from afar come  to visit, or to stay, all so very welcome.They caution Hugh to take care, not to tramp, go hunting, or try to carry out a deer should he ever shoot one!!! His dream, but not right now.Life carries on at a slower pace, he heeds the words each Doctor says, and we wait for a clinic visit.In the meantime the library provides good books, the TV  gives  news, and his Laptop good entertainment.

Quotation of the day  from Khalil Gibran

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. ”

Greetings from Jean.


KB said...

The pansies are smiling at you, no doubt! We all understand that the blog is a second priority right now. Life has taken an unexpected turn, and you're stepping up to take care of lots and lots of things. We're all thinking of you, sending you the energy and strength to keep up with your many responsibilities.

I'm so happy that Hugh is doing well and following the dr's orders. I hope that he'll be back to those things before he knows it.

I love the quote.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Pansies are one of my favorites, and I think they are indeed smiling at you, just as I was to see your lovely flowers once again!

I hope you've enjoyed your day!!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Jean
I love the Pansies too. We have had lots volunteer in our vege garden as it has been taking a break over winter.Today I have transplanted a lot of them. I am sure they will take well. Tell your DH to take care - and you too!



FlowerLady said...

Great photos. Yes, your DH needs to take it easy, living life one day at a time.

I really love the quote at the end of your post.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Barb said...

You are busy with Life, Jean. Glad Hugh is recuperating well and following DR's orders. Your blooming flowers are so lovely. Mine are all brown and turned to seed here in CO.

Nancy J said...

Thank you all for your words. The pansies were planted some 4 months ago, and are flowering better with the warmer days.Lorraine, so good to see you have power,did you get damage to your place? Barb and KB, I see your daily temps. are very cool,Kim,lovely words from you after Sandy ,a huge loss, and Linda,he is behaving very well, hard for an active man who is used to handling all those chainsaws etc.Comforting and reassuring words from you all,they help so very much .Fond greetings from Jean.

Kathy said...

The Pansies are beautiful but then again all your flowers are beautiful!! I sure wish I had a green thumb.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots, Nancy!!!

Michaele said...

So excited for you to be entering into summer! That chesnut tree is awesome. I just love the looks of it!

Susan Heather said...

Lovely photos - good wishes to you and Hugh

Ashling said...

That's a wonderful quote I haven't seen before, one that speaks to me on a deep level. Thank you. Hopefully Hugh will be back at it soon, and in the meantime you can enjoy the lovely weather together!

Susan Heather said...

Jean, we did discuss your friends at Tokerau Beach - the in-laws of Barry Kernot I seem to recall - I know the friends I will be staying with know them.

The walk we did yesterday is just by the Information Centre as one arrives in Whangarei and yet I doubt many tourists know about it.

sophie...^5 said...

Hi Jean....my name is Sophie Doodle and my Dad Jim from Ocean Breezes talks about you and hubby all the time...seriously it's as if you live around the block...but alas NZ is soooo very far away. I hope this finds you in lots of sunshine. Take care and LOVE the blossoms!
Sophie and Ron

Nancy J said...

I can say Thank you all over again, your words are such a help/comfort/joy/ delight to read and more. This is to you all, now for my new reader, Sophie, welcome to my blog, I "know" your Dad and Ron, from Ocean Breezes, and now you are here too. Would you have a passport? if you all came to visit?? Fond greetings from Jean.

Gayle said...

The flowers are so beautiful. While I do miss working in my gardens I guess winters is a good time for rest and for planning. I wonder is my rhododendrons will ever bloom. They've grown very little this past year. That is a beautiful flower.