Midsummer garden


High summer at the old schoolmasters house is kind of hot and luscious. Waves of dry heat that lead to afternoon siestas and river swims. Laziness really. Even the kangaroos don’t do very much. The threat of bushfire is just over the horizon.

I love bringing fresh flowers from the garden inside…


The garden has gone wild and blossomed into hundreds of blue spiky balls – the echinops have finally flowered. There’s something almost space age about them; little planets that butterflies swarm around.

Leigh making a structure for the tomatoes

…the crab apple tree outside my window


In the courtyard, nearly everything that was randomly planted just a few months ago has taken off, protected from the winds and nurtured by the heat of the walls. This is the prime growing spot. So recipes planned in town are augmented by fresh picked tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers.

dinner made from the supermarket and the garden!

…magic hour in the front garden


I’ve always loved English novels set in high summer; The Go- Between, Atonement; all full of heat and insects and secrets. Summer in Australia is usually focused around the beach and water but up here in the high hot hills it’s easier to imagine dressing for an elegant 1930s dinner with Hercule Poirot at the local rectory!

In the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler and easier to move around, the front flower garden exerts its magnetic pull and I slip into the comforting chores of cutting back and pulling weeds. As well as the more urgent one of deep watering to keep the newer, less hardy plants alive.

Rob with a hat of fresh picked apricots

I’ve never seen this type of parrot before


And then to dinner followed by apricots picked fresh from the trees, so beautiful and delicous. A pause in the work to literally savor the fruits of the many, many months of labour at the old schoolmasters house…

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6 thoughts on “Midsummer garden

  1. Oh my, what breathtaking inages!

    I love that even the Kangaroos don’t do much:-)

    We are at poles end. Yesterday in Sydney you had the hottest day ever with 46 degrees and here in London it’s snowing!!!

    Your photos make me long for a hot summers day with fresh food and flowers and Poirot as a guest for dinner!
    Beautiful post x

    • Thank you Tina,

      You know if you ever did make the long haul flight, you would most certainly be invited to dinner! all the best to you in snowy London, x Ingrid

  2. Oh your garden is looking spectacular. Love the colours you use in your home ,completely compliments the landscapes around you. Feels like I’m stepping into an early australian oil painting every time I look. Up here in Brisbane, the light is brighter, the landscape more lush, totally different really, quite amazing considering how close we are. mel x

    • Hi Mel,

      Thank you for your lovely comments – I like the idea of the early Australian oil painting! Actually a lot of painters have lived and worked in the little village I am in. I think that the light is very special and so good to take photos in, all the best x Ingrid

  3. I happened upon your blog through enjoying your pics on Instagram and following your link here. Your photos and word imagery almost transport me there. Wha
    t luscious fruit and vivid foliage! Yet I felt among the sheep in some pastoral oil painting. Exceptional experience. Thank you.

    • Hello Jenny,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I really appreciate getting such lovely feedback, it inspires me to keep on going, all the best,
      Ingrid