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I Am Three!

Sea View

Yes, it is three years since I clicked the Publish button on the very first post of my brand new blog; and I haven’t looked back since.

Below are extracts from my first and second anniversary posts; because I really can’t say it any better than this.

First Year:

I’d like to thank the WP community for being so great. And I’d like to thank everyone who has popped by my blog and liked or commented on a post. I thoroughly enjoy seeing all of your amazing photos and reading your posts. I feel like I know some of my “regulars” as friends, even though we have never met, nor are likely to, being separated in most instances by vast oceans.

And Thank You to all of you out there who make the whole blogging experience a pleasant one. WP is a community, and if it wasn’t for feedback, likes and comments, what would be the point? I’d still be sitting here listening to the crickets chirp!

Second Year:

But just to reiterate; thank you to everyone who has followed me all this time and who continues to support me and offer words of wisdom and sarcastic comments. I appreciate them all! (You know people are your friends when they start being sarcastic!)

I thoroughly enjoy following all your blogs too.

Third Year:

I’d just like to say a very big thank you to all of my faithful followers, who like and comment on my posts, even when sometimes you don’t get my sense of humour, or British-ness/South African-ness.

To my old friends, thank you for sticking with me; and to my new friends, welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the ride.

Without the interaction of my blogging friends, there’d be no fun in blogging.

And as long as I’m having fun, I’ll keep on blogging.

As a third year tribute to you all, I’ve selected some of my favourite photos from the past three years.

Just scroll down to enjoy the slide show.

Skies of Blue

Fluidity

Happy Little Monkey

Dandelion Clock

Baby Geese

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Pensive – Little Monkey

Fuchsia

LM and SL check out the Puzzle Tree

England

Swans 1

Mr Spaghetti Legs

Photo Frames 1

Bloom 1

Pretty as a picture – Sunset Western Cape

You Little Monkey

Blackberries and Cream

Strelitzia 1

Owl 2

The Concerns of Guinea Pigs

Baby

Little Monkey Collapsed 1

Comfort Flowers 1

Cream of the Crop 1

Little Monkey

Thank You One and All.

 

I Thought I’d Killed You!

New Rose 1

Thank goodness you’re still alive!

I found my rose bushes covered in black all over their leaves.

As I deemed this too severe to treat by spraying, I hacked away all the diseased branches.

Floribunda

I have three rose bushes in a little section all together: a pink floribunda, that is very well established, with many thick branches, producing multiple blooms throughout the year; and two smaller red rose bushes, precariously established, with one or two spindly branches, producing only one or two roses per season.

Red Red Rose

It was only afterwards, as I raked up the cuttings, that I realised, that in heavily pruning the floribunda rose bush, I had cut back the one and only branch of my deep red rose bush, that was growing in amongst the floribunda.

Shock Horror!

This poor rose bush is barely established and I molly coddle it all the time. It may produce only one bloom a season, but that is a beautiful, deep red rose with such a heavenly scent.

I silently said “Sorry” and “Goodbye” to this straggly rose bush.

So imagine my delight when I noticed the other day that it had survived.

Floribunda 2

New Rose 2

Above you can see one hearty thick branch from the floribunda rose bush, on the left, and on the right, the entire deep red rose bush.

New Rose 4

It is one little twig; with the brand new twiglet growing off from it. Down at the bottom in these two photos you can also see the top of the life-support-irrigation-system. (Plastic milk bottle!)

New rose 3

The other small red rose bush was also still alive and beginning to sprout new growth.

I hadn’t killed them after all!

 

“So what?” you may ask.

So, it is autumn here: June 21st is our winter solstice.

I would not normally prune my rose bushes till spring; 15th August to be precise. (I have this date from an elderly resident who grew the most wonderful roses. Everyone around our neighbourhood waited till she pruned her rose bushes, then we pruned ours!)

No-one prunes their rose bushes at the beginning of winter! It would be like those of you in the North hacking away at your plants in November! (You might even have to clear snow off them to do so!!)

I really thought my little rose bush was done for!

But here it is, sprouting away with healthy new growth.

New Rose 5

Hooray for my plants:  that survive despite me!

 

I’m Blue!

Blue 1

Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die Da Ba Dee Da Ba Die

Blue is such a marvellous colour, as my plumbago auriculata so aptly demonstrates, and quite rare in the natural world.

Blue 2

Yes, this is autumn in the Western Cape. Winter is just around the corner: winter solstice 21st June. But my little plumbago could care less. He’s going to flourish regardless.

 

Original song by Eiffel 65, with lyrics, Blue (Da Ba Dee).

And, because who can ever tell what they are singing, listen to, “I’m Blue, if I was green I would die”  with funny suggested lyrics!

 

post script: I have to add a caveat here: I can’t remember if I recently read a blog post similar to this, or if I just found the amusing ‘Blue’ lyrics surfing Youtube. So, if you’re reading this and getting miffed that I filched your idea, my sincere apologies and please let me know in the comments; I will gladly add a reference to you here.

 

Perpetual Summer

Summer? 1

As I write this, temperatures are soaring to 36C. This is autumn in the Western Cape! Seriously?

We have Berg winds again. To understand what this means, open your oven door when you’re cooking pizza and let the hot air waft over you. This kind of heat is blowing in through my open windows and doors right now. There is nowhere cool to go. Even sitting under the trees provides no respite today.

Summer? 2

I am tired of wearing T-Shirts and shorts and sweltering all day!

I am tired of the soft bread in my sandwich toasting itself in the air while I eat it, so the last bite is decidedly drier and crunchier than the first!

I am tired of a perpetual summer that began last September/October, over 7 months ago!

Autumn!

How do I know it is not summer any longer, but autumn? My calendar tells me so, as does my neighbour’s deciduous tree.

Summer may be officially over, but so many plants are just starting their new growth. Look at my camellia bush; bursting to overflowing with buds:

Summer? 3

And my newly planted little honeysuckle, that is flourishing:

Summer? 4

The impatiens in my hanging baskets, that keeps on producing flowers all year round.

Summer? 5

Perpetual summer? I think so!

Oh well, time for ice-wine by the pool!

Ice Wine

Cheers!