frost

Typical winter day

by cjj on June 21, 2012

Home from summer in Europe, to winter! At 9 this morning, this was the view from my backyard. A beautiful white frost on everything. The temperature was obviously less than 0 Celcius, and this afternoon it was warm enough for me to wear a t-shirt … about as warm as it was in Europe just a few weeks ago 🙂

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A Frosty Morning

by cjj on June 25, 2011

J was up early this morning and ventured outside. It was good of him to take the camera. Frosts are beautiful, and around here, and usually means a clear sunny day, which it was.

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Too cold, and too busy.

by cjj on June 12, 2011

Using a chain to move a big rock.

Using a chain to move a big rock.

I haven’t been doing any posts on my blog lately because it’s been too cold! The room where I have my computer is too hard to heat, so on frosty nights, there is no way I’m going to work at my desk. And recently it has been frosty. Today though, it is raining, so not all that cold.

Another reason I haven’t been at my computer all that much is that we have been doing stuff. We are trying to make our place a little bit nicer than it is and that means work! For example, the rock in the photo was in the way when we tried to mow. It was bigger than we thought it was too, so after a bit of digging we needed the chain on the truck to move it. It did too, it just pulled it out of a deep hole and dragged it along the ground.

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Claret Ash hasn’t gone claret

by cjj on May 22, 2011

green leaves off our claret ash

Green leaves falling off our CLARET Ash!

It is autumn, but the leaves are falling off our claret ash trees a bit early. Well I think they’re early because they haven’t yet turned to their beautiful claret colour. Last week we had a good frost, and it was enough to freeze the leaves. During the day, the leaves all over the 2 trees curled up. They never behave like that. They shriveled up, dried out and fell off. It is still beautiful, I love autumn leaves filling up the yard, but they really should be deep crimson.

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That time of year again

by cjj on May 13, 2011

Basil, hit by our first frost

Bazil, hit by our first frost


Besides being very tasty to eat, I like having basil in the garden because it tells me when we get the first frost. That’s because it’s the most sensitive to the cold.

So, that’s my news, we’re into the frosty season. Woopee!

At least our slow combustion fire is keeping the house warm. We have a fan on it this year, and the warm air is spreading right around the house. So there is plenty of inspiration to cut fire wood. J has already cut up some thick wood, but we have a ton of smaller branches that fell off trees in the stormy season. I don’t mind that chore, it’s exercise, and I can listen to stuff while I’m doing it, so it’s not too boring. And if it’s a cold day it is certainly a good way to warm up.

Pile of fallen branches and a load of fire wood

Pile of fallen branches and a load of fire wood

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wet backyard

Such an unusual site ... it's all wet!

We had an amazing 20 mls of rain overnight … and a blackout for most of it. And when I was ready for my Chinese lesson at 9am there was another blackout!! In the mid afternoon there was another blackout!! When I rang up to find out what was going on, I was told this last time was to do some maintenance. I suggested that they should let us know when they deliberately plan to turn the power off … the fellow said that would take up too many phone lines, and people wouldn’t be able to ring in!!! Haven’t they heard of sms!!

In the photo is a winter time claret ash on the left and a casurina or she-oak on the right. Our summer flower display is resting, the lawn has died back from frosts, the wheelbarrow has some fire wood in it, the ash bucket is upside down and some cactus type plants decorate our stone path. There is also a fireplace back there, with some billy cans and things; there’s a standing stick with a tennis ball attached for fun and exercise in the sun! Through the trees you can see … distance!

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morning fog

by cjj on June 18, 2010


I had a very enjoyable day today … at school. I went in to help the art teacher with some stuff. Because of the little bit of rain we had yesterday!!!!!! there was a beautiful fog this morning. This was the view as I drove out at about 9am.

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How we cope with frosty nights.

by cjj on June 12, 2010

Frosts outside and this inside ….


with plenty of this.

Not bad!

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