To celebrate Earth Day today, 22nd April, here are some photos to celebrate this amazing planet that we live on.
Here is the iconic photo taken almost 45 years ago by the crew of Apollo 17 of our majestic planet in space. “The blue marble”.
I was planning for today’s post to be about lighthouses, even had photos ready to upload.
But I went for a beach walk this morning, in the sunshine. A perfect way to start the four day Easter weekend. I noticed the autumn leaves.
Even though it is two years since we moved to Tasmania, my “northern hemisphere brain” still makes subconscious connections, so for me, Easter is Spring, daffodils, new shoots on the trees.
Although my head knows the seasons are opposite, sometimes I am consciously taken aback by that fact. Just like this morning.
Here are photos from my walk.
And of course, some gum leaves.
… with giant fir cones
This week’s challenge – Show us something that you’ve recycled or repurposed, or an object for which you’ve discovered a clever new use.
The first thing that came to mind is our driftwood tree. A large piece of wood standing in a bucket of sand, with a few cross branches tied on with rope.
It began as a Christmas Tree, but with a birthday in early January, it changed into a Birthday Tree. Discussions with friends turned in to a challenge to keep the tree and see how many other occasions it could celebrate. It is currently our Australia Day Tree.
Last year, for my first Christmas in the southern hemisphere, I didn’t want a traditional tree or a bundle of tinsel. I wanted something different. So we collected driftwood and we sorted the various twigs and sticks on our balcony. We started small before we got to our current tree.
We want to decorate our tree for various occasions or special days throughout 2017 so please leave a comment if you have suggestions. The more ideas the better!
Our driftwood Christmas Tree has morphed into a birthday tree.
Most of my adult life, I’ve taken Christmas decorations down on New Year’s Day. A real Christmas tree has started to drop, to look a bit sad. Christmas is over, lets reclaim the lounge, start afresh for a new year and make space for birthday cards.
This year, although I packed away other Christmas decorations, I am not yet ready to say goodbye to our tree.
So I’ve taken off the stars, the bells, the red and green decorations, and added more shells, paper umbrella’s and a few birthday cards.
The local cherry season has started. Farm shops are open and the fruits are ripening on the trees.
And they are delicious!
We bought raspberries and “pink eye” new potatoes from the farm too.
I so happy to support local producers directly, rather than supermarket chains whenever possible.