Having bushland opposite me, I can't be surprised when little visitors drop in. Today this lizard decided to come into my patio. I spotted him coming up the steps, otherwise I would have missed him. Yesterday, our neighbour came rushing in, letting us know there was a snake in the front garden. Thankfully he was able to catch and kill it as it was extremely venomous. With dogs and small children next door we couldn't be too careful. I don't mind lizards or goannas, but I am very wary of snakes, so much so that I won't go bushwalking in the summer because of them.
The last I saw of him he was headed for the back garden, no doubt I will see him again sometime
This goanna was hiding under a bush in the front garden, hubby got a fright when he put his hand on it while weeding, he was relocated back to the bush, in a bucket.
It has surprised me that anything is still alive in my garden after our weekend of extreme heat. The temps have hit 45 degrees (celcius) for the past 3 days up here. Thankfully a cooler change has come today. Linking with Monday Mellow Yellows
1 solitary hibiscus flower in shade has survived. Most of the other buds have shrivelled.
These hardy little daisy type flowers are still trying to smile (I don't know what these actually are)
I spotted this cute little cottage with it's white picket fence while I was out on a walk yesterday. Due to termites being a problem through out the wheatbelt, this fence is actually constructed of plastic, therefore no termite damage and no painting.
This mural is at the Goomalling Historical Museum, which wasn't open yesterday when we thought we would finally stop and have a look. The town was deserted so I don't blame anyone for not wanting to hang around all day on the off chance a traveller would stop by. This building was once an old school room and I like how the class room is as if you are looking through the window. The children would have walked, ridden their horses or caught the school bus in days gone by.
If someone had told me on at the beginning of last year that I would sell my house, move to the country and quit my job I would have laughed at them. That is exactly what we did in the space of 2 and a half months. Our house was put on the market towards the end of January and sold within 1 week. We then bought another one in the country and moved in 8 weeks later. I finished work a week before we moved up here. The surprising thing is that along the way there were no hiccups, the sale and the move ran like clockwork. We are now happily enjoying our "tree change". We have made some new friends, have great neighbours, and have been made most welcome into the community. We have had some work to do around the house as it had been empty for over 2 years. The gardens are now back in shape and we have received many compliments for our hard work. We planted a vegetable garden and have been enjoying our fresh produce now for many months. As the months have passed we have seen the changing colours of the countryside from brown to green to yellow and now as the summer heat hits it is quickly back to it's brown hues. The bush came alive during spring with a multitude of vibrant wildflowers. It was astounding to see what looked like scraggly bushes just come alive with colour. Sometimes in life the things that are not planned are the things that work out the better and our move to the country has been the best.