Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, June 12, 2022


 It's hard to find stuff to write about when you don't go anywhere. Lately, it has been raining too much to go out. It was so wet and muddy in the forest that we couldn't do our usual morning walk. When the rain cleared up the cold came out. We have had the coldest recorded temperatures for Brisbane. Remember we are in a sub-tropical zone. These temperatures are rare:-

(42°F) It was so cold for us at 6:00am that my walking buddies said it was too cold to walk so we stay in our warm beds instead. I walk around the village when it warms up. Here are some of the things I see in the village. 

It is also unusual for us to have Autumn leaves because deciduous trees are not found in the subtropics unless they have been introduced like the ones in our Zen Garden.

We have a lot of flowering trees throughout the village, which attract the birds. This one is a White Throated Honey Eater.

This cheeky one even hopped onto our balcony and helped itself to the pot plant's nectar. It is a Noisy Minor and it is not a very nice bird. It is very aggressive towards other birds and squawk noisily if other birds go into their territory. They chase them away and consequently very few birds will be found in their territory. Luckily we still have other birds visit.

Some of our residents like to work in the gardens as well as our employed gardener. This garden has been developed by Malcolm and Dot. It is next to the workshop. They have recently added a bright orange table setting.

Other residents, Beryl and Rex, find interesting wildlife in their garden.


  1. My goodness it's a wonder you didn't freeze with that temperature. Once when in Darwin the temp was 18 degC and we all nearly froze as did the people who lived there permanently. The garden/ground do look nice and not too sure about that snake being there.

  2. I accidentally deleted John's comment so sorry John.John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" has left a new comment on your post "AT HOME":

    Your "cold" temperatures brought a smile to this Englishman - I've played cricket in those temps! Your photos of your home area are charming and so colourful.

  3. I'm afraid I don't have much sympathy for you with your 'cold' weather. As for walking at 6.00am, well... My joints don't move until about 11.
    The garden in your village always looks so good.

  4. Life offers us a lot of topics to write about, but we need to go outside to get some photos.
    I like the flowering trees, but not the snake.

  5. It has been very chilly here too but that temp is just below our maximum. The minimums however have been warm ... not below zero and hence no frost but that is set to change this week. It has me dreaming of a holiday in Qld. I have stayed inside all week other than to get more firewood. I love the garden and bird photos but the snake would not be quite as welcome.

  6. Bloody cold here too but no rain thankfully, I go nowhere and see no one most of the time

  7. Despite the weather your photos are always so interesting. Seeing a snake here would be of great interest as I have spotted them so rarely and we only have one that is venomous . Seeing one in Australia would be an entirely different experience. I doubt I would hang around to see if I could get a close up.

  8. There is something to be said for staying in bed a couple of extra hours on a chilly morning. A nice walk around your village and fun to look at your photos. It is a lovely area. Is that a venomous snake? We have had copperhead sightings around here lately and one bit someone's dog. It's okay as it was taken straight to the vet, was given anti-venom and after a night's stay was able to go home the next day. We also have non-venomous snakes but all good for the balance of things. Just have to be careful as this is their busy time of the year.

  9. Lovely views of the garden in your village.

    All the best Jan

  10. I didn't realize your location was considered subtropical. Yes, that temperature would be chilling if you don't have the proper clothes to wear.

  11. Even though you said there wasn't a lot to post about, Diane, you have shown us a lovely walk around your area. That bird certainly must have found a treat on your balcony and would have been far less distressing for me to see then the snake in your neighbor's garden.

  12. Brrr that's chilly while we are sweltering in 97F temperatures. Love your Zen garden and all the birds...even the annoying ones.