I took a stroll down to the beach. The light breeze was fresh, straight off the southern ocean. The vista vast, the scenery splendid and the sand underfoot familiar. Where were the people? I know it’s winter and not analogous to a beach visit, but a winter seascape has a lot to offer. The solitude of the beach, the continuous and hypnotic roll of the waves, and the cool brisk breeze to make you feel alive. Today was ideal as the gusty southerly wind had even taken pause for the serenity of the moment. The low clouds threatened and created a picturesque moment, framing the distant Eagle’s Nest promontory. I even poked a digit in the retreating tide (only brave enough for that digit to be my finger – too chilly for toes 🙂
The moment was broken when those burdened clouds began to drop their moisture, but this too was a treat. The light moisture sprinkling my face, the determined dash back to shelter and the squelch of the sand from running feet, all got my heart pumping and cheeks flushed. It reinforced that life is beautiful and serendipitous moments can be fleeting. Make sure you enjoy them all!
Last week Melbourne town was painted green with St Patrick’s Day: green beer, green hats, green shamrock and green leprechauns. My focus this week is a little closer to home. My olive tree is laden with fruit and I will need to pick them soon to begin the pickling process. This year I am determined to beat the possums, who have an uncanny knack of knowing exactly when the olives will turn from green to black, ready for the eating.
Previous posts have celebrated my harvests of passion fruit and capsicums, which are always special when home grown. The olive harvest is the prelude of the coming winter and the need to prune plants and trees before they hibernate. The olive tree will be one target for shaping and pruning, so will the ancient rose bushes with their old-world fragrance. The agapanthus will also need heading and I can save their seeds for spring.
So this Easter I will be breaking out the green thumb and enjoying the outdoors for the next four days. Try out your own green thumb on a project or two. Enjoy the mild weather while you can and if you look hard enough you might find the Easter bunny. Happy Easter!
It was the week of Lotus. While waiting for dinner with a friend, I happened across some caramelized biscuits, The Original, if you believe the packaging and the biscuits were called Lotus. This resonated with me as I had been to the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Junction recently. It is a lovely, private and spectacular garden.
I bought the packet of biscuits and they were quite delicious, really yum! This was not the end of the Lotus-ness. It’s always fun to make-up words 🙂 makes you sound more creative.
My friend arrived for dinner at my favorite restaurant. It’s a bit quirky, but the food is always tasty and very well presented. For my chilli loving friends, there are opportunities to burn your taste buds off – I’ve never understood the point of seasoning a plate until you can’t taste it, but each to their own. I’m more chilli-phobic, and to find a Malaysian restaurant that makes really good tasty food, that is not laced in chilli, is quite unique.
Guess what I had for entree? Blue Lotus dumplings! I felt that I had to have these dumplings given the Lotus-filled day I was having. Here they are. Yum! They are tasty as well as very pretty.
So whether it’s a biscuit or a dumpling or a scenic view, get out there and enjoy the Lotus.