Foxglove and Co is located in the pituresque village Central Tilba, on the far south coast of NSW, just south of Narooma.
Spring was in full swing when I visited, azalias, camilias, bearded irisus and wisteria were all in bloom. Dozens of Lewins honey eaters perched on the pergolas and drank from the irrigation hoses. This garden has a wimisical old English feel to it, with lots of hidden treasures. The pathways are wheelchair friendly well graded and not too steep. I spent a delightful hour and a half wandering around taking photos and chatting to the owners.
I had last visited this garden about 20 years ago when it was called Foxglove Spires and owned by the Southam family. Now, the cafe and gift shops have been converted into luxury accommodation, a sign of the times I suppose. Foxglove and Co like many other local businesses, were just getting over the drought, summer bushfires when Covid-19 impacted tourism numbers in the area.
Now back from my Thursday excursion to gardens at Foxglove & Co in Central Tilba. I decided to wait and have lunch at home instead of at La Gallette the cute little french cafe up the road. Solo diners are not really encouraged at the moment, why seat 1 when you can seat 6. I will have to arrange another visit with some pals the food looked decedantly delicious.
My two weeks at the cottage on the farm in Canberra are just about finished, for now. Spring is well and truely here and I am keen to get to the house at the coast, walk on the beach and maybe even a swim, if the water has warmed up yet.
Also I have nearly finished my 6 rounds of chemotherupy and imunotherupy for my follicular lymphoma. 4 down and 2 to go, my last round of PET CT scans showed the treatment is doing the job and I was no longer lit up like a Christmas tree.
Being able to work from home at my own pace has been a godsend during this time.
Chris the owner of the Quarterdeck Bar, was a stalwart of support for the residents of Tilba Tilba during the summer bushfires. Now the pandemic, its great to see he stil has the energy and drive to give the boatshed a new lick of paint, before the next summer holiday season.
The streets of my town seemed a little bland for my post today, I took the camera on my morning dog walk and came back with nothing that fitted the task. So I have decided to go into my photo archive, to look for a landscape or street scene that had a forground with an interesting subject.
These stairs mark the start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud. This is the time of year that I would usually visit for a month, now my photos from past trips have become even more precious.
We have been on level 3 of the Coronavirus lockdown for a few weeks now. In NSW, Australia this means only going out to exercise, to shop for food and working from home, if you still have a job. Like everyone else I often get the feeling that each day is merging into the next. I walk my dog every morning, this exercise walk usually takes 2 hours and we get going at around 6:30 am.
This early start means its just coming on light when we set off and there is next to no traffic. Lots of off leash time for Queenie my 8 month old Groodle and a meditative, quiet time for me. Giving me some grounding and a sense of accomplishment ahead of my day. I usually walk with my iPhone, but have taken to including my SLR two lenses and a pair of binoculars.
The challenge is to not think too far into the future at the moment. I would love to hear how everyone else is coping.
Tuesday 7.30 am and the temperature was 10 decrees celsius, with a cool north-westerly wind blowing. A perfect morning for a walk/run on the ridge, work can wait for an hour or so. Mt Arawang at 765 metres is at the southern end of the Coolamon Ridge walk. The access track from the Kambah horse paddocks is steep and a great cardio workout.
Trigs have a cosmic intrigue for me, the symmetry of the structure exposed to the elements. A great space for some meditation and quiet reflection.
Sunrise at Mt Arawang, Australian Capital Territory
I know there are brown snakes around the property where we live. We installed a perimeter of snakes deterrents before the start of summer. They are beeping and pulsing away all round the house and we haven’t seen a snake for months. Now I am not sure how to tackle this one.
When I was spreading a pile of wood chips this morning, I uncovered a what looks like a nest inside the pile. I think that it is a brown snake’s nest. Now not sure what my next step should be. Is mumma snake inside or just the eggs?