Tag Archive | Australia

A Tiny Vibrant Bloom

Flower or Butterfly July 2014

Winter here in Australia. And as in life, a tiny vibrant bloom in the midst of dull, dreary winter, can bring so much delight.

What attracted me to this flower, apart from its vivid colour, was that it could almost be mistaken for a butterfly. Well, it just takes a little imagination.
And gardens are places of such inspiration and imagination.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

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Top Of The Tree


A bright blue sky, the tall eucalyptus silver princess sways in the breeze, its load of gumnuts begins blooming. It’s entrancing, almost magical to watch.

(The eucalyptus silver princess is common in Victoria, Australia. I’m not sure if they grow in other parts of the world.)

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au



This is only the second bloom of the eucalyptus silver princess, the last gift my mother gave me before she died. To see the rich blooms is awesome. I wait in anticipation as the little gumnuts pop their tops.

How thrilled I am that the last gift given to me by my mother, prior to the end of her earthly journey just over three years ago, is so robust it billows skywards, sways but does not break in whipping winds, and blooms beautifully. (Upon reflection, these could be the features of a well-lived life!)

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Whatever the Season, Plant Seeds of Hope


The bright autumn leaves are beginning to fade. Time to make way for winter. But whatever the season, for each of us, it’s time to plant seeds of hope.

Not unlike the seasons, our own lives, are cycles. Sometimes they are full of natural grace. Other times it feels as if we are bracing against life’s icy winds.

I watch two families I am close to caring for elderly parents. (One with dementia, the other with bodies which are simply wearing out.) Being a carer, you often feel you are way behind: there’s so much more to do — a cycle without end.

Yet even in the bleakest of times, there are moments of natural grace, moments which stir the heart. And sometimes that can be as simple as a smile of recognition, words of inspiration, or a quiet moment on the porch watching leaves sparkle in the sunshine.

Text and Image Copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Life Is More Fun Hanging Out With Mates


What a sight. Two bees hanging out in the same gumnut bloom. It seems it’s not just humans who think life is more fun with a mate close by!

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Photo: Gumnut tree in Michele’s backyard.

Michele’s writing blog: http://www.michelegierck.com.au/blog

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

All Is Well


After a long dry summer, the rain finally thumped down. This morning the grass is resurgent green, and the gumnuts are popping their tops. All is well. It certainly feels that way out in the garden.

Photo: A gumnut tree in Michele’s backyard.
Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Michele’s writing blog: http://www.michelegierck.com.au/blog