Tag Archive | Michele’s garden

Delicate Wings


What delicate wings. What fragility, yet strength. Another inspiring spring delight. Wouldn’t it be grand to be able to fly!

What a wonderful way to spend a break — after hours in front of a screen — discovering simple joys to be found in the garden.

Such are the musings of an up-to-her-neck-in-work writer.

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

Spring, Busy Bees, Sunshine


Spring, like today’s sunshine, has finally arrived. The bees are busy, and blossoms are blooming. It’s the season of surprises — at least in the garden.

‘When I’m not working on my latest commission — a biography — I’m likely to be out in the garden, delighting in each new bloom. Gardens, like nature, are such a source of inspiration,’ says Michele Gierck.

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

Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck

Slow Down, Look Around

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It’s easy to get so involved in the chaotic pace of life, in doing, that sometimes we forget to slow down and look around.

I spotted this wattle bird in my front garden, in what appears to be its favourite grevillea. It was so delightful to take a break from all my writing, and actually see the birds just outside my window.

Image and Text: copyright Michele Gierck

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

Taking Time, Slowing Down,


Sometimes such delight can be found by slowing down, and seeing what’s right at our feet — like these red cyclamens, two bathed in winter sunshine.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

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

Michele’s latest book: Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me

Finding Delightful Places


Life has so many twists and turns. And delights. Sometimes that delight can be as simple as a new bloom in the garden, in sparkling winter sunshine. What’s your delightful place? Or space?

For those who have read my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me. this pic is of the last gift my mother ever gave me — a eucaplyptus silver princess.  Perhaps that, in part, is why I’m so drawn to it, keenly watching each bursting bloom, as each umbel pops its top.

For more details about my latest book, writing or events, feel free to check our my website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Image: eucalyptus silver princess bursting into bloom. (It’s amazing when the umbels pop their tops.)

Life is full of change

Twilight Vine

Looking at the reddish vine leaves in golden evening twilight, I’m reminded how, for all of us, plants, animals and people, life is full of change.

For more information about Michele, her writing or her latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, check out Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Text and image: copyright Michele Gierck

A Peaceful Moment

a peaceful garden scene


Autumn arrives. The air chills, the earth moistens, and leaves fade and fall. Rake leaves; then stop and stare. A moment of peace. One that lingers.

As a writer, time out, time in the garden, is precious; especially when the sun bursts through on a grey, cool, wet day.

Thanks also to readers of my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, for writing comments on this blog. It’s great hearing from readers, particularly those who really relate to the story, or the character my mother was … and continues to be in print.

For MELBOURNE (Australia) readers, my next talk is on Mother’s Day Eve, (9 May at 2.30pm) in conversation with Morag Fraser at the artists’ colony, Montsalvat (in the Barn Gallery). $15 gets you entry, a glass of wine and nibbles, and the conversation, which is guaranteed to be memorable. Bookings required: (03)9439 7712.

For more information about Fraying, and associated events, or to listen to an ABC podcast interview with the author about the book, check out my website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Michele’s other blog, focusing on writing rather than the garden: http://www.michelemuses.wordpress.com

Photos and text copyright Michele Gierck

Colourful Gardens, Colourful Lives, Colourful Stories

crepe myrtle 5 Jan 2015

It’s easy to take nature for granted. But think about this: what would a garden, or our lives, be like without colour?

Perhaps because I’m spending more time at home writing, I appreciate the bright blooms and the constant change of colour in the garden. Such a delight to watch. Not unlike life, there’s always something new, something fading, something to surprise me.

And I’m pleased to let you know that my next book, a rather colourful story, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, published by NewSouth Books will be out in March, 2015.
More info soon on my website — http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Photo: Crepe Myrtle near Michele’s front door.
Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Buds, Blooms, and Beauty

First Bloom 3 Crepe Myrtle Dec 2014

What beauty — rain drops and early morning sparkling sunshine on the buds and first summer blooms of my crepe myrtle.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au
To find out more about Michele, her writing and her books, check out her website.