Tag Archive | Summer


The simple beauty of an Australian summer: my crepe myrtle in full bloom, and all the visiting bees. Bee-autiful!


The crepe myrtle breaks into bloom each December and then blooms for the rest of summer. It’s such a treat to see — right by the front door.

The perfect place to take a break from writing, and ponder.

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


Time to Appreciate the World Around Us

IMG_9070.JPGOne of the joys of bush camping is the amazing things you find — like this little fellow. It’s great to take time to appreciate the world around us.

Photo: Station Creek Bush Camp, NSW, Australia

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


Finding Your Special Space

Bee 1 Dec 2015

There’s nothing quite like finding your special space — a place to hangout and enjoy. Even the birds and the bees do it.

Finding your special space, and remembering to visit it, makes all the difference in life.

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

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

Photo & text 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
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The Old Makes Way For The New

02-07-2014Dying and New LifeLeavesMy precious gumnut tree. In spite of being lathered in dying leaves, tiny buds dare to grow during a sizzling summer. The old making way for the new. How life is like that.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

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Homely Habitat

New Home For Bluey

The blue-tongued lizard has a new habitat–under my rockery. ‘Tis far more homely than lurking under rubbish bins. A step up, I suspect, in lizard lounging: popping out to sunbake, and when required, retreating rapidly at will. Such a homely habitat. Wouldn’t mind one like that myself.

Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck

Baby Gumnuts

Four Baby Gumnuts
I was lamenting the summer sun. Not the joy it brings me; but how it’s burnt so many of my trees this year. Brown, dried and crinkled leaves now appear at the top of most of the trees in my garden. What, I wondered, can I find in the garden to inspire me? And then I looked up. Way up. Right at the top of the young gumnut tree in my front garden, the last gift my mother gave me before she died. And I found four tiny, little gumnut umbels. Can you spot them? That tree, which in the two and half years since being planted in my garden has only ever produced three tiny gumnuts, is set to flower again. (One of its precious flowers is pictured in the header of this blog site.) And now there will be four more. Four. I can barely contain my excitement.