I love gates. You can always open a new one to head down another path. Gates have been one of my favourite finds on Pintrest. All shapes, sizes and combinations of materials. Some expensive and others made from bits and pieces of materials at hand. All allowing the visitor to enter into another world……or so I’d like to think!


How beautiful are these!

I have put gates in to keep the dogs safe and determine my front and back yards. Simply constructed from metal and wood. I will use the posts to support Wisteria for a beautiful display in Spring. I must say I have a Native Potato Vine claiming them at present and flowering happily.


I have added another set of gates too thanks to Mick. The local ‘Buy and Sell’ pages produced an old pair of sheep sorting gates. Already lichen covered, they just needed a little rain. I am happy with the opposing gates on each side reminding me that sheep were caught between them for various jobs to be done.

Today’s equivalent……like the old ones better and they have lasted this long!

sheep catch gate

How many hands young and fresh, old and wise have worked these gates?

Just counting sheep to drop off tonight.





Toothache and ‘I Must’ becomes ‘I am’!

To begin, my inspiration to write this morning has come from spending the night with a toothache. I had forgotten how these things hurt, and I am even unsure of which one it is, so my mouth has a good dab of clove oil, which I’m sure tastes that bad, that you are supposed to forget the toothache! No, it is well and truly still there and of course it is Sunday with a holiday on Monday! Secondly, I have been wanting to write again and, looking back through previous posts to take my mind off the tooth, brought back fond memories, so here goes. For all those grammar specialists out there, please forgive me, I’m in more pain than usual!

I have moved again. If you know me, that’s not unusual. This time it was out of necessity. I could no longer look after my ‘nearly three acres on the hillside’. It was all getting too much for me to watch grow each day. Fortunately, by chance I found a very good estate agent, and the property was sold in weeks of it going on the market. I would recommend ‘Ann’ at ‘Zeb Reality’ to anyone with an unusual property to sell on! I am now back in Maleny and bought this cottage the morning after it went on the market. Such is buying in Maleny, especially if you are looking in a price bracket. After a couple of hiccups, I’m in and it’s now three months down the track give or take a few days.

There is quite a bit to be fixed and a new paint job coming but I have already been out in  the garden, which of course, is the most important task. I am very grateful for the help given me in this great love of mine. To put this cottage on the market, the owner, who had not lived here for years, cleared every plant in the yard save the fruit trees and massive Liquid Ambers in the front. The gardens were covered in the mulch from the process and thus followed the worms. Unfortunately there were, and still are, so many seeds of weeds sprouting daily! It will be a long task getting on top of them so I have decided to ‘over plant’ as you do up here on the range. The soil is volcanic and slightly clayey with wet weather, but grows anything in abundance and loves mulch. I will try not to give the weeds a chance to poke through. So, for this post a few before and now pics of my cottage.

The toothache is a little better and I’ve overdosed on clove oil! Off to a dentist in Brisbane this afternoon. Yes one hour away, but worth it!




Back garden and fruit trees.


Front garden and old pond and fountain area filled in with leaves.


Water tank 2 to the rear of cottage with Sheena’s Gold.



Side steps to verandah. The roots of the Duranta Sheena’s Gold were well into the water tank so had to go.



Fence up for dogs.


Hedge gone and lavender planted to attract some bees.



Side garden near steps underway!


Fairy garden and fountain. The frog was left on the property in the water course out in the front garden.


Back porch…herbs and tomatoes.


Front of cottage.


Front again.

These were taken on a phone and a little out of focus. There are still plants to go in, much tidying to do (it looked much tidier when I moved in) and muses to add of course, but I’m off to the dentist in Brisbane!

I would really like to keep posting so I have a story happening of this new home. Lets see how I go………


spring morning in the garden

Love the mornings after a 12 degree night …….. and warming to a 25 degree day. I took a wander into the garden this morning just to spot a few of the flutterbys that have been hovering over the new blossoms. We have an abundance of insects this spring and I’m sure this will be followed by an abundance of chewed foliage. One has to see the good in this! This will be a great season for the birds! They keep me amused each morning by squabbling with each other over who owns the fruit on the fig next to my deck………more time spent eating and less time vying my feathered friends.


Step off the steps….well I haven’t quite decided what to call the rocks that lead to the deck other than ‘watch where you put your feet’…… and you meet purple. Love these little fellas! I do not profess to know the names of the plants in my garden and I am happy with that!


Then on to the next… don’t mess with this fellow, though he is showing ‘mower messing’. I had no idea he would get this large so quickly! I do apologise profusely to him for the odd nudge.

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Then on down the drive to some more purple and green.

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How delicate, and had to fight off the native bees to take this one.                      garden spring 016

Then another giant or two to avoid getting friendly with. I love these structural plants.

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On to the wood lost in the blow earlier this year, seasoning for next Winter, and the first flowers of my eucalyptus. Oh yes, my poles add colour to the garden too. This one tells a story of the first travellers to this garden.

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What can I say. Spring mornings are beautiful in my garden. Enjoy your garden too this Spring – every moment in every day you have to walk bare feet on the earth.

Love Mirri