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.





visit an open garden

a welcoming sight

Lost myself for two hours in The Lost Garden at Belli Park,near Eumundi qld. Oh so beautiful, restoring the soul and I didn’t have to do the hard work.

I do aspire to having my own Open Garden or at least own an old and much loved one in my lifetime. Always created but never stayed long enough to enjoy as I am a little ‘Gypsy’ in my movements. I shall post some pics of mine soon.

The house is built lovingly of rock,  timber and glass to breathe in the constant of the changing seasons, surrounded by greenery, flowers and bird song.

Years of work, a labour of love, have manifested in a place to call ‘home’ and a delight for visitors.

broms in flower

pipes of colour

forest walk

forest walk

bamboo graces the garden

bamboo graces the garden

Visit a garden open near you and enjoy a coffee and a chat to the owners. They are only too pleased to share their vision. Buy a plant or two to take home to remember your day. Some gardens have plants to share!

get ideas for your garden

plantings abound

And don’t for get to have a cuppa. I was offered a delightful mix match of crockery, so I had two ……. and a yummy piece of German Orange Cake drizzled with orange sauce and lashings of cream on the side. It was Mothers Day after all.

Go out and visit an Open Garden near you. Restore your soul!                                                                             Mairynn

high tea

high tea

have another

have another