Gentle reader, I must confess that I have accomplished nothing - except the cuddling. The bug that I thought I had shaken in Jogyakarta returned, and I have spent much of my time in bed. Onslow doesn't mind at all. It's cold, windy and wet outside. He thinks that if he sinks really low into the doona beside me I won't notice him.
Miss Bella comes up to the bedroom door to check on us from time to time.
But she prefers downstairs on the couch, especially if she has a extra rug or old towel tucked around her to keep her cosy.
And, of course, I had to sneak out for a quick look at the garden. The weeds are thriving; there have been a couple of losses in the potted plant collection (mainly those that were undercover); and it is mid-winter, but there was still some colour to be found.
Some bromeliads were in bloom...
|Aechmea fulgens 'Burning Bush'|
so too, the little Rondeletia.
The aloes and succulents are always stars during the winter months. Mine are just coming into bud.
|Aloes 'Gemini' and 'Southern Cross'|
One big surprise was waiting for me in the backyard. How often have I complained that my heliconias never flower?
Finally, one of my favorites... The foliage had been given a good chew, but there was still a perfect bloom to welcome me home.
|Hibiscus 'Wilder's White'|