Still me

My photo
Bits and bobs about my life in my lovely home, Thatchwick Cottage, Pretoria, South Africa.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday, 12 December: Wishing you just a little bit 'o blue sky


Join me this Skywatch Friday at the corner of my street in Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa. Ignore the busy traffic; just gaze at that pale-blue sky washed clean by early morning rain. Enjoy the deep leafy green of the jacarandas, their mauve glory shed. Trace the patterns their shadows have cast on the tarmac.

Wishing you just a little bit o' blue sky this Skywatch Friday! This is the same scene that graced my banner in October with purple splendour.

Take a moment to stand under the shrubbery in my garden and wonder at the exotic flower on the banana tree.
The first time the leafy banana tree has borne fruit. Not ripe yet, but I shall enjoy truly organic bananas in January.

Dear Friend, wherever you are, whoever you are, step into my misty early morning garden. It is my secret haven, my safe place, my retreat - but you are most welcome too. Sit down and enjoy the c0lours painted with such taste by the Great Artist. Feast on the mysterious geometry of branch and leaf. Let the beauty of my shady dell refresh you and renew you.

22 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

What a glorious post! I needed this so much! I am in the last stages of packing before moving house on Monday. I feel the mess of moving is closing in on me. And now, I have found this serene corner of the world!

Thank you so much for walking me here!

Susan said...

Glorious is right ... I'm so envious now! To think you live in a place where you can grow bananas is too wonderful. Here, it won't reach freezing today, and the skies will be gray. I thank you for the vicarious vacation you gave me today :)

Becky said...

Your post made me smile. We received a few inches of snow overnight with frozen roads underneath. Your blue sky is very relaxing and very appreciated. Thanks! Becky

Claire said...

E, thank you for allowing me in. We have just arrived in Langebaan. I can feel myself unwinding. I am able to see God's handiwork everywhere. He truly is a master painter.

Happy Friday...

C

imac said...

Beautiful shots.

Alexandra said...

Hello, lovely! Love the pictures of your companions. So sweet. More baking. Have been in the kitchen a lot lately. Doing lots of laughing and cooking these days. What a difference from last season. I hope you are having a lovely week and will have a lovely weekend. The pictures remind me of when I lived in Hawaii.
Love,
Alexandra

Smilingsal said...

Usually my skies are blue, but today is a gray sky day. I'd love to visit with you in your garden retreat. How you must enjoy it now on your break. Enjoy a good book for me!

Wieneke said...

I tried and tried to visit your blog, but no success till now. Now I have been sitting in your beautiful serene garden and looked around with a smile on my face.
Greetings from the Netherlands
Wieneke

Paz said...

I love your secret haven. I love that you have a Brooklyn in South Africa. I love your dog photos and I love your banner!

Oh, yes, and I love your sky photos! Thanks for sharing with us.

Best,
Paz

babooshka said...

Fresh bananas would be a dream. Interesting skywatch,

willow said...

Beautiful, Eleanor! No yellow bird up high in that banana tree. ;^)

I've added The Counterfeiters to my movie list, thank you.

Rowyn said...

What a beautiful garden you have. Bananas straight off the tree - I can only imagine how delicious they will be.

Ces said...

Eleanor I love your world, so verdant and you describe it with fondness. I love bananas, mine were damaged by the hurricane. Thanks for visiting.

Sweetie said...

I loved the photo of your banana plant. My daughter has had one for three years. This year it actually grew bananas. It was an oddity in our small town. People drove up the street and stopped to look at her banana tree.
Sweetie

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful garden, and here at home in frigid, crisp -8C temperatures. I can feel the heat radiate from your garden. Thanks for the momentary bliss of summer.

Sreddy Yen said...

Lovely photos, Especially the ones of the plants in your secret haven!

Wren said...

It's a gray and cloudy day here - thanks for sharing your blue skies.

Dirk said...

Heel leuk voor ons om deze mooie beelden te zien nu het winter is in Belgiƫ. Dank je om deze met ons te delen!

Sioux said...

The photos are wonderful! I love your garden!!

Claire said...

you have been tagged. hope you do not mind...

Max-e said...

Nice post Eleanor. Pretoria is such a beautiful city. Those jacarandas have their own special appeal whatever time of the year you get them

Namnet said...

I love your blue sky. The second photo with the shadows on the road is my favourite. And your garden is truly a piece of calm dropped down to earth from the heaven.
I would like to thank you for your nice comment on my blog.
I told my sister about your comment and even she doesn´t feel alone (I hope) it is very supporting for her to know that there are some other people, not just her family, who understand.
I will pray for you and your daughter.