Raindrops Falling on my Garden (Video)

My 6 year old grandson said he would like me to walk around my garden and make a video, so this is for you Merlin.
We have just has a thunderstorm – everything looks nice and fresh, raindrops are glistening everywhere.
I hope you enjoy some of my favourite plants, and my garden, as I walk around. I have included, rose bushes, succulents, It & A Bit (a lovely prostrate casuarina), ferns and kangaroo paws, as well as my growing collection of ceramic elephants.

Enjoy the video, as you listen to the music of:
This Old Man by The Green Orbs (YouTube audio library)

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Japanese Gardens at Gosford Regional Gallery (video)

The beautiful Japanese gardens at Caroline Bay near East Gosford are tranquil and inspirational. Immaculately presented, these gardens are especially amazing in spring. Wisteria hangs gracefully from the pergola and the Azaleas in full bloom, present massed displays of colour. Viewing the raked stone garden, the pagodas and the Japanese water bowl as well as the beautifully shaped hedges is a very pleasant experience.

Enjoy the video as you listen to the music of:

Mizuki  – by Bad Snacks
(YouTube audio library)

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Pagodas on Bullimah Beach (Video)

Walking on the boardwalk and around the cliff path from Putty Beach to Bullimah Beach, we were pleasantly surprised to find many stone pagodas. Made from stacked rocks, the pagodas made an amazing sight. Beautiful expanses of tessellated pavement and wonderful rock formations, as well as a cave hidden under overhanging rocks, made the 700m walk worthwhile.

Putty beach is located in Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast of NSW.

Enjoy the video while listening to the music of: Entire by Quincas Moreira (YouTube audio library)

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Pagodas at East Gosford Japanese Gardens

A gift from Edogawa, the Japanese garden is situated in the grounds of the Gosford Regional Gallery and was officially opened in September 1994.
With a Japanese pavilion, tea house, well stocked Koi pond, pagodas and  beautifully manicured gardens – all linked by meandering pathways – this is a lovely setting to enjoy art and nature.

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Hebel carvings

Carved from a block of hebel, these owls and pagodas were made during a sculpture workshop.
Hebel, a lightweight building product made from autoclaved aerated concrete, is very easy to carve using saws, chisels, surform files and gouging tools.  Off white in colour, these sculptures which weather over time, can be painted or coloured with oxides.
Starting with a block of hebel, which measures about 200mm x 200mm x 600mm, it is best to mark out your design roughly with chalk.  Begin carving carefully, sawing away unneeded areas first and then using smaller tools for the finer details.  A lot of dust will be released when working on your project, so always wear a mask and safety glasses.

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Pagodas

 

  • This delicate fern blends in well with the rugged little pagoda.
  • Bronze glazed and surrounded by a red Kalanchoe is this small pagoda
  • The pretty ground cover is creeping towards this garden lantern.
  • A rustic house style pagoda, nestled between a Dianella and Chinese five star jasmine.

 

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