Well! that’s been an exciting morning. Just before I left for my walk, around 9.15, there was a roar and the whole house started to shake; ceiling fans, pictures, ornaments on the dresser. I yelled to The Golfer to get under a doorway – the only thing I could remember about earthquakes – and after several seconds the noise and shaking stopped. We headed outside, as had some of our neighbours and compared notes (from a safe distance).

It was indeed an earthquake, and Magnitude 6! Very rare for us. The epicentre was the town of Mansfield some 170 odd kms from us. Friends in the north and south of Victoria also felt the tremor. Very scary stuff!

We’re all safe and, thankfully, the only damage I can see was a new jar of peanut butter falling from the shelf in the pantry onto the pile of bowls below

I’d heard the crash from under the doorway. One bowl less.

So glad I don’t live in an earthquake prone area. Judging from new reports so far there’s been a little building damage but no-one hurt, thank goodness.

Before the drama of the day, I was going to start this post by saying that Winter is keeping a stranglehold on our weather. Despite this Nature keeps moving forward. This is how the deck was looking a few weeks ago….

The hydrangea that was just coming into bud above now looks like this

and the ones on the south side of the house…….

Hopefully I’ll get more blooms this year. The cyclamen put on a beautiful display

The azaleas across the front verandah started out slowly, as they always do

and now it’s a full display

including some red ones in amongst the white

Also out the front, the hyacinths popped their heads up

and are now showing off their purple hues along with the daisies

and speaking of daisies, the cutting I took from Mum’s has burgeoned

and sits quite happily beside this spoon petaled one

On the brick wall the creeper looks stunning

the cabbages are growing

I’ve so enjoyed picking orchids for inside admiring their peculiar but pretty faces

We have enjoyed the odd sunny day and there’s even been a little warmth before the dark clouds descend yet again. I missed most of it, but here’s a little blossom to brighten your day, should you need it.

Stay safe

Meredithe x

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7 Responses to Excitement

  1. Helen says:

    Mother Nature keeping you on your toes.

  2. Linda Tiernan says:

    Once again your post cheers up the bleakest of days for us all, amazing lady! Thank you.

  3. June Hamilton says:

    Thankfully you are safe! The garden is certainly looking gorgeous. 😄

  4. Good to know a bowl was the only casualty! Thank you for letting us know you are safe. Some of the coverage on the other side of the world has been a bit worrying!

  5. frayedattheedge says:

    Glad the only casualty was a bowl ( after all it could have been your sewing machine!) But seriously, glad that you are all safe and well xx

  6. tinaor says:

    Love the faces on orchids too, they are all so different. Glad the only earthquake disaster was a broken bowl. Living in a non earthquake area of the world I can only imagine what goes through your mind when everything starts to wobble. Hubby was in Japan a few years ago and when a mild earthquake should the office they all ducked under the desks in hard hats then got up again within a few minutes and got straight back to work. To me, that’s another world!

  7. audrey says:

    Earthquakes are nothing to sneeze at! We’ve been through a few in our lifetime here in the area where we live now. Nothing horribly strong, but it never feels good to have your entire house shake and tremble! Glad your casualties were small!:)

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