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  From our Penrith apartment we can hear and catch a glimpse of the trains (as we could from our Blue Mountains home).  We know them by their different "voices" -- suburban trains, intercity trains, freight trains, Bathurst bullet train, the Indian Pacific and Dubbo XPT.   My husband's favourite is the XPT which passes through Penrith around 8:00am each day and returns around 8:00pm. Nearly every day for the past 30 years he has suggest catching the XPT out to Dubbo 'one day'.  We did back in 2009 and it was time to do it again this week.  The countryside was spring green with all the rivers and creeks full. Around Wellington we caught the canola fields in flower too.  A great trip.  We must do it again 'one day'.  
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More rain

  In this photo you'll see that some of the trees are "drowning".  This is my favourite Windermere Dam and it is now 87% full!  They have stopped releasing water downstream for a while because the river is sodden and further downstream Burrendong Dam is 133% full. There is flooding out that way (Wellington and Dubbo) again this weekend. We have never seen this dam so high, hence trees that are usually on dry land are being inundated.  The islands in the lake have disappeared and as we drive past it's interesting to see water now reaching into unexpected places. I have to keep my wits about me when driving the local roads these days, there are pot holes galore.  The council is doing a wonderful job of maintenance but they can't keep up with the constant damage. The Bureau of Meteorology says the big wet is going to continue a while longer.   That means fast growing green grass and lots of mowing again this season.  None to worry, it is going to be a lot easier  wit


  There was another nice surprise in the garden this week.  A bunch of hyacinths beneath a rose bush have flowered this year.  The garden is alive with lots of different blue-purple flowers at the moment.  And there are bees everywhere. Now that had me wondering whether bees have a preference for purple flowers so I looked it up and this is what I found "It seems bees, especially honey bees are born attracted to the colour purple. Flowers in the blue-violet range produce the most nectar." The clumps of always reliable grape hyacinth are also in flower.

Hello Spring

  Isn't it great that in the windy tunnels between tall buildings spring still manages to burst out.  This the courtyard in our apartment complex this weekend.

A surprise

Our first year at home in Kandos there were daffodils in the garden.  Then the drought came and there have been almost no blooms for the next three years, just leaves.  So you can imagine my surprise and delight to find a host of golden daffodils appear this year.  Two years ago tulips flowered in this garden bed but it isn't looking hopeful for any this year.  Gardens are mostly a mystery to me, so always a bit of a surprise. With spring around the corner the world always looks brighter so I will hang in with the blog a while longer. Thanks for your encouragement to continue.


I have been gone for quite a while because my life has been a bit of a muddle lately.  I am still figuring out the rhythm of things now we have the home unit in Penrith.  I am also debating whether I want to continue with social media.   We decided to take a break from it all and escape to Kiama for a couple of days.    

City vs Country

  Have you seen the spectacular sunsets lately? I caught this one yesterday evening at Kandos. I didn't post last week because I am spending quite a lot of time in our Penrith apartment and always have trouble seeing photos in the city. Perhaps as I get out walking more I will find things that excite my eye. And I am ever hopeful that in the Spring we might get away Sweet Wayfaring again.