Friday, October 7, 2011

Spring is coming to The Gardens

This is an amazing time of year up at The Gardens!

The weather alternates between bright sunny days where lounging on the beach is essential, and brooding stormy weather where you appreciate the library!

There is nothing quite like sitting in the lounge at night, with the lights out and watching the rain sweep across the Bay of Fires with lightning illuminating the scene and thunder rumbling.

The next day, the only evidence of its passing is the occasional broken branch. The sun is out again, the beach has been swept clean, not a footprint mars its surface until you tread. And you never know what's been thrown up on the beach by the storm.

It's also time to head down onto the flats and begin looking for the native orchids as they emerge. These are amazingly beautiful and delicate, they are also small, often no more than 100mm high, but you'll be kneeling down and admiring them ...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Gardens in midwinter

The weather in Victoria is currently showing all the signs of a throwback to the 1970s. I was at high school in Victoria back then, and vividly remember the weeks of unrelieved grey skies and rain "easing to intermittent showers."

In this context, it was great (if a little disheartening - I want to be there!) to receive this photo, fresh off the camera phone from Jem, currently staying at The Gardens. It's a north-eastwards view from the back veranda of The Gardens house.

If you click on the photo to see the larger version, you can even see a boat right on the horizon ...

About the only people who could not appreciate this picture are the surfing crowd, but that's more common to the south. About 500m south. I think even I can walk that!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Views of The Gardens

Tony and Donna stayed at The Gardens house in March this year and they put together this video of stills they took while staying.

It's a great collection of the sights in the area and has a couple of shot inside the house.

Hope you like it, and many thanks to Tony and Donna for the video.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Music comes back to St Helens

Well, it never really left, but this is worth mentioning. The Bay of Fires Blues on April 24 and 25th.

Tom Richardson is well known now on the mainland and has really been impressing people for the past few years. Annie Piper too, is a young talent who has been making a name for herself.

All credit for Steve at Crossroads Wine Bar for pulling this together. You can get more information at