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Golden Sunset

Carlos Santana stated, ‘There is never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same’.

Whilst I totally agree with him, I find all those individual scenes breathtaking, moving and heartwarming. I do remember watching this sunset enthralled with disbelief at how beautiful it was.

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A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night. ~ Crystal Woods

Heart shaped vine leaf

I took a photo of this delightful heart shaped leaf or Tinospora cordifolia. Isn’t it a lovely and perfect heart shape?

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Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary. ~ M J Korvan

Classic Restoration

My neighbour enjoys restoring vintage and classic cars and flat bed trucks. He managed to find a 1950s 3100 Chevrolet Pickup and instead of repairing and spray painting it to the usual glossy sheen, he decided instead to keep many of the features of its former life.

He sanded the paintwork back and painted the bodywork a burnished colour of red-brown more times than anyone wanted to count. Take note of the unusual word ‘Toxic,’ which is engraved on the fold-down back panel. This is what it looks like currently.

If you look closely at the metal roof above the back window, you will notice a definite dent. The Chevy had a custom bed cover that would fly up when travelling over rough ground and would leave a deeper dent every time. He liked the idea of the dent and decided not to fix it, as, to his way of thinking, it adds character, and he also left other minor dents along the roof. He also removed the bed cover to give the appearance of an open trailer.

There are running boards under either side of the doors.

Just behind the passenger door, is a fixed bottle opener in bright yellow and is labelled, ‘Shell.’ It was an added attachment when he bought the old Chevy. A unique feature!

There is a front sun visor just above the dual windows and a single windscreen wiper on the driver’s side window.

The tray at the back has semi-polished wooden boards with matt-finished steel strip inserts running across the board. An old metal trunk is nestled just under the back window.

The chrome door handles are horizontal and just below the handle is the key hole to unlock the truck.

Only an expert and talented restorer would have the courage and original idea of keeping many of the interesting features of a classic vehicle like this.

No doubt, the restoration has been a labour of love!

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We all have our time machines.

Some take us back; they’re called memories.

Some take us forward; they’re called dreams.

~ Jeremy Irons

Calliandra haematocephala

Calliandra haematocephala, otherwise known as the Pink powder puff plant always draws my eyes everytime I walk by it. Even the leaves are appealing.

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If you can learn to use your mind as well as your powder puff, you will become more truly beautiful. ~ Sophia Loren

Matchstick bromeliad

Aechmea gamosepala or matchstick bromeliad look striking with the pink and blue colours. I found them fascinating!

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Where flowers bloom, so does hope. ~ Lady Bird Johnson

Banksias

The Heath-leaved banksia ericifolia or lantern banksia, are a colourful delight when in bloom.

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If speaking kindly to plants makes them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do. ~ Cindy Mangomini

Leucospermum cordifolium

Leucospermum cordifolium belongs to the protea family, of which there are 48 varieties. I was fascinated at seeing this unusual variety and particularly like the red, ribbon-like feature on the flower. I plan to get a plant from the nursery to grow in my garden.

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A wiseman does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices for what he has.

~ Epictetus

Autumn Magic

The colours of autumn leaves never fail to delight me.

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Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. ~ Emily Brontë

Bell tree dahlias

Dahlia Imperialis or Bell tree dahlia grow to a height of 8 – 10 feet. Hence, the upward camera angle. I noticed a host of bees swarming around the flowers. Aren’t they a pretty pink colour?

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Vegetables feed the body, flowers feed the soul. ~ Unknown

Peek-a-boo with the moon

I just had to stop and get this shot of the rising moon.

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The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course. But by its very nature it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished. ~ Deng Ming-Dao

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