Happiness as Anarchy #120: Flower Arrangements

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France has immaculate gardens, exquisitely designed and carefully maintained, delighting the eye in every direction. In addition there is a prolific flower garden with blooms destined for the château. In every room and corridor there are fascinating flower arrangements, every bit as interesting as the furniture… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #120: Flower Arrangements

Happiness as Anarchy #107: Pink Blossom

The prunus (the genus of stonefruit trees: plums, peach, cherry, nectarine, apricot and almonds) are in full bloom, bringing a splash of pink the urban landscape. The trees stand proud, offering their display of pinks to the world, with the promise of delicious fruit in summer and autumn. Exactly which fruit the trees will bear… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #107: Pink Blossom

Happiness as Anarchy #106: Wattle blossom

The wattles are blooming in almost fluorescent yellow in unexpected places. As well as gardens and parkland, where you would expect to find attractive plants, they are waving their flag from train yards, car parks and abandoned lots. And they have the spotlight all to themselves – wattles bloom when not much else does, making… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #106: Wattle blossom

Happiness as Anarchy #100: Backyard Construction

Building things and solving problems makes me happy. The chicken have moved in and seem happy in their new palace. It is a fine construction built with my kids and my dad. To the stranger it may appear to simply be a chicken coop, but I see a memory palace – the day three generations… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #100: Backyard Construction

Happiness as Anarchy #93: New Growth

There was a thick layer of frost on my windscreen this morning, but despite the chill, spring is coming. There are buds about to burst, the first flowers on the stone fruits are out and the grass is growing like crazy. I love the vibrant green of new growth, it holds such promise and hope.… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #93: New Growth

Happiness as Anarchy #79: Succulents

Succulents are so interesting, attractive and tough. I don’t know what any of the ones in my garden are called, mainly because I have picked them up in my travels. A stalk from a roadside here, a bit from someone’s garden there, one from the green waste pile at the tip. You just snap a… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #79: Succulents

Happiness as Anarchy #72: Garden Possibilities

I look out on my new back yard and see a myriad of possibilities. I have inherited two large raised veggie boxes replete with greens and herbs – lettuce, rainbow chard, thyme, parsley, rocket, dill, oregano and other leafy greens – but the rest of the garden is really a blank slate. Flat and north… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #72: Garden Possibilities