Golden Wattle, Head Colds and Distractions

The travel bug has left me, at least for the moment.  Unfortunately it’s been replaced by a nasty head flu bug, that seems to have hit Melbourne with a vengeance.

And we all know the only place you want to be when we’re unwell – BED.

Still, life goes on. Outside winter is slowly drawing to an end.  The cold days are still bloody cold giving way to blossoms and colorful displays and distractions of Spring.

Music is in the air and the wattles are in full bloom.

The wattle tree next door hangs over our gray fence, like a beacon, teasing me with temptations of warmer weather.

In the Main Street our “community” tree has been dressed up once again by keen artistic hands in preparation of the town’s Wattle Festival next Sunday.


It seems like only yesterday this Festival was a big deal and a huge day out for my kids.

These days they’re busy pursuing their own very different interests.

It’s another reminder to me of how quickly the years are flying by, and how important it is to enjoy every fleeting minute.

Harry knows that.

Dogs have an innate way of living in the moment, even though they too can be easily distracted. He sees a rabbit and he’s off.

I’m a pretty focused person but sometimes something comes along that just grabs my attention.

Like this kookaburra.

Seriously, how cute is this guy?

Such a curious and friendly bird who let me get so close to him. I was distracted by him but be sure wasn’t fussed by me.

Then there are those sunsets that always grab our attention. Like this one on the foreshore at 1770 in Queensland.

Of course no distraction is complete without a glass of red to savor as the sun kisses the day goodbye over the horizon.

A warm campfire will always get my attention:  we enjoyed so many camp fires on our recent travels, so many golden sunsets and yes, a few glasses of red as well.

What can I say, if you’re gonna camp, you may as well do it in style!


Ahh, memories … diversions, distractions, and delightful detours. They keep life interesting.

But I digress. What was I saying about music?

Last week, before the flu hit me, I was inspired back to my guitar by my dear lovely friend Deb  from Once Upon a Hot Flush.

Hopefully once I’m better I’ll be back into it, as we collaborate and create more music together from her wonderful poems and songs.


Can’t wait to get my focus back and to share a bit of sunshine with you all.

In the meantime I wish you all a peaceful and focused week ahead.

Sharing for WPC: Ooh shiny
and a late post for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Golden

What about you: what is guaranteed to distract you?


164 thoughts on “Golden Wattle, Head Colds and Distractions

  1. Wow, this post took me to such a peaceful place.. Hope your cold is well on the way of healing, And thank you for introducing me to the wattle tree, And seeing the wonderful crocheting etc that decorated the trees.. Lovely to see..
    Your birds are all amazing and colourful, and nothing finer than finishing off an evening looking at the sunset with a glass of red, or white in your hand LOL 🙂
    The guitar, caught my attention.. I came into possession of one the other year.. And started to learn it.. Then found my hands rather too stiff for some of the chords.. But keep plucking away. Then I came across a Ukulele last week and thought why not.. So I bought it and trying to teach myself.. Shutting myself in a room so as not to disturb the neighbours LOL.. haha.. But having fun with it..
    Will look forward to those future creations of Song with poems etc..
    Have a wonderful weekend.. I have taken time out for a little on WP.. But just had to come and comment upon your lovely post..
    Hugs and Much love to you Miriam ..
    Sue 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you did comment too Sue, so lovely to find a like minded music lover. Yes, the guitar’s a wonderful instrument to play, I’m hardly a pro but I do love tinkering and having a bit of a singalong. That said, it’s not for everyone and sometimes the stretches can be difficult. So good on you for trying the Ukulele, a great compromise. Enjoy learning it. Hope you have lots of fun .
      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Enjoy your Friday and the coming weekend. Big hugs xo

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  2. Cookies distract me, of course. So does the aroma of food being grilled miles away, it seems. The biggest distraction, by far, is my girls. I’ll say you were also a distraction to the kookaburra.

    I’m waiting for the cool down, and you’re ready to heat things up. Is a wattle that tree, or the flower? You’re a world away and a world apart in a lot of ways.

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    1. Hmm, what an interesting comment Eli. Seems that lots of things distract you, as they do me as well.
      Yes, the wattle is the tree that flowers bright yellow at this time of year.
      We’re not that far apart tut know, just a few oceans. 🙂 Always great to hear from you.

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  3. Hi Debbie– sorry to hear your down with a bad cold. Hope that you’re on the mend by the time you get this! I’m sure to be distracted by grand-kids. They live in the moment and drag me along with them! Take care friend! xo

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  4. Oh dear Miri – I hope you’re feeling better.. I love the tree dressing – it was a photo you posted of this that drew me to your blog last year.. Yes – the years are definitely flashing by. As for distractions – blogging is definitely one of my distractions.. and my granddaughters obviously – but a beautiful distraction and one I’m very lucky to have..

    I’ll send you a ‘cheers’ tonight as I hold up my glass of red wine too Miri… Much love and a big hug.. and a ‘virtual handkerchief’ sent across the Ocean..

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    1. Thanks for the hanky Wendy, though I’d settle for a glass of red at the moment, haha. Guess that means I’m getting better.
      Yes, blogging is definitely a distraction and your two beautiful grand daughters, there could be no greater distraction. Happy week ahead to you my friend. xo

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      1. Let’s forget the ‘tea sharing’ – it’ll definitely have to be a bottle of red!! I’m glad you’re on the up! Happy week ahead for you too and enjoy the catch up with your sister on Wednesday.. Big hugs xx

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  5. Hoping you are feeling better by now and finding inspiration in the start of spring. I’m looking around my garden now and can see daffodils, camellias and the magnolia is starting to bud. Take care of yourself.

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    1. I will, thanks Deb. In fact I’m well on the way to being fit and well again. This sunshine today is definitely helping. Time to hit the garden again …. bring on Spring! 🙂🌷

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