Summer is almost over, here in the southern hemisphere, and I'm beginning to already feel autumn in the air.
My favourite season is most definitely autumn. This February has indeed been the season of mists because of the many days of rain so far.
None the less, we've had the odd sun shower and much humidity and the gardens are seeming to thrive on this unlikely mixture of weather.
Yesterday afternoon, Little Miss Seven danced in an afternoon rain shower while visiting her uncle at his new house and picked an exotic assortment of flowers.
She left them at our house last night and this morning I couldn't bear to throw them out so arranged an outdoor bowl of flowers.
But now I'm facing a dilemma; I love to have decorative bowls around the garden, filled with water.
This one catches drips from the garden tap on our front verandah. I know water attracts snakes to the garden but I haven't worried too much about this as in our fifteen years living here we have seen maybe one or two. I've figured that the benefits of having water for other wildlife outweigh the risks. That is, until today...when I spotted the largest, sleekest, blackest, red belly black snake in my entire life(and believe me, I've seen a few) in my front garden. Now I have to rethink this practise - at least until the weather cools.