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Autumn Beauties on an Australian Farm

The sun is shining gloriously today and I am glad. Sometimes rainy days are a comfort, but after a hard-fought emotional battle, the soul needs sunshine.

Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments and emails on my last post. They meant a great deal to me and helped me through the inevitable crash that comes after sharing such things. XO My heart aches for those of you who have gone through similar and much worse abuses. I wish I could hug you tight and hope very much for your healing and peace and courage. I’m so glad that no matter what we’ve gone through, we are not alone. So glad that no matter what painful things happen to us, we can always make something beautiful and wonderful out of our lives. I love you dear, brave souls so much.

After writing that post I went for a long walk with my dogs, Fletcher and Luna. It was an exquisitely beautiful Autumn day with deliciously warm sunshine that illumined the rich colors of this season. Hope you like this stroll through the bush with us. 🙂

Prickly pears are ripe and prolific right now. We have one bush that is at least 30 feet high!!! I think they look like something out of a Dr. Seuss story with their fuchsia fruit and prickles everywhere. 🙂 My friend Ann is going to teach me how to make prickly pear jelly one of these days, and I can’t wait. 🙂

The grasses towered over Luna who stuck close to my heels instead of tearing off into the bush with Fletcher.

We passed a lot of kangaroos and they bounded away after we roused from their naps in the sun-warmed fields. No matter how many times I see them, they always make me grin.

I kept craning my neck to see the trees etched against the brilliant blue sky. I never tire of that sight.

I came across this bush covered in tiny orange fruits almost as hard as a nut. I have no idea what they are – any Aussies out there know?  Whatever they are, they’re gorgeous and so cheery.


I have a few more discoveries to share with you, but I’ll save them for next time. It’s the start of a long weekend and time to get in cozy pjs, pour a glass of wine, and curl up on the couch to watch a movie.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?


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Foam Mattress - I like your pictures! It’s so refreshing, how i love to go there for a great escape away!

Jeanne @ CookSister! - Hey – look at those prickly pears!  They remind me so much of home – South Africa, that is.  When they are in season, you see people by almost every roadside selling big bags of them.  Gorgeous!

Vivon - Wow! Cool pictures, especially the jelly pear. You’re really good at this, looking forward to your next post. Cheers and Congrats Krista!

Rdpoptart - Kumquats? Love you and your new pup

Ulysses S. Rant - Indeed, K – the soul always needs sunshine! That’s why I’m glad you’re on the right side of the equator now. 🙂

Amy @ Seven Grey Sweaters - I just want to say: KANGAROOS! Wow! (I’m sure like everything, you get used to that, but it sure seems exotic to me!) 

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Mary Bergfeld - I am glad you have found ways to relieve your stress. The photos you take on your walks are beautiful. I’ll wager those dogs are good company. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

Neil1964 - Glad to hear that your getting your dose of sunshine. Your little pup is so so cute krista. does she chase the roo’s ?…………….oh hey save some of that jelly for me.

Joanne - Those orange fruits look to me like persimmons! But they’re the heart shaped kinds (hachiyas) which means you can’t eat them plain but you can bake with them!  The more round ones are perfect for nibbling on. 🙂

I’m so glad to hear you’re feeling better!  Walking always clears my mind.  And I’m sure adorable dogs would as well!

Andrea and John - Aww – Fletcher is SO cute!!

TuulaR - Just finished reading your last post… made my heart hurt for you but also very glad to hear that you are finding your strength.  You are such a special & wonderful person Krista, and so giving to be sharing all the beauty you do on your blog… Thinking of you across the miles 🙂  ps. Luna is such a gorgeous dog… that photo really brought a smile to my face this morning!

Krista -  My dear Ann, how grateful I am for your wonderful friendship and wisdom. 🙂 Thank you for loving me and cheering me on and helping me through the dark bits. 🙂 xo

Krista -  Me too, Ayngelina! The color alone makes me happy. 🙂

Krista -  Thank you so much, Lael. I feel so lucky to live here. 🙂 I will definitely share our prickly pear jelly adventures. 🙂

Ann Hill - Dear Krista, your pictures always amaze, soothe and delight me. So glad you are feeling more at peace, your heart knows the truth and the truth will set you free. 

Ayngelina - I LOVE cactus pear!

Lael Hazan @educatedpalate - Lovely landscapes and I’m glad to hear of your walk.  I’ve always wanted to make prickly pear jelly so I look forward to your writing about it.  Today we are having a “grey” day.  You are correct, the soul does need sunshine.

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