It is some time since I've participated in Green Thumb Sunday and partly I blame winter. This photo was taken in July (around the 10th of July I think). It is outside the lodge at Perisher in the Snowy Mountains and I'm sharing with you the Eucalyptus Pauciflora - known to all as Snow Gums. Simple, huh. To my knowledge, someone please correct me if I'm wrong, they are the only Eucalyptus which grows in the snow in Australia. They don't grow very tall and they almost always have some wavy motion going on with their trunks and branches. We love them. We planted a pauciflora in the first garden I created in Canberra. However, they are very slow growing and even though I lived in that house/garden for 9 years, when we left it was still only up to a tall man's shoulder.
You may wonder why the children are gathered outside the lodge in their pyjamas (?) - it is probably about 7:30am and we intrepid and foolish members have gathered for the pyjama race - almost all the kids in the lodge participated but only about half of the adults (our race was later). When it was my turn, the laughter (my own) seriously impeded my setting a personal best (code for I came last). Nonetheless, despair no, I live to contend again!
Then we finished off the week-long holiday in the snow with a ski race down the Rollercoaster at Blue Cow Mountain. Here's a shot of the course from about half way down.
There was plenty of snow this year. Earlier I fretted about the effect of the drought on our ski fields. And seriously, how much longer do we have to ski in Australia? My children are 9 and 5 - will they still be skiing as adults? I know it is a trivial question compared to the other impacts of climate change. And I know too, the time for worrying is past. It's time now to be part of the solution and we, in our family, are all thinking about it. Not now, but maybe later, I'll post about it. How can I not? Take a look at this, which was posted by Hills and Plains Seedsavers. It shows photos of the Hume Weir, which is an enormous dam where the meltwaters from the Snowy Mountains are stored and which subsequently flow into the Murray river to water agricultural lands and the major city of Adelaide. Doesn't look too good.
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