Yes, it will soon be August and those winds will start to blow. The mornings are cold and the trees are telling me it is almost time for the winds to come as well. The Rain Trees are down to the last leaves and the seed pods, which would have to be the most prolific anywhere. This is Oscar's, our late black labradors, tree. Not full grown as yet but doing well.
This is the tree next door that grows over the fence. It is huge.
Out on the street the Jacarandas are about to drop their leaves as well.
All our other trees, palms, natives, figs etc are evergreens. It is the exotics that show the seasons.
On another note I received a parcel today from Indigo Niche. I can not speak highly enough about the wonderful service they have provided to me. I have been searching the world to buy a speciality fabric for Kogin embroidery. This comes from the region of Japan that was worst affected by the sunami earlier this year and has been impossible to source by the metre. There has been some kits that you can buy on line but no meterage. This company found the fabric, and although I had to buy a bolt (5 metres), they gave me a competitive price.
There are other fabrics that could be substituted but I will teaching this technique in 2012 and I wanted my students to have an authentic experience. If they want to substitute other fabrics in the future that is fine but they will know what the original fabric is like to work with. These classes are part of a series that I have planned that explore needle darning from different regions of the world. Not a hard technique but different cultures have produced many different ways of using it.