It has been an interesting time for tennis fans in Australia as they watched their favourites battle not only with very good opposition, but also with extreme heat at the Australian Open.
This sort of weather is not really what one would expect in Melbourne, even in the middle of summer. This city normally has a rather more friendly climate which is conducive to alfresco dining and long evenings relaxing on the shady, grassy banks of the Yarra River.
Gardeners in the area revel in the conditions that get their veggie patches looking fantastic and fresh tomatoes, corn and spinach are just a fraction of what can be grown and enjoyed during this bountiful season.
This is one of the more unusual things one gets to see and enjoy when touring by bicycle -the many backyards filled with summer vegetable and fruity bounty.
I came across this lovely garden being cared for by a delightful scarecrow during my recent European travels. Someone had a terrific sense of humour and had had a lot of fun creating this tennis champion! (She even has a small yellow ball suspended out from her hand if you look carefully in the photo above!)
Isn’t she a treat? And what an amazing vegetable garden!