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Friday, May 26, 2017

Celebrate the small things: a bit of greenery

Cities are not typically associated with trees. I know most cities have parks and they have trees, but, for me anyway, when I think of cities I think of tall buildings and lots of cars of people. Noise, street signs, advertising, busyness etcetera, which I think is the reason I like Darwin. Darwin doesn't really feel like a city.

There are tall buildings: offices, hotels and apartments, and there are cars and people, but not many. It's pretty quiet all around. It's also quite green. Our street, which is a short narrow one running between two main streets, has trees and even a grass verge to separate the sidewalk from the road. The two aforementioned streets are lined with trees, serious trees: large and leafy ones which overhang the road and provide shade for the smokers.

Darwin is a green city. During the dry season ubiquitous built-in irrigation systems sustain the faunic (another new word there - when will this end?) thirst, and of course when the rains come, the city shifts to a whole new level of green.

Finally, this week, I am thankful for the arrival of green into our apartment. Jessie decided we needed some plants on the balcony because, she said, it will help keep the apartment cool - even though that's what the air conditioning is for (I didn't say). I like the plants because they make this place feel like a home instead of a hotel apartment.

I reckon out of everything you can do to make a house feel like a home, adding plants is right up there. What do you think?

10 comments:

  1. I sure do miss green things. We have little gardens with trees and hedges in front of our apartment buildings, but overall our green is in small bits. I used to put plants in my US apartment -- but only plastic ones. I'd kill everything else... Have a good weekend!

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  2. I kill plants too, so their survival is Jessie's responsibility. One which she happily takes on.

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  3. I do love to be surrounded by nature. Plants are a wonderful addition. Darwin sounds absolutely lovely, so many cities are just concrete jungles these days. Thanks for visiting my blog, always good to connect with new people. I bet your daughter loved that purple room!

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    1. If you can handle the heat, then Darwin is great. Thank you also for visit.

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  4. Green does add a zest of life and calmness. How lovely to have such huge trees growing on your street!

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    1. I'll let you in on something. Our apartment building is called Zest.

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  5. I'm always happy to celebrate a bit of nature. I've just finished working on a project that celebrated urban woodland - I DO love a tree!

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    1. Who doesn't love trees? I wouldn't go as far as to hug one, but I love them too.

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  6. Those indoors plants help filter household air, so it's a win-win. And they add moisture, which in a dry climate can't hurt. I've been adding some to my home for the same reason. Good you have Jessie to take care of them! Nice to learn a bit more about Darwin...

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