It is certainly a truism that it is often the simplest things in life that make us the happiest!
Standing in a friend's garden a few days ago in the soft Autumn light, listening to the muted chattering of the birds, feeling the very slight chill in the air and breathing in the earthy scent of the flowering Camellia bushes, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace and serenity.
There are certain flowers that typify each season for me, and it is the Camellia in its myriad of colours and varieties that I have always associated with early Autumn in Australia.
In the season where most of the flowering trees and plants have dropped all of their flowers and the garden is gearing up for Winter, the Camellias generously burst into bloom, their glossy green leaves supporting masses of exquisite flowers.
Yesterday, while waiting to collect my daughter from a lesson, I grabbed my camera and took a quick walk through one of my favourite botanical haunts, where I knew the Camellias would be putting on a flamboyant show.
They certainly lived up to my expectations! It was a magnificent show, starring the many glorious varieties of these elegant flowers in full bloom!