Although August is still officially the last month of winter in my eyes it has all the hallmarks of spring; the birds are tweeting their love from the branches, flowers have emerged amongst the verdant green of the luxuriant weed growth replacing the dry barren brown of summer and autumn, and the wattle is in bloom. Wattle, or acacia as it is 'officially known', has many species abundant in Australia.
In my childhood my aunt, who lived over the country road, had a huge wattle tree that was a picture of yellow in spring. My one attempt to bring a small branch indoors was met with the rebuff, "Don't bring wattle inside, it brings bad luck!" In my maturer years I believe that the bad luck was asthma or hayfever that some members of my family suffer from. Wattle never affected me! Today I have a small branch indoors bringing a touch of sunshine into the room.
As the rainfall in the mid-west has been amply sufficient for the farmers' crops, it has brought added benefits to the area. A wild-flower season exceeding all expectations. While we do not have many wild flowers, such as orchids or wreath flowers, or even paper daisies in the vicinity, we do have a yellow flower closely resembling the dandelion family, but which at the moment has created a virtual yellow carpet brightening the paddocks and creating a feeling of well-being to us humans.
One wattle tree that suffered what was meant to be a debilitating pruning only caused it to flower more prolifically in its chosen spot at the base of a white-barked gum tree; a picture that only nature can paint.
Today the sun is shining brightly, there is a warmth in the air only present in spring; a promise of warm weather but not a threat of stifling heat, and although the ants are busily mounding up their doorways in anticipation of rain, today is a day to better no other. It is indeed great to be alive in the mid-west of Australia.
It is easy to see why the national colours of Australia are green and gold!