Monday, November 25, 2013

Africa memories & Jacaranda trees....


They say that certain sights and smells can trigger childhood memories, whenever we visit areas in Perth where the streets are lined with Jacaranda trees like the avenue above in Hyde Park yesterday, it makes me think of growing up in Africa, very happy memories. When we arrived in Rhodesia, or Zimbabwe as it is now I was just a tot :) we lived there for ten years before moving up to Zambia. I found this short video (super soundtrack) showing a fabulous Jacaranda lined road in Salisbury, now Harare, I think I remember it :)) the bottom two shots are some of the lovely old and not so old cottages around Hyde Park.. Hope you've had or are having a good weekend, take care.....




33 comments:

  1. Nice park with lovely old trees....i like these pictures very much.

    Greetings from Holland, Joop

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  2. Oh, I love the Jacaranda trees!! I haven't seen any here in the northwest, but when I lived in Mexico they were everywhere and it was heavenly!! Such beautiful, colorful captures for the day, Grace!! Great to be able to enjoy spring/summer sights on your blog when it is very chilly and windy here in Portland today!! Thanks for the "warmer upper"!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  3. Memories are very powerful. A smell, an image, a sound... and suddenly you're transported back.

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  4. What a gorgeous area, Grace! And what looks like a magnificent spring day. It is -5˚C here today but at least it is sunny.

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  5. It's funny, the things that can trigger our memories.

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  6. I can see why those trees would impress you. They are beautiful. Enjoy your spring and summer.

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  7. No trees like that here, looks like you could climb them fairly well.

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  8. Found your blog through Occasional Toronto I great photos will be following you

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  9. The trees are so pretty. I also like the red/pink house.

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  10. Jacarandas! They do make me feel very nostalgic too for a childhood in Zimbabwe :-)
    Beautiful photos, Grace!

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  11. These trees - and your captures of them - are so beautiful, I would love to wander amongst them! You must have amazing childhood memories from Zimbabwe and Zambia. What an amazing journey life can be!:)

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  12. Jacaranda trees are beautiful! I also remember them from Mozambique and South Africa.

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  13. The Jacaranda trees are beautiful where ever they are. They look especially good lining streets. Have you ever read Diane's blog "My Life in Charente" and "Life Before Charente" she was from Rhodesia.

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  14. I love the Jacaranda trees Grace, thank you for sharing your memories and reminding me of yet another lovely area of Perth! Joy x

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  15. Beautiful, and so different from the trees here.

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  16. Those first two shots have got to be the prettiest location I have seen in a long time.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  17. Interesting how scenes (and even smells) can trigger memories. beautiful trees.

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  18. I thought they were natives of China. Ok, maybe native of Africa then. Nope, South America. A jacaranda is to be mentioned in one my posts soon.

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  19. If I remember correctly the Jacaranda trees lined the route from the airport (when it was Salisbury!). I see that the old cottages have satellite dishes on the roof! Enjoy your week.

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  20. And every cottage with a satellite dish. Something had to balance the irregular beauty of the trees.

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  21. Jacaranda trees have always made me smile, but I've never seen so many together. Lovely.

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  22. A world traveller, yet always in the sunshine!
    Love those old homes, any going free....?

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  23. Interesting you grew up in Africa. I once read when you have lived in the tropics as a child, you always have fond memories and a homesickness to the old times when you were young. Nice that the yacaranda brings back your longing.

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  24. We have jacaranda trees here in Arizona and they have to be one of my favorite trees. I love to see them bloom in the spring.

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  25. What beautiful trees, and the area must be breathtakingly lovely when the trees are in bloom. I've visited South Africa twice and loved the people and the country!!

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  26. Parks and boulevards lined with jacoranda trees reminds me of November visits to Buenos Aires, where my son lives.

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  27. G'day Grace, it's hot and humid here on the east coast today but we've had some lovely rain over the past few days.
    One of my best-besties was raised in Africa and came out here when she was 16. She has amazing memories and shares them sometimes, but we'll never put on Out of Africa again when we have movie night, she cried the whole time :( and then I did too....
    Aren't the Jacarandas just gorgeous?!

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  28. Oh my what beautiful colors. Especially love the top photo. Enjoyed reading about the places you have lived...filled with happy memories!

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  29. Awesome trees!I love the second composition, an amazing postcard!
    Léia

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  30. Hi, Grace. These are BEAUTIFUL. I'm in South Africa at present, for a dozen more days. The early summer scenes are gorgeous, even though today I am sitting in the lounge of a lovely Drakensberg hotel while it rains. I won't be visiting and commenting much until I get back to the USA. Be well!

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  31. Awwww... beautiful, Grace! And, yes, smells.... memories...

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