Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

I am back.

Thank you all so much for your supportive comments on my last post.  I really appreciated them all.

My break whizzed past.  It was busy and full of grief, laughter, confusion, beauty and ugliness.  A bit like life really.  I am still wobbly physically and emotionally but have pulled up my big girl panties.

Two bloggers I knew, followed and cherished died last month.  Jacqueline from Cranky Bar, and Arija from garden delights.  I will miss them both, and am so grateful that our paths crossed in cyber space.  They enriched my world.  Closer to home my eldest brother's mother-in-law also died.  She, Jacqueline and Arija are now free of pain.  All those they touched and those they loved are glad that their pain is over, but we feel the pain of their loss.  Pain shared across the world.

While I was away from the blogosphere I continued to volunteer on the crisis line and donate to the Early Morning Centre which provides support for the homeless.  Negative impacts from world-wide confusion, anxt and ugliness have been and continue to be felt.

I have been reading (of course), gardening (of course) and doing a little long over-due decluttering.  And some cleaning.  Himself's sister is coming to stay with us later this month.  She is coming to see Enlighten 2017 and the Balloon Spectacular.   I understand she also wants to see the National Botanic Gardens, the Arboretum, an exhibition at the National Gallery, visit some friends (she went to University here), have a kangaroo fix and go on a lake cruise.  Which sounds like a busy five or six days to me, but I am told her itinerary is sketchy and will fill up later... Photos from at least some of these excursions will follow.

Sadly it seems that my smaller portion is going to sign up (if he can) for yet more abdominal surgery.  The hernia repair has broken down, and there are more too.  One huge one, and several smaller ones.  Not life threatening, but unpleasant and uncomfortable.  I suspect I would have called it a day by now, but he has not, and it is his body.  So he is agitating for a return to the specialist.  Sigh.

The weather has been challenging.  Hot, and sometimes very hot.  Not unexpected for summer even if neither my body nor I like it.  We have had some record breaking heat and last week one morning there was snow less than sixty miles away.  We didn't get the snow, but had a cool night (with single digit temperatures) before racketing up to another 35C/95F day.  At the moment there are  BIG temperature swings.  And some rain would be more than welcome.

You will be shocked and surprised to learn I have turned to nature for solace, healing and delight.




There are no fairies in the bottom of my garden, but there are naked ladies...


The birds continue to give us joy.  I can't tell you how much time we 'waste' each day watching them.

It was nice to know that sometimes light as a feather isn't light enough.  This corella came in to land on a very slender branch...



And overbalanced.



We laughed.  Just the same, corellas are beautiful birds.  And rock blue eyeshadow.


The King Parrots are back too.  They are very low in the avian pecking order and most birds can bully them off the feeders.  They have found a way round that problem though.






Nothing challenges them when they are standing on our hands or our arms.  They make it very clear when they want feeding too.

In other news I am off to the dentist shortly.  Wish me luck.







Monday, 30 January 2017

Dual Purpose Post

Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast.  A big thank you to everyone who has stepped up and provided the prompts to keep it going.
 
At the moment it looks like this.
 

January 2017:  Granny Annie provided the prompts, and they were excellent and got some new people playing - which is lovely.

February 2017:  We are coming full circle and Delores will post the prompts on her blog. 

March 2017:  River is providing the prompts on her blog.

April 2017:  Lee has joined us in providing the prompts.  They will appear on her blog.

May 2017:  I will be providing the prompts here.

June 2017:  The prompts will be here again, but provided by Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulton.  Her prompts will include photographs taken by her friend Bill.

Thank you one and all.  Margaret and Sue have generously provided me with sufficient prompts for two months, but as always I am hunting for more people to contribute.  If you are able to do so, please leave a note in the comments, suggesting which month you are able to provide prompts.

The other issue is less positive.  I am feeling physically, emotionally and mentally sore, tired and overwhelmed and have decided to take a break.  I will be back in March, if not before.  I will miss you, but need to find some equilibrium again.  Take care of your important selves and have fun.   





Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday Selections #312

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week? Beauty.  Moving from delicate to dramatic and back to delicate again.


Starting with delicate.





Starting with a hoya - which a blogger told me looked like cake decorations.  And I would agree.  Very, very pretty cake decorations.
 

 And then to a double lilium.  I do love its blushing pink petals.

Then to a blazing sunset which had me, the smaller portion and a new neighbour standing in the road.









And back to a subtler kind of beauty.  Our honesty (lunaria) plants have gone to seed.  The seed pods don't look like much, but the outside cover peels away to reveal perfect silver discs...


 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sunday Selections #311

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  I also have my birthday in January.  Not a significant one, and much lower key than the smaller portion's this year.  But lovely just the same.


Starting with a gift he gave me.  Seen from the front, it is a glass fountain.  Seen from the back?  Meaningless cuts and notches in a glass pyramid.  I am in awe that anyone thought of it, and was able to execute it.



The day itself was hot.  Very hot.  The weather boffins promised us 37C (98.6F) but they lied.  By midday we were already on 38.9C (102.2F).  Given that my sweet spot is about 14C (57.2F) I was a sad and soggy person.  And yes, I do know that quite a lot of Oz gets hotter and was hotter, but MS thrives in the heat and summer is always difficult for me.

Just the same, we went for a drive to see how the kangaroos were faring in the heat.  

They were smart.  Their normal haunts were deserted and we finally tracked a few down deep in the shade.





We didn't disturb them, and left them in peace.

Sadly, on Friday 13th my city was hit with a windstorm.  A big windstorm.  Trees came crashing down, and it was very evident in the park the kangaroos inhabit.  It was too hot that day to get out and take photos but we went back a few days later.

By the time we returned lots of the damage had been cleared away.  There is more work to be done though and the scent of eucalptus from the downed branches was thick and heavy.







    
The kangaroos didn't care, and neither did a pair of red-rumped parrots (who were keeping their rumps hidden).  It is a lovely area and I hope it recovers quickly.





  

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Selections #310

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  Those of you who saw my last post will not be surprised I am returning to the zoo.  


On our final morning at the zoo we were given a lavish breakfast before heading off on the second zoo tour.  I am not a big breakfast eater and wandered outside onto the terrace.  Despite the cloud and the early hour it was already hot.


Looking down from the terrace I could see into the white lion's enclosure.  They were up, but not moving fast.

First Jake* appeared, and ambled out of sight.  (* The guides called the animals by name when they were talking to or about them - which I liked.  They obviously had an emotional commitment to the animals in the zoo - which I loved.)



Then it was Mishka's turn.  She wandered down to the water's edge.









Then she too wandered under the overhang of the terrace and out of sight.  A few minutes later I heard noises behind me.

Turning around I discovered that Mishka had brought her ball to us.  It seems that their den is under the overhanging terrace and off it is the small enclosure you see in the next photos.  Do I like seeing anything behind bars?  No.  The difference on this occasion is that Mishka chose to be there, and could leave at any time.






And bars or not, she appeared to be completely relaxed.  Which was lovely.