Today, I thought I might do an experiment and try posting a short video of the irrepressible one. I have no idea whether the file is too big for readers to view, so your feedback would be very much appreciated. The irrepressible one is of course my little dog, Ama. When she wants her dinner, she engages in some remarkable attention seeking behaviour. What do you think? Should we surrender to her will?
March — Australia creeps toward lockdown. The weather is good but.
Warning: this story contains many bird and nature photos.
It seems an age ago that the smoke of bushfires polluted my lungs and we hunkered down for the summer in our small abode. Then the drought broke and the new corona virus reached our shores, causing chaos and disruption, and threatening to kill a generation. I confess that my summer experience made me hyper-vigilant for danger. Like the virus, my preparations and anxieties gathered momentum as March marched in. Read more
It seems an age ago that the aphids were attacking my newly sprouted garlic chives. Now as autumn makes its long anticipated appearance in the temperate areas of Australia, the black aphids are back. This time they are attacking a beautiful succulent that my friend gave me last year. The ants are milking the aphids for honeydew. It is a good system. Read more
For Sunshine’s Macro Monday #32
It was a public holiday in Canberra today to mark the anniversary of the official naming of Australia’s national capital in 1913. And a beautiful day it was. It is such a privilege to live in this gorgeous city. As well as being the seat of the Federal government, Canberra is the home to a number of research institutions and universities, so we have an abundance of very clever people living here. Some of those people have developed and maintain the Canberra Nature Map, an online map of Canberra’s diverse flora and fauna. It is a live map updated regularly by members. As a result of this wonderful resource, we now know the name of the funky fly I posted photos of recently (see original post). Read more
My contribution to Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30.
Hello readers, you all know how I love to share my True Love’s beautiful photos. He took this photo a couple of months ago. The photo was lovely in colour but someone else invited me to participate in a monochrome photo challenge, so I played around and converted it to B&W. I’m not sure if B&W conversion is allowed in macro photography? Any idea?
Anyway it was a very windy day so the photo is a little blurry, but still turned out nice, don’t you think?
I am not a curious person, ladies and gentlemen, so it is well that I ended up sharing my life with my True Love and that we had two lovely, inquisitive boys. It is a truism, but without them, I would be the lesser.
There is much to be learnt from the curiosity of children. Read more
January 2020 — Not your average month. In aridity, smoke and fire, we excel.
Watering park trees.
Wish someone would water me. Read more
Too many posts from me lately, ladies and gentlemen. Not sorry. Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is masterpiece. I thought I would join in, because I can. I’ve written some stories and very bad poetry in the past, and dabbled in mosaics. Not every piece has to be a masterpiece. In fact, most of my written pieces are full of grammatical and spelling errors, but you probably already know that. The moral of this story is go where your heart takes you (including to Yass to buy a raffle ticket). Take that logic!
Here’s my Finnish Lapponian Dog mosaic of which I’m very proud. That’s allowed, isn’t it? Months of work were involved so it was very satisfying when I finally got the last tile stuck down and the grouting (approx 5 different colours) finished. Read more
It’s summer in the southern hemisphere. In southeast Australia, it has been a shocker. In Canberra (the nation’s capital), we have had drought, a huge hailstorm and now fire in the Namadgi National Park to the south and west.
We also had a small colony of Little Red Flying Foxes take up residence in one of our town parks. When we first discovered the colony, we asked our son whether we should report it in. He told us that the ACT Government (that’s our local government) most likely already knew about it. They didn’t. Turns out the Little Reds haven’t been seen in Canberra for 23 years. Imagine that! Read more
Namadgi burning / Canberra burning / Australia burning
Sometimes sh*t happens, ladies and gentlemen. Or accidents happen, to be more polite. Canberra’s beloved Namadgi National Park is on fire and the fire is heading towards Canberra’s southern most rural settlement, located just beyond the city proper. It’s just been one day after wretched day for over a month now. Many Canberrans will spend an anxious night and next few days. Some southsiders in the path of the fire have already evacuated. My family lives on the other side of town to the fire. We are fine for now. Read more