Hi Ho, It’s Off To Tea We Go

I’ve been invited to Su’s virtual tea party today.  We all have actually.  I thought I should take something tasty to contribute, but unfortunately I lost track of time, so I had to throw something together at the last moment.   Su (at Zimmerbitch) has gone to a lot of effort though, so you should pop over to see what she has made and have a chat.

I find I like these virtual afternoon teas.  I don’t have to clean up for visitors.  I just have to arrange some artful background for the food photos.  Nevertheless, even this minimal organisation was difficult because the dining table had been commandeered by my True Love for his home office.  I’ve decided I need to go shopping (online?) for an outdoor cafe table so that I can have our virtual afternoon tea photos in the garden.  I could make a table, but you know, time constraints.  I digress. Read more

My Day

As many of my regular readers will know, I am quite an introvert.  So you would think self-isolation would suit me well, but even I am struggling.  My True Love and I have had a few tense moments too.  As we have no known cases of active Covid-19 infections in my fair city, restrictions were eased somewhat last weekend.  It is a tricky time.   Physical-distancing fatigue is definitely an issue for a significant proportion of Aussies.  Needing to protect vulnerable family members, among others, our family took cautious advantage of the relaxation of the lockdown rules to catch up with family on Mothers Day. Read more

The Changing Seasons – April 2020

April 2020 (Autumn in Australia) — Canberra Walks Off The Covid-19 Crisis.

Never have so many Canberrans taken to the streets.  Not to protest, but to walk.

It rained.  The sun shone.  An urban forest revived after drought; too late for some trees.  Spring migrants like the Caper White butterfly feasted on autumn weeds.  Little dumpies (Diplodium truncatum) emerged from leaf litter to greet the day and would-be pollinators.  And the people came in their hundreds to traipse over woodland and reserve, grateful for the reprieve from summer’s hell, as they waited for the virus nightmare to end. Read more

Home Art

Are you being driven to abstraction by home confinement?  What do you do if you have the concentration span of a gnat?  I have been fiddling around with photo editing and walking.  More on the walking part later, but for now, what?  Oh yes, photo editing.  Home has become a canvas for my creative endeavours.  Hope you like black and white. Read more

The Early Bird

I’m not a morning (photography) person.  In the morning, I am usually pretending to be too busy doing stuff to be wasting my time taking photos.  So consequently when I checked my photo archive for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge — Morning, my morning photos were few and far between.  I normally start to take a few photos around midday, you know, to further avoid actually doing anything “productive”.  My photography tempo picks up early afternoon, peaking between 3.30pm and sunset.  That’s because by 3.30pm, I’ve convinced myself that it is now too late to actually do anything concrete, for example, like starting work on whatever art project I happen to be contemplating at the time.  Read more

Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge #5

Welcome to Week 5 of my Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge.  Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers.  So check out your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

Over 170,000 people have died from Covid-19 since December 2019, and yet, I can still enjoy this little corvid challenge.  There’s something about minutely concentrating on one thing and just one thing that helps me keep my sanity.  It is a triumph of bravado over pessimism.  So are you ready?  Let’s go corvid-hunting. Read more

Cuppa?

Today my whanau, Su of Zimmerbitch is hosting a virtual tea party, and since this is the first time in about two years that I have been able to see the top of my dining table, I thought I would join in.  If you would like to join in too, please check out Su’s original post.

Today, I am keeping it relatively simple and have made a chocolate thingy.  I melted some chocolate and butter together and mixed these with some chopped rice cakes, dried fruit, nuts and shredded coconut, then let it harden in the fridge.  Simple and tasty if you are suffering from pandemic hunger pangs.  However, it is very rich, so to clear the palate, I am also serving freshly brewed coffee, ginger nuts (biscuits) and Anzac biscuits. Read more

Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge #4

Welcome to Week 4 of my Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge.  Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers.  So check out your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

Corvid-spotting is as good a game as any at the moment.  I’m not one for house cleaning or Netflix watching during this Covid-19 killing time.  Corvid-spotting is tricky because the raven is the only corvid in my village and it has been proving rather elusive.  I confess that sometimes when I am feeling rather down, I’ve been inclined to abandon this challenge, but I know you are all counting on it (like not) so I have to keep trying.  Trying to keep living, trying to keep my spirits up, etc, etc, is the story of my life at the moment; just keep going until I can’t go on anymore.  Maybe that’s your story too? Read more

Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge #3

Welcome to Week 3 of my Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge.  Corvids are birds belonging to the Corvidae family, encompassing ravens, crows, magpies, jays and nutcrackers.  So check out your corvid photo, poetry, music and story archives and join the challenge.

My son, the naturalist, tells me there are two types of corvids in Canberra, Australia —   the Australian Raven and the Little Raven.  He also tells me they are about the same size and he can’t tell them apart.  I don’t know about you, ladies and gentlemen, but I find that a tad confounding. Read more