Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday Selections #409

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.  Not so much this week.  It is hot, I am tired (and still battling the sinus infection).  So please bear with me.


The liliums in the garden are in full bloom.   Some of them are so heavy with flowers that they droop and have to be picked (which is not a problem).




  
A solitary foxglove and hippeastrum are also flowering.




And there are a kazillion (conservatively speaking) weeds.  I weed for an hour or so most mornings (before it gets too hot).  The weeds grow 24 hours a day which explains the losing battle.

Still in the garden (but not grown by me) I was fascinated by this lichen.




We continue to feed the birds and can now hand feed king parrots, a corella, a crimson rosella and a cockatoo.  



The sky continues to delight me.




And just one more shot this week.  This is a light I noticed in a newly opened restaurant.  I thought it look like a dandelion ready to be blown - or is that just me.



Enjoy your week. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Where are the Words for Wednesday

Thank you so much for your generous response to my request for hosts for this meme.  We have the year to come filled!!!

December 2018:  River will be hosting on her blog.
January 2019:  lissa will be hosting on her blog. 

February 2019River will be hosting on her blog. 

March 2019Delores will be hosting on her blog. 

April 2019messymimi will be hosting on her blog. 

May 2019Margaret Adamson, and her friend Sue Fulcher (published here).  
June 2019:  I will provide the prompts  
July 2019:   Wisewebwoman will be hosting on her blog.
August 2019River will be hosting on her blog. 

September 2019Delores will be hosting on her blog.  
October 2019Margaret Adamson, and her friend Sue Fulcher (published here)

November 2019:  Me again.
 December 2019Cindi will round off the year for us on her blog.

We are being provided with prompts by people in both hemispheres so they may pop up in your reader as early as Tuesday or as late as Thursday.  

If any of these months don't suit, please let me know via email.  I have turned the comments off on this post.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday Selections #408

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 has been a very, very busy week.  I am returning to Sunday Selections' origins and posting photos which have been languishing (perhaps for good reason).


Murals I have spotted while out and about.


This one was installed in the centre of town after gay marriage was legalised.  And, which I hope to photograph soon, the 'walking man' on pedestrian lights in town has been replaced with a walking gay couple.




The three images above are on the boards covering the old post-office as it is repurposed.  I think the horned and crowned figure in the first is a tad odd.  And I don't know whether it is winking or has a problem with its eye.



Two different sides of a taxi-rank shelter.


 The bus murals are at the bus interchange.  I wonder whether when our trams are up and running (which appears to have been delayed) there will be tram murals at their stops.

Family time continues.  They are due to leave late today and I hope to get back to reading your blogs very soon.  I have missed you.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Words for Wednesday








This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.


The prompts will be here this month.

 
This week's prompts are:


  1. opera
  2. recommend
  3. champagne
  4. excitement
  5. sunshine
  6. jam

And/or

  1. dimension
  2. raid
  3. weed
  4. admiration
  5. corner
  6. employ 
Have fun.

Next month River will be hosting Words for Wednesday.  I hope that you will drop in and see how she challenges us.

We have family arriving from overseas this afternoon.  My attendance in the blogosphere is likely to be a bit hit and miss until after the weekend.  I will read and revel in your work, but it may not be as prompt as I would like.


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Sunday Selections #407

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?  Sort of.  We have had a little very welcome rain (as well as snow less than sixty miles away, wind, heat and cold) and I have been revelling in its impact on the garden.  And celebrating Nature's amazing colour palette and galleries.





I loved the water droplets on the King Parrot.


And have a very weak spot for long-beaked corellas.









I save (and broadcast) the seeds from this double poppy each year.


Last year the vandal cockatoos neatly snipped off the flower spikes from this orchid.  We got no flowers.  This year they generously left them alone.


That double poppy from a different angle.



And some golden glory in the sky.



We do live in a beautiful world.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Words for Wednesday








This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.


The prompts will be here this month.

 
This week's prompts are:


  1. transparent
  2. solve
  3. theory
  4. loot
  5. take
  6. wing

And/or

  1. demonstrate
  2. graduate
  3. justify
  4. strain
  5. stain
  6. blackmail

Have fun.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sunday Selections #406

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 am continuing to show you some of what Dinahmow and I did during her visit.


A few more shots from the zoo.


The tiger was very dainty in the way she took pieces of meat from the tongs.  Which I expect means she wasn't hungry.


A dingo.  Zoo brother sometimes 'has' to walk dingo pups.  Goodness how he suffers.  I do wonder how many pure-bred dingoes are left.  Not many I suspect.

A Siamang Gibbon


All of the zebras were determinedly putting their best side forward.  I ONLY got butt shots.

 A Cape Barren Goose.  Amazingly early explorers apparently thought they were the young of our black swans.

An African painted dog.  I was fascinated to learn (on an earlier zoo visit) just how intricate their social structure is.  They greet each other at the start of a day and mourn their dead among other things.

And then to snippets from Dinahmow's last day.  I adore our National Library and took her there to see the impressive lead-light windows in the foyer.


And then we got side-tracked by the sculptures outside...




This was a new sculpture (and only there on a temporary basis).  It is by Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend and called Camouflage.   It is described as the life-size portrait of a horse - wearing the mask of a bull.  
Intriguing.



Believe it or not, these photos are the same sculpture taken from different angles.  Einstein as the dove of peace.  They are on one side of our interactive Science Museum - Questacon.

The other sculptures are arranged on the steps to the entrance to Questacon.  I loved the birds perching on Darwin's head and shoulders. 







It really was a delightful visit and as I have said before, she is welcome to return.  I am confident that my well known boring city will find things to interest her.  

I am less chipmunk like and in recovery mode.  Thank you for your supportive words.