Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Sunday Selections #517



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.
 
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
 
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.  

I usually run with a theme.  Last week (on my birthday) I demanded an outing which did not involve doctors or other medical professionals.  A kangaroo fix was the obvious answer.

So we headed down to the lake.  It was a warm day and there was not a roo to be seen.  However there were pelicans.  Two of them, totally oblivious to the mad woman with a camera and her partner.  Pelicans, silver gulls and the occasional duck.  Bliss.

 















I was fascinated by just how dexterous their grooming was - and loved the 'upside down' poses.

 And, just because, I am going to finish with another begonia which is decorating our front veranda.

 

I hope your week is packed with colour and with treats.
 

 

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Still true after all these years.

 This is a repost from rather a lot of years ago.  Some of you will have seen it, some of you will not.  However, as my title says, it is most definitely still true.


Very, very personally.  Whether they admit to the acquaintance or not. 

Which means that this next gem is also true.




I use those difficult people (too many of them family) to take a kind of personal audit.  And it is overdue.  At the moment I am not liking my bad tempered mean spirited whinging self.  At all.  Action is required.

With a little help from...


 And how I wish the winebulance was an option open to me at the moment.  Ongoing nausea means it is not.  Big, big sigh.  I can see an opening for that business - world wide.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Sunday Selections #516

 

 


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.
 
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
 
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 

I usually run with a theme.  As I will this week.  First and foremost however apologies are in order.  I neither responded to your lovely comments on my last Sunday Selections nor visited your posts.  I have been unwell and couldn't muster the energy.  Several specialists and multiple tests later I am still unwell, and the cause is a mystery.  It is early Saturday morning here.  If, when Sunday rolls round I still feel foul I will put this post up - but turn off the comments.  I see blogging as a reciprocal agreement and it doesn't seem fair to invite comments when I neither respond nor visit you.

So... back to the garden where for a change I have spent almost no time.

Starting with the eight foot (at least) sumo lilies against the eucalypt in the front yard. The sumo lilies are at the back, towering over their smaller relatives.

 




The lilies are almost done now, but there are other things coming into bloom.





 

And the sky continues to delight me.




 

Stay well, stay safe.  I hope to be back very soon.

And, as a postscript, I feel not right but better this morning than I have done in a while.  Fingers crossed. Not only do I think that I will live, I don't mind.  Much.

 

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday Selections #515

 


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.
 
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
 
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 

I usually run with a theme.  I am continuing to focus on public art - this week close to home.

 










These are all from an indigenous drop in centre (and the public benches near it) beside our local shopping centre.  The building has been heavily and I think beautifully decorated.  Sadly it has also been desecrated and defaced - which is a rarity here.  I didn't take photos of the most damaged walls - which had also had holes kicked in them.  I cannot help wondering whether the celebration of our first peoples had something to do with the destruction.

Nearby (on the police youth club) a very different culture was on display.



Both brighten the landscape - but my preference is for the indigenous art.

I have also continued to delight in the early morning.


Needless to say I have also been in the garden (our eight foot sumo lilies are in bloom) but I will share/inflict those photos on you some other week.

I hope your week is filled with colour and delight.

 

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Where are the Words For Wednesday

 





   
The New Year (and new roster) are here.

January 2021Charlotte (MotherOwl) is providing the prompts on her blog (and they are up already).

February 2021Alex J. Cavanaugh is providing the prompts but they will be here.

March 2021:   Hilary Melton-Butcher is providing the prompts but they will be here again.

April 2021Wisewebwoman will be providing the prompts on her blog.

May 2021Messymimi is providing the prompts on her blog.

June 2021River is providing the prompts on her blog.

July 2021lissa is providing the prompts on her blog.

August 2021David M. Gascoigne will be providing the prompts but they will be here.

September 2021Cindi is providing the prompts.

October 2021:  I am providing the prompts here.

 
November 2021:  Margaret Adamson and her friends will be providing the prompts, but they will appear here.

 
December 2021:  Me again.

Given that the prompts are provided from both the Northern and the Southern hemispheres the prompts can appear from as early as Tuesday your time until Thursday your time. 

This meme definitely falls into the 'more the merrier' category.  I hope that lots of you will visit
whoever is providing the prompts and play - or applaud.  Commenting on other people's creations -whether they post them on the host's blog or their own, is hugely important.  We ALL need encouragement.  So please, take a few extra minutes to comment on the participant's creations.

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Sunday Selections #514

 


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.
 
Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
 
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 

I usually run with a theme.  I am again reverting to type and showing some of the public art in my city.  Public art which I welcome even when I don't like the individual pieces.

We have a lot of public art and my city recently acquired two new statues.  The first is of a politician and I haven't been to see it.  It is somewhere in our Parliamentary Triangle.

The second is of Andrew Inglis Clark who co-authored our Constitution.  His statue now stands in the city facing down Constitution Avenue (goodness how predictably appropriate).  I apologise that I couldn't get any closer.  The building he stands beside is under construction and roped off.  I will go back and get the artist's details when I can.


Both of our newest statues are of men.  White men.  Which has people asking 'where are the statues of women? (of any colour).  Where indeed?

If I had my druthers I would LOVE to see a statue of Stasia Dabrowski (Canberra's soup kitchen lady).  This link will show you why I think that Canberra, and specifically Garema Place in the city would be the perfect place for a statue of her.  Stasia died last year and I am very pleased to say that her grandson continues her work.

My next photos are of Garema Place which has recently been tarted up/rejuvenated.  Garema Place does look better at the moment, but the need that Stasia and her family met remains, and nothing has been done to address the issues which cause and perpetuate that need.








My detour to photograph the statue of Andrew Inglis Clark also took me past this statue.  I like it and perhaps it is my obsessional nature talking but I can see a stylised kangaroo in it (and kangaroo's balance is after all superb).



You may have to embiggen to read the artist's details.   And of course there were other wonders in my early morning wander through the city.







The last shots are of my city's stylised Christmas tree.  I really enjoyed wandering under it and looking up.

As a postscript.  On my last Sunday Selections post neena maiya (guyana gyal) asked whether the seed pods from the honesty retained their silvery colour.  They do, and can be treated like an everlasting.  Thanks to her reminder I have a vase of them inside for the first time in years.



 

I hope your year is off to an excellent start and that your day's are filled with joy and wonder.