Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Words for Wednesday 26/1/2022

 




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, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

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 and are provided by Hilary Melton-Butcher. 

This week's prompts are:

  1. Wellington Boot
  2. Art
  3. Murmuration
  4. Sedge
  5. Thresh
  6. Fissure

 

And/or

 

  1. Heath
  2. Race
  3. Cottage
  4. Mosses
  5. Windbreak
  6. Ajax

 

Have fun. 

Huge thanks to Hilary for providing the prompts this month.  Next month C.Lee McKenzie will challenge us from her blog.



Sunday, 23 January 2022

Sunday Selections #569

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 still struggling and this post is more snippets from home.

Starting with things which have delighted me in the garden.




I *think* this beauty is a Tiger Moth.

Then to our night flowering cactus.  I showed you the bud last week.  It comes into bloom in the evening and lasts a day.  It is huge (seven or eight inches across), delicately scented and beautiful. So here is the progression.  Today it is looking a bit sad - but there are other buds coming on. 







As you can see from the last photo in the series the spikes are particularly fierce.  It also has fine hair like threads which break off and fester.  Jazz bites and scratches me so often I now have Jazz antibodies and no longer get infected when he attacks.  The same is not true of this cactus.

I am going to finish with an early morning skyscape which delighted me.  In some of the shots those of you with good eyesight will see birds soaring overhead.  They were corellas and were making quite a ruckus.  A totally unmusical ruckus.







I hope your week brings you health, beauty and joy.



 

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Words for Wednesday 19/1/2022




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, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

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 and are provided by Hilary Melton-Butcher. 

This week's prompts are:

  1. Brick
  2. Folly
  3. Carapace
  4. Hessian
  5. Snowdrop
  6. Grizzly

 

And/or

 

  1. Illustrator
  2. Violet
  3. Ailment
  4. Twigs
  5. Eureka
  6. Dinkum

 

Have fun.


Sunday, 16 January 2022

Sunday Selections #568

 

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. And I will again, but first apologies are in order.  I am in grump mode at the moment and hope that I don't express it on your blogs.

This was a difficult week on lots of levels, not helped by the weather.  MS loves heat and humidity.  We had both, way out of my comfort zone (though fortunately not to the temperatures other parts of Oz endured in recent days).  50C/122F is in my eyes almost impossibly hot.  Just the same my feet are swollen.  Swollen to the point that I have no arches to my feet at all and I wonder if the skin will split.  My ankles and legs also look like the Michelin woman (goodness how attractive).  It is uncomfortable and painful, and makes the simplest task more challenging.  I am also still tired to the bone and go back to bed several times each day.  Yes, of course I am aware that there are many people who are worse off.  Which makes me feel guilty for complaining but doesn't make me feel any better.

So I have reverted (again) to things which bring me heart balm.  We went down the lake for a roo fix.  It was hot, and the roos knew it.  So they were hunkered down in dappled shade and looked totally at their ease.




 

There are a surprising number of kangaroos in the picture above.  How many can you see?


 

Those with collars and ear tags are females who have been given contraceptives - much better than the culls my local government also conducts.



 Apart from this trip and some essential business (which included a shift at Lifeline) I have been at home.

Marvelling at the sky.


 

And making brief (mostly early morning) sorties into the garden.  The lilies continue to bloom in profusion.  Some roses are entering their second flush.  There are agapanthus and geraniums and daisies...




In the relative coolth of the veranda other things are coming into bloom.


We keep the water bath filled up for the birds.






 

There are more begonias coming into flower every day.


 

At least one of the hoyas is coming into bloom


 

And the first bud on the cactus is growing rapidly...

I hope that you find comfort, beauty and respite in your week, where ever you live.

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Words for Wednesday 12/1/2022

 




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, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

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 and are provided by Hilary Melton-Butcher. 

This week's prompts are:

  1. 'Chrome Yellow'.     
  2. Shell.      
  3. Experience.     
  4. Art.      
  5. Toxic.     
  6. Coincidence

And/or

  1. Frost
  2. Turnip 
  3. Bevy
  4. Jaunt
  5. Map
  6. Daffodil  
                         

 

Have fun.

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Sunday Selections #567

 

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. Sorry, I am reverting to type a bit here.  Nothing new, nothing exciting.  It has been warmer and stickier here than I like, I am tired to the bone and I have not done a lot.  So you get some shots of the sky, shots from the garden and some visiting birds.

Skyscapes to begin with.



We have had a LOT of grey days.  Sometimes it has rained, sometimes it hasn't.  The rain, despite having more than usual, is always welcome.

Then to the gardenjungle.  The rain I mentioned in the last paragraph means that a lot of things (including weeds) are going gang busters.











This lilium had come down and was lying across the path so I had to pick it and a few others.  How we suffer.  Not.

Here is a vase with some of the liliums which have had to be picked because the wind/rain had brought them down.

 


 


Yes, feathers bloom in our garden too.





Finishing up with some birds.  They have been totally unphased by our hot or our wet weather.




I am going to finish with some damp, but still beautiful galahs.
 

 

 
I hope that your week brings you joy and beauty.