Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Grand Day Out

Yesterday a neighbour mentioned that the next couple of weeks are the school holidays. I never know these days! But it reminded me that if I wanted to see Wallace and Gromit and Friends at ACMI, this week might be the best time to do it. I imagine it is something a lot of people might take their kids to in the holidays.

I really enjoyed the exhibition. There are all sorts of sketches, models, storyboards and videos, which were all very interesting, but my favourites were the actual sets.
There are quite a few, from various films. The detail in them is amazing.
Some are quite dark, so couldn't easily be photographed without flash, but these shots are of some of the more brightly-lit ones.
By resting my camera against the glass covering, I could steady it enough to take almost clear pictures without the flash. Not as good as seeing them in real life though!

Now I feel the need to re-watch the films. I think there are a couple of DVDs still packed away in a box in the shed somewhere. Maybe it is time to takle the remaining boxes two years after we moved in.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One Minute More

It is not the equinox for a few more days, but look at the sunrise and sunset times on the weather station today:
I don't know exactly how that works, but today we apparently had 12 hours and 1 minute of day, and 11 hours and 59 minutes of night. What will we get on the equinox, then?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spring Growth

An actual tulip!
First one! And grown without having to spend time in the fridge. Yes, winter is cold enough for tulips here. There are lots more to come (minus a few that the cockatoos got to) planted in groups around the garden, but this was just a single bulb. The colour is quite gorgeous. The camera really has not done it justice.

There are a couple of clumps of these covered in buds. This is the first one to open.

There are a few clumps of these, too. Lots of colour still to come.

This one is not outside:
It's a nasturtium seedling. I've planted a couple of hanging baskets with trailing nasturtiums, but because there is still a high chance of frost the baskets are in the greenhouse for now.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Walk Fun

Scenes from a long walk today.

There's a lot of water lying around.
And lots of frogs. You don't see them, but you can hear them constantly.

Jack and Dot digging for something:

Jack lost interest quickly, but Dot is a persistent little digger.

Later on the walk Jack found a squeaky ball, which he carried all the way home:
Although once we got home and Dot got hold of it, it didn't squeak any more.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Native Orchids

Early this morning:
Greenhood orchids. Probably the nodding greenhood, Pterostylis nutans.

I was actually looking for the koala, but I couldn't spot it. However I think it was still up the same tree, as amongst the orchids there was a lot of this:
Fresh koala dropping.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Overcoming Annoyances

After I posted last night, Graeme managed to get my Kobo working again, and now I can read the last few chapters of my current book. And future books. Hooray!

Cockies may have chomped through some of our daffodils, but it is nice to have some in the house to enjoy:

Today I went back to Geelong to collect my quilting machine, and its service cost $50 less than I'd been quoted. So that goes some way towards paying for my shiny new windscreen!

The roses and a few other shrubs now have a bit of extra protection:
Because this morning the cockies attacked tulips, daylilies, and various other new growth.

But I still love to see all the wildlife we get here. Late this afternoon as we were walking around our block, the dogs could smell something they found very interesting. It wasn't an echidna this time:

I think the koala must have just arrived at this tree, as the dogs were sniffing the ground around it. The koala was still climbing when we saw it. I had to run back to the house for my camera to try and get photos before it got too high up:
Look at those koala claws!

Week Sixteen

In one respect week sixteen turned out just the way it was forecast; two green days and five aqua ones. But the actual temperatures each day were lower than forecast, so we just barely missed a couple of blue days:

15/09/2017   14.9    aqua/teal
14/09/2017   10.8    aqua/teal
13/09/2017   10.4    aqua/teal
12/09/2017   16.8    green
11/09/2017   16.6    green
10/09/2017   12.9    aqua/teal
9/09/2017     11.6    aqua/teal

Because there is no forecast for our town I look at the forecast for Ballarat, which is a bit over 20km away. What we experience is often a bit different to Ballarat's weather. Their forecast for the coming week looks interesting at the moment, though: three aqua days, three green days, and a yellow day!

Linked to Sarah's Weekly Weather report.