Thursday, December 31, 2009


Bees on the pond plants, getting a drink on this hot day.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Flowers on one of my lillypillys (Syzygium australe).

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Crepe Myrtle

A couple of my crepe myrtles have started flowering.

Monday, December 28, 2009


A grasshopper very well disguised as a gum leaf. I think it is one of the genera Goniaea - Gum Leaf Grasshoppers.

Found at our block at Lal Lal.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Popping Open

It used to be a eucalyptus, but now it is Corymbia ficifolia. My Red Flowering Gum is popping into flower.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Who Knew?

That watermelons start off hairy?

Friday, December 25, 2009


Forgot to charge my camera batteries before the family Christmas lunch.

Only managed to get one shot of my sister and one niece.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wild Cockies

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos on a nature strip in the suburbs. What a great sight.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Baby

A just-born baby Eucalyptus viminalis. Ten days after they were planted, the seedlings are appearing. One day we hope they will be 40-50 metres tall, but for now they are about 2mm across.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Keeping occupied in the waiting area.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Beautiful leaf colours on one of my cannas "Tropicanna".

Sunday, December 20, 2009


And it was a fairly new tyre, too.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Made a few Christmas-tree decorations by origamiing some fabric.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Flowers on my Gazania "Mulberry Cream".

Thursday, December 17, 2009


From the SCQuilters Christmas CBD get-together. I won the door prize - a calendar made by the wonderful Kate using photos from her recent trip to Canada. My Kris Kringle gift was a placemat made by Val. I feel very lucky.

Why does Blogger do this to some photos?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cool Outing

Free tickets to see Pedro Almodovar's "Los abrazos rotos" (Broken Embraces), best seats in the air-conditioned cinema, what more could one want?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


From the vegetable garden: onion, radish, scarlet runner bean and nasturtium flowers.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Merle checks out the latest addition to the Christmas-carol-singing, stuffed animal collection. She is obsessed with them, and will climb inside cupboards looking for them.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Planting Seeds

To produce 336 Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis) for a property burnt out in the fires last summer.

Friday, December 11, 2009


The face of a dog who has been burying bones.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Greatest Fabric News of 1933

A former shopfront near my house has the windows covered with newspaper. But not just any newspaper, 76-yr-old newspaper!

(Sorry about the sky reflections.) It would be interesting to do a comparison of the prices compared to wages. I think that relatively speaking, fabric may be cheaper now, but silk crepe de chene for 3/11 a yard (about 40c) does sound like a bargain!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Why I Love the Internet

1. Get inspired by something you see online at 10pm on a Sunday
2. Google and find a supplier nearly 2,000km away.
3. Order and have the goods in your hand by lunchtime Tuesday.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Quilters' Circle

Afternoon tea with some lovely people.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hairy Flowers

Flowers on one of my succulents.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Getting it Together

Started putting all these blocks together.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Tat

This front yard is full of it!

The two giant non-inflated Santas have been lying on the ground for at least a week. I thought they were about to be inflated when I first saw them, but they stayed on the ground. Later I discovered that they are inflated (and illuminated) at night.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Press the green button. ONLY ONCE - they don't like it if you get impatient. You don't hear anything from outside (although the buzzer is very loud inside) so you wonder if it is even working. Wait for someone to open the door.

Today I waited 10 minutes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


A bit of progress.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Dogs enjoying the first day of summer