Sunday, February 28, 2010


While I was trying to photograph the new yellow bark on the Eucalyptus leucoxylon, this rather tattered-looking butterfly landed right in front of my camera. It appears to be an Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea).

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Attempted transplanting some seedlings which were growing several to a pot. I don't hold out much hope of them doing well.

I think it is really too late to be transplanting them when they are this size, but any that survive are a bonus.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana) in full bloom.

What a weed this thing is! I would never have planted it if I had known what it could do. Left to its own devices, I think it would cover the house in one summer and demolish it in the second.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Trip to the hairdresser.

I seem to be quite grey on top now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


The "function room" on level 2 is nowhere near as attractive as the outside of this building.

3-hour induction before the beginning of semester today.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shot Tower

Went to town to see a film.

Monday, February 22, 2010


A veritable forest of belladonna lilies coming up now.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Spent a good part of the day getting from page 200 to page 600.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mr Pingwing

Completed just in time to give him away.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Onions in the late afternoon sun.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Succulent Flowers

Flowers on one of my echeverias.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Taking Shape

Knitted thing almost done.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pancake Day

A stack of pancakey goodness.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Book Club

First Book Club meeting. This is the book we got for next month.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Belladonna lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) starting to open.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

On the Road

Wet start to a trip south.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Progress on the knitted thing. This is not all the pieces of the creature, but it is most of it. Any ideas?

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Finished the white bit and started the black bit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Something I haven't done for a while.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rainbow Camouflage

You wouldn't think that being the colour of a rainbow would be good camouflage, but it isn't easy to see these two Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) attacking the almonds.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Loch Quilt Hanging

Went to the 10th (and last) Loch Quilt hanging.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Late afternoon walk with four dogs.

Friday, February 5, 2010


A Wirraway without its wings or tail. Not something I expected to see while out on a walk.

The plane belongs to the Melbourne Museum. They do have the other bits of it. I had heard that the museum had a storage facility somewhere in the northern suburbs, and I guess I know where it is now.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Correa "Dusky Bells" allegedly flowers from winter to spring. Mine is covered in flowers, at the height of summer.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Skip Rescue

New leaf opening on a Monstera deliciosa rescued from a skip. Photo side-on courtesy of Blogger.

I couldn't get the whole plant out of the skip, so I cut off what I could. Two of those cuttings are now growing.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chocolate Required!

After an interview which really is probably best forgotten, I was glad I still had some of these left.

They've lasted for a while; I think they were given to me on the 10th December.

Monday, February 1, 2010


Finished the skirt I was sewing at Sewjourn.

It hangs straighter on me than it was hanging on the line.