Sunday, February 26, 2023


February's Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour was pink. Here's a pink wildflower I saw earlier in the month, the spotted hyacinth-orchid, Dipodium pardalinum, which is an endangered species:

Here's some pink birds I saw today:

A few pink things from the garden, starting with a pale pink hoya:

A deep pink hydrangea:
A bright pink penstemon:

I made two of Ivani's scrappy hearts this month, 

I know that is four, but the bottom two of them are left over from last year. Speaking of last year, this month I sandwiched last year's hearts
And now I'm quilting them.

Linked to the final pink link-up at So Scrappy.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Surprise Birds

This bird surprised us when it showed up at our place last week: It was quite a surprise when it jumped on someone's shoulder as they walked across the back yard!

It isn't a native parrot. It was obviously someone's escaped pet, as it wasn't fussed by people. One of our neighbours has an aviary full of exotic birds, but it didn't belong to him. He posted a "Found pet bird" message with no description on the local area Facebook group, and the owner of the bird got in touch very quickly. She lives only a kilometre or so away, and came straight away to take her bird home.
The next day we had another bird surprise, when we looked out during quite heavy rain and saw this:
A pair of Australian wood ducks, with 12 ducklings! I have no idea where they suddenly appeared from. There is a pair who hang around our garden all the time, but they have no ducklings. These ones didn't stay long. They walked off into the rain, perhaps heading for a neighbour's dam.

A couple of days ago I discovered our resident kookaburras have a baby:

The bird on the right is the baby. It has a much shorter bill, and different colouring to the adult who had just given it a feed before I took the photo.

The final bird surprise is this panel I never ordered:

Late in January I ordered a template for cutting the diamonds for the EPP project I wrote about in my last post. The next day, before I had received any notification or acknowledgement of the order, I realised I already owned a template I could use. It was one that had belonged to my mother. So I sent the seller a message asking them to please cancel my order. I never got a response to that request. Instead, 2 days later (so 3 days after I placed the order) I got a message saying my order had been dispatched. That was disappointing, but my own fault I suppose for not keeping better track of what is in my sewing room! When the package arrived, this panel was included in it. I don't know if it was an accident and someone else is annoyed because their order was incomplete, or a gift because they didn't cancel my order, or what. But it is one (or two) more bird surprise for the month.