09 October 2008

Healesville Sanctuary

This is 6 mins 09 secs of animals & birds with DGS Liam talking in the background! We spent a lovely 3 or 4 hours here on the way home from Marysville, but it wasn't long enough, I could have stayed there all day and come back tomorrow for more!

Edited 20 Oct 2008

I've reuploaded a better version of this video, see the 20th.

Last ones in the snow

Just a few more from the snow then I'm onto the Bird Santuary visit - more birds!
My youngest son, his wife & son.

Three generations.

Not the most elegant of photos, brother I was so cold I could hardly move, trying to stand up was not a pretty sight either! See that hand without a proper glove, I'd taken it off to take photos, it was frozen solid!

Am I boring you yet?

Here's a few more photos from our weekend in the snow. The first one is another bird I took from a fair way away, don't know what it is, not as pretty as the parrots but we can't all be stars can we!

Misty morning amongst the eucalyptus trees.

Little kid.

Big kid.

Big & little kid.

Methinks we've just had a hot chocolate drink!

Just fallen off the toboggan and loving it.

Huge snowball destined for Nana - thank goodness he could hardly lift it let alone throw it!

Snowy tree stump.......you MUST be bored by now!

08 October 2008

Great quote

I read this on a photographer's blog, I think he was talking about his camera but who knows!

'It's better to go out and shoot absolutely nothing than to leave your gears doing nothing in the drybox'.


Back to my Aussie holiday in August, I still have heaps of photos I haven't posted yet.
These are a few of the parrots I saw on the first morning of our holiday weekend in Marysville. Friday morning we woke up to constant drizzly rain and this was to be our first day up the mountain to play in the snow. These beautiful birds came to visit us while we were having breakfast, hoping for their share I reckon. I took these photos through the window because I thought if I went outside they'd all fly away and I'd miss my photo opportunity. Most of the photos turned out a bit blurry, not because of shooting through the window but because in my hurry to get the camera before they flew away I forgot to put it on the right settings!

This one I think is a Crimson Rosella.
This one is a female King Parrot, still fairly young I think because she doesn't have the ring around her eye yet.
This one is the male King Parrot.
Both of them sitting on the BBQ, you can see how wet it was.
This one looks like a very young baby with his adult feathers just starting to come through. Isn't he cute all ruffled like that, not the best photo!
This funny Galah Cockatoo I saw out for his morning walk across a field with his mate on our way to the mountain after breakfast. Taken out of the car window.
At the same time I loved the look of this old horse drawn cart & barrels that were sitting there as we were waiting at the traffic lights.
More soon.....

06 October 2008

My other new shoes

Saturday & Sunday

On Satuday I went to the 70th birthday party of one of the card girls - in case you haven't read my blog back far enough - we've been playing cards for 40 years! I won't subject you to a photo of us all but here are some gorgeous flowers she received in my favourite colours.

I was hoping for a nice warm sunny day today (which is now yesterday) but no such luck, at least it was warm but overcast most of the day & quite windy. Nevertheless we decided to go for a walk somewhere but first lunch in this nice little cafe not far from where we live. We had a yummy fish pie and I forgot to take a photo of it!

On the way back to our car I saw this beautiful Chinese Toon growing over the top of someone's roof.

Just at the end of the same road is a little beach called Green Bay which I haven't been to for at least 40 years so we went to check it out. On the way through the bush to get there we came across this sign, looks very inviting doesn't it?

The beach is very small so I'm afraid today you mostly get me!

Boy is it hard to get a decent photo with the timer!

I really like the look of the green moss growing all over the rocks.

On the way home we called into The Warehouse to get a glue stick and these shoes jumped off the shelf and into my trolley! Ah lovely, great for the summer and the pewter colour goes with everything.

We also managed to come home with a very nice door mat and a new LCD screen for DH's computer! Not bad for stopping for some glue....

05 October 2008

Long Tall Sally

Julie commented - Is this a euphorbia trigona? It is so cool growing so long and thin like that! Great place for it by the front door!

Yes you are right Julie, it is a Euphorbia trigona, well spotted. It's probably growing too tall & thin because it's been inside since birth. It was by a sunny window but the little leaves used to curl up and die very quickly, although that was probably through me forgetting to water it for months, so I moved it to the front door where it gets the light but no sun.

The other green plant in my neighbours garden that bleeds sticky milk when it's cut is also from the same family, probably Euphorbia cyparissias.