Saturday, 28 February 2009

I'm back....

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Another busy week...

This morning Amber and I decided to walk the dogs before the full force of the heat and humidity hit. It was wonderful down by the creek behind our home which is full of water after the last weeks rain. The weather was just so good for a couple of days. I actually slept without airconditioning! The ducks are enjoying the fresh water.

This is a typical photo of Harry waiting at the back door to come in. He is a very timid dog and always wants to be around family.

No this is not just any grass - this is my pot of lemon grass which is perfect for Thai cooking. I keep it in a pot as it needs buckets of water so the pot is placed under the overflow of my water tanks. And yes we had rain this week!!

This dove I found out is an introduced species to Australia (from Asia) but I think they are sweet. This one was picking twigs out of my gutters (what a selection) to build a nest. Yes I know I have to clean out the gutters..

This one was a last minute photo of a shelf of the bookcase behind me. I love collecting old books or more specifically old travel books. And no guessing my favourite - Sven Hedin. Now there is a man I would love to have met.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone and thanks for your comments! As to the fires in Southern Australia there are some still raging but at the moment are not a threat to property and seem to be contained.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Fires still burning ....

Our news is dominated by the fires still burning. There are over 180 people dead and the toll rises as the ruins of burnt out homes are discovered.

Looking at today's photo you could think it was Winter. But no, this is a dead tree (from the drought) and a grey sky with temperatures high and humidity close to 100%. Just to walk outside is to sweat or as Sonia says "Boys sweat but girls perspire".

Every morning I am woken pre dawn at around 4:40am by a chorus of birds. At that time it is the kookaburras and koels but later once the sun is up it is the wonderful chorus of magpies as they are here on the wires at the front of our house.Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Catch up ....

What a tragic day for Australia and especially Victoria. High temperatures (up to 49C, 120F) and high winds have caused the worst bushfires in my lifetime with many deaths. The stories are so sad... Here in Queensland temperatures are mild by comparison, thankfully...

Todays photo is of the palm which drops fronds onto my shed but looks wonderful in late afternoon sun.

As I cook dinner at night, there are always geckos on my window attracted to the insects savouring the smell. This is the view as I chop the onions at night.

The colours of the bouganvillea overhanging our fence are especially bright at dusk.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and for the Australians, I hope you and your families are safe.

Saturday, 7 February 2009


What a week! I have managed to take a photo a day but have probably dedicated about 10 seconds each day to framing the shot hence .....

Yes some weeks are busy!!!!

Amber turned 16 on Thursday. We had a small dinner at home and these are the beautiful flowers she received from her Dad.

Morning dew on our frangipani.

Poor Harry has a sore foot. I think he was bitten by a green ant as he hobbled most of the day....

The dogs are miserable now that Summer holidays have ended and the girls are back at school. This is how they spend their afternoons - waiting at the front door. The mornings are even worse.

I love this plant which we found throughout India and Myanmar and now have in Australia.

I'll download the rest of my photos tomorrow....