Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nesting

Remember a while ago I shared all the birds I had seen or heard on a Sunday morning.

Well, since then I have seen or heard quite a few more.  There have been red rumps, galahs, a yellow throated scrub wren, white breasted triller, jabaroo, thornbills, swallows and dusky wood swallows.  I’m sure there have been others I can’t think of at the moment.

Here is one of the dusky wood swallows.  It doesn’t look much here, but they are so pretty.  Their colouring is “dusky”, just like their name implies and they have a white flash across their tail when flying.  We really enjoy their visits each year.

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The most exciting thing though, is our little robins.  Remember I hoped they would nest.  Well, the week after my post about them, there was lots of flitting to and from the cotoneaster, just below our verandah, giving us a bird’s eye view.  Pardon the pun.

Firstly we couldn’t see anything.

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Then Mick spotted something.  Can you see it?  A very well hidden nest made from wool, so it will be nice and cosy.  It looks very frail.

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After we had the snowy, stormy night a couple of weeks ago I checked and the nest was still there, but there was no sign of either Mum or Dad Robin, so I was a little worried.

Then a few days later I heard and then saw Dad.  Still no sign of Mum.  Then another few days later I thought I saw Mum.  Then we saw Dad flit into the cotoneaster again, so had a closer look.

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She is so tiny and the nest is very well camouflaged.  There is only one small gap in the leaves that you can see through.

We had a really wild wind storm again a few days ago and I was worried how they would go, but after checking, she was still in the nest.

Now we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the babies. I’ll keep you posted.

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While on the subject of our feathered friends, our new chooks are doing well.  They have now filled out nicely and are giving us four eggs a day.  We are giving eggs away left, right and centre.  The eggs are getting to be a good size now and we have even had one with a double yolk.

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There hasn’t been much computer stuff happening here lately, as our internet connection is somewhat tenuous of late.  It is rather frustrating not being able to connect and then, when you do, everything going at snail’s pace.  No, we haven’t exceeded our limit, it is like this all the time.  It was never like this until recently. I wonder if the towers are just not coping with the volume lately?  Let’s hope things improve, as I’d like to comment on blogs………but at this stage I can’t even get to read them most of the time.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Trunkey Creek Show

Last weekend was the busiest of the year in Bathurst with the car races at Mt Panorana.  On the Saturday we usually head off to a calmer part of the world – Trunkey Creek. However, on last Saturday even Trunkey Creek, population about 60, managed to have a traffic jam.  The reason was that the local show was on.  I have shared our previous visits here and here.

This is a typical country show and it is thriving.  First stop after our drive was coffee and cake.  Rather stylish cup cakes at that.

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While we sat and ate we listened to the Canobolas Highland Band.

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Now that we were refreshed we were off to explore. Come along for a walk.  These two gentlemen looked resplendent in the carriage.

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Pavilion entries were up on last year.  Lots of beautiful irises.

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The Spinners and Weavers, including my Mum were there in force.

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Check out this dress made from men’s ties.  Very clever.

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This section of the pavilion is new and so wonderfully light.  There were some lovely quilts.  No, I didn’t enter anything this year.  The show crept up on us before we realised, so I didn’t have time.

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Now that I’ve sewn some curved seams this one doesn’t look quite a daunting, but it was oh so very effective and a great use of scraps.

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I loved this wall hanging.

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The next one was gorgeous.  The fabric selection, piecing, appliqué, embroidery and quilting were all so beautifully executed.  I don’t know who the designer is, but it does look rather like the work of Red Brolly.

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Let’s look closer.

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Sheep and wool are a big part of the show.

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As are the sheep dogs.

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Of course, the kids have to be kept happy.  I’m sure every kid wins a prize on the clowns.

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I’m amazed at this old merry go round.  It is so very basic, but you know what?  The kids were having a ball.  It just goes to show that you don’t need the biggest and the best of everything.

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Then it was on to formalities.  The entire school got up and sang for us.

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The Scots School Pipe Band played. 

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Yep, lots of bagpipes this year.

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And we were entertained by a local band.

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All in all it was a lovely day out.  The weather was absolutely glorious – getting up to the low 30s and there were lots of people enjoying themselves.

As you can imagine, we didn’t travel home on the same road that we went on in the morning.  We had to do another little explore down a dirt road that we haven’t been on before.  It was lovely and quiet and we discovered a pretty little creek crossing.

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Now look up to the right as we cross the creek.  I could quite easily sit and have a picnic here, but we had to head on home.

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Another nice day to add to the memory bank.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ta Da!

I can’t believe it.  I actually have something to show for One Project a Month after a two month drought.

Here is the little quilt I have made for a friend’s baby that was born recently.  I started it a while ago – back here, and finished sewing on the binding on Sunday.  It took me a while longer than it should to finish off and yes, there was enough of the giraffe fabric for the backing.

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I had planned on taking some nice photos outside, but got sidetracked and now it is after nine o’clock on the 30th, so I will do that another day.

It is just a simple little quilt that I hope will get used lots, thrown on the ground as a play mat, washed and used all over again.

Hopefully, I’ll get to visit the little man this weekend and deliver his quilt.

Now to report in to Peg and Kris.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Morning

The weather this morning is glorious.

Unfortunately, Mick has to work but I have just been sitting on the verandah working on this.

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I do love it now the days are getting longer.  Even though Mick had a relatively early start, we had a nice breakfast together and I was then sitting outside stitching at just after seven o’clock in the bright sunshine.  I could justify this as we normally aren’t even out of bed at this time on a Sunday.  We had another frost this morning, but it quickly melted and the sun was warm on my back. 

Joey was also quite contented, sitting in the sun.

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One of our crab apples is the latest plant in our garden to wake up.  You can hear the bees humming in the blossoms.

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While I stitched there was a background soundtrack of early morning bird calls.  I think the whole bird world was celebrating this lovely day.  I either saw or heard all of these:

Magpie, currawong, chough, peewee, kookaburra, butcher bird, sulphur crested cockatoo, crimson rosella, eastern rosella, noisy miner, crested pigeon, willy wag tail, blue wren and robin.  Not too shabby for only about an hour.  I saw my first robin on Friday and there are a pair of them flitting around.  I do hope they nest. No, they won’t sit still long enough for a portrait.

OK! Now the binding is finished and a fresh little breeze has picked up, so I should get dressed, do the dishes, hang the washing and do a little tidy up so that I can enjoy the rest of the day.

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I’ll share the “Ta Da” moment when I have taken some photos.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shadow Play

We have a couple of lovely little metal figurines.  On Sunday afternoon I noticed the shadow that one made, so Mick and I had a little play.

Let’s start with the shadow I first noticed….

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And now to play….

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Then we swapped it over for the other figurine.

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It doesn’t take much to keep us amused.

Thanks for humouring me.