Ruling the roos

It’s pretty fitting that Big Daddy K has been visiting our block lately! Today is Australia Day so what better than hosting half the Aussie coat of arms in our backyard!!

It’s dark right now, the wee hours, and Big Daddy K is still out there happily munching under the clothesline.

Sorry, I’d have to spotlight him to get a photo right now. He’s a big boy, I don’t want to startle him close up.

But here he is – down the front block, a couple of days ago.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Big Daddy K on da block

 

Not bothered a bit by the neighbour’s building racket.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Breakie on the hop

 

Now we know what’s been leaving the cubed calling cards on our sun lounges!  ♦

 


Photos taken with Olympus Stylus s1, Jan 2017

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Garden surprises

“Spring has sprung and the grass is ris'” …although very damp and soggy! So every morning I smile through the kitchen window.

But what’s popped up in the garden with daylight?

Yesterday it was these…

Purple and yellow iris

The irises have it!

The other day it was these…

A cluster of scarlet tipped yellow bulbs.

Does anyone know what these are called?

 

But today it was these!!

The neighbours cows in our backyard.

What heifer we here?

They had broken through the wire fence to get at our longish grass!

Well, they mowed it for us, trimmed around the trees even…

Neighbour's Angus cow in our backyard

Better than a 2-stroke!

 

…and fertilised the lawn to boot!  ♦

 


Photos 1, 2 taken with tablet. Photos 3, 4 taken with Olympus Stylus s1.

I’m dreaming of a white Troopy!

Our Toyota Rav4 in summer grass

Out to pasture

It’s always been on my bucketlist to own a ‘ute’ * or a 4WD where you can sleep in the back with a swag.

So far we’ve had the swags and our trusty, but small, Rav4 ‘Buggy’. Otherwise it’s our camper trailer hailing from the 1970s, complete with dark faux-timber panelling and brown and orange striped canvas!

But since my recovery, the canvas (read mozzies*) plus putting up and down ‘the marriage tester’ camper are a no-go. It’s a 2 person job.

So we were looking around for an Avan camper trailer, which has hard sides. Then that would mean a heavier 4WD to tow it…Before we knew it, we were ringing Queensland to Tasmania!

Long story short…last Friday we bought an old, bare bones Landcruiser Troopy!! Woo hoo!!

A white 1995 Landcruiser Troopcarrier

[Photo credit: Lee on carsales.com.au]

We’ll use it for day trips and over-nighters with our camping gear in the back at first. Later on down the track, we’ll kit it out for longer road trips when I’m up to it. But nothing too soft!! Heh heh.

I’ve been scribbling lots of sketches of fit-outs on serviettes* and the backs of beer coasters! Bed here, seat along there, fridge box there. I’ve got that twinkle in my eye!

What’s that about the journey and the destination?….Both are good!!  ♦

Tag along on Daytripper Sippers for our Troopy travels.

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*ute – utility or pick-up truck

mozzies – mosquitoes

serviette – paper napkin

Photo 1 taken 17 November 2015 with my old Canon Powershot A550

at Boambolo Rd, off Wee Jasper Rd via Yass, NSW, Australia. It leads down to a tree-lined picnic spot on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

My old boots (Photo challenge)

 

Kickin' back in my old pull-up boots.

Kickin’ back!

 

My old pull-ups live in the back of The Buggy. Even if we’re just off to a café in the next village, you never know when you’re going to jump out and take a roadside photo.

And that might mean standing in mud at fence posts, or at least dusty road edges, and wading through long grass.

These are my ‘dry’ winter boots. In Summer, it’s red gumboots (because of snakes).

A country gal can never have too many shoes!  ♦

 


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Legs and Feet

 

Featured Blogger badge, CeenPhotography.com

Off the bench!

Benchseat up the back near the water tank facing the setting sunToday is a big day for me…it’s my 2nd anniversary since What The?! Day. *

Two years ago, something went bung in my brain! I stood frozen still, couldn’t move anything, couldn’t speak. But I could hear everything, although from far away, in a fog of time. They thought I’d had a stroke.

I was very, very lucky, all the scans were clear.

After about two hours my speech was normal, though laboured, and I could walk with support. Huh?!

Now repeat many times. Add alternating wheelchair, wheelie-walker, and walking stick.

Fast forward 2 years…

I’m getting back to normal, only a bit to go. I choose to think of all the gains I’ve made, even the small ones. I’ve learned to adapt and still be me, even if I have to think around obstacles. And I haven’t lost my sense of humour!

But…I’m getting back out there! Yay! You can’t keep a good day tripper down!!

So I’ve put my gumboots near the back door for my goal to bushwalk again. And I have my khaki jacket with pockets for stuff…rocks, camera gear, rubbish, binoculars.

So this afternoon, on the 2nd anniversary, I put on my coat again and we went for a drive as the sun was going down.

Taemas Bridge, Wee Jasper Road, near Yass, New south Wales, Australia

Taemas bridge over the Murrumbidgee

We parked at Taemas Bridge on Wee Jasper Road, with a coffee and a sandwich.

The bridge of steel and concrete crosses mostly a sandy bed and exposed tree trunks. Red clay gullies slash the impossible near-vertical hillside. Wire fences straddle the climb in mid-air. (How did they build those fences?)

In the hazy shadows at the water’s edge, we spotted a white crane wading. It jumped up on a rock ledge to join a blue crane.

Yep, it’s beautiful out there guys, that’s what really counts!  *18 May 2016. I wasn’t able to take new photos so I’ve recycled one that shows how it looked.

For more information on neurological symptom disorders like mine, these are great resources and support and have helped me so much:

http://www.neurosymptoms.org    and   http://www.fndhope.org

A very Yassy Christmas!

Christmas cottage lights, Yass, New South Wales, Australia

A Christmas cottage in Yass

Every year I write a Yass-mas Carol for friends and family. I thought I would share it with you at this time of goodwill. So here tis, my carol for 2015.

“Away on a hilltop,
our crib is the best!”
says CC and The Dude
from their high country nest.

The stars in the bright sky
look down where they play.
The dudes in the country
are country to stay.

The cattle are mooing,
the rooster awakes,
but that’s all the noise
that the neighbours do make.

We love our bush garden,
looking down from on high,
so come join our peacetime
’til morning is nigh.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday! And see you in 2016…

Moving, glowing reindeer

Reindeer downunder, a long way from home

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Home among the gum trees

I was born on an acre bush block in a sea of gum trees.River gum (detail), fallen into Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

Our little green fibro* cottage was at the end of a long, steep, dirt driveway. The bush surrounded our house to the front, back and left side.

We were only 10 minutes from town by car but we had only one neighbour and an outside pan toilet.

We had bee hives and native birds on the block. Our neighbour had goats, chickens and a horse or two.

As kids, we stayed outdoors most of the time and could walk to the local park at the end of the street to fish from the jetty with hand lines.

Kilaben Bay Park, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

The jetty

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After all the places I’ve lived – in country towns and villages, the bright lights of Sydney, and in Canberra suburbia – the bush has always been my home.

When I lived in the towns and cities we spent many, many hours driving in the country, and camping and walking in the bush.

Now I’m back to my roots – a new home among the gum trees.

Ironbark tree sapling planted 2014

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We live on a 2 and a bit acre block ringed by gum trees and a native garden. We have rosellas, owls and magpies nesting in our trees. Galahs, cockatoos and kookaburras visit to feed. We have an occasional possum growling in the night. Cows and sometimes kangaroos come up to our back fence.

It’s a short walk to the river at the end of our road and a short drive to the town shops.

Again my house is at the end of a long, steep driveway. But thankfully now we have an indoor toilet!  ♦

Our new ironbark tree with views to the ranges

Ironbark with a view

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* fibro – fibrous cement sheeting or cladding boards

To mark Australia Day on Monday 26th January