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

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.

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

 

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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

I felt like Winnie the Pooh!

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It occurred to me that the freshly mown grass under the crabapple tree was a very nice place indeed from which to view the blossoms.

The afternoon was warm, the sky very blue, and the blossoms were there just waiting to be admired.

So there was nothing for it but to lie down, face up, knees bent, hands laced together,

and ponder and wonder and mind-wander about nothing really very much at all.

It was such a glorious sight from underneath,

with the blossoms bursting overhead, ruffling white against the blue, blue sky.

And the tree hummed with bees

and smelt of happiness.  ♦

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Weekly Photo Challenge, Adventure : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/adventure/

Winnie-the-Pooh – a teddy bear character in children’s books written by A. A. Milne

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[“Pooh Shepard1928“, Illustration to page 3 of Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by artist E. H. Shepard. Scan from Bibliodyssey. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.]

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Long time, no post

Mailboxes, near Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

Rusty mail

I haven’t been ’round these parts for a while. As my uncle would say,

“I’ve been a bit crook, mate!” *

Or in other Aussie slang:

been under the weather, laid up, laid low, feelin’ a bit off, off-colour,

feelin’ blah, off my feed, off kilter, or a bit iffy!

So I’ve been out of circulation.

I haven’t had the oomph or had the juice to take photos or drive out of town. Well, not much… You can’t keep a good day tripper down! We have done a bit of our usual weekend All Day Breakfast hunting for sure!

So until I get my mojo back again I’ll put up quick posts of just a photo or two … to show you where we’ve been to lately.

There are also more great photos from the ‘Woo Back!’ world record event – some beaut old antique farm machinery and a bullock team – not to mention the crimson winter sunsets, fog bound gum trees, our lovely tenacious winter roses and more happy kookaburras!

Too good to keep to myself!  ♦

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Photo taken near Daylesford, Victoria, Australia on a great winter weekend trip 24 June 2013.

*crook – sick; badly made or constructed

to have the oomph / to have the juice – to have the energy; to have the speed

That thieving Easter Bunny!

Yes, that wascally wabbit is wobbing our apples!

Wild rabbit dropping by to eat our fallen apples

Robber Rabbit

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With a Happy Easter holiday to everyone.

Be safe! And don’t eat too much chocolate!

from CC, the Daytripper Sipper