Oh what a beautiful morrrrrning, oh what a beauuuutiful dayyyyyyyy......
It's sunny and getting warm, the birdies are tweeting and it can't help but brush away the cobwebs. My first job this morning was to collect up a barrow load of tiny twigs for the kindling box. And after the recent storms there is no shortage of twigs and branches lying around, my goodness we have some cleaning up to do! Steve busied himself with the chainsaw, working on his precious woodpile.
Oh yes, before I forget - I've had .a few queries about the fate of Rabbit, the dear little joey who lost half her ear. Well, she is absolutely fine! Her ear has healed up completely as far as we can see and she looks healthy and happy. I was going to take a photo of her this morning but all the roos had scarpered after Steve started up the chainsaw.
We are getting right into enjoying performances here, so we've booked our next one already, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are coming in November, really looking forward to that one too, nothing like a good set of bagpipes and some kilts :-)
Ian Griffiths from Cornwall, UK. He specialises in parrot paintings, from all countries. He wrote to me because he was being commissioned to do a large painting of Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, an endangered parrot from Australia, and was trying to find someone who does habitat photography as he likes to be accurate with the trees and foliage the birds inhabit. I didn't know anyone, but as the Red Tails live in this area and feed in our trees I offered to take some photos of our trees for him, if that would help. The poor man, I think I exploded his brain as I ended up sending him over 200 photos ha ha.
Ian's website is http://www.artbygriff.com/ and his Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Wildlife-artist-Ian-Griffiths-122881387886979/
if you get a chance, do go and have a look at his work, he is a very talented man.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Monday, 15 August 2016
Well, we are bleary eyed from lack of sleep but we're still loving watching the Olympics. I get so filled with national pride when I watch our athletes. We needed a small hiatus though, Steve had a fit of anxiety as we virtually ran ourselves out of dry wood. The wet weather has been a great excuse to stay inside and watch tv, we have also kept ourselves very comfortable with the fire constantly burning, but outside, all Steve's stash of chainsawed logs were wet wet wet. So Steve scurried around and found some big pieces and we had a block splitting session, and ended up with a nice big rack of wood that thankfully started drying out quickly. We had a fabulous sunny day yesterday which helped heaps.
Monday, 8 August 2016
It's 7 degrees here today, SEVEN degrees!! Howling, freezing cold wind, cutting right to the bone. The ducks and chooks don't give a hoot, wandering around in orchard snapping up hapless bugs that lie half stunned by the rain and hail. There have been some amazing cloud banks coming towards us from the north-west, beautiful.
Would you like to see a joint work in progress? Six months ago I finished this raised embroidery and stuffed it into a drawer as I didn't know what to do with it. I rather like it, it's one of the few things I've made that I am very fond of. I had in mind to put it into a round wooden frame, but I couldn't find anything I liked, and eventually I asked my clever husband if he could possibly make me a frame using a piece of our jarrah. He set to work with the lathe and other tools, trying to shape it as I wanted. He got a bit upset when it started cracking, but I was actually rapt, as it gives it rustic look that I wanted. It isn't finished yet, Steve still has to work on the inner part of the frame, smoothing it off and staining it, and I have to stretch to embroidery over a round board, stitching it at the back to keep it taut. Then it can all be put together and popped on a wall somewhere in the house. I love that we've both had a part in the making of this. :-)