Thursday, 7 January 2021


 THE WEATHER HAS BEEN DIVINE since i got home on the 29th. It's been hot enough to put the cooler on a couple of times but mornings are cool and breezy, perfect for my walk and some tidying up outside.  The birdlife is lively, lots of young ones with parents in the garden, the willie wagtails have a fledgling or two, so the kingfishers and kookaburras are relentlessly badgered and chased off for just sitting quietly in a tree. they make me laugh

Kangaroos are around,  four large ones the other night and last night i awoke at 1.30 thinking it was morning thanks to the sensor light thru a gap in the curtains. i looked out to see the very large powerful male kangaroo grazing outside the window.   he could obviously smell me as he stood up and sniffed the air in all directions.  i went back to bed feeling as though i had a bodyguard :0)    

The goanna has also been strolling around the yard but i haven't caught him on film either.

It's been cloudy so sunsets have been amazing every night.  i'm working on my book, doing versions of a night sky to use as endpapers.  and working out the faces of romeo and juliet, that'll be a good start.

   the little kingfishers are badgered relentlessly by the
   willie wagtail -     I  wonder if they are ever a problem, 
   they only seem to eat insects

The birdbaths are always being used, so many different birds to watch from the windows

the willie wagtail is so agile, it just darts out of reach so quickly.


 the tiny wrens are loving this birdbath, sadly it was lying on the ground the next day, the bowl was fine but the aqua ball was smashed.  I think the large kangaroo was probably drinking there and knocked it off its stand

new rompers for Etta, pink one i made and the
blue one is an op shop one i used for sizing.

I've just ordered two of these decorative rolling pins which i'm looking forward to using for fancy shortbreads next christmas


               Little madam is enjoying the                                  discovery of food  :0)

Rene, Sayaka, Cal and Mara are looking good and managing ok during covid in tokyo.  numbers are a worry at the moment but rene says they're used to being at home a lot,  plenty to do there.

i'm knitting a jumper for rene and i've gone down a huge rabbithole looking at the history of guernseys/ganseys, fishermen's jumpers from Yorkshire.  fascinating the way they're made really tight knit to be warm, gussets for movement, fishermen being identified by their jumpers, or at least the region they come from. Looking forward to starting it but it'll take a bit of working out a design.


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