My Life According to……

Response to The Shoes I Wear

I thought this looked like fun! Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, ie a solo performer, answer these questions. I’m starting as I mean to go on by NOT tagging anyone but I’d love it if anyone wants to have a go – if you do please link to me so I don’t miss it! Try not to repeat a song title if possible. If you have to it’s okay though!!

harry nilsson

Your Artist: Harry Nilsson

Are you male or female: Daddys Song

Describe yourself: Jump Into The Fire

How do you feel about yourself: Spaceman

Describe where you currently live: Old Dirt Road

The first thing you think of when you wake up: Gotta Get Up

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Over The Rainbow

Your favorite form of transportation: Driving Along

Your best friend is: Cuddly Toy

Your favorite color is: Salmon Falls

What’s the weather like: Open Your Window

If your life were a TV show, what would it be called: You Can’t Do That

What is life to you: The Lottery Song

What is the best advice you have to give: I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City

If you could change your name, what would it be: Poli High

Your favorite food is: Coconut

My soul’s present condition: Think About Your Troubles

The faults I can bear: Everybody’s Talkin’

How would you describe your love life: Without You

Toys

The word prompt from Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Toys

Here are a few of the toys from around my place. Some I have found in Op-shops or at markets or garage sales.

A cute little tip truck a Grandpa probably made for a child.
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This tractor was perhaps a school project.
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A wonderful home made train.
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The pull along horse and rider that my girls played with. I can’t remember where it came from.
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The metal truck was my truck from when I was a toddler. My Mum said that I used to sit on it was push myself around the house.
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I hope you liked my toys

The Black Bean Tree

Since I posted a bit about Black Beans and their pods, a few people have asked about this wonderful Australian tree.

Black Bean Castanospermum Australe is a walnut-like hardwood timber. It is a timber that ranks among the most hard-wearing with uses in furniture and in general wood turned products, walking sticks, bowls etc

The Black Bean Tree is mainly a rainforest species and where I am is on the southern most limit where the tree could be found. The tree can grow from around eight meters to twenty meters. In some rainforest conditions it has been found to be almost forty meters in height.

The one in my garden will probably get to around ten to fifteen meters.
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This year was good year for the pods. So many scattered around the ground. Luckily I don’t have livestock as the beans can be poisonous to stock.black bean story_pods_ground_named_home_august 2018

The large leaves hang from single stems. As it is very dry at the moment, the leaves are hanging down a bit more than normal.
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Here is an assortment of pods and beans. the pods can have between two and four beans.
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The pods fell from the tree a few months ago, so they are a bit weathered and twisted. I found one that hadn’t opened.
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The inside of the pods look quite comfy for a bean to sit and wait to ripen.
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In the post about the Black Bean pods I did under estimate their size. This was the biggest pod I could find that wasn’t damaged. Imagine this pod dropping from the tree. On the street Black Bean Trees in town is a warning that pods can drop so don’t park under them when it’s pod dropping season.
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This bean weighed in at 39grams. I tried to look for a bigger one that wasn’r squashed. Most beans are around this size.
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A large four bean pod weighs in at 123 grams.
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Black Bean pods hanging from a tree
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The flowers grow directly from the branch. So lovely in their yellow and orange/red hues
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Thank you to those who asked for a bit more information about the Black Bean Tree that is in my garden.

Small

The word prompt from Debbie at Twenty-four: Small

It is good to see that people are taking up Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge while she is on vacation. Thank you all.

A tiny Soft-shelled Snail
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Whats smaller than ants
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A lovely Line-blue Butterfly, about 15mm in size
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Hidden in the folds of a flower, a small Crab Spider waits for something smaller to drop by for a snack
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Stingless Native Bees having a feast on a Crocus flower
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I love finding small fungi on my place
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A flower which is a big 10mm in diameter
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Baby birds are cute especially in a small nest
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The smallest Honeyeater, a Scarlet Honeyeater
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Patterns

The word prompt from Lens_Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

So many patterns in this world it was hard to stop myself from just going on with too many photos.

The colourful patterns on the cliff face
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The amazing patterns created by spiders
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The reflection on the water make a very liquid pattern
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The crazy cat pattern made by the bark of a Spotted Gum Tree.
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Wonderful patterns made by Sand Crabs
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The patterns on an aeroplanes tail
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The patterns made by water lillies
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Amazing patterns on the underside of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
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Fabulous patterns on the feathers of an Ibis
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And of course, the wonderful patterns on our Moon
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Gulls

The word prompt from city sonnet: Gulls

The Gulls flew while the Cormorants just bobbed about hunting fish
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Soaring majestically in the sky
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Or hurriedly leaving the beach in a tangle of wings
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Or just standing at the waters edge enjoying the sand between the toes.
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Finding a shady spot on the beach on a warm day
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Looking nonchalant
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Or being cheeky
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Enjoying the morning sun
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Or a surprise Gull – an Australian Gull Butterfly
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The Eastern Spinebill

Over Winter, Eastern Spinebills come and hang around my garden. Although there isn’t many flowers one Grevillea has lovely little flowers which the Eastern Spinebills enjoy.

I think this Spinebill wants to be a Hummingbird

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Eyes open to make sure of the connection.
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Some wing flapping for adjustment.
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Keep flapping and contact.
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And just as fast………gone
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Black Beans

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Row

Black Bean Trees, Castanospermum australe, are growing on my place. The seed pods can measure up to 100mm in length. Most have three to five beans to a pod. Yes beans in a row.

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Some pods have just a couple. The Black Beans are quite big weighing around 30 grams.
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The leaves and beans are toxic to animals and humans in the raw state. It is great to make tiny canoes from the pods and race them down the river.
Some flowers of the Black Bean Tree. Flowers in a row.
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A Photo a Day Keeps Boredom Away – The Wattles

Debbies word prompt: A photo a Day

I have been trying to remain positive even though the rain has become scarce, the garden is hard to keep water to and the forest around the house is starting to show signs of a lack of water. The usually climatic systems have changed as they do periodically. A lot of Australia is in drought conditions, water is becoming scarce, most farmers are having a difficult time deciding what to do with their stock, whether to plant crops or what to do which is the best for their families. Many appeals have been put in place to assist the best we can. My town is trying to do whatever we can for those west of the Great Dividing Range. Not only are the farms being affected but the businesses in the towns are having a hard time. No cash flow for the farms means a lack of spending in the town. Many appeals are focused on the farms but the small business in towns are suffering as well. No one is spending on the luxury of having a hair cut, getting the kids to the dentist, buying that bit of pleasure whether it be a bar of chocolate or even having lunch in town while you shop for the basics you need to keep your family going.

  I am fortunate that I no longer have stock to feed (only have one chook now) or even have a vege garden (possums have paid price to that luxury) but I have a garden that gives me pleasure. I feel like a bad parent as I decide which plants to water and who I hope will survive. Last year, the dam that I use to water the garden had a leak and the full dam I relied upon to get me though the normally dry Winter, is now around one quarter or less.

Back to the subject of this post. At this time of year, my home is ringed by the heady scent and yellow profusion of Wattles – Acacia fibriata or Fringe Wattle. The dryness has resulted in a reduced amount of blooms and are not the vibrant yellow that normally rings the place.

I have tried to use selective colour to highlight the wattles but as you can see, the dryness of my place has made the highlighting of the yellow of wattles diminished.

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