Walking Square #12 – Flowers, Pots and Chooks

Becky’s #WalkingSquares

Well, let’s walk right in

Up in the early morning being greeted by Shaun.

This post for #WalkingSquares is one for the weekend, Sunday in particular. My titles and dates will be skew whiff for now on in. Not good for OCD. As I said up and into the garden in the morning before we head off to a Pottery Studio for the day.

A quick once around and loving the plants wonderful nix of colours. The little Tricycle lives on

A couple of the neighbours came to say hello

The Gallardias are adding colour in patches. I should have used more flowers to get the full effect, sorry.

Too many lovely roses so here’s just one of my favourites, Double Delight

Off on the drive to the Pottery Studio. Lucky there were signs in the garden to show the way. It is a fabulous ramshackle garden with a few trimmed parts as well.

Had a walk through the shop and chatted to people while waiting for the Raku pottery kiln to be opened. Have a look at the link while we wait

Time for Mick to open the kiln

Here is a look at what was cooking at 1,000 degrees. It was a very warm day, in the low 30’s so being near a kiln wasn’t a good idea. The things I do for you!

Thick gloves and long tongs. I would be using them as well

Then it was over to a drum with sawdust in it and a bit more sawdust was added

Of course it all caught fire. A lid was put on the drum the reduce the oxygen and increase the carbon which make the firing patterns different. Sorry again. The pots didn’t come out of the drums while I was there. It was still 600C in the drum!

The walk back through the garden was one last look around. There were Superb Fairy Wrens hopping in the garden beds as well Wanderer Butterflies flitting about the ramshackle garden. The climbing rose was huge.

Other parts were neatly kept in little clearing with spots of colour. I love the mix of Zinnias.

And of course there were chooks.

Here’s the version some people might know better

Cee’s FOTD

Always ready to help

Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Apprentice

Subtitle: Why I Can Never Seem to Get Things Done Easily with the Apprentices Around

Chopping firewood. “Looking from up here, I think it might be a little to your right.”

Working on the car. “Everything seems to be OK, what do you think?”

The worst apprentice is always finding a shady place to rest when there’s work to be done.

Digging in the garden. “There might be seeds here somewhere!”

“Come and have a look over here, I’m sure he’s put a new plant in here.”

“I’ve finished all my jobs, is the kettle on for a cup of tea?”

Re-living the Past #13 – My first relaxing photo

Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Relax

From the 1st October 2013. Pretty-faced Wallabies relaxing in the yard with the chooks

An Aussie song to help you relax

Discovering your emotions

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Emotion

Can you find your emotion among this lot? No responsibility taken for any mental scaring, they are your emotions. Perhaps I can facilitate some change. Try and stop for a while and appreciate the colours or patterns of the photo that builds a flight response or just stop on the photo that makes you go aahhh and soak up the emotion

I’ll come to your emotional rescue

Rather special

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

A few special moments to share.

A Wanderer Butterfly coming to rest on my besties hand for a while

Having help when I really needed it while working under my car

Having chickens hatch

Having a critically endangered Regent Honeyeater visit my garden

Taking a super bad photo of a very shy and almost rare (in my area) Regent Bowerbird. One quick photo and it was gone.

Having a Eastern Yellow Robin come and sit on the back of a chair while you are having a bite to eat in the garden. He came around often at my besties old place. We called him Bobbin

Finding a Nobbi Lizard at one of my favourite places, the Raspberry Lookout, after the fires of the Summer of 2019

Discovering a Hakea flurolenta on my place for the first time. I haven’t seen it since those fires but hope it may return in time.

Discovering the delights of Paris and Venice for the first time

Venice

Why it takes me ages to do stuff

I thought I would do a re-post for Lisa’s Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. This week is Domesticated Birds

Also for Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Again

I often go outside to do things around the house such as splitting firewood, or a bit of gardening, work on the car for instance. Sometimes I get asked “Where have you been? You’ve been gone for ages and lunch/dinner is ready.” Or “What has taken you so long? You were just going to split a wheelbarrow of firewood.”

Well, you see I have some helpers. Oh, so you have helpers I hear you say. So it shouldn’t take you very long to do stuff if there are helpers!!!

My helpers are always there whenever I go outside, ready to be with me to see what they can do to make my jobs a lot easier. Yes, everywhere I go they always tag along to make sure I do a good job.

This is how they help in the garden.
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Just so you know I had put a small plant in the garden right there.
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“Did you say something?” she said.
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At the chopping block. I am always telling them to watch out as a block of wood flies off the block.
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“Hey. Got any white ants or bugs up here?” If I stop to get another block to split, there is always a chook up there!
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Now you would think that working on the car, compressor going, the sound of air tools and perhaps a bit of language from me, would be not the place to be wouldn’t you?
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“I think I’ll settle in here for a while.”
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I love my chooks and don’t really mind with their “help”……most of the time.

Eggs, just eggs

The Weekly Prompt Wednesday: Marketed Eggs

Chooks
Eggs
Big
Small
I have some eggs. When a chook first starts to lay, often a tiny egg is layed. This is just a shell and a bit of white. These are about the size of a thumb nail. Then as the chook gets older sometimes the size of the egg increases. At one stage I had around 60 free range chooks and was selling eggs all over town.

Here is a bit of my egg collection. The shells are intact but the contents have dried.

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Work

The word prompt from Nancy for Photo for the Week Challenge: Work

One of the main bits of work I have to do around here is cutting and getting firewood for Winter. Yes, it does get rather hot but over Winter here in the foothills, the nights can get quite cool. Sometimes this can be quite a challenge or a quite peaceful way to spend a Winters day.
Come with me and help out with a bit of work.

Quite often I would start the chainsaw and the Pied Butcherbirds would appear
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After a bit of cutting and time to have a rest, the Butcherbirds would swoop in and check out the log.pied butcher bird03_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Synchronised bug huntingpied butcher bird04_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Always on the look out making sure I had a longer rest than necessary. Are you ready to go again?pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
Back at home time to unload the cut rounds and start splitting the wood for the fire. Of course the sound of wood being split attracts the chooks who come looking for snacks. Standing on the chopping block is one way of delaying the work that has to be done.chooks1_block_looking_named_home_2017
What are they looking for? Most times it might be white ants which chooks love or sometimes it could be a Centipede hiding in the crevices in the wood. 190816_blog_challenge_yellow_centipede
A ute load of wood split and ready for the Winters fire.190219_blog_challenge_winter_firewood_ute