This is July 2019

Welcome to This is July 2019.

What a month it has been. Over the month the lack of rain has started to bite again. There was 10mls of rain at the start of the month and since then it has been quite warm during the day. Some days have been in the low 20’s while the nights have been in single figures. The warm days are not that unusual for my winter but the constant sunny days are. There has been rain on the coast, yesterday (1 August) there was 20mls of rain while some sporadic rain clouds drifted overhead here. My dam I use to water the garden around the house is very low. I have to decide what part of the garden I’ll give water to to try and keep plants alive. I am loathe to use the dam’s water because it is so dry and I may need that water in case a bush fire springs up nearby. There has been a few fires but they have been a fair way from here. I am glad I don’t have any animals or crops to look after as it is depressing enough as it is.

July was Becky’s #JulySquares so all of those plus others I have used in other photo challenges aren’t in here but I thought I would use the photo that had the most comments and likes as the header.

Enough of that. This has been a bit of a cropper month for photos though so I do suggest that you get a drink, perhaps a snack, settle back and scroll along.

Hey ho let’s go……………

I spent a few days down the coast visiting my mate whose wife is quite unwell. It is a lovely place and the ferry that goes across the bay is so cute. The size of the other boats docked at the marina make the ferry look so small.
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We found a secondhand shop on the way home. We didn’t buy as their prices were a bit over the top. The glassware was well displayed.glass_coloured_vase_nabiac_july 2019
Don’t look at this too long as you will probably see it move.wind_chime_nabiac_july 2019
In Lismore, a nearby town, they have a train in a park that the kids love, OK I have been on it once or twice. I was getting photos of the park and I really liked the tunnel photo.tunnel_train_heritage_park_lismore_july 2019
My bestie found a Wanderer Butterfly caught in a spiders web in the garden. After removing the web, the butterfly sat on her hand for ages before flying off.wanderer_butterfly_saved_hand_caniaba_july 2019
I wonder if this is the same Wanderer Butterfly?wanderer_butterfly_grass_caniaba_july 2019
While away down the coast, we did a bit of exploring the surrounding area. I found these flowers on a most unusual plant in the sand dunes.flower_dune_plant_harbour_beach_july 2019
Isn’t this flower and it’s hairy plant lovely? I think it is called Herb Robert.flower_herb_robert_caniaba_july 2019
My Billbergia Nutans are floweringflower_bromiliad_billbergia_nutans_home_jackadgery_july 2019
I found this flowering native shrub while out on my place cutting firewood.flower_native_wide_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Magpies found a warm place in the sun. They were warbling away as we walked down the street to where we were staying.magpies_wall_sun_nelson_bay_july 2019
Pied Currawongs are a sign of Winter as they come down from the mountains when the weather get cold up there. This one seems to be taken with the house and the verandah.pied_currawong_verandah_ball_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails at my besties like riding around on the cows next door. I think they may be collecting nesting materials from the cows.willie_wagtail_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
The Cattle Egrets love riding around on the cows too.egret)cattle_standing_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
Back at home, the King Parrots are still hanging around despite the dry conditions.king_parrot_male_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The females are quite different compared to the males.king_parrot_female_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Among the garden bushes, a little Striated Thornbill was hunting for insects.striated_thornbill_caniaba_july 2019
The Scarlet Honeyeaters are always around the garden. It is lucky I have some Eucalypts flowering so there is a food source for these wonderful little birds.scarlet_honeyeater_home_jackadgery_july 2019

There seems to be lots of small birds around at the moment. The Double-barred Finches were happy to hop around the grass eating grass seeds.
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A new bird for me, a Black-faced Woodswallow at my besties placeblack_faced_woodswallow_garden_caniaba_july 2019
Some of my grevilleas are bravely trying to flower despite the lack of water. The wonderful bird attracting Honey Gem which usually has an abundance of flowers has a few straggly flowers that the Lewins Honeyeaters have found.grevillea_lewins_honeyeater_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Yes, I am looking at you Satin Bower Bird. Taken while sitting in my office through the door. The camera is always on the desk.satin_bowerbird_male_looking_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The female Satin Bower Bird was also curious to see what I was going.bowerbird_female_verandah_home_jackadgery_july 2019
While down in the lower part of my place there is a wide grassed gully which I drive along to find suitable fallen timber for firewood. Often when I arrive there is a flurry of activity from White-winged Choughs or these birds, Grey-crowned Babblers. A small group walk along the gully flicking over leaves, bark and small rocks to find insects to eat. They have a constant chatter as they do and there is one bird who is the lookout who will let everyone know that danger lurks. As I approached, they flew into the trees so I just sat and waited until they resumed normal business.grey_crowned_babblers_three_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Here you can see their grey crowngrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
If the piece of wood is too hard to kick over, you have to get down and get your beak in to get your snack.grey_crowned_babbler_digging_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Back at home, the White-throated Honeyeaters love this little hanging pot which I fill with water for the birds. If I am outside and the pot is empty, one of these birds will sit near me and let me know.white_chinned_honeyeater2_hanging_pot_july 2019
I love the olive colour on their back and wings.white_chinned_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters also come to drink and bathe here.yellow_faced_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
After a bust day at the grevilleas, a Lewins Honeyeater enjoys a drink and a dunk.lewins_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
“Hello….is anyone using this bird bath?”
A White-throated Treecreeper looks over the edge of the bowl. This is a replacement for my wonderful terracotta bird bath which doesn’t attract as many visitors as the terracotta one.white_throated_treecreeper_bird_bath_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Welcome Swallows are starting to nest at my besties under the verandah as they have for years.welcome_swallow_caniaba_july 2019
Busy collecting nesting material, it’s time to line the mud nest with feathers, probably from the Cattle Egrets on the farm next door.welcome_swallow_feather_nest_caniaba_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails are nesting too. Unfortunately the next day after I took this photo the whole nest was gone. We looked around the garden, under and nearby, but there wasn’t even a sign of the nest. The Wagtails were distraught in the morning. willie_wagtail_nest_build_caniaba_july 2019
Time to look up and see who has been flying over head. This is a collection of the Raptors. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was cruising around Harbour Beach at Port Stephens.sea_eagle_flying_port_stephens_july 2019
The Black Kite is a regular at the Lismore Waste Facility. We go there usually on a Saturday as their Revolve Shop has some great bargains from items recovered from the waste collections.  black_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
A very brave Magpie was making sure the Wedged-tailed Eagle wasn’t hanging around near their nests. It harassed the Eagle until it flew higher than the magpie could. wedged_tailed_eagle_magpie_flying_caniaba_july 2019
I love seeing the Wedged-tailed Eagles soar overhead.wedged_tailed_eagle_flying_caniaba_july 2019

No I wasn’t in the Sahara. At Harbour Beach the sand dunes are enormous and there is a Camel ride operator. We were there late in the afternoon and this was the last tour of the day coming back in.
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Well the sun is on the way down so I better say see ya.sunset_red_caniaba_july 2019
On the road from my place to the river the setting sun gave the road a redder hue than the normal red gravel on the roads surface.sunset_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019
I had to get a close up as the sun started to disappear behind the mountainssunset_close_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019

Well that’s all from me for July. I hate to end on a sad note but Chicken, the last of my chooks, died last month. Chicken came to me from my friend who lived down the road, the same one who gave my the beautiful Iris. When he had to go into care, he asked me to look after his chooks and Chicken is the last one. She was quite old and had been ill for a while and I used to take her with me when I went to my besties and also to my daughters. Since the start of the cold weather at night, I would pop her into her travelling crate and she would sit inside with me near the fire.

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Also linked with Su’s Changing Seasons

 

This is March 2019

What a month of differences. I had some good rainfalls in February but March became quite dry. The dam I use for watering the garden and use outside didn’t receive any run-off and is very low. I am in water conservation mode and back to watering the garden plants sparingly. The pot plants on the verandahs are getting the precious tank water. I have lost a number of my Begonias sadly. I have a number of plants of the same species and nothing has been lost altogether.

The coming of Autumn is usually a time to plant but as the same as last year, there isn’t the promise of rain and soil moisture. I have a number of plants that are now going to re-potted into bigger pots. The best thing is the sunsets this Autumn so this post has a number of sunsets as I couldn’t decide which ones to use.

I haven’t included the photos I have used in posts over the past few weeks, such as the Wedged-tailed Eagle having lunch on the side of the road. I have also put some in reserve for posts to be written later on.

There is a a good selection so maybe a cup of your favourite beverage, a snack and get comfortable to see some of the stuff I found in my world in March.

I was very privileged to be part of a smoking ceremony. A traditional Aboriginal welcome to their part of country. The leaves that were on the fire, Lemon Scented Gum, Cinnamon Gum and another type of eucalypt leaf I can’t remember.
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We stood or sat around the circular fire pit. One of the most amazing part was we were told that the smoke would touch us all. They began playing a welcome tune and the smoke went in a spiral around the circle of people, the smoke touching everyone. Yes the hairs on my arms and neck stood, it was a magical moment.smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_players_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
The leaves had to be put on regularly to infuse the people and the moment which gave us a sense of being part of country. smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_loading_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
One of the murals inside of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence where the NSW Landcare Forum was heldmural_NIEC_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019

The city sunset
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One afternoon, the sun was so yellow bathing the countryside giving an eerie glow to the Grass Tree sentinels that watch over my besties place. grass_trees_named_caniaba_march 2019

I wish I had more time to explore Redfern its streets, houses and gardens. I love this ornate piece on a gate.
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Back at my part of the world, I found a bit of rust.
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One of the jardinieres in the front of a house
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Meanwhile at the beach, the shadows  on the sand caught my attention.beach_grass_shadow_evans head_march 2019

The colours of a Small Common Yellow Butterfly seemed to change as it sat on the lomandra.
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My nighttime visitor who dropped in and commenced doing her laundry. praying mantis_home_march 2019

The early morning rain at my besties on a spiders web.
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The water dropspalm_fronds_dead_water_drops_named_caniaba_march 2019

While on the hunt for spiky things for Beckys March Square Photo Challenge, a purple Spider Orchid said pick me.
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Another angleflowers_orchid_purple_named_lismore_march 2019

Some Eucalypt flowers look spiky but are so soft
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Purple flowers in the morning sun.flowers_purple_named_caniaba_march 2019
Another orchid found at the Lismore Farmers Market where we go most Saturdays for breakfast and get some produce from the growers.flowers_orchid_named_lismore_march 2019
The Desert Rose is also for sale at the Marketflowers_desert_rose_named_lismore_march 2019

After not doing much, the rain came to my besties in March (but not my place) and the bean plants started to grow and flower.
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This is the very first time I have seem coconuts growing on a tree.
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Time for a few bird photos. The cute little Striated Thornbill enjoys dropping into to use  the bird baththornbill_bird_bath_named_caniaba_march 2019
OK….now we are back at the beach. The Crested Terns flew in and sat on the beach with us.crested_terns_sitting_evans head_march 2019

On Macleay Island, the Bush-stone Curlews had a young one.
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Having a drive around we came across a family of Grey-crowned Babblers having a feed along the side of the road.grey_crowned_babbler_named_gore rd_march 2019
One afternoon the sky was filled with a cacophony of squawking Little Corellas, the most Little Corellas I have ever seen in one huge flock. There were hundreds.corellas_little_flying_flock_closer_named_lismore_march 2019
The flock stretched across the sky in the afternoon sun.corellas_little_flying_flock_named_lismore_march 2019
I love the graceful Ibis as the soar overhead.ibis_flying_named_lismore_march 2019

The Black Kites are always hovering and swooping at the waste facility.
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A look at the steering mechanism on a Black Kite.kite_black_steering_named_lismore_march 2019
I am so happy that the Scarlet Honeyeaters are still around the garden at home.scarlet honeyeater_grevillea_honey_gem_home_jackadgery_march 2019
It is always a treat to come across Eastern Rosellaseastern_rosella_fence_named_gore rd_march 2019
The rain at my besties has bought out the happy looking Green Tree Frogs.frog_green_tree_named_caniaba_march 2019
On the drive around we came across an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and her Joey.eastern_grey_kangaroo_joey_named_gore rd_march 2019

The morning sun on the pampas grass seed heads
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The car ferry on the way to Macleay Island was soon overtaken by the catamaran ferryferry_fast_named_macleay_island_march 2019

It was a treat when the yacht owner put up the red sails
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The sunset over the bay made the end of a busy day worthwhile.
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The sunset on the watersunset_water_named_macleay_island_march 2019
The farmer next door ploughed and planted a paddock next to my besties place. When it was ready, he let the cows into the paddock. This cow certainly seemed to enjoy having a snack.cow_licking_named_caniaba_march 2019
The calf kept a wary eye on me.calf_looking_named_caniaba_march 2019

The calf at sunset.
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Another fabulous sunset.sunset_dark_named_caniaba_march 2019

Another day, another sunset. This is the eastern sky
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I think this was my favourite sunset of March
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Probably my favourite sunset photo. Well the suns gone down…..
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…..and our Moon is in the sky, so it’s time to go.moon_named_caniaba_march 2019

I hope you have a had a good time wandering about, sometimes a bit chaotic, in my world. The featured photo is one from Beckys photo challenge which a lot of people liked. Maybe you have a favourite photo too?

Which Way – March 7

It’s time for a Which Way post

Earlier this week, we went to Macleay Island one of the many islands in Morton bay. As we had stuff to do, we took the car ferry. Here is the story.
The ferry arrived loaded with cars and trucks190309_blog_challenge_which_way_ferry1
and this bloke
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The crew decided on the order of loading
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At the first stop, Karragarra Island the truck was the only one to get off.
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Next stop was Macleay Island so we were the first car off the ferry
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Waiting to head back to the mainland
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Black and White Sunday: Structure – man made

I had this idea for Paulas Lost in Translation black and white photo challenge Structure but I switched to using my usual nature photos. This time I have a couple of man made structures.

Looking down the path of the Grafton Bridge
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The walkway from a ferry wharf in Sydney
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Black and White Sunday – Through

What a challenge! I couldn’t think of anything then a bit of inspiration kicked in which led to too many ideas.

Looking through to a garden in Rome.

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One of the many colonnades in Bologna

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Letting the ferry through the lock in Paris

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Looking through time in the 12th Century church in Verona

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Not many through photos from Australia as the ideas of those came to late

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