Archive | December, 2013

2013 in review

31 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Look Who’s Coming!

30 Dec

Look who’s coming!

Is that what Chicki’s thinking?

It isn’t every day that a pair of delightfully friendly wild ducks waddles down the promenade. Yet another reason for Chicki’s excitement at the prospect of going out in the car. Who knows what treats the day may bring?

But to me at least, few surpass the simple beauty of watching nature at its sweetest.

Look who's coming!

Look who’s coming!

Welcome visitors

Welcome visitors

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Another Day, Another Beach…

29 Dec

Another day, another beach…

Is that what’s in Chicki’s mind?

The neighbours must surely hear her excited barks as she waits for the opening of our car door.

My guess is that this little beach and all its enticing smells are the highlight of her day.

All in a (dog) day’s work, and play!

Chicki at the beach

Chicki at the beach

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Manly Beach: a Glorious Place

28 Dec

Hands up who likes ocean beaches?

For those in Sydney, I offer one of our finest: Manly.

For those who come from the other side of Sydney, is there a better way to get there  than via the Manly Ferry that regularly leaves from Circular Quay?

What an expanse of dazzling sand! What an ocean!

Manly Beach

Manly Beach

What a pity I didn't have my cossie...

What a pity I didn’t have my cossie…

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Watching the World Go By

26 Dec

Watching the world go by….

Not a bad occupation, especially if one is on top of the world!

Happy cockatoo, reveling in the glory of the Australian bush!

Merry Christmas!

On top of the world...

On top of the world…

 

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It’s Time for a Rest….

25 Dec

It’s time for a rest….

I guess that’s what this pair of Rainbow Lorikeets have decided.

Their heads are turned in such a way as to expose their vivid and beautiful chest feathers.

So eye-catching!

Rainbow Lorikeets in Sydney

Rainbow Lorikeets in Sydney

The King of Parrots

20 Dec

Don’t you agree that these spectacular birds well deserve their title: King Parrots?

Their rich red and  green of the plumage is so eye-catching and cheerful. It’s always a delight to catch sight of these parrots. Rarely, fortune smiles on me so much that a really wonderful photographic opportunity presents itself. But a few weeks ago, it did!

Another wonderful parrot that I sometimes see in the park is the Crimson Rosella. The most striking difference between it and the King Parrot lies in the colour of the wings, which are a darkish blue.

Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

King Parrot

Crimson Rosella

Enjoy!

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Life’s a Walk in the Park…

19 Dec

Life’s a walk in the park…

Most days, Chicki and I  stroll around this bushland track. Well, in truth, I stroll: Chicki stops every few yards to indulge in her favourite pastime, sniffing.

There seems to be an endless supply of wonderful smells around here, since it’s a favourite haunt of many dogs and their owners.

That’s Chicki’s pleasure. Mine is looking at the river, the bush, and the wildlife: especially the abundant birdlife.

It’s wonderful that Sydney suburbia still boasts lovely pockets of natural bushland.

Chicki overlooking her favourite track

Chicki overlooking her favourite track

Swallow on the Shore

17 Dec

It’s not often that I see a Swallow on the shore.

These birds are as tiny as they are swift, and one of my favourite sights.

So I was delighted to capture this image. Although very tiny, it brings to life the memory of the day when one of these special little creatures alighted on the river’s sand.

A Swallow on the Shore

A Swallow on the Shore

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Another Award!

16 Dec
This Gold is my favourite colour: today

This Gold is my favourite colour: today

Well, will wonders cease?

Here it is, nearly Christmas, and what do I learn?

That the wonderful blogger, KidazzleInk, http://kidazzleink.com/2013/12/16/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/ has nominated me yet again for a prestigious blogging award!

2 X Sisterhood of the World

The rules for receiving the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award are as follows.

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer 8-10 questions.
3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

I’m delighted to be considered worthy of this award.

The Questions:

  1. Your favorite color – the glorious gold of the hibiscus is hard to beat.
  2. Your favorite animal – dogs. I have cared for, and loved deeply, many wonderful canines.
  3.  Facebook or Twitter – I like both, but Facebook is my favourite.
  4. Your favorite pattern – probably stripes.
  5. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? – Enjoy both, though choosing a gift can be quite challenging.
  6.  Your favorite number? – 12
  7. Your favorite day of the week? – Sunday.
  8. Your favorite flower? – Too many: Western Australian Red-flowering gums, Camellias, roses, Hibiscus
  9. What is your passion? – Swimming, photography, writing, reading, animals, music, dancing.

I’ll borrow these questions for my own nominees.

1 Margaret Miller http://neomanu.wordpress.com/

2 Rachael Johns http://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com/

3. Jenny Schwartz http://authorjennyschwartz.com/blog/

4.  Errin Spelling http://errinspelling.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/summer-with-j/

5. Rachel Mankowitz  http://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/to-the-beach/

6. Maxima http://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/whenever-you-need/

7. Leanne Cole http://leannecolephotography.com/2013/11/11/introductions-infraredrobert/

8. Linda Visman http://wangiwriter.wordpress.com/

9, Fleur McDonald http://fleurmcdonald.com/blog/

10. Nicole Alexander http://nicolealexander.com.au/blog/

 

Sisterhood Bloggers Award

So, thanks again, KidazzleInk!

Glad you love my blog! Yours is fantastic!