Archive | October, 2014

An Aussie Trio

19 Oct
An Aussie Trio

An Aussie Trio

Here we have a real Aussie trio: two Kookaburras and a Noisy Miner.

Their calls are so distinctive: the raucous laugh of the Kookaburra, the bright chatter of the Noisy Miner.

Enjoy!

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A White-faced Heron Faces Grey Skies

14 Oct

Today I saw a White-faced Heron. It landed in the  swimming baths, but it couldn’t decide exactly where to settle. I watched it fly from one end of the riverside beach to the other, and back again. Such grace …

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

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It’s a Great Season for Epacris

13 Oct
Epacris

Epacris

Right now, the Epacris is in flower, and to my mind it’s never looked better!

Its sight is one of the highlights of a walk in the bush. It grows beautifully, right beside the river where I swim.

Such a pretty, Australian wildflower …

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I’m A Prizewinner! ‘The One That Got Away’ is Highly Commended :)

12 Oct
Me, holding Chicki

Me, holding Chicki

News flash!

My short story, ‘The One That Got Away’, has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group 2014 competition : part of the Hurstville City Council Festival of Community Arts.

The competition had been open to adult  residents of Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale local government areas. For those unfamiliar, these councils are in suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.

I’m thrilled!

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Blossom Time

12 Oct
Spring blossoms

Spring blossoms

Here in Sydney, Australia, the Spring blossoms are starting to fade, and unfortunately some have completely dropped off their branches.

Here’s a pretty, street specimen growing near our home. The flowers are still hanging on. 🙂

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The Bandits: Our Favourite Band

10 Oct
The Bandits

The Bandits

For over four years, Ron and I have followed the Sydney-based cover band ‘The Bandits’, attending most of their concerts.

We love to hear their music — the best from the fifties though to the eighties — such as ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Bus Stop’,  ‘Dance the Night Away’, ‘All My Lovin’ and ‘Friday on My Mind’.

It’s hard to resist getting up and dancing! And I for one seldom miss an opportunity.

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Flowers that Remind Me of Childhood

8 Oct

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Certain flowers remind me of my childhood.

I grew up in an inner-city suburb of Sydney, where gardens were far less common than in the district where we now live.

In fact, I remember only a handful of flowers that grew in my childhood home: red geraniums, snowdrops, snapdragons of many colours,   red, pink and yellow four-o’clocks, and purple pelargoniums.

Here is a photo of a direct descendant of that original purple pelargonium. When we moved, we took slips, and so the plant, as well as the memory, lingers on.

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Clouds

7 Oct

2013_0404imagefacebook0169I admit to be a sky-watcher. I love to see the sky in all its moods: cloudy, stormy, sunrise, sunset.

I found this interesting and , I think, beautiful shot today in my collection. It’s taken in suburban Sydney, Australia.

Enjoy!

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Veronica’s Review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’

7 Oct

A big ‘Thank you’ to Veronica for her 5 star review of ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’.

In part, she writes:

‘Margaret Lynette Sharp’s writing is poetic and descriptive. The stories realistically depicted the heady feeling of falling in love and how circumstances and distance can put a strain on  a relationship.’

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1069800661?book_show_action=true&page=1

This title is currently available on Amazon Kindle. I am hoping that, in the not too distant future, a paperback version will be issued.

 

G’Day: A Lorikeet Looks …

6 Oct
G'day: A Rainbow Lorikeet

G’day: A Rainbow Lorikeet

G’day!

This Rainbow Lorikeet seems to be looking straight at us.

In the local park, these strikingly-coloured birds have become quite people-friendly, often eating tasty morsels tossed by picnickers.

So lovely to see these and other birds in the wild.

Enjoy!

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