Saturday, 1 August 2015

What does it all mean?

Waking later than usual, I hurried to the kitchen for a strong cup of coffee. I threw open the curtains to check on today's weather and was met by  'a shower of white fire' which made me jump back in astonishment!  What was a single cattle egret doing sitting on my garden wall?

I dared not open the sliding door onto the verandah but instead took this photo through the glass. This one is the best of the three I managed to click off in quick succession before this stunning creature flew off to a tree quite some distance away, and then was nowhere to be seen.

'A shower of white fire' is a phrase from this lovely poem Egrets by Mary Oliver.

There is much symbolism attached to herons and egrets
 from ancient cultures such as Greece, Egypt, China, Native America. 
Grace, patience, balance, tranquility, good luck, 
or determination, intelligence, independence, resourcefulness....the list goes on.  
To be honest, I could do with more than a sprinkling of each one of those attributes!

I searched in vain for the solitary egret.
I looked in the places egrets go, those transitional places between water, earth and air.
No sign of it on a cow's back either, which is where they are often seen plucking ticks etc.

Looking up into the sky as afternoon was closing in.....could it it my egret?

That cloud really was in the sky that day, and I haven't seen the egret any more since then.  
I do like to think that we notice things for a reason.
What do you think?
I'm planning on grounding myself firmly on my own two feet,
 occasionally treading fearlessly into deeper waters, and delighting in gracefully taking flight.
But I draw the line at picking ticks from a cow's back!

Bye for now
PS.  If you'd like to know more about egrets in Australia this post " Egrets-I've had a few" 
from Paula Peeters at Paperbark Writer is informative and fun!

Friday, 24 July 2015

One week I am!

Yes, thanks to all your encouragement in comments on my last post, I'm here a week later. 
 It's amazing how accountability helps to keep you on track  
Well, it works for me anyway!

What a week it's been.  The big story being that we had twins!  Alright then, it wasn't exactly WE, but one of our cows.  To cut a long story short...I was walking back from the cattle yards on dusk in the freezing cold, wind blowing half a gale. My eyes were drawn to ripples on the dam...not duck type, they were bigger than that.  I went to investigate.  It was a calf close to the dam wall but bobbing in the water.  Yells, screams and next thing I know hubby is stripping off and heading into the freezing cold water, grabbing the little calf and pulling him up onto the bank. It was really hard work for him, and exhausting.  I ran home for old towels and, puffing and panting, we rubbed him down, leaving the head so that the mother would recognise the smell of her calf.
We were worried because it was so very cold, but nature is incredible and this tired little calf  was up and drinking from his Mum next morning, along with his sister. Unfortunately, no chance for photos, too much going on, but I do have one of the little fella a couple of days later.

This last photo is the dam at sunrise just a few days after the drama unfolded.  
All calm as if nothing had ever happened.  
This is how life is, one thing after another, 
up then down, crazy then calm, despair then delight.  
Just as it should be.

I hope your week has been more up than down, more calm than crazy.  
Tell me about it.  I'd love to hear...

Bye for now 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

As you blog, so you are...

I need to get organised, have a routine, all that sort of stuff.  I'm intermittent with my blog posts just as I am intermittent with all the essentials in my life.  I write to do lists but I don't follow them.  

I read this post today from zen habits, and I'm going to give it a try...starting here with my blog. One post once a week.  Not too hard, right?  Wrong!  But I'll try it because if I can do that, then according to this post I'll gain in confidence and feel better about myself and so habits will become easier to follow. this is what I noticed as I went about my day....

Do you have trouble with doing the things you need to do on a regular basis
 or are you an organised person?
I'm really interested to hear because it is something I struggle with
so any advice would be warmly welcomed!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Interview in Images

I have been inspired by Kim Manley Ort to have a go at a Visual CV or interview, 
 no words, just images.
I found this via two great blogs that I follow ~

Take a look at what they have done and if you feel like having a go too, 
leave a link in the comments so we can pop over and see. 

It was fun and enlightening, but quite taxing as I ended up with twenty photos
 and found it hard to cull down to ten.
Anyway, here goes!.....

Who are you?

Why photography?

What is your trademark photographic style?

What truly inspires you?

Where do you go when you close your eyes?

Where is home for you?

How would you describe your lifestyle?

What makes a great shot?

How do you view the world?

What is an important lesson you've learned?

Phew!  That was a lot harder to do than I expected!  
I keep on wanting to change them, but that's me, never can make a decision.

Don't forget, if you give it a go too, do leave a link in the comments below.

Bye for now,

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Berry Beautiful!

Out and about at this time of year you can't help but stumble across berries. 
Lilly Pilly, Wild Raspberry, and the orange spiky one?  Well, I used to know it but now I don't.
 ( It'll probably come to me in the middle of the night! )

Anyway I bet they are all a great winter feast for the birds and they brighten up the track.

You'll notice Cobba sitting patiently waiting while I take photos....
well I was actually waiting patiently too, for the cattle to come across the road back home.  
So of course perfect time to click a photo of the fantail high up above us!

Every time of year has its highlights doesn't it.  
What are yours at this time of year where you are? 

Saturday, 6 June 2015


Winter is here. Mornings are colder, evenings come earlier. 
 By the time I've finished the outside chores my fingers are feeling like icicles.  
Let's race inside and get the fire going.  Hold on.... just take a look at that sunset!  

The ducks on the dam are swimming in swirling circles,
 the ripples overlaid with gold leaf.

'Eternally Grateful'.
  This heading caught my eye as I crumpled up the newspaper to start the fire.
 I stopped for a moment to read on.....

A young mother was thanking a man for saving her son's life.  An ordinary day turned out to be quite the opposite. Her toddler was choking on some food and unable to dislodge it she ran out onto the street screaming for someone to help her.   Other cars had driven past but he had stopped and he saved the little boy's life. It seems these people live on the same street and are now good friends.  A heart warming story with profound and far-reaching consequences.

'Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness 

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.'

Scott Adams

The kettle's boiling. Time for a cup of tea.
Pull up a chair by the fire and we can toast our toes together.
 Do you take sugar?