29/09/2017 – A work in progress

Like all gardens, there is always something that needs doing, something that looks wonderful and something that looks less than wonderful.

Here is the chief gardener at work, surveying the trees, gutters, ageing patio and flowering wisteria.

The wisteria, although stunningly beautiful, manages to flower about the patio, so that it’s main glory is barely visible from below.

This is the view from the back door.

Spring is coming, flowering almond tree.

Some plant life near and in the little pond.

Yeah, the mulberries are on their way.

Even the  bird’s nest fern survived the short winter.

Queen of the garden pointing the hose in all directions.  (Anything is better than housework!)

The big pond, showing two frogs, we think there are about seven in residence.

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5/9/2017 – About a girl called Linda

Now blogs are for stories about life, whether they are happy or sad, good news or bad news, we can’t leave out the unfortunate ones that tell a tale of woe.

Linda was a woman who was very partial to campervans.

This is Hermione, who saw Linda through a few faithful years of travelling and lots of fun.

Yes, Hermione was a great work horse, trusty and solid.  But Linda was looking for more….

And so, Hermione was sold and replaced with this gorgeous looking creature, wine red, shiny and polished.

So polished that she reflected right back at you.    Then one evening, not long after her purchase…. Linda came home late, tired and forgetful.  Parked up the steep drive and went in to bed.

The next morning, all was normal until Linda received a phone call from the police, “Is your van at your place of residence?”, Linda went out to check, OMG it’s been stolen.  But NO, it had gracefully rolled backwards down the drive, over the road, up the opposite kerb and down the embankment, to rest peacefully against an enormous tree.  Oh dear.

Two tow trucks were needed to pull the van out of the hole, back wheels locked up, side panel ruined, back doors ruined, floor buckled, back axle stuffed, oh dear.

It might not look much, but this van was a write off.  Lucky Linda had comprehensive insurance with RAC, who were very helpful and paid out in full within a week.

So endeth the first lesson in parking, always make sure that your hand brake is on and that your vehicle is also in gear (as a precautionary measure).  Anyone wanting to contribute to the wake will be gratefully received!!!!

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4/05/2017 – SUP WORKSHOP – Mindarie

I signed up for a three hour workshop one Saturday morning.  Very educational and informative.  I learnt a lot of ways to upskill myself.

Practising on the roller board, yes, that’s me coming off.

Actually managed to get someone to take a photo of me when I wasn’t falling in.  By the way, I only fell in once.

Some of the group practicing their paddling.

We even spent half and hour on SUP yoga, a goal of mine.

Here’s something really impressive.  Different location but this is what I am aiming at!!!

We finished up with a bit of fun on some super big paddleboards. They would easily fit about a dozen people on them.

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28/4/2017 – AOA Event Whitman Park Woodland Reserve

This involved a night walk through the park, a good opportunity to photograph native animals in the dark.  Above is a sugar glider.

The brush-tailed bettong, also known as the woylie, an extremely rare small marsupial that belongs to the genus Bettongia. It is endemic to Australia.  Because much of its habitat has been destroyed, they are quite difficult to see these days.

The southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) is a short nosed bandicoot, a type of marsupial found mostly in southern Australia. It is also known as the quenda in South Western Australia.

 Another woylie looking for food.

A grey kangaroo getting into the picture.

The sugar gliders do not want to miss out.

Some of our members after the night walk.  Obviously, food was put down to feed the animals, and they are kept within vermin proof fences so that they are safe, so it isn’t quite the bush, but at least they are protected and many are breeding.

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