Summer is starting here, but what a strange beginning.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
On my bedside table ...
The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, by Kathryn Hughes, is a biography of that well known domestic goddess. I never knew she died when she was only 28!
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, is the second of his fantasy novels, and follows Eragon.
Tales of the Otori Trilogy, by Lian Hearn, is a series I loved. Set in 'a mythical, medieval Japan' (from the dust jacket), the descriptive passages in this book I found absolutely entrancing, and the story keep me hooked. I have read the Trilogy before, but a fourth book has recently appeared, so I need to reread them. Woe is me!
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
We have been down to the Gold Coast for a delightful weekend of sandcastles and surf. It was a much needed weekend of R&R for Brett, after several hard weeks of work. He was given Friday, his birthday, off, and we travelled down after school on Friday afternoon, as his Mum was cooking a delicious birthday dinner (Nanny Pawpaw's honey chicken, potato bake and sticky date pudding with caramel sauce - a little taste of heaven right here on earth!).
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
We had an unexpected visitor last weekend in the form of a fledgling blue faced honeyeater. Apparently it takes them a couple of days to figure out how to fly and this little one leapt into the wide blue yonder only to crash into our shed and end up lying stunned on our back lawn. It was very fortunate for him that I was hanging out a load of laundry at the time, and I was able to pick him up and keep him safe until he'd recovered. His frantic parents weren't very grateful, though, and I was forced to use an umbrella as a shield as I put him in a tree. I did get some nice pictures though!
Finally here's a picture of one of our two lovebird hatchlings. She's a little creamino, and her colouring was a delightful surprise as her parents are perfectly average lovebirds. We must have had a few recessive genes lurking around in there! She's already had her first trip to the vet. She had a thread of cotton wrapped around her ankle and it had cut off the circulation. We managed to save her tiny foot though, with hot compresses and massage.