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Monday, 14 April 2014

My Monarch Butterfly....


On Saturday Marj and I visited the "butterfly lady"
and I came away with an early birthday gift.
A Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis...
Such an exciting journey...
the first flutter...this is when she was freshly hatched...
you can see the remains of the chrysalis on the right.

This is what the caterpillars look like..
.just beginning to attach, before becoming a chrysalis.

The type of flowers favoured by the Monarch.



The plant that hosts the caterpillars and chrysalis.

More butterfly friendly plants...

This is Amelie (as she has come to be known)..
just before she hatched, you can see the markings of her wings
 so clearly through the wall of the chrysalis.

Just freshly hatched...
Drying her wings on some favoured flowers...

Having a stretch.


She gave me such a fright when having her first flutters she landed on my hand...bit of a shaky photo, me trying to concentrate and capture the moment.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Monday, 31 March 2014

Arancini....

Some Chicken and Mushroom Arancini that I made and froze
a couple of weeks ago.

Just half an hour in the oven at 180 degrees
perfect!!

Walking In Sherbrooke...

Took these photos on my phone yesterday...
on a walk to Sherbrooke Falls.

Such tall trees.


And lots of tree ferns.

I just loved the various textures on the tree trunks.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bethany Clares' Cakes....

I also bought cake at the market yesterday...
this is a Pecan and Chocolate tart.

This is Moist Almond Meal Orange cake...

This is a Caramel, Chocolate and Pistachio Slice...
all delicious!!!

What I Bought At The Market...

I came home from the market yesteday with the most gorgeous
handmade artisan moulded one of a kind chocolates...

Each one is just gorgeous...

I did share...but I don't know who'll get to help me enjoy the last ones.

link if you're interested...
http://www.facebook.com/funkeychocolates

Thursday, 27 March 2014

What's On My Bedroom Table...

I'm displaying one of my sister's (Penny Volkofsky) tissue sculptures....

It's a christening gown made from'' hand block printed'' tissue paper...

And is part of a collection entitled ''singing''....

the ''dress'' represents a young child who passed away...

Penny went to a graveyard and looked at headstones
and noted the stories of various females buried there,
and made lots of different ''dresses'' to represent their lives.

This is detail of the printing...white on white.

It's about how we have our lives...
and here (on earth) we have the right clothing or ''shell''

The clothing represents something of what we leave behind...
 it's a bit like the shell of the cicada...
it reminds you of a past life...but it's gone on and it's still singing.

We too leave behind something of a shell...
but go on and continue singing.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Old Truck, On The Road To Emerald...

On Monday, while driving to Emerald
we chanced upon an old rusted out truck.

Crumbling faded glory...

The colours and textures left from years of wear are beautiful.

This is my favourite...it's inspirational colour combination.

There was also a lot of 'growth'...nothing really stands still!




Loved it!!!
P.S. these pix were all taken on my new HTC smart phone....
not bad!!!

Another Photo From Saturday....

Quiet spot at the Doongalla property just behind the Basin.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Discovered On Hard Rubbish...

French Planter with Lavender...

Big Day Out...With The Camera

On Saturday I had a lovely time taking photos at the Alfred Nicholas Gardens...

Lovely leafy patterns.


The waterfall. 


Tranquil lakes. 

The boat shed.


Wood ducks





Classic.



So many patterns and textures


Quiet reflection.


Just beautiful.