Thursday, 17 October 2013

To everything, turn, turn, turn...

... there is a season, turn, turn, turn.

I know, a retro song again. Seems I just can't help myself ;)

This morning, I was thinking about the change of seasons. Then, I thought of the above titled song by The Byrds, which was also featured in the movie Forrest Gump - the scene where Jenny says goodbye to Forrest, then boards the bus back to California.

And, now it won't get out of my head.

So, if you remember, or know of, this song and hum it once, you'll have an earworm for the rest of the day. Sorry in advance, folks, heh heh.


While autumn is dialling down the temperature in the Northern Hemisphere, and beginning to dazzle with her beautiful brazen golden-red palette, spring has been delighting us down south with her cheery blooms, sweet scents and lovely lime leafage.

It stays cooler for a little longer here on the mountain.
There are still more grey days than sunny. And some of winter’s fading blooms remain to keep company with the newcomers… just for a little while longer.

From wonderful Waratahs and pretty Proteas to jaunty Jonquils, here is a selection of pics that I’ve snapped on our weekend walks over the past few weeks.

And remember, you can click on the images for a closer look.

I adore Hellebores (winter rose), and am happy to have them hang around through early spring.

Here, spot Mr. Beezlee among the blossoms.

 I wonder who's expecting?

You can always tell the warmer weather is coming when these guys stealthily creep out from their darkened, dusty abodes.

This long-legged lovely spans about 3 inches wide.

I usually leave them alone when they stay above eye-level inside. But, once they come down below that, it’s outside they go. Gently and safely unharmed. For, they have an important role to play in this world.
I just think they have a bigger range of snacks to choose from outside – that’s what I tell them anyway :)

Years ago, after washing my face one morning, I blindly reached for my towel and patted my face dry.
The towel “wriggled” on my cheek, and as I pulled it away, I saw a large huntsman sitting on the towel – right where my face had been!
I don’t know who was more shocked - me or spidey. Poor thing. Luckily, he was face fangs down on the towel, so all I felt were his hairy legs and body writhing against my skin.
Haha! I can almost hear the collective, “eeeeeuw’s” all the way from here :)

Fascinated by this amazing web seen recently.

Not sure if it was built by a Funnel Web spider. I didn’t think they lived in Victoria.
Now that’s a spider I wouldn’t like to mess with.

And, here's Jack,

bringing in the kindling - one stick at a time.
Okay blue-boy, no more firewood for a while now, xx.

Well, I’ve taken you from songs to seasons to spiders and finally, silver-blue soldiers. What a mixed bag!

Have a wonderful, safe coming weekend everyone.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Fade to Black

Since our neighbourhood power blackout a couple of weeks ago, my computer has been "iffy" at the best of times.
And earlier this week, it decided to go to lunch - permanently.

One minute, I'm sorting out online payments for upcoming markets, the next, fade to black.

There was much button pushing, turn off/turn on/turn off/turn on at power points, copious swearing, then, final resignation whilst staring at the monitor's inky visage. A square black hole.

Computers. Incredibly useful, when they're working.
Absolutely useless when they're not.
And, quotes for replacement/repairs/upgrade costs... ouch!

Luckily, I found a great computer guy locally who could service it within a few days, and we are now back up and running.
So, I'll be composing a new blog post, catching up with emails and my fave blogs later tonight.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! See you soon :)

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Indigo Sunrise

On the weekend, hubby went for a super early ride along beautiful Port Phillip Bay.

It had been a grey stormy night and, as the sun began to push off the dark purple blanket to reveal a bright golden dawn, he couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a pic on his iPhone.

I'm so glad he did - what a stunner! And, one of the benefits of rising early.

Beautiful image courtesy of hubby - thanks T xxx

I've made him promise that whenever he's out and about and sees, "something promising", to take a photo to share here on my blog.

Stay safe and well everyone.