Saturday, 17 February 2018


I'M EXCITED to have a family of bee eaters here.  for the last two days i've heard the 
'brrr brrr' sound of their song as they flit and glide on their saffron wings, dipping and flying between the trees.

Friday, 16 February 2018


OK - kids have come and gone, now to find where i put everything that was on floor level :0)
Had a walk this morning hoping to find the little flock of rainbow bee-eaters i saw yesterday when my battery was flat.  they weren't there,  off to the hairdresser then met bruce the builder at home so he could get measurements.   sigh, i feel like things are slowly grinding into action.  he's going to order the doors for me.  i have so much more confidence in his advice that i did with the former builder.   the EX builder :0)

had lunch in mildura yesterday with donnie and di, then popped in next door to see the exhibition of two of the 'makers' group, dorothy and terri.  i took a whole heap of photos so they could send one to the sunraysia daily

vicki mentioned that she'd like some champers glasses of the shape modelled on marie antoinette's breast :0)   i suggested hollow stems too, and that i'd keep an eye out in the op shops.  and here they are - from the big mildura salvos, czech bohemia glass still with the labels on, a set of six for $6      she's chuffed and i'm quietly proud

Thursday, 15 February 2018


RENE, SAYAKA and the kids left yesterday after a busy couple of days.  they discovered the lego, although i think sunny and rene were more involved, i'm sure they remembered every piece.
Cal climbed a tree at the lock, something he wouldn't do in the parks in osaka, it's disapproved of.  we visited the sandhills which they both loved after initial suspicion. we had a barbie at home, went to the pub the next night. they played in the wading pools in the yard and had a late night bath with squeezy bath animals that lit up inside when they hit the water  I had time to catch up with rene and rene and sunny together.  it was a great two days and three nights.

rene, sayaka
and the kids
at torquay
before they
came here

in my
 yard, the
pool was a
and the
was perfect

cal discovered the joys of running through the sprinkler

checking out the rellies


I dropped sunny at the airport early, a 6.30 flight. the moon was 
just rising, beautiful

car loaded up ready to leave yesterday morning.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018


 today to watch cal and mara exploring - the house and garden, down to the lock, climbing trees and then out to perry sandhills. mara recoiled as her foot touched the sand, cal didn't want to get out of the car.  but that all changed :0)

CAL discovered the joys of running through the sprinkler :0)

Monday, 12 February 2018


IT'S 10.25pm and as i write i see rene's headlights go past the gate. just time to post pics from my walk while they find their way back :0)
the darter's have at least one baby in that nest

i can't identify this little fella

Sunday, 11 February 2018


RENE, SAYAKA, CAL and MARA arrive today :0)   going into town to buy a couple of little wading pools.  it's cooler this morning - 31 today so this evening should be lovely - wind permitting.
Nice dinner at sue and derek's last night. beautiful asian food on a very warm night. i hope this is our last serious heatwave this summer, somehow i don't think so although the coming week looks good.

yesterday morning

Thursday, 8 February 2018


GRANDCHILDREN COMING  😊😊 - so i've unwrapped two bags full of LEGO, two milk crates full that haven't seen the light of day for 30 years.  scrubbing and sorting