Saturday, December 29, 2012

Huntsman Spider

Introducing our latest house guest.
This huntsman spider has decided to take up residence in our kitchen, underneath the dishwasher.
He was kind enough to allow me to take his photo.

For those of you who are interested in macro photography, there is an interview at Her View Photography with photographer, Don Komarechka . His snowflake images are absolutely amazing.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Eucalyptus curtisii (Plunkett Mallee)

Native to Queensland, Australia, the Eucalyptus curtisii or Plunkett Mallee is a small tree growing to between two and seven metres in height.

Clusters of creamy, white flowers appear in late spring.

                                                                                                           Textures:  Cherish and Nested by Kim Klassen.

We usually prune our tree once a year.

                                                                                           Texture:  Heavenly Vintage - Latte by Shadowhouse Creations.

A month after pruning, new growth has already appeared.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Green Tree Frogs

The theme for Texture Tuesday this week is "Look Up".

I didn't have any recent photos which I thought would be suitable, so I went back into the archives and found a photo from January this year - Green Tree Frogs.

On this particular evening, I remember going into the backyard to get out into the cool air.  We heard a noise coming from the roof.   When we looked up, there were more than 20 green tree frogs looking down at us.

For this image I used the texture "Unleashed" by Kim Klassen.

“Friends, you and me... you brought another friend... and then there were three...
We started our group... our circle of friends... and like that circle... there is no beginning or end.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Sharing with Texture Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Polar Bear - Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia

When sorting through some photos today, I came across these images from a trip earlier in the year to Sea World.

The highlight of the day for me, was seeing a polar bear awake.   On every previous visit the bears have been sleeping.

This one entertained us for about ten minutes playing with a plastic pot.

Eventually, the bear seemed to get bored.....

.....and swam away.


Sunday, October 7, 2012


The first flowers have appeared on our Lavender plants.

Texture:  Aged Imprints by Shadowhouse Creations

Texture:  Lemon-aide by Shadowhouse Creations


Texture:   Old Yella by Shadowhouse Creations

Sharing with Your Sunday Best

Thursday, October 4, 2012


In honour of breast cancer awareness, the theme for this week's Flower Art Friday is 'Pink'.

Here is a selection of varying shades of pink flowers from my garden.

Perfectly Pink texture by Kim Klassen, Colour Burn at 100% opacity.

Sharing with Flower Art Friday.

Rock Daisy

We planted a rock daisy plant in our garden over the weekend.

One single purple flower about the size of a thumbnail has already appeared.

One tiny bud about 2mm in diamater is waiting to bloom.

                "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
                                                                                           ~ Robert Brault

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Nerima Gardens

One of our favourite places to visit during the school holidays is Queens Park, in particular the Japanese themed Nerima Gardens.

The gardens are a place of peace and tranquility.

My Son brought his camera along too.

There is plenty of wildlife to see.

We found the cutest pair of baby Noisy Miner birds sitting on a branch.   They looked so angelic ..... till their Mum came back with some food.

There are so many different paths to explore.

It's hard to believe that the gardens are only a five minute walk away from the CBD.

Subtly Yours texture by Kim Klassen:  Colour Burn at 80% opacity.

sharing with Texture Tuesday

Friday, September 28, 2012

Yellow Rose

' A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.'
~ Chinese Proverb

The spring weather is absolutely glorious at the moment here in Queensland.  With slightly cool mornings warming up to bright, sunny days, it's the perfect opportunity to get outside and work in the garden.  This is the first yellow rose of the season.
Sharing with Flower Art Friday.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's school holidays at the moment.   One of our favourite activities to do together at home is baking.

These chocolate chip coookies are delicious.  I'm amazed I was able to even get this photo before they all disappeared.

The recipe can be found here.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Coriander Flower

I love growing my own herbs.    Coriander is one of my favourites and makes a great addition to a Thai curry.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guinea Pig

This gorgeous girl has come to stay with us for just a few days.   She is sure to get plenty of cuddles.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dew Drops

There's nothing quite like a foggy morning to make you realize how many spiders are living with you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Phalaenopsis Orchid

A beautiful gift from some beautiful friends.

"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."
  ~Gerard de Nerval

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