Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nature's AWOL

This morning, I decided to take my time riding around town with my camera in the trike basket, looking for some wildlife to photograph.

I followed some different paths that circle a nature reserve, which is home to a protected tree and into which, people are not allowed to venture.

I expected to at least see some different birdlife through the foliage, or a lizard, a butterfly, some interesting insects or wildflowers.


I heard a couple of birds way off in the distance, but there were none to be seen anywhere.

I pedalled as slowly as possible so that I could observe closely and see the smallest movement, if it happened.


I found my way to the park, where I was told there was an owl in the corner tree.  I've taken photos of this owl before, but I thought I would have a look anyway.

No owl.  He'd flown the (pardon the pun) coop!

Beside the tree, were a couple of shrubs and in the middle of the shrubs were a couple of spider webs and one of them had a beautiful spider sitting in the centre ...

... and that was the best I could do for ninety minutes of pedalling and searching.

I went to the community hall grounds which is abundant with bottle brush trees.  They are always full of lorikeets and bush parrots.

Last Saturday at the markets when I was manning my stall, I was disappointed not to have my camera because there were so many bush parrots feeding in the trees.

Not today!

No bush parrots and only a few lorikeets that flew off whenever I got close, which is unusual for lorikeets because they don't really scare that easily.

So much for Spring!

I guess I'll have to give nature a couple of weeks to realise that it is actually Spring now and that they should all be out playing and mating and singing and creating a stir!

All of nature is AWOL except that little mouse who is still scuttling around in my lounge room!!  Ugh!

Nite all.

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