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Talking of birds

My husband is in the process of trying to get a 'community project' established on the island.  But they have hit a problem with noise.  The natural background noise of the birds here takes the noise level over the limit allowable under the environmental guidelines.  I don't think those birds have read the guidelines.  Who would have thought birds could do that?

Maybe it is all those noisey lorikeets?  They are everywhere here, along with lots of other birds who call to each other all day long and then the kerlews call all night long.  They are cute though when you spy a breeding pair in their hollow.

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Charlie and Me

Charlie and I went for a short walk this morning.  She can't see very well but she trots along on the lead and wants to smell everything.  She seems to have accepted the cone of shame around her head although she just can't get into things like she did before. 

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We only walked a couple of blocks, there and back, up to the community centre.  This island used to be 3 or 4 farms.  It became  soldier settler lots that were leased out after the 1st World War.  Someone donated it to soldiers who came back from the Western Front Shell shocked or suffering with Post Traumatic Stress.  They were very productive farms sending produce onto the Brisbane markets.  When we first started coming here there were still a small railway line up the jetty on the mainland side where they used to unload the produce.  There were farms on all the bay islands with fruit trees, avocado, mango etc.  Today on our walk be walked into the yard of Amina Garden's which was a place to eat 30 years ago and from what I found in the grounds before this it was an orchard.

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Needless to say I took some home to add to a fruit salad. 


So much noise

I still spend a good part of my day in bed but I am not getting  a lot of rest at the moment. Why?  Well the trees out the back are in flower.

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The bees and insects are around the blossoms in droves as are the birds.  The noisiest of which is the lorikeet.  Boy those birds make a racket.

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They yell and chatter all day long.

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Then the squawk and yell at every intruder.  That nectar must be sweet?  As it gets older I think it ferments and those birds are a bit drunk.  Nothing worse than a noisey drunk.

 


Slow living

This virus sees me living my life at a much slower pace.  I have to sleep a lot and just can't do anything at my normal speed.  I am still not able to drive, my reactions are too slow, so life is confined to the island most of the time.  I did get to go to the mainland last week, I should not have gone.  I had to stay in bed for the next 3 days.

As I was coming home a rainbow formed and the end was on the island.  I thought at the time how apt that was.  This place really is a treasure.

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It is school holiday time at the moment and there are a lot of holiday makers on the island.  Before we moved here this was our holiday destination.  I have always felt this is a magical place, everyone I speak to believes that as well.  I have tried to find out from the traditional owners of the land what it is that makes it so special but they have lost that knowledge.  That doesn't change the fact that everyone who comes here feels a connection and it regretful when they have to leave.  As you can see from the message in the sand.  I have no idea who wrote it but I love the island as well.

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But I can be surprised by people who live here as well.  Maxine is a friend who lives a couple of streets away.  She is the author of the children's book who's launch we attended.  Now I find that she makes the most whimsical jewelry. 

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I just had to buy these ear rings.

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And after speaking to her I find that the character is based on a real person, who she says looks like this!.

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They are made under a magnifying glass to get all that detail.  (They are not very big.)

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She and Gary have developed there own materials.

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I need to get some more they are so quirky.  When I was teaching full time I always used to wear unusual ear rings.  I never had to say "look to the front", all eyes were already there to check what I had on that day.  This time I will wear them just to feel happy.

 


Life is busy

I don't know why I am so busy at the moment.  Put it down to spring being in the air.  Last week I attended a musical evening at a neighbors home.  It was only a couple of hours between 4 and 6pm but I did enjoy myself.

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a group of local musicians led the singing and we all sat in the breeze way.

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Everyone one came with plates of food and wine.

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Jane's chickens got in on the act as well.

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Then the kookaburras arrived I'm not sure if it was the music or the food that had attracted them.

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They sat on the lattice behind the musicians and leaned in as thought they were listening.

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They even gave us a cackle or two.

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They were so amusing that they were rewarded with some food.

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It was delightful sitting in that space listening to the music.

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Both that of the humans and the birds.  I like this poem that Jane has on the wall in her kitchen.

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As we left I looked in the window to find that some of the children had found the pianola and it was playing out some old tune. 

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Simple pleasure are often the best ones.


Spring is upon us

I have to admit it is Spring.  I would much prefer the cooler weather but time and tide wait for no one.

Now the stitches from my surgery are out I can stand up straight and I have set myself a goal of 10K per day of walking.  Not all at one time but spread out over the day.  I have to get in some kind of condition before my trip.  (I am also learning some basic Spanish.)  I start the day by walking along the beach.  This morning a pod of dolphins was out in the water so that made it more interesting.

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I also saw a number of Kingfishers in the trees but only had my phone with me so couldn't get any photos.  The birds are all nesting at the moment.  Yesterday 10 little ducklings had to be rescued from an eagle.  Their parents have disappeared.  I saw another eagle annoying a magpie nest.  This morning I found a dead eagle.  My money is on the magpies.

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Their feathers are quite beautiful. ( Eagles that is.)

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There had been lots of other visitors to the beach before me, they had left their marks.

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One thing that is more obvious is that the tides are getting higher and eroding parts of the beach on the eastern side of the island.  On the Western side the mangroves seem to be expanding.

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Back in the garden there are all kinds of flowers.

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And my neighbour has moved the cow from "the cow house" back to her mini farm and it has turned 'PINK'.  The railway carriages have had a spruce up as well.

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She tried to get me to give her my agapanthus, no way.  She has hundreds of bulbs planted out at her place, she doesn't need mine

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I suppose the days are just going to get hotter.  I can't wait to be able to take my kayak out for a paddle.  Very soon.

 


Some normality for a little while

I was able to bring my husband home from hospital yesterday.  He is so pleased to be back in his own environment and I don't have that long drive every day.  He has a long way to go before he is back to his old self but every day sees an improvement.   I am the one who will have to adjust to sharing the house again.  I have set myself a routine I like and that doesn't go down to well with him.  You would think that after all these years of marriage we would have all this worked out?  But no, the push and shove continues.  At least it isn't dull.

I am still trying to finish all the kits for the Children's Class.  Everything is just one big mess at the moment.  My cutting table looks like a bomb has hit it.

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If I look at the room for a distance it isn't too bad, but up close uggh.

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And that bundle of completed kits is so small!

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And when I went on my walk to the beach this morning I was hit by the perfume of freshias. 

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I didn't plant my bulbs because I thought it was too warm but the wild ones are all in bloom. Blow!


A day at home

I had my day at home to recuperate and clear up Emails and the like and I am feeling much refreshed.

  It is beautiful weather here and the noise of birds singing and talking to one another is quite loud.  It isn't the harsh conversation of the parrots but the piping song of smaller birds. The sun makes lovely patterns as it shines through the trees onto the road.

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And the water is blue and clear.

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We have a number of people who live on the anchored boats and I sat on top of the bank and watched one as he took his old dog lady for a paddle.

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The sun is shining brightly and families are visiting the island.  Amazing what enjoyment can be got from a bit of driftwood and some old rope.

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This weather not only has the birds out in force but all the plants and trees are flowering a good couple of mounts in advance of when they should. 

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I just hope we don't have a cold snap which will put them all back.  I didn't plant any bulbs this year because the weather has been so warm so they will have to wait until next I suppose.

 

 

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The year has turned

The year has turned.  My early morning trips on the barge see both the sun

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and the moon in the sky. 

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When I head off for the early ferry I no longer need to take a flashlight with me to light my way.  We haven't had any really cold weather this year, although August winds are still to come.  I am not looking forward to summer, I much prefer the cool weather.

As a treat I took my grand daughters to the dollar shop to buy some 'dress-ups'.  Monique decided to be a pink super girl.  Those mesh gloves have "zapping" powers.  Choppy thought that might bring him some food. Wishfull thinking dog.

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Jasmine got a police hat and pink fluffy hand cuffs.

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When her father got home she slapped them on him saying, " now that  solves the tickling problem!"  He soon escaped and the tickling became worse.

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The Weather Report

In the last week the weather has been very temperamental. That is not all bad, variety is said to be the spice of life and we have had a variety of weathers.  Mostly it is fine and dry with a cool nip in the air.  Cool enough to have to wear a light woollen top and pile on the blankets at night.  This has got the flowers all out of sinc.  The wattle thinks it is spring.

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And for the first time in my life living in the sub tropics (or tropics or north of that) I have managed to grow and get fushias to flower.  I have managed to get leaves before this.

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We had an unsheduled weather even during the this time.  That means the forecasters didn't see it coming so no one was prepared.

The day before everything was as usual but it was very still and there were some unusual clouds in the sky.  Peel Island could just be seen on the horizon.  Actually it was very pretty, hence the picture.

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That night it rained and the next morning we woke to fog.    So heavy and so widespread that all the airports were closed causing all kinds of problems for travellers.   It was that wet drippy kind of cold.  You needed a coat, hat and gloves.

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This is very unusual weather for here.  On my walk that day I passed residents sitting out on the verandahs all rugged up in blankets looking at it.  Everyone I spoke to had a theory about it and all were enjoying the novelty.  We were lost in the fog.

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It was thicker in some spots.

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Next morning it was gone.

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Back to business as usual.

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