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Those birds

I have managed to catch a virus that is lingering.  The noise outside my bedroom is deafening! Not machines, not people but birds.

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The tree outside is in bloom and birds of every kind have come to feast.  But those lorikeets must be the noisiest birds on earth!


A trip to Straddie

Stradbroke Island is not far from our island, you can see it from the beach.  At one time it was joined to Moreton Island and to the mainland at the Gold Coast.  It is the home of the Quandamoka people.  It is a big island with beautiful beaches and wild places.  I took a day-trip over and found these wild orchids growing near one of the lakes.

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Pretty close to paradise.


Mad weather

I have been in a kind of daze for a couple of months now so the time goes by and I am not there.  But I have noticed how wet it has been, unbelievable amounts of rain and wild storms.

The day can start off like this.

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Then those clouds start to appear.

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Next thing you know the storms are upon us.

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And for the last couple of weeks it seems to be storms.

Everything is SO wet. All the paths are flooded.

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But the ducks love it.

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I had a young Kerlew and her chick take cover in my car port.

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It is late in the season for a new chick and this bird was on her own.  Normally there is a male around to help but not another bird in sight.  The Lapwings (Pluvers) were stalking her, along with Ibis.  I chased them off but she was clearly a target.  Next morning I found a dead bird at the end of the road.  I'm not sure but I think it was that poor young thing.  They would have got the chick as well.  I have to admit I was very upset at seeing that dead bird.  I had to walk away.  It made me think of the mothers in Gaza and other places where there is war.  It prayed on my mind but I made myself return to do something about the body.  Luckily for me someone else had found it and buried it.

This incident has made me realise just how important our friends and family are in supporting us in time of need and how vulnerable we can be without them.

  I have been blessed with love and support during my recent time of ill health.


New Year Plans

Normally by this time of year I have organised my goals and what I want to achieve for the year.  Even when I have struggles with my health and well-being I would do this.  But this year is different.  I can't see beyond the next few days.  Sometimes I struggle just to get to the end of the day.

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 I read somewhere that it helps to have a word to motivate you.   My word is "healing" and I am going to treat January as my "inbetween" month.  For this month I am going return to my "gratitude" journal.  I kept one back in 2006 when I was recovering from PDSD, if one ever fully recovers.  But, I look through it's pages and am thankful for my life.

I looked up what that word "healing" and it's meaning.   I think that if I put all the bits together I come up with this:

"Healing means to be or make whole.  It is often a painful process but can result in learning more about myself and what I need."

I hadn't thought about the painful part in any detail. I suppose that is part of what I am experiencing at this time. 

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So this year I am not going to set any goals or make lists of what I want to do.  Instead I am going to just keep a diary of what sewing, embroidery, knitting or whatever, and write it down each day.  I will also write down what the weather is like and what I am reading or learning and take pleasure in the small things that come my way day by day.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A rescue

The weather has been wild.  A cyclone up north has sent it into a spin.  We have had the strongest winds and wild rain.  Luckily we missed the hail but baby animals just aren't used to this kind of weather.

We have a nesting pair of kookaburras in our trees and junior got blown out of the nest.  He isn't quiet ready for flight yet so ended up in the bush.  It is really a task picking up a bird like this. Being on the ground makes him prey for cats, dogs, lizards and snakes.  What to do?  Ring the wildlife rescue.

They said to get a bucket, fill it with leaf litter and put him in there.  I did that but he was still vulnerable, so I hoisted the bucket up into the tree so his parents could get to him.  I worried about him all night. 

Next morning he had got out of the bucket and flown onto the front deck, where his parents were feeding him.

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By lunch time he was gone.  His tail feathers aren't long enough for flying just yet.  But what a lovely little fellow to come visiting at Xmas?

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Xmas Holidays

The island is starting to fill up with visitors.  Holiday home residents are returning for the Xmas break, including our neighbours.

Our next door neighbour is the inventor of cyrovacing and always brings us a ham for Xmas, including this one.  I have prepared the ham bag, as this usually lasts right up to and including the holidays.

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But it looks so delicious I had to make a sandwich straight away.

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And it looks so much nicer with a garnish.

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But from experience, I know we will be 'over' ham sandwiches by the time Xmas comes.


Advent is here

Here we are in December again at the beginning of Advent.  I have dug out my little Xmas tree and some of my old decorations.  I selected some that came from my time in Denmark and Sweden.  ( I have to admit that some are now 50 years old.)

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The big tree was great when we had a big house but this little one suits our down sized home.

I have also brought out the nativity, minus one wise man who broke during out move.  The Xmas runner that was started by my friend Angela and which I finished the stitching of, and the Xmas candles, which are new.  I will light them on Xmas eve.

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I have downloaded my advent calendar from Drops Designs.  I always say "Oh I must knit that" and never do.

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And they have some very attractive Xmas cross stitch as a background to their demonstration, and, Arne is using both the English and Continental methods of knitting in his colour work.  I really miss knitting.

It is normal Xmas weather, hot, humid and lots of thunder storms.  (This is the time for the Monsoon up north.)

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Sometimes they miss our island and go right around us.

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Other times we get hammered.

Well that's normal at Xmas.  I just hope that I get home from my cancer treatment each day before they hit .


Trying to cross the T's and dot the i's

I know I shouldn't worry  but I want everything in order before I start the intensive part of my treatment.   So, I mowed the lawns, did the garden and got things in order and wore myself out in the process.  But now I'm happy.  (My husband went absent during this time and was no help at all.) This is the back garden which is sheltered from the wind off the water. 

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It is a lovely warm spot to sit and read in winter but can get a bit humid in summer.

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I have bird baths positioned all around my garden.  One I placed amongst the ferns for the little birds that hide in the trees.  They are very shy and very quick.  I can see the disturbance in the water,

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but just can't get them in the frame.  I did at one point get their reflection in the bird bath.

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I will just have to keep trying.

 Now back to those chooks, who I am heartily sick of.  I am positioning the eyes.  I think I will leave it for a day and come back.

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I still have that fox to finish yet.