Monday, March 28, 2011

That's one week we're happy to see the end of.  Peter's agonising throat pain misdiagnosed by one doctor, next day admitted to hospital with an enormous abscess on one tonsil, blocking three-quarter of his airway.  Happily intravenous antibiotics, morphine and drip did the trick and he was able to come home 2 days later but still on strong antibiotics for 10 days.

On the plus side our old ride-on mower - the 'new' one can't cope with really wet ground - finally got it's new engine and thanks to some fantastic weather the boggy ground is starting to dry out and today Peter's much better, back 'at work' again and getting much of the property under control.  We've been embarrassed for guests to see it so untidy, and our walking track is still closed although hoping tomorrow we'll get that cleared and mowed too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

New-look furnishings

This is Sunbird Sanctuary with it's 'new look' - I finished making the blue pillow-cases this morning and have another four to make for the other two bungalows.  This is the new King-Twin bed and there are new Queen beds in the others.

You can just see some of the hundreds of Pagoda-flowers through the window - all alive with butterflies!

Hopefully we'll soon start to welcome some more guests!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spoke too soon!

Hmm, well we thought the rain had stopped for a while ... !  

Too wet outside so we're again office-bound.  Watching a slideshow of my photos on the computer I found this one, taken in 2009, but I still like this shot of a Chestnut-breasted Mannikin taken on our walking-track.

These beautiful little birds are usually seen in fast-moving flocks flitting over open grassland, chasing insects.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sun, Sun, Glorious Sun!

At last a beautiful sunny day and this huge Dragonfly was taking full advantage.  It also means we can start to work outside, although we're really ashamed at the state of our normally-mowed grassy areas which are still far, far too boggy to attack with the ride-on mower.  Even our walking-trails are no-go areas for anyone not wearing gumboots!  Now we just need a few more sunny days and then we will soon get things back to normal.  For the second time Peter has spent a few hours on the tractor repairing the wash-outs on our driveway - his first attempt ended up dumped onto the grass next to the gateway after another torrential downpour!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rainy season

It really hasn't been photography-weather lately but in between showers this afternoon the butterflies were again out in force.  Here's a lovely Cairns Birdwing outside the kitchen - not a brilliant shot as we head into early evening and overcast skies.

For anyone following the progress of our Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers - the other day yet another slightly stunned juvenile after flying into the window!   Any suggestions for a caption???

Another happy ending as it soon recovered and took off.