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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pastel paintings

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spinifex with storm clouds in the background. this will be used for the basis of a painting in one of the children's books I'm writing. I'll redo this same scene with an emu and probably a lizard or gecko or something in it.

this one was painted on one side of the waterhole we camped at looking across to the other side. the kids started sitting with me but slowly drifted off one by one as it took me about an hour and a half and that is too long for the kids to sit there. again, this will be used as the basis for a scene in the book.

Sporting Stars

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Family update April 21st 2009

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An actual blog this time, photos to follow!
We start with some sad news - Joe Gitson, Moses' friend, who had disappeared and the parents had almost forgotten his name, apparently "died" according to Moses. Very sad indeed as Joe was the person who seemed to do all the bad things around the house. We never actually saw poor Joe, but he was a mischievious little imp, and Moses assured us, in great earnest, that Joe was the one to kick the footy on the roof, or empty the wading pool onto the verandah. We feel sad that this part of Moses' life has seemingly finished, now it seems Clancy (Ray Hoy) is the culprit for all those things that happen!
On a brighter note, Ruby played her first competitive game of netball last saturday and shot her first goal! She had spent the previous weekend in a 3 morning intensive and that seemed to lift her confidence and sense of fun. Mum is very proud!
Moses played his first ever game of soccer for the Stormbirds Under 6s on the same day. annie said he seemed to be a little bit lost on the field but he told me later he scored lots of goals (just wondered if Joe had helped him with some of these!)
Banjo also played his first game for the season in Under 7s Stormbirds soccer team. Coaching seemed to start a bit easier this year to last year and all players from last year have returned as well as a few extras. I think there are 13 on the list! We only have 5 on the field at once so that should be interesting when all turn up.
We have been contemplating moving from our house in Walker St and Annie spends a lot of time talking with Real Estate agents, banks etc. I couldn't complain she hasn't researched this endeavour.
I've been travelling a bit already since Easter (Darwin, Tennant creek) and will continue to travel frequently with work over the next few months.
that's probably enough of the writing, the photos to come.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Camping Trip to Old PoliceStation Waterhole, (near Epenarra) (5)

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After an informative and instructive introduction to Twitching down at Philip Island from Peter, we continued in the traditional sense whilst on our camping trip. we hope to have all birds sighted and photographed catalogued soon, but for now, here are a few of the birds we can show:

The Western or little Corella

The Corella Tree!

The Sacred Kingfisher

An Adult male Budgerigar and a baby Budgerigar

Peek a Boo baby Budgerigar

Camping Trip to Old PoliceStation Waterhole, (near Epenarra) (4)

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Apart from a scary moment in the tent one night when the kids were off to bed (Moses had a wasp climb up his arm, onto his shoulder and then onto his ear, after which the wasp went to the big waspland in the sky care of Annie's thongs), we had another exciting time watching and studying the insect and animal world around us. Moses renamed one species to the "golden orp" which we decided was a far better name for the large spider pictured below as it was huge ~ 45 mms abdomen ~ out of this world, maybe comes from the World according to Garp!



Camping Trip to Old PoliceStation Waterhole, (near Epenarra) (3)

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We went for a walk around the waterhole to the Old Police Station ruins. there are a few shots of activities of the campers in this lot.



Camping Trip to Old PoliceStation Waterhole, (near Epenarra) (2)

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the Camping areas were very generous, there were 7 designated campjng spots, with fireplaces. Over the weekend there were probably only 10 different parties and as we were there early, we could pick and choose and were delighted with what we eventually chose, despite arriving in the late twilight.

Camping Trip to Old PoliceStation Waterhole, (near Epenarra) (1)

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The roads on this trip were typical central australian roads