Monday, October 24, 2016

Sepia Saturday 2

October is running away from me, so I had better get on with my transport shots. More from the family album.

This time I am looking at human powered wheels of various kinds.

From Two Wheelers
These dapper young men belonged to a German youth club in Adelaide in the 1890s.

And my uncle (far right) and friends with their decorated Billy Cart taken around 1916

To Three Wheelers - taken about 1940.  His first trike.

And this elegant lady in her Invalid carriage, dating back to the 1870s, I think.

To Four Wheelers  -  my daughters and their baby carriages  around 1967

And one of the girls in a cart with her pet Dingo - Ginger. He was a beautiful dog, sadly stolen one night. Taken in Darwin in 1965.

And these delightful children's carriages are not from my collection, but I could not resist them.

Liz Needle  -  linking with Sepia Saturday.  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sepia Saturday - Transport

I am a bit late getting started on this theme - my excuse being that *I have been really busy organising a family reunion for the descendants in Australia of my great grandfather Ernst Bernhard Heyne - known affectionately as EB. He was an interesting person and deserves a post of his own, so I will get on with this month's transport theme.

The family reunion has renewed my interest in the old family photos that I have, so as is my usual wont, I will stick with photos from my family collection.

Although this is not the earliest photo, the horse was certainly a very early form of transport and here we can see my lovely mother-in-law, Mavis astride her favourite pony, Molly

 Molly was also used to pull a buggy it seems along with her pal Trilly. Driving the buggy are my father-in-law, Ron with Mavis and her mother.
 And a here is another pair of horses used on the farm to transport hay on a much bigger cart - Ron driving.

And it would seem that if Ron could not find an available horse, he made do.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Sepia Saturday".

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday

Our herons may have upped and left, but we have a new visitor to the garden. We haven't seen a kingfisher here for years, but he has been seen 3 times over the last week and I was lucky enough to get some shots of him as he moved around the garden.

I think with all the really wet weather and flooding we have been having, the water-logged paddocks are yielding up all sorts of little frogs, worms and grubs.

This fellow is a Sacred Kingfisher and usually only comes this far south in summer to breed.They usually hunt on dry land but also use the margins of wetlands - which our place definitely is at the moment.

We are hoping with the coming of the breeding season, we may see him with a partner.

And a few shots of the water pouring from the neighbours dam and into our paddocks and garden during our record breaking spring rains.

This is the side paddock where usually we have cattle grazing.
Almost into the garden. This dam is usually almost dry.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Wild Bird Wednesday" and "Our World Tuesday"

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Mural

I had a rare visit to the city last week to have my car serviced and with a couple of hours on my hand I went for a wander through the east end of Rundle Street. It is an area alive with cafes and boutiques and a favourite spot for the young and trendy.

I was very pleased to find this mural on a wall in a narrow alley. It was too long to get in one shot, so I did it in sections.

Liz Needle  -  linking with Monday Mural

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday - Easy Come - Easy Go

Some of my readers expressed concern about my earlier post about the  White Faced Herons. Well, a few days after my post both herons appeared and built their nest in the same spot as in previous years.

Great excitement for Don and I and we spent some happy weeks watching their coming and going with one at a time sitting and then going off to feed.

Here you can see one of them sitting just above the nest while hi mate is on the nest just below him to the right.

For several weeks life seemed to go smoothly for the herons, then one day we saw both of them feeding in the front paddock for about an hour - and then they were gone!!

There had been no time to build, lay, hatch and rear young, so we suspect that some disaster had occurred. We have had some extreme weather with very high winds, heavy rain and flooding. The currawongs have been sighted nearby as have a pair of Wedge-tail Eagles. Or they may have been a young pair trying out an old nest.

Who knows?  But it looks as if we are going to have to wait and see if our lovely herons return next year to give it another try.

Liz Needle - linking with "Wild Bird Wednesday"

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monday Murals

I haven't posted for a while as I have not had the chance to go mural hunting. But here is one I did find on one of my rare trips to town. It is on the side wall of a cafe in Norwood.

I took this with my mobile phone so the quality is not as good as I would like.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Monday Mural".

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

They're Back

Several years ago we were lucky enough to have a pair of White Faced Herons nesting in our pine trees and raising a family of two.
Fledgling plucking up the courage to take off.
The following the parents returned and chose a nesting site, but they were so harassed by the local Currawongs, that they took off and did not return. They did not return last year either much to our disappointment.

However we were very excited last Saturday when it became obvious that the pair had returned and made a nest in much the same spot. Today we are a little concerned that only one of them is visible and is sitting on a branch not far from the nest and calling.

He/She sits there for a time calling then flies off. It may be that the other one has started sitting, but we are concerned that something may have happened to one of the pair. I guess that only time will tell.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Liz Needle  -  linking with "Wild Bird Wednesday" and "Outdoor Wednesday".