On a different topic, it's magpie swooping season. People use different strategies such as fake eyes and spiky helmets trying to avoid attacks.. Expert advise that the best way is to make friends with them. Apparently magpies can recognise and remember human faces and once you have gained their trust they will be a friend for life.
We have had a couple of magpies visit us every day for quite a number years now and they never swoop us. They even bring thier babies. Having magpies sing to you first thing in the morning is a lovely way to start the day. Recently I found a lovely Facebook page The Magpie Whisperer https://www.facebook.com/themagpiewhisperer/ It has some wonderful videos of magpies.
Today a colleague lent me the book Penguin Bloom - The odd little bird who saved a family. This is a true story of how an injured magpie chick helps and brings hope to a family whose mother has suffered a horrendous accident. The book is full of beautiful photographs of the family and thier magpie, Penguin, taken by the father. I am really looking forward to reading the book.
Today I needed a card for a male relative’s
birthday so I have used the lovely trio of colours at CAS Colours and Sketches formy
Images and Sentiment: Annabelle Stamps
Inks: Distress Inks
Recently life, as in work, has taken over and not left me time or energy to craft.
Our department is in the process of redeveloping. This meant we had to pack up the laboratories while they were still teaching. and this is our busiest trimester. The minute teaching finished everything was moved out. Now we are in limbo until the building is finished and we move back in. Which promises to be quite exciting - all new labs. Some of which are going to be high fidelity labs. As I said quite exciting.
I have two photos to add today. At the front of our house on the nature strip there is a large Lilly Pilly. The tree is a nice shape and has dark glossy leaves but the downside is at this time of year it has bright purple berries. You can't park under the tree because the berries drop onto it and stain everything and if you don't keep the footpath swept you are for ever traipsing berries inside the house. But over the weekend we had some lovely visitors in the tree.
Aren't they pretty? I think they are lorikeets. They were busily eating the berries and chattering away. They were nice company while I was out working in the garden.