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Parachute humor (humour, for non USA folks).

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A pair of "Happy Jacks"(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

A pair of “Happy Jacks”
(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

Don’t let the smoochy demeanour fool you. These birds are aerial assault artists. They zealously protect their nests and their young from everything. If you dare to get too close you will get a jolly good head pecking for your trouble.

 

Just like most of our native birds their young fledge and leave the nest because they are too big and spend time on the ground before they can truly cope in the adult world of the trees. This can cause havoc for the adult birds as the young ones are very vulnerable to predators and tend to get themselves into some pretty “interesting” situations.

 

These birds live in family groups of up the twelve individuals which is why they are also called “Apostle” birds. They usually raise only one chick at a time and the whole group protects this chick until it is capable of flying and feeding itself.

 

They may not win a beauty contest but they certainly demand respect from all the other occupants in the garden, people included. They will even dominate their chosen home to the point of dictating “who” can be allowed to live in their territory and will drive out invaders, especially snakes. That’s the ONLY reason I tolerate them.

 

© musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

 

 


Cracks in the Earth

Cracks in the EarthThese cracks have been known to go down 60 - 80 Feet.

 
These cracks have been known to go down 60 – 80 Feet.

Black Soil Plains

The black self-mulching clay of the Moree Basin is constantly on the move.  In summer it bakes in the hot sun much like a large chocolate cake. As moisture evaporates in its rich core, cracks open across its surface; form into a network of veins to score its fleshy crust. These cracks can be wide enough to swallow an unwary foot and have been known to go as deep as 60 – 80 feet.

When it rains, the soil swells and the cracks close. A crust of earth will form like icing over the top concealing any evidence of their presence. At times this crust can form before the cracks have fully closed. This can prove perilous for unwary feet and the odd gumboot can be dislodged this way.  It can also break an animal/human leg.

With moderate rain, the clay becomes extremely sticky and will build up on the soles of shoes to the point that bare feet can be the only option. If there is enough rain the surface becomes a giant bog ready to engulf a foot half way up to the knee. Cars bog.  4WD’s struggle and or bog, it is wise to stay on gravel or tarred surfaces.  Large machinery can go down to their sumps.

These cracks serve as a natural habitat for the local fauna. Insects, mice, reptiles and probably many other creatures use them to shelter from the torments of nature.

The self-mulching action of the soil as it constantly opens and closes airates the earth and renews the top soil as the old surface topples into the deep cracks.

The Moree Plains is a rich mixture of moving, breathing, chocolate earthen cake. Although it may look good  I don’t think I’ll take a bite.  🙂

 

(c) musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

 


This is one of my earlier posts from August 2012. It’s one of my favourites so I thought I’d reblog it.

musicqueen10

Upon the tide a restless wind,
Stirs sleepless in her sheets,
Her wary eyes cast to the shore,
Towards the Dragon’s keep,

Head shielded by his leathery wings,
He sprawls along the shore,
Entrenched in slumber, an earthen bed,
And quilt of rocky tors,

Armed with scales of Azure Blue,
Tempered steel for claws,
Rocky turrets crest his tail,
And sulphur crusts his jaws,

His rumbling snores shake the earth,
The beast stirs from his slumber,
Disturbed he rises up in rage,
His roars resound like thunder,

His fire laden breath,
Illuminates the sky,
Rocky ashes shower down,
As he shakes his scaly hide,

The shadow of his mighty wings,
Turns daylight into night,
The reptile gleam within his eyes
An overwhelming sight,

The wind stirs from her vigil,
And gusts toward the land,
Her cool breath to calm him,
Tucks him in with gentle hands,

She sooths him with…

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Photo Credit: Flickr.com. Photos.

Photo Credit: Flickr.com. Photos.

Whilst sitting in my pergola yesterday evening, a mere few strides from my veranda steps, a black (probably a western brown) snake slithers its way between my two dogs and under the house. Great ! It then plays hide and seek with my cat along the wooden borders that line the garden bed at the base of the veranda. Great !

This morning I’m about to put my horse’s breakfast into her food bin (20m from the house) which is a cut down shuttle on a pallet. What do I see? The same reptile, casually cruising away from me and you probably guessed it…..straight under the pallet.  WTF !!  I had to move the horse to another spot to feed her. Also, her water trough is gunked up with algae because of the sun and heat. To clean it I usually reach under and remove the bung to drain it. It’s so NOT happening at the moment!!

I’ve developed a dislike for leaf litter and any grass longer than 2cm. You can’t see them. All you might hear is a slight rustle. I’d love to burn it all so there’s nothing but bare earth but the council frowns on such things at the moment. There’s a total fire ban and the farmers would not be amused if there crops went up with it ;). 

It would liven up the place though 🙂

Out of millions and dillions of acres jam packed with reptile delicacies why oh why do they want to move in with us?  They don’t “just pass through” it wouldn’t be so bad if they did. THEY STAY !!  I find myself  constantly side stepping them which isn’t funny when there are small children and animals and it’s so easy to step on them.  I feel like a reptile magnet.

 This one’s only about 4′ long compared with one we had this time last year. It was a 7′ king brown which was hell bent on drinking from my dogs water at the base of the veranda steps and didn’t give a stuff if we were next to it. We have dams. What’s so good about the dogs water? Maybe dog spit tastes better than cow spit ?

I’m not impressed !!

Farm Daze


Our old Chamberlain Tractor rigged up with a Scarifier. An oldy but a goody. I don't know how old it is but she still runs pretty steady and gets the job done :)

Our old Chamberlain Tractor rigged up with a Scarifier. An oldy but a goody.
I don’t know how old it is but she still runs pretty steady and gets the job done 🙂
(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press


Wild ducks enjoying a stroll along side the waters edge of our house Dam. (musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

Wild ducks enjoying a stroll along side the waters edge of our house Dam.
(c) musicgal2012 Lorelle Press


This is my Turkey Gobbler. I raised him from a chick. I feed and care for him and his mate and what do I get in return? Do I get gratitude? NO. I get ATTITUDE ! He stalks me and never misses an opportunity to lash those nasty nails at me. NICE ! :(  (c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

This is my Turkey Gobbler. I raised him from a chick. I feed and care for him and his mate and what do I get in return? Do I get gratitude? NO. I get ATTITUDE ! He stalks me and never misses an opportunity to lash those nasty nails at me. NICE !
😦 (c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press


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Eunice from Living and Loving and Nutsfortreasure http://nutsfortreasure.wordpress.com/  has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Thank you Eunice you truly deserve this honour your sites “Living and Lovin” and “20 Words a Day” are amazing and informative places to visit. Your photos are always beautiful and really bring out the amazing beauty of your world. For anyone that has not had the great pleasure of visiting Eunice on her Blog there will never be a better time to do so than now. Love and Hugs to you Eunice 🙂

The rules are to thank and link back to the blogger that has nominated you, then post the award logo to your blog, write a post on the nomination and nominate 15 other very inspiring bloggers. Notify them and then tell 7 things about yourself.

I am so happy to have met so many wonderful people on this site. Thank you all for taking the time to view and “like” my work. Being able to share beautiful moments with likeminded people is such an amazing, fore-filling creative blast. I send my thanks and love to all of you 🙂 Lorelle

1)   I have been devoured by a creative photographic monster that demands a sacrificial offering at least once a day 🙂

2)  The smallest things that once passed unnoticed seem to be the most interesting things to photograph.

3) I like winter more than summer.

4)  I love sharing life experiences with interesting people.

5)  I like chocolate and red wine…or cheese and crackers 🙂

6)  My animals follow me all the time. I’m never alone 🙂

7) I love feeling loved.

 

I will take a bit of time to track down my 15 nominations for this award so stay tuned for that one. “Watch this space”  lol

Here are the nominations:

 1)  http://cindyknoke.com/

2) http://northierthanthou.com/

3) http://everywhereonce.com/

4) http://waldotomosky.wordpress.com/

5) http://leafandtwig.wordpress.com/

 

I’m working my way slowly with this as I keep getting lost in all the wonderful reading on your blogs..   I’ll post a few more soon 🙂

Cheers

Musicqueen10/musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

 

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It is soooo hot today the temperatures are in the 40 degree Celsius and all of Gods creations are panting their hearts out trying to find a cool spot to shlump down in…including me. I decided to try to cool things off a little by hosing the plants around the veranda garden.

My pals the Owls have migrated from the nesting tree in our front yard into a Chinese Elm tree which is just off our back veranda. Like everyone else they were panting in the heat so I decided to give them a quick cooling spray.” Wise Eyes” was not too impressed about that decision so she flew down into a tree  branch that was about six foot away from me and at eye level.

Eye Level @ 6 Foot - "Wise Eyes"

“Squint” on the other hand was even less impressed by his mothers tactics and gave her (and me) the most disgusted look.  Couldn’t resist the super close up pictures 🙂

'Squint" - Less than impressed.(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press

‘Squint” – Less than impressed.
(c)musicgal2012 Lorelle Press