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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Midwinter Frolics

I know Australia is supposed to be bright all year around, but here was our walk the other morning.

I love a misty winter walk.

And of course, winter means bonfires at last while we are safe from the threat of bushfire!

Sis Jen had a fab one, organised for her by her hubby Rowdy for her birthday, on Saturday night.   It was a biggie!  Many thanks to Gogs for these gorgeous pics!

This one was taken by our other sister,  PJ.  She came over especially for Jen's birthday and that was some dedication because she lives at the top of Australia on the very opposite corner to us!

It is always amazing to us how similar the three of us are, even though PJ grew up so far away from us.   There is magic in the three of us together.  Magic and power!  I am very proud of my two high-energy, intelligent, ethical and honest sissies!   I am sooo lucky to have them in my life!

Kelly loves his Aunty PJ too.

Midwinter is a time of stillness, and yet change is coming too.  Like a seed under the ground, we rest in the dark time and yet grow, and as the days begin to lengthen once more, we will burst out into new life and plans.   To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, happy Midsummer!   Have a swim for me! 


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Chickeny Love

The problem with getting behind on your blog is do you catch up or just start where you are?  The thought of catching up is enough to stop me posting, so starting where I am is the go!

The baby chickens are nearly all grown up now.  Two of the three roosters went to new homes last weekend.   They were good boys on the trip.  I am fond of them but you can't have three roosters in one flock, for reasons of economy even if they do get on, so they had to go.  Hopefully they will have a good life with their own wives in their new places.

Pellinore is the one who stayed. He was the biggest chick and had a little white on his face. He's growing up to be a very nice type of Wyandotte as far as I can tell.  And he's pretty sure he's all that!

He's no gentle, slightly-confused King Pellinore though, so his name has changed to Elvis.  He's flashy and showy and the way he looks past that comb that looks like a coifed hairdo, well, it was probably inevitable he end up an Elvis!

Here he is sunbaking on his feet, looking very flashdance.

I love how they spread a wing to catch the sun.  Here is one of the girls doing it.  I have no idea what to call the two girls now!  Can I have an Elvis, a Guinevere and a Morgana?  :D

In other news, I've been writing some fans from my Facebook author page into a Freya Fjordrider Sword & Sorcery story, and now I'm reading it live on Facebook video as I go.  It's actually a lot of fun and people seem to really love it.  The fast-paced, language-fun Freya stories are probably ideal for this sort of storytelling lark.     

 Walking continues.  Here we are about to try a new trail in the bush.

Life with Mr Kitty continues.

And for Andrew, life with bonkers me continues, bless him!  :D 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

I'm Bad...

Yep more blogging absence.  I've been so busy doing cool stuff, is my excuse, and I figure it's a good one. Only thing is, that means you don't get to see my cool stuff happening!

Ok, so this is my very cool kolrosing experiment...

Rubbing raw cacao into the carved lines of the design. 

After that, I burnished the lines back into timber with fine wet and dry.  It's amazing how it goes back to smooth wood and you can't feel the cuts any more, but the lines are still there as colour.

Not to impressive to look at yet, though...

Then, the moment of truth... Olive oil!

The first trepidatious pass.  Will it work?  Will it look good?

Yes is the answer!  Weeee!  I love it!

I'll get you a better photo for next time. this one was taken outside while it was still wet with oil.

The design for this lyre was taken from it's name: Fréowine, meaning 'noble friend' or 'wine friend' (someone you would go drinking with.)  I made a border of bees to represent the mead that the Anglo-Saxons loved to drink, and made a design of Odin's ravens, Huginn and Muninn knocking drinking horns for the central image.

The kolrosing looks quite delicate and decorative.  Every bee was drawn freehand, so they all have their own character, and the two ravens look like they are having a lot of fun. I love it!

I am still working on the tailpieces and bridges for both new lyres, plus a new tailpiece for Mondream, my original lyre. I am hand-sanding them so it takes a bit longer but I love the meditative state of hand-working wood.  There's no hurry. 

Other cool stuff? I have finished my non-fiction book on how to write first drafts of novels, the same way I do.  It is called "Wild Noveling: The First Draft."  I wrote it to be amusing and light and yet useful.  My very earliest report back from a first reader is that they loved it!  Yay!  More on that soon.

This morning we heard our very first rusty crow from our three baby roosters.  It was King Pellinore who first crowed, of course. He is half again the size of the other two.  He's a nice guy though... So far!  I hope he stays that way because he would be handful if he turns agro. He is huge!

I'll try to get you a pic for next time. In the meantime, here is Morgana the more adventurous little hen.  She's shaping up very nicely.
 The virginia creeper has been putting on its marvellous autumn show for us again.

I think this one below is my all time fave pic of it, and it also sums up how warm and cosy the cottage feels, when you approach it form the paddock on a winter's evening.

There have been some warm days, though, warm enough for picnics.

With amazing skies.

And there is still time to enjoy the extra air and space provided by our new screen door!  Yay!  The building of the verandah was aimed for this moment, and now it is here!

Next comes raising, levelling and paving the entry area. It never ends, does it!

 Mr Kitty would prefer that I did more sitting and crocheting. 

Sis Jen and I posted each other matching pics of cats on laps last night.  Funny!  You can tell the cooler weather is here!

Enjoy your changing season, and I'll talk to you again soon. 


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Catching up!

I don't know, suddenly I never remember to blog. Maybe this happens to everyone who starts a blog. It's not like I don't have news.   I have lots, I just don't have the urge to sit down and write it.  the time I spend blogging could be time spent with a musical instrument, or my dogs or chickens, studying druidry, or chasing the autumn sun around the property.

Ah well, life is cycles, maybe the urge will return.   I've been collecting photos still...

The bridges for my two new lyres begin their journey.  

Lovely old jarrah cut out of a weathered old bit of 2 by 4.  This will do for both the tailpieces and bridges.   

Autumn skies over Lake Leschenaultia

Roo doing a panorama

Lovely Wandoo trees nearby

A great old grass tree.

More lake, from the other end.

A family of black swans

A coot.  They have such bizarre feet, like little rows of leaves!  

See the feet? 

My view of WA author day on the verandah at Just Add Passion

The sky fROM the roof of our friend Gogs's house.  

A cutie clydie visiting the pie shop in Bakers Hill.  
The lake again, on a day spent with druids.  Lovely!

The embarrassed author at WA Author day.   It was fun! 
The copper piggy, as Roo calls him, also known as Torc, on the lyre of the same name!  Woohoo!

After a day of Incident Control Vehicle training today, I plan on tomorrow being a day of woodwork, art, music and kolrosing.  Here is my very first bee, cut into the other lyre, Fréowine. The bees will go right around the hole in the lyre to represent the mead being drunk by the two 'wine friends' of the design that will be on the lower part of the lyre.  I'll tackle it when all the bees have honed my kolrosing skills a bit more!

When it has all been scratched in, I will rub cocoa into the grooves, then oil and burnish them.  Cocoa made the nicest colour when we did a few tests, and smells delectable too. I hope some of the smell stays on the lyre when it is all done.  :)  Another arty adventure.  I do love a challenge!  

Have a lovely weekend.   I won't promise to post again on Monday.  Subscribe, and then you'll know every time that I do a post, no matter how irregular!          

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Just a... and his giant kitty kickin' back.

Just a floating Andrew in a lake...

And a niece enjoying herself with friends.

And a nice new tall chook pen fence!

A snuggly bug Tuppy in a half-made afghan...

An adorable Basset that I met today, name of Huey...

A moonlit bushwalk...

And a damn chicken scratching apart my raked piles of leaves as fast as I can rake them!

What can I do?  She thinks we're looking for bugs together.  It's charming and annoying at the same time!