The wildflowers of Warradarge

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.46.23 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.44.21 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.44.36 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.45.04 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.44.11 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.45.18 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.45.59 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.46.10 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.45.30 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.46.57 amScreen Shot 2017-09-06 at 7.45.39 amThis past week while Mike was home, I was able to take some time and wander through some native bush about a 10 minute drive from the farm.  At one location there were some very large gumtrees that I’d been observing as we travelled around and decided there must be some orchids sprouting at their feet.

As I carefully searched the forest floor, I was greeted by several kookaburra cackling in the trees above and even a small euro kangaroo – which took off from her resting place only about 10 feet from where I was walking.  The roo particularly was of interest as you don’t really see many euro’s in the area.  It’s had a more red colour to it’s fur and was more broad in it’s features.

Wandering the bush I felt this sense of excitement and that joy, that comes from looking at beautiful colours and observing the bugs and birds.  We were all moving through the lazy pace of the day, enjoying the warmth of the sunshine.  There were at least 4 species of orchids out – though I’m having trouble confidently identifying the green hooded orchids.  They all look so similar!

I was only away a couple of hours, and when I came home Wesley greeted me with this big beautiful hug.  It was so nice!

While I am here I may as well report that camera has since been smashed.  The lens is in 4 pieces – and I’m not 100% sure my camera body works – as I’ve not got a lens to attach to it.  I had run outside quickly to capture some bees for Mike as he wanted some for a hive.  They had swarmed so I ran out quickly – thinking Wesley was safely playing in the house.  I came back to my camera on the floor…and the discovered that it was a goner.  What a silly mistake!  Thankfully wee man was not hurt at all…the body and lens together are very heavy and could have badly injured him.  Phew!!

We also had about 500k beetles swarm the farm yesterday.  The air was very still and at first all the noise I thought we were being swarmed by the hive I had caught the night before.  The trees were dropping leaves, and the sound of the things hitting the house was almost comical.  The devastation to the bottlebrush trees is incredible – these little beetles sure know what they want to eat!  The were around for about 2 hours – and if I had my camera I’d love to have shown you all the madness.

I’ve been prepping our living room for a bit of a makeover.  Over the past three evenings I’ve been taping, touching up the trim and starting to put up a prime coat in the shade that would replace the current medium green shade.  I was hoping to brighten up the space and make the room feel more open.  I’m now second guessing my colour choice.  It’s this really pale yellow – which I thought would make sense with the 50’s style of the house but it’s not quite right.  We had previously painted several of the rooms various shades of soft grey and I have a feeling that might be the route we take for the living room too.  In a few weeks our shipping container should arrive from NZ so hoping I have finished this before our furniture arrives.

Have you ever painted a wall and immediately regretted the choice of colour?  

7 thoughts on “The wildflowers of Warradarge

  1. A fun, interesting introduction to rural Australia. Critters all new to this American, with the exception of that Painted Lady butterfly, which is the most universal of all butterflies. Wow! to us all that your camera is a goner, for we will have to wait long and hard for you to again capture such OMG! images as you here shared! What fun you guys are living!

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    • I’ll keep you posted on when I replace the lens. Fingers crossed it’s only the lens that’s stuffed and we’ll be back chasing wildflowers – Tessa (property owner and friend) has brought a loan point and shoot which I happily will be using in the mean time. It’s a huge loss to suddenly not have a camera – that’s what I live for! Thanks for letting me know what type of butterfly that was as well – if you look closely you’ll see it’s resting right beside some kangaroo poop.

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  2. I know how you feel about the paint. Yes, immediately I’ve regretted paint colour choices and that is why almost inevitably I stick with white. Boring but safe! Beautiful pix and sorry about the camera… 😦

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    • All day today as I painted – I looked at it and thought – what was I thinking??? haha. I normally pick light shades of grey and this is pale yellow – a pick me up kind of colour but mostly I think of cigarette stained walls when I look at it. Yuck! Thankfully it’s only the prime coat – so it’s going to be masterfully hidden. White would be nice too! Some times it really pays to play it safe.

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      • Mel – a few hours today I sat in the living room reading quiety and appreciated the lightness of the colour – so it stays! hahah took me a while to get used to the shade but I do think it’s a really lovely custard shade and not cigarettes haha.

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