Campfire, community gathering.

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The kids had so much fun chasing each other and enjoying little “Spud” a mix terrier that was brought along to enjoy his first outing.  They also enjoyed some mammoth sized marshmallows.  They were literally about 4 inches long!

Mike and Wesley and I did a drive to the coast about 20 mins away and found this Arrowsmith Spider Orchid, enjoyed a delicious lunch at the beach and then travelled onward to Lake Indoon on a dirt track.   It was on this path that we came across over 200 endangered, Carnaby Cockatoo who were munching away on the bushes quite happily.

As I hopped out of the ute to take a photo, they took flight and oh my god – it was breathtaking.

There are orchids all over the place and each time I get the chance I pull over to see what’s about.

We’ve been also checking a site nearby for the Queen of Sheba orchid – and think we may have found the spot.  Fingers crossed it opens soon!

Lastly, Wesley had a little friend sleep over this week and they were having a blast together.  They had cots in the same room and fell asleep talking to each other.  They also bust into hysterics when I took them for a drive up our bumpy, sloppy, muddy road.  Since his mates gone back home, Wesley has woken each day saying “Reuben, where are you?” and searches the house for him.  It’s sad, that he misses him that much!  We’ll have to do it again – they were so good together.

Also pictured:

  • This month’s waxing crescent moon (it rises this way each month, this is the first time I’ve been alert enough to grab my tripod and brave the cooler temperature to get the shot).
  • A tribonanthes flower (with the native bee pictured) is so fluffy it could be a teddy!
  • Wesley enamoured with the tiny puppy
  • Two little monkeys jumping in the spare bed
  • Catspaws between my toes
  • A tiny black mushroom sprouting from the sand.
  • Arrowsmith Spider Orchid (opened and closed)
  • Some sort of nymph bug – red and strange looking with large antennae.

Beautiful drosera.

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Drosera, commonly known as the sundews, comprise one of the largest genera of carnivorous plants, with at least 194 species.  These members of the family Droseraceae lure, capture, and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which they grow. Various species, which vary greatly in size and form, can be found growing natively on every continent except Antarctica. – Wikipedia

Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.37.19 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.37 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.28 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.36.20 PM       Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.15 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.34.08 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.45 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.33 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.27 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-25 at 7.33.09 PMWe’ve just returned from a very relaxing weekend with Brian and Tessa on the farm.  We were fed very well, and had a very peaceful sleep on Saturday.  Tessa also hosted me in the bush around the property as we hunted for the first wildflowers blooming in the autumn rains.  It’s quite so far in terms of flowers, though we did find a few varieties that were unusual and the drosera particularly were on full display.

Tessie was looking really well, and was so happy to see us.  She has been really lucky to have three friends to spend time with in the country.

Before we left I was able to catch up with Wuzza, whom upon hearing me call his name…came thundering over and wanted loads and loads of cuddles.  I was really glad he was happy to see me, even without bread and that he stayed for ages to get a cuddle.  Mike had visited him earlier, and seeing Wuzza’s reaction to me said:

“Wow, he really loves you…he knows exactly who you are”

We discussed his superior intelligence later on the way home…  I always feel sad returning to the city leaving it all behind but we both know it’s going to get us where we need to be.

Not only are we returning with memories and photos, I’ve been absolutely attacked all over my neck and ankles by some kind of biting insect.  The kind of welts that swell up and itch enough to drive a person mad.  Should be looking TIP TOP tomorrow at work…with what look like red hickies on my neck.  Cannot wait!!!