September 26, 2012

They are at the awkard stage .....

Remember those cute little wee chicks?  Hatched in early August?

They are now definitely at the awkard stage.
Still want the warmth and security to hop under Mum's wing at night (feel sorry for the 3rd one!)
Trying to be fiercely independent by day
Things to do, places to be, but awkard in their new feathers and growth.

Kind of reminds me of a certain teenager around here at the moment.  However, he's not too keen on hopping under the wing.  More like trying to fly the nest lol!

By the way - believe me - I thought of many captions for this post in line with the first photo -  however I stuck with the safest one!

cheers for now

Thanks for the nice comments on coriander.  More in the herb series to come.

veggiegobbler  It might be a bit cool where you are VG? 

Maria  I do that with the nasturtiums too!  Plus throw them into salads sometimes.  No I didn’t see the koala article.  Thanks Maria, I’ll email you. 

Sue Grier  All the herb flowers are pretty at the moment aren’t they?

**Anne**  I agree Anne, it can be a bit strong at times.  I made some pesto and went overboard a bit.  I haven’t grown sage, so I must try it.

librarygirl  no it probably is too cold.  I think a lot of people find coriander a pest, because it does self seed!

September 19, 2012

Ahhhh Coriander – how I do love thee

Let me count the ways.  No it's OK.... I'm not going all Shakespearean.

I am however, apt to plonk things in vases at a moments notice.  This was a first though -I just hadn’t thought of coriander that way before, even though we are well acquainted.
How pretty it is!  I just love the contrast.  Can't not mention nasturtium either, one of my other favourites.

Plus I pretty much just love coriander.  In salads, in just about anything.  Love the taste - and the smell.
I also love how it is self-seeding and I don’t even how to think about it.  I know it can get a but much at times, but it's easy enough to thin it out a bit.  

When this season's lot finishes, I might just fling the seeds along the edge of our front lawn.  A coriander hedge?  Well it would be pretty when it was in flower at least.
The dill is in flower at the moment too.  I might just give that a whirl too, and plate it up – in a vase.

Cheers for now

Thanks for all your Koala comments.  I guess the main thing is for the general public to become aware.  The caring is certainly there.  Spread the word.

Considering the fact that I'm totally stunned by the fact that my little blog has attracted almost 50 followers I'm thinking about a little giveaway to the 50th follower! 

If this should happen within the month of September, it will be Koala influenced, and yes open to overseas followers as well.  No I can't send a real koala - sorry. 
In response:

librarygirl  I agree, I don’t see how anyone couldn’t love them. 

**Anne** yes, we are lucky.  We spotted another one on the weekend, think it was a different one too, which is good.  

Maria   yes, it certainly is lovely to spot one when we do.  We have noticed a large drop in numbers though.  Great for the children to just accept as normal situation!  I wonder if the situation has changed in the last few years. 

Fiona from Arbordale Farm no, it does look grim unfortunately.  Do you get any where you are?
posie blogs Jennie McClelland – hi Posie, and thanks for becoming a follower!  I think you are the only one from OS who commented, so I’m really pleased that you knew about September being Koala month.   I wasn’t familiar with this book, but I asked Dr Google and found it.  It looks like a lot of fun!  Glad the proceeds for to Save the Koala. You are correct about the stopping of developments.  Wildlife corridors should be mandatory.  (love your blog btw, your work is gorgeous).

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue – oh really Kirsty?  That’s sad, I thought that Vic. was in a better situation.  I guess between the fires, droughts, dogs and human development it’s all bit of a bad mix.  They prob. could have coped with just the first two.
Naturally Carol – hi Carol, and thanks for becoming a follower too!  Totally agree with the green corridors.  Can’t understand why councils give in to land development so easily.  I could rant, but I have just read your blog and I feel so much calmer now. 

September 12, 2012

Did you know that September is Save the Koala Month?

We spotted this guy in our front yard the other day.  I love seeing a koala on our place, but those times are getting fewer and fewer.
When I see one – it’s a bit of a double edged sword.  I’m happy, but then I worry.  Worry about their plight.

We live in South East Queensland, in an area of rapid growth.  We are 10 minutes from a major shopping centre, 5 minutes from a corner shop, and about 10 minutes to a local school. 

We live on a through road, and lots of cars, buses and trucks use our road to get to all these places.  It isn’t a main road - it’s just a semi-rural road (70k) that every day has more cars on it as people use it as a short cut.  
The tree where this guy was located was only a few metres from the road.  You can see why I worry.

Also, we are on 5 acre blocks along this road.  Out of 12 houses, I think only 2 don’t own dogs.  Yes, we own dogs too, but they are restrained at night.  Angel is on the chain, and Dexter in the house from dusk onwards.

So you can see why I worry.  Then on the weekend I heard bulldozers somewhere not too far away.  Sigh.  Big Sigh.

Car + dogs + loss of habitat = biggest threat to koala population


If you are in a koala area, please tie your dog up at night!  or plant a koala food tree.   Please tell other people too - which is my aim this month -  September is SAVE THE KOALA MONTH. 

This is the Australian Koala Foundation for more info and ways to help.

I'd love to hear some comments.

If you are in Australia and have koalas near you or ........ or if you are overseas - are you aware that the koala population is dwindling?

Cheers for now

Yes, it was a great trip thank Anne – and nice to come back to some good old fashioned decluttering!
Lol  - no she was just a photo prop!  A cellar sounds pretty scary in terms of storing things Kim – how are you going with clearing that out?
Thanks LG – I must say you did inspire me in the past when you kept track of all your bags of things decluttered.  I haven’t kept track, but the photos are good to look back on.  Yes, Yr 12 is an interesting time for all that.  I think you are right though – it will all work out the way it’s meant to – it’s just a matter of working through it all.
Hi Claire – and I’ve been so enjoying your trip!  Yes, very glad that we went on our little adventure, it sorted out a lot of the bits in the puzzle.  You made me laugh though about the little cane shelf.  You sound as bad as me wanting to hang onto things.  The funny part is, I think I bought that at a garage sale.  It sat around, was used for a bit and finally ended up in the black hole of the garage!  Now if you weren’t so far away, I’d retrieve it for you .......
Nice to hear from you Sam, and that you’re feeling better!
Well I think now that the Pokemon has gone, that’s about the end of the toys here..... apart of course from the ‘special’ ones stowed away in carefully marked boxes!
It took me a long long time to work that simple fact out Kirsty!  I have gradually moved on most of my books and mags.  I do read a lot - but all my books come from the library now.  Recipes are easily found online, so no need for recipes books anymore either.  Ahh the freedom!
Talking about great recipes – yours are special – thanks FBMKW!   Our garage was particularly bad.  I just wish that I had taken more ‘before’ photos – but I was too embarrassed!!