Friday, October 29, 2010


There are lots of different types of lizards sharing this small part of the world where Lily and I live.  Here are just a couple:

 This Bearded Dragon was quite relaxed when Lily and I came upon him on our walk but he soon decided that he didn't appreciate our company.....
And this next picture is of a Nobbi Dragon, a small fellow whose body was only about the length of my hand.  He did not mind at all as Lil' and I hovered around him to take photos.
And here is one I made myself.....

I hope your week has been a happy one and that your weekend holds much promise!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


There was a bit of raunchiness happening outside our front door today.  I felt like a bit of a voyeur taking photos but.... oh well... they kept going anyway.  They are Striped Marsh frogs and live around the ponds in my yard, though these two chose a plant saucer next to the pond for their rendezvous.  During the night the males call with a toc toc sound that resembles two pieces of bamboo being struck together, they all seem to have slightly different tones and sound like bamboo wind-chimes when there are a few of them competing for the attention of the females together.  The eggs are fertilised as they are laid and appear as a mass of foam around the frogs.  

The music is "You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Joe Cocker.

I apologise for the poor quality of the slides - it is the first time I have saved a slide show, turned it into a movie and then posted it here..... or anywhere! Next time I will save it larger so the pictures are clearer.

Kezia, who is 13, reckons that to her the frogs sound like the facebook chat alert on her MacBook! 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Harlequin Beetles

Yesterday I noticed the harlequin beetles were back on the hibiscus bushes.  They are such amazing iridescent creatures, with different colours and designs on their backs.  I don't think they do the hibiscus much good but they are so beautiful I, at least, forgive them for the damage they do.

Lily is very patient while I wander around and around the hibiscus bush looking for beetles!

Here are some more stamps I carved.  I plan to put the owl and the shell skeleton in my Etsy Shop in the near future when I update it - I'll let you know when that happens.  It takes ages to organise photos of everything and then upload the photos and blurb to etsy.

Have a lovely Saturday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Left instead of Right

This morning I let Lily choose which way we would walk and she decided we would head left when we reached the bottom of the road.  Here are some of the things we saw:

We reached a park and saw a lot of fungi:

Some of which was a bit disconcerting:

Today I carved some stamps.  I'm not sure whether to put them in my Etsy Shop or not.  What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

The flower is about 13cm high and the feather about 11cm so they are fairly large as stamps go.  
Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Today the world was full of spirals, I'll share a few with you....

A ringtail.....

Stone spirals.......

Unfurling spirals.....

And philodendron spirals....

It's a curly world, that's for sure!

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
  another voice may speak

                                                      -Praying by Mary Oliver

Sunday, October 17, 2010

First Flight

Last night, well around 3am this morning actually, I awoke to the sound of prolonged, high-pitched wailing, like the distress cry of a very young child.  It was coming from the Tawny Frogmouths across the road as the parent birds encouraged their two young to take their first proper flight.  Gisela Kaplan, in her book "Tawny Frogmouths" says that the only time she has heard them make this sound is at the time of their first flight and at the time of their dispersal (when the young leave their parents and home territory for good).  It was heart-rending to listen to and Lily and I were relieved to find the family intact this morning.

Recently Brisbane has been having "weather".  First days and days of warm and steamy and thumping rain which left roads and under houses water-logged.... the frogs loved it.  Yesterday was bright and cold and windy.  This tree did not survive the onslaught of the wind after so much rain.

Here are some yummy things from my garden.....

Little mini capsicums that have loved all the rain.

Fresh eggs from the girls.

Here are the girls.....

And here is a tiger guarding some of the vegie patch!

Have a lovely day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ivory and Mauve

 Today the world was splashed with shades of ivory and mauve.

Two families were there to greet us when Lil' and I walked. 

My painting is finished, and though I painted it by following instructions in a magazine I am proud of it nonetheless! And Kezia loves it and has asked if she can have it so that is encouraging!

And now the weekend beckons and I hope to paint another picture.  Happy weekend to all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An early start and Wellington Point

Yesterday I had to drive Kezia to Wellington Point High School for an inter-school activity.  Lily and I went for our walk early when sunrise was still causing the sky to blush shyly.
And my favourite family appeared at first in silhouette.
But within just a minute or two there was enough light to see them better.
And Wellington Point was lovely:

And though I don't much like being away from home (and Lil' likes it even less and refused to accompany me) I did enjoy being near the water, and in such a beautiful place.  The locals were very friendly and a man who has lived there all his fifty-some years told me that dugongs, dolphins, sharks and turtles all inhabit those waters at different times.  And, he told me, these crabs that are symbolised here are called Soldier Crabs and when he was a boy there were red and purple ones as well as blue... now there are only blue.

Today I painted a painting.  It is not finished yet and it was painted following instructions from an art magazine but I am happy.  Tomorrow I will take a photo and share my first painting with you.

But for now, farewell.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Inaugural Post

And here it is, not exactly what I was planning but a start that I feel comfortable with. I plan to share the small creative things that go to make up my days; let you know where Lily and I have been and what we have been making; make notes about what and when we have added to our Etsy shop - Remantics; show you some photos; talk about what we have seen as we have wandered about our small corner of the world.

But first, let me introduce myself and Lily:
Hi, my name is Karen and I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and.......

This is Lil', my trusty companion who always looks forward to mulberry season and who accompanies me as I travel through each day.  

There are others who live here and we will introduce them to you in due time.

But for now we will end this here because working out how to put it together has been exhausting!!  I have plenty to share with you, however, so stay tuned.