Crochet Amish Puzzle Ball

Its been such a long while since I have shared any of my lovely Yarny creations! I'm so often working on my hexagon blanket or Dolly cardigans, for the Blythe Girls that I'm quite sure it would bore you to see the same things often and so I choose not to share them here. However I do still get that itch for a new project and I whipped this flower Puzzle ball up for my nieces first Birthday Gift, she loved it!

I don't expect at the tender age of one she will be competent at assembling it or get too much joy from the puzzle aspect, though it will be good for Mum and Dad! The thing I like most about it, from a creative perspective,  is that flexibility in the pattern to tailor the colour theme and the best thing about the ball as a toy for this age is all the little spaces between the pieces, mean she can pretty much grab it in any which way she chooses, without difficulty.

You can find this in my Ravelry Projects if you'd like more details.
 I would definitely make this pattern again.

Superb Parrots

Its that time of the year again. We are being visited by the Vulnerable species 'Superb Parrots". Around mid Summer when the fruit is plentiful they promptly arrive, and have done for the last few Summers, though it was actually Autumn the first time I saw one. I remember seeing it clearly from the Kitchen Window, perched high in bare branches. His Bright Yellow face leaving me feeling delighted and wondering what type he was and why he was going through here. 

As best as I can tell there are just three of them this year but one is young. I suspect a Young male as I do note a faint pinkness around his neck on the underside where the adult Males are bright orange. I have seen the young one asleep a couple of times with its head tucked under its wing which is both such a sweet endearing sight and the most crafty natural camouflage when in a leafy environment. The only brightly coloured part of the young and the most brightly coloured part of the females is their beak, tucking its head in conceals the beak and they sink into the leafy background unobtrusively. The female does have a pale pinky tone on the underside of her tail feathers but its not at all striking or obvious.

The young one is quite unafraid and I have gotten within arms length of it several times after extended periods of closer and closer proximity. Its not going to let us get too close but knows it can trust us I think, it also seems quite pleased with the sound of my camera shutter when I shoot a burst. They are beautiful birds and I feel so privileged to get to observe them when they come here to feast, the last population estimate I heard was late last year and it said that there are well and truly less than 10,000 left in the wild .

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and hope there is happiness and health for all in 2016

The Eighth Day

They still stick close together for at least the first week out of the nest. I loved seeing these two little tails poking down from a nearby branch when I realised they had left the nest.

Red Wattle Bird Nest.

I was lucky to notice this treasure in my garden. I never got too close and tried to take a photo every day from when I first saw them. In the beginning one chick hadn't opened its eyes. They grow so quickly!

Such a privilege to watch.
There is more from Day 8 yet to come.

A leisurely Walk and Talk with Steve Parish

On Thursday I spent a couple of hours with a group led by Steve Parish, the session was called a leisurely walk and talk, though they actually walked at quite a cracking pace, maybe because it was raining?  I didn't monopolise Steve's time or garner his opinion. I hung back a bit seeing things I usually do with one ear on the conversation and tips that were being offered. it was followed by a morning Tea.

The conversation roamed from mental health and history to writing, cameras and lenses. It wasn't a lesson per se, more of a take what you want from it offering. Steve's opinion on what makes a good image and some know how was offered throughout; he took us to a couple of spots he liked in the gardens and told us why and what he saw there. When I got home I loaded and edited my few images and this is what I wrote  'Colour, texture, scenes, background and how I fill a frame. Creative process with no destination in mind.' 
These are the words that I held in mind taken from that one ear on Conversation I mentioned. Backgrounds and colour are evident in the images I took on the day and while I wasn't consciously aware of it I was obviously drawn to yellow, perhaps because reds and pinks are so very prevalent in the native flora right now.

I have been mulling it all over and I think the biggest take away I had from the morning is that photography is a form of creative expression and as such involves a creative process. I resolve to not always put my tree trunks on the same 1/3 line and to do some much closer crops, also to use parts of a whole as an acceptable image. Technical take away thoughts were to learn how to read and use the histogram on my camera, play with my f stops more and attempt photographing 'scenes' as opposed to things. Steve is a down to earth, reasonable, easy to get along with person and it was a lovely session.


Beautiful Weeds, that sway in the breeze.