Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Words for Wednesday



This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
Last month the Delores provided us with some excellent prompts and challenges.  This month the prompts will be posted here.

This week's prompts are:


  1. tick
  2. fresh
  3. droplet
  4. magnificent
  5. juice
  6. appeal
And/or
  1. clue
  2. cancel
  3. cheap
  4. purple 
  5. whales
  6. love
Have fun. 




Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday Selections 375

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 

 
Like River I usually run with a theme. I am returning to my avian obsessed ways, with pictures of some of our feathered visitors.







I adore the bearded ravens and feel privileged that they visit us.  I treat them with respect though.
As do the other birds.



This young corella is a regular visitor.  And very, very noisy.  It is only quiet when food is being stuffed into that gaping maw. 


The crimson rosellas are much quieter.  And always welcome.

We can now hand feed king parrots, cockatoos and corellas.  Which makes for some problems.  We have insufficient arms and cannot minister to their needs/wants simultaneously. 



It is incredibly trusting of the corella to bury its head in the food bucket so close to the feeder and the photographer.



That whinging youngster again.  It goes on and on and on.  And on.  And is very far from musical.


I wish I had been quicker/more accurate with this photo.  The whinger was just about to be fed.






I really like the 'chevrons' under the King Parrot's tails - though you may have to embiggen the photos to see them.


The cockatoo behind the King Parrot got tired of waiting 'patiently' and marched up and menaced the King Parrot off himself's hand.  And was itself bounced by yet another cockatoo.  Pecking order isn't an empty phrase.


Thursday, 12 April 2018

WEP April Challenge - the road less travelled



The WEP (Write, Edit, Publish) Challenge so generously hosted by Denise Covey and Yolanda Renee is back.  Olga Godim and Nilanjana Bose have joined the team, providing welcome support to the doughty duo and adding to the wealth of ideas and talent.

This April, the WEP challenge is to create around the theme of the road less travelled .  We are asked to create something from the prompt - and can do so through fiction, non-fiction, photography...  


 



If you visit here and click on any names with a DL next to them you will be taken to some wonderful pieces.   I wimped out of participating in the last few challenges but I have read all of the submissions with awe and wonder.  I will marvel at the other participant's skill, imagination and ingenuity this time too. 


I am posting a smidge early, so please, don't discount those who don't have a DL following their name yet.  It will come, and a revisit is definitely worthwhile.

In the summer of 2004 I used a substantial chunk of money inherited after my mother's death to travel to Antarctica.  It was a dream come true, and despite substantial criticism from family and friends I don't regret it.  At all.  






Antarctica

An impossible dream,
realised.
When opportunity appeared I fell into her arms
(prudence and sanity be damned).

Somnolent seals, and
porpoising penguins,
Monet's water lilies,
Exquisitely, delicately executed in ice.

Uncompromising, unforgiving.
Chilly blues, hard-edged white.
Monolithic ice-bergs, flurries of snow.
Dawn and dusk separated by no more than a heart-beat.

This fragile frozen land  sent daggers into my heart 
and ignited a firestorm.
A storm of awe, of wonder,
and of joy.


Memories fan the embers to a blaze
and warm my heart.
I hope they always will.
I know they always will.


 













 Word Count:  Truly pathetic - less than 100
Full Critique Acceptable.




Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Words for Wednesday



This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Computer issues led her to bow out for a while.  The meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast. 

Essentially the aim is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image.   What we do with those prompts is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore...  We can use some or all of the prompts.

Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog.  I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants.  If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud.

 
Last month the Delores provided us with some excellent prompts and challenges.  This month the prompts will be posted here.

This week's prompts are:


  1. ghoul
  2. ambiguous
  3. forgery
  4. benefit
  5. affair 
  6. parade 

And/or

  1. delight
  2. whisper
  3. bottle 
  4. homicidal
  5. sawdust
  6. circle
Have fun.
 

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sunday Selections #374

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 

 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week, despite saying I would revert to birds and the garden (again) I am featuring the Cartier Exhibition at our National Gallery.  This link takes you to some additional information and a slide show.


I expected to be awed by the craftsmanship.  I was.  I expected to see some beautiful pieces.  I did.  However, I have obviously moved firmly into comfort-loving old crone status.  I looked at the jewellery and thought how uncomfortable most of it was.  Heavy and possibly scratchy too.  And I don't think it was sour grapes.

Cartier has been (and continues to be) worn by Royalty, and the rich and the famous.  A myriad of photos follow.







 This incredibly intricate and bejewelled gown was apparently worn by our own Nellie Melba.




  The handbags were relatively understated.  Other things were not.





There were earrings to match this little number too.


Chunky bracelet anyone?

The designers were remarkably eclectic and Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Indian influences are very evident.

I was surprised at how many watches and clocks featured in the exhibition.





This is the front and back of a clock - with the dragon in close-up.






There were lots of very ornate vanity cases, with attached lippie holders too.




Is it art?  My jury is out on that question.  There were over 300 pieces, and after a couple of hours wandering we were all blinged out.  Glad that we went, but Over the Top is the summation which most readily springs to mind.

As always I picked up a few postcards in the gift-shop.  If anyone would like one, let me know in the comments (specifying a preference if you have one).  I am happy to post them anywhere, and will put them in an envelope so you can do with them as you like.



This first one isn't a post-card, but a complicated origami flyer put out by the National Gallery.  Other jewellery also features on it.