Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday Selections #324

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 has been busy.  Weeding, weeding, weeding.  Planting, planting, planting.  All of the bulbs are finally in the ground.  Hooray.  Except that someone who shall remain nameless has ordered a whole lot more.


We have had some truly beautiful weather.  One absolutely glorious day we ignored the garden and went back to the National Art Gallery, where we spent a happy two or three hours.  We didn't go inside - but wandered through the Sculpture garden (which will get a post of its own next week) and through the gardens more generally. Come wander with me.  The Gallery is set beside Lake Burley Griffin, and much of the gardens (but not all of it) is filled with native trees, bushes and plants.













I always think of wattle blooming in Spring.  I was obviously wrong about this variety, and the little balls of sunshine were very welcome.










There is lots and lots of seating, of various sorts, dotted about the gardens.  





The mystery of the photo above will be revealed in my Sculpture Garden post.












This is in Fiona Hall's fern garden.  And there are seats here too.















On the way home, this orange blaze caught my eye.  A lovely thing.



Apologies for the teeny-weeny text.  Blogger is messing with my mind.  I keep changing it, and it keeps changing it back.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sunday Selections #323

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 is a little bit more random.


I am sleeping abominably at the moment.  Pain is waking me often and I usually give up and get up around four.  One morning this week I trotted outside a bit before dawn to photograph the moon.  Or that was my intention anyway.


 When I looked at the photo later I wondered whether it was the moon - or a UFO.  A little later the dawn was soft and gentle.


Autumn is finally here.  Hooray.  The arboreal fireworks (autumnal colour) are slow though.  So we headed down to the lake to see if it was more advanced there.

Not really.  Pretty, but not ablaze yet.  For some reason the trees which turn yellow are considerably more advanced that the red/orange/burgundy ones. 



I liked the red berries though.  And the next tree which is making valiant efforts to change colour.



We stopped and admired  this golden corner on the way home.



And loved the tree outside my mother's old shopping centre.

We have been having beautiful days, and I don't think it will be long now before the trees turn.  Expect many more photos.  The lake was pretty anyway.  Very pretty.






The begonias continue to give me joy.



Some of the many bulbs we weakened and bought are in the ground.  When it is light planting will continue today.  And tomorrow.

And for those who celebrate - a Very Happy Easter.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Selections #322

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?   After running around like a decapitated chook it has been nice to spend time at home.  And necessary.  The smaller portion and I both weakened (separately) when bulb catalogues arrived and have bought slightly over 1000 bulbs.  So I have been weeding, weeding, and weeding some more to make room.  If all goes to plan we will put them in over Easter.


While at home I have been revelling in the birds.  Of course.

However, before I concentrate on the home front, one more from the National Gallery.  I noticed what I think is a bird's nest in the bottom of Neil Dawson's Diamonds.  As we go into autumn the birds have long since flown, but I will be watching next year.


 On the home front, I have often shown photos of one or other of us hand feeding King Parrots.


Recently a pair of clever cockatoos have shown interest in avoiding the queue on the bird feeders.

This one sits on a branch looking in through the lounge window...


So we have been offering him food.  And he has deigned to accept.  So far he is happiest eating from the tin we carry the seed in.  I have offered food on the palm of my hand which was accepted but he also bit me.  Not hard, but a bite just the same.



And on Friday, (before the smaller portion got up so no photos) this cockatoo and a friend both came down and ate from the tin.  I will have them hand feeding yet.  

Much of the garden is winding down for the year (except the weeds) but the begonias continue to give me joy.




And of course I have been sky-watching.




The little things are huge in my world.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Versailles: Treasures from the Palace

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) generally holds two 'block-buster' exhibitions each year.  We try and get to the gallery a few times each year and almost always attend the big exhibitions as well, which are generally works we would not otherwise see.  This was one of the outings we took while the smaller portion's sister was with us.

Versailles:  Treasures from the Palace brought treasures from The Palace at Versailles direct to Canberra.  The treasures included paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette.  There was luxury, grandeur and opulence.  It was not to my personal taste, but I am not at all sorry we went.  'How the other half lives...'

Starting outside the Gallery, and showing one of my favourites of  the many permanent sculptures.


This is Neil Dawson's 'Diamonds' and is suspended between the NGA and the High Court.  I love it and have photos of it in every season, and at most times of the day.  There is a lot of sculpture at the Gallery, including a Sculpture Garden and some day I will do a post on them.  The Sculpture Garden remains open to the public even when the gallery itself is closed.



I think the entrance to the NGA is a little low key, but the inside is always wonderful.  Entrance to the NGA is free, but the special exhibitions do attract a fee.

The entrance to the Versailles exhibition was certainly not low key.





The luxuriance continued within.  As I said, a lot of it wasn't to my taste, but I was amazed at how well preserved artifacts were, particularly fragile things like china.




The details and colour in this tapestry blew me away.


The silk carpet behind the urn was impressive too.


 


Golden gates no less...



This table and mirror came from a hunting lodge.



 





I wonder whether the phrase 'bird in a gilding cage' originated here?



Marie-Antoinette's chair and footstool.


Marie-Antoinette's harp.

Everywhere you looked, marble, gold, silk, porcelain, ivory, brass, bronze...