Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australia Day Weekend

It is Australia Day on the 26th January so it is a public holiday which makes for a three day weekend. A majority of people will head down to the beach and enjoy themselves or take the opportunity of having a barbeque etc. and meet up with family and friends.

Recently I went to the Churinga Cafe which is at Mt. Dandenong and opposite the William Ricketts Santuary. The Santuary is a very special place. William Ricketts was a sculptor. I first went to the santuary in the late 1960's. William Ricketts had a special love of the Australian bush and the animals such as the Lyre bird and Possum. He also had a spiritual connection and respect of the land as the Australian Aborigines. I was fortunate when I went to the Sanctuary sometimes he would come out and speak to the crowd gathered there about the protection of the bush and all the creatures. His sculptures depict Aborigines and also I think himself as a young man.

The photos are ones I have taken at the Churinga Cafe where they have some of William Ricketts sculptures. There are many more at the Sanctuary of course.

The Churinga Cafe has a lot of Crimson Rosellas and also the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos who visit and take advantage of the seeds which are put out for them to eat!

The William Ricketts Santuary is a very special place and if you ever have the opportunity to visit you will not be disappointed.

Here is a site which tells you more about William Ricketts and the sanctuary

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Two pinks today

I have at last finished this pincushion. I like doing this bargello work. I have made quite a few of these pincushions. This one was for me but my daughter asked me if she could have it! Oh well, now to make another one this time for myself.

These are some of the galahs around our area. They are so pretty with their pink and grey colours.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Visitors to our place

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree.
merry merry King of the bush is he,
laugh kookaburra laugh, kookaburra
gay your life must be.

Marion Sinclair

We have had some visitors to our place the last few weeks. These Kookaburras are very friendly indeed and love to be fed a little mince meat. I think we are a designated stop on their trip they have around our neighbourhood. They do not get fed every time as we think they should look for food themselves.

As this is my first post for 2009 I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year with joy happiness and peaceful times.